Josef Mueller

Director, Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture

Professional Biography

Josef Mueller has extensive experience of academic management in various roles such as (currently) Director of the Institute of Languages and Culture, and previously Associate Dean of Regent's University London's Business & Management Faculty, and Head of Department of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies. His past and present responsibilities include programme development, quality assurance, line management, and the development of staff and teaching. He also has experience in teaching courses in intercultural communication, cross-cultural management, German language and German and Austrian area studies.


  • M.A. International Relations, University of Nottingham, 1996
  • Mag. phil. History and Social Studies, English and American Studies, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, 1991

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2014 – current, Director, Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture (RILC)
  • 2013 - 2014, Associate Director, Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture, Regent’s University London
  • 2012 - 2013, Acting Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Management, Regent’s College
  • 2008 – 2012, Head of the Department of Languages and Cross-cultural Studies, Regent’s College
  • 2002 – 2007, Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer in German and Cross-Cultural Studies, European Business School, London
  • 1996 – 2002, Lecturer in German for Business, European Business School London
  • 1992 – 1996, Lektor, University of Nottingham
  • 1992, Tutor for International Language Centre at Graz University, Austria


  • (2006). “The Seeing ‘I': Students' Visual Narratives of London” (together with Elizabeth Allen) Research in Language and Cultural Identity. EBS London Occasional Working Paper Series no. 2, pp. 21-36.
  • (2004). “Intercultural Learning: a Transformative Process?” Research in Language and Cultural Identity. EBS London Occasional Working Paper Series no. 1, pp. 51-66
  • (2002). “Plagiarism and Culturally Diverse Students” in Revolutions in Consciousness: Local Identities, Global Concerns in ‘Languages and Intercultural Communication', edited by Sylvette Cormeraie, David Killick and Margaret Parry, Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, pp. 103-115.
  • (1999). “Circles or Squares? Straddling Intercultural Sensitivity and Bottom-Line Profit” (with Amparo Lallana) in Poetics and Praxis of Languages and Intercultural Communication, Proceedings of the conference at Leeds Metropolitan University, edited by David Killick, Margaret Parry and Alison Phipps, University of Glasgow French and German Publications/Centre for Language Study Leeds Metropolitan University, 2001, Vol.II, pp. 15-24.
  • (1999). “Cross-Cultural Capability: Transferable Skill or Background for Foreign Language Teaching?” in Languages for Cross-Cultural Capability. Promoting the Discipline: Marking Boundaries and Crossing Borders, edited by David Killick and Margaret Parry, Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, pp. 96-103.
  • (1994/1995). "Der britisch kontrollierte Rundfunk in Graz 1945" in Historisches Jahrbuch der Stadt Graz, double volume, Graz
  • (1992). "Wir und die anderen" in Österreich Betrachtungen II. Materialien zur österreichischen Landeskunde für den Unterricht aus Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Vienna.

Other Outputs

Invited Lectures:

  • ‘Reflective Writing as a Tool in Intercultural Learning’. Plekhanov University, Moscow, Russia (2013)
  • ‘Teaching Intercultural Communication', Plekhanov University, Moscow, Russia (2011)
  • ‘Gaining Target Culture Competence through Language Teaching', Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia (2010)
  • ‘Intercultural Communication: Teaching Methods'. University of Toledo, Spain (2003)

Conference Papers Given

  • “The Challenge of Assessing Reflective Writing’”, paper given at Language Futures: LLAS Languages in Higher Education Conference 2012, Edinburgh, July 2012
  • “Still the elephant in the room? Steps toward employee commitment to corporate sustainable development (CSD)”, paper written with Richard Cawley and presented by him at the Academy of International Business Southeast Regional Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2010
  • “Language Learning and Cultural Identity”, paper given at the ‘Politics, Plurilingualism and Linguistic Identity' conference at Dublin City University, 2004
  • “Who to narrate? Exchange students' visual narratives of multicultural London”, paper given with Elizabeth Allen at the Annual IALIC conference ‘The Intercultural Narrative', Lancaster University, 2003
  • “Multicultural Teamwork and Performance”, paper delivered at the workshop ‘Resources and activities for developing intercultural competence' organised by CILT (Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research), CILT Covent Garden, London, 2003
  • “What Sort of Transformation?”, paper given at the Annual IALIC conference ‘The Transcultured Self: Experiencing Languages and Intercultural Communication', Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, 2002
  • “Rethinking Business Culture”, paper given at the Annual IALIC conference ‘Living in Translated Worlds: Languages and Intercultural Communication', Leeds Metropolitan University, 2001

Research Interests

  • Intercultural communication.
  • Language-and-culture teaching.
  • Cross-cultural adjustment.
  • Assessment of reflective writing.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication
  • Member, Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research

Teaching & Course Development


Currently teaching on ‘Global Perspectives’, an innovative module common to all undergraduate students (level 4), ‘Interaction and Intercultural Learning’ on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (level 7), ‘Cross-cultural issues in the contemporary world' (level 5 module on BA International Business), and supervising undergraduate dissertations and placement learning projects. Previous teaching: courses in intercultural communication and cross-cultural management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as German and Austrian area studies, and German language at all levels, including business German.

Course Development:

Josef has developed a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in cross-cultural studies, area studies, and in German language. He has been a member of the development team for the following programmes: BA International Business, BA International Events Management, BA International Business and Chinese Studies, MBA International Business, MA International Business, MA Luxury Brand Management, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

He has substantial experience of being a member and also Chair of programme validation panels.


Josef has experience in assessment on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, of undergraduate dissertation supervision, and of examining on the Diploma in Translation. He has had experience of being an external examiner at other universities since 2002.