A story that keeps on growing.

Every piece of writing tells a story, no matter what kind. A short story, a poem, a blog post, a report, a CV. When writing, I always ask myself: What is the purpose of this story? What do I want to communicate to the reader?

My CV is a story of growth. Communication has always been at the center of my life, and I have studied it from many different angles. I want my CV to reflect my views on language, the versatility of it, and the beauty of studying a phenomenon we all use every day with such ease. Language has always engulfed me and I have grown into it, grown into professionalism by exploring the academic field of linguistics, the pedagogical aspect through foreign language teaching, leadership experience by managing educational projects, and the work on the written word and its functions, by translating, proofreading and editing.

Sunset over the Koritnica river in Slovenia
A hillside with fog over the valley and mountains in the back in sunrise light
Caroline reading a book in a park and smiling into the camera

Below you will find an overview of my

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ongoingMaster of Arts in General Linguistics
University of Vienna, Austria
2021Diploma Certificate in German Language Teaching
BFI Wien, Vienna, Austria
2017Master of Arts in African Studies
University of Vienna, Austria                                          
o  First-class degree
o  Merit scholarship for excellent academic achievements (01/15)
o  Scholarship grant to conduct research for the MA thesis (05/2014)
2016CELTA (University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
Akcent International House, Prague, Czech Republic
2014Bachelor of the Arts in Linguistics
University of Vienna, Austria

Further Professional Development

2022Leading Teams Successfully
Workshop, VHS Vienna
2021Educational Leadership: Improving Schools through Effective Leadership
Online Course, Coventry University
2020Language Assessment in the Classroom
Online Course, British Council
2019Gender Mainstreaming
Workshop, VHS Vienna
2019Diversity Management
Workshop, Freiraum Institut Vienna
2019Professional Development for Early Career Teachers
Online Course, University of East Anglia
2019Teaching English Online
Online Course, Cambridge Assessment
2019How to Plan a Great Lesson
Online Course, British Council
2015Project Management
Workshop, University of Vienna
2015Anti-Racism and Social Awareness
Workshop, ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit, Vienna
2007First Aid Certificate, renewed in 2015
Rotes Kreuz, St. Veit an der Glan

Selected Professional Experience

since 05/2023Project Manager Digital Skills
OeAD – Agency for Education and Internationalisation
2021 – 2023Programme Manager and ÖSD Examiner
VWU – University Preparation Programme at an adult education institute, Vienna, Austria
2019 – 2020English as a Foreign Language Teacher
at a language institute
o  Taught English as a foreign language to adult job seekers in the classroom as well as online
o  Planned courses and lessons and set up learning platforms
o  Created interactive tasks that were relevant to the job searching process of students
o  Preparation of students for the British Council APTIS exam
o  Took on additional responsibilities in the area of digital learning and pedagogical use of technology for teaching staff
2019Content Developer for Academic English Online Module
for a private language institute
o  Created material for an innovative Academic English online course
o  Developed engaging and relevant tasks which are tailored to students’ needs
o  Ensured application of current digital learning and EFL theories throughout the module
2019English as a Foreign Language Teacher
at a British Council institute and a private school
o  Taught beginner, intermediate and upper-intermediate EFL classes of 5-10 teenagers and adults
o  Adapted material from course books and British Council magazines
o  Created and shared lesson plans from scratch and used authentic material to facilitate playful learning and communication
o  Focused on spoken English, self-reflection and behaviour strategies
2019Research Assistant
for an FWF project
o  Collected Akan language data from native speakers
o  Transcribed recordings
o  Compiled language descriptions of the relevant syntactic structures
2018 – 2018Funding Officer
at a private language institute
o  Researched and developed a comprehensive understanding of the national, regional and local sources of funding available for innovative teaching projects
o  Responsibility for the preparation and submission of high-quality applications to grant distributing bodies
2016 – 2018Business and Legal English Teacher
at a private language institute
o  Taught intermediate one-to-one classes in General English, Business English and Legal English
o  Preparation for TOLES Foundation and TOLES Higher Examination
o  Worked with and adapted material from a course book
o  Created authentic tasks relevant to clients’ work environment
o  Designed flexible lesson plans based on clients’ needs which allowed to focus on current events in the workplace and schedule
o  Ensured clients’ professional development through progress in the foreign language
o  Continuously applying current theories on one-to-one teaching to provide possibility for growth on both sides
o  Proofread and translated websites and legal documents
at a translation agency
o  Verified the result of machine-translated documents (English and German)
o  Corrected grammar and semantic errors in the English machine translations
o  Translated segments of documents from German into English
2013 – 2017Project Coordinator, Teaching and Research Assistant
at the University of Vienna
o  Functioned as central contact person and administration for a research platform
o  Organised lectures, activities, conferences and workshops, wrote and compiled informational material for them
o  Designed and prepared posters, logos and presentations
o  Built and maintained websites
o  Documented the progress of the platform, developed strategies for further development and administered the budget
o  Proofread and edited forthcoming publications for high profile journals and books, drafted and edited funding proposals and translated abstracts from English into German
o  Created and managed e-learning platforms
o  Coached students for African linguistics and literature classes, administered courses offered to students at bachelor and master level
o  Sourced and created course materials for university courses, designed and invigilated exams
o  Planned and executed a diaspora research project, created, distributed and evaluated questionnaires

Volunteer Experience

2018English as a Foreign Language Teacher
Verein Ute Bock, Vienna, Austria
2018English as a Foreign Language Teacher
Olive – The Open Learning Initiative, University of Vienna, Austria
2016 – 2017Social Media Management
Department of African Studies, University of Vienna, Austria
2016 – 2017English and German Tutor
Prosa – Projekt Schule für alle, Vienna, Austria
2014 – 2017Organisation of the Vienna African Writers Club
Department of African Studies, Vienna, Austria
2005 – 2007Tutor at “Schreibwerkstatt” (Writing workshops for children between 10 and 12 years)
Story Reader at “Lesen im Park” (Reading series for primary school students)
St. Veit an der Glan, Austria


German: Native speaker
English: C2 (Cambridge CPE, Grade A)
French: A2 – B1
Georgian: A1+

Digital Skills

Microsoft OfficeMoodleEdmodoZoomMicrosoft Teams
WordPressSEOHTMLCMSSocial Media
PhotoshopInDesignIllustratorLaTeXDa Vinci


2021Pajančič, Caroline. Akan Complements on the Implicational Complement Hierarchy. In Sabine Laszakovits & Zheng Shen (eds.), The Size of Things I: Structure Building, 45 – 65. Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5524278
2020Wurmbrand, Susi, Iva Kovač, Magdalena Lohninger, Caroline Pajančič and Neda Todorović. Finiteness in South Slavic Complement Clauses—Evidence for an Implicational Finiteness Universal. Linguistica 60: 119-137.
2015Bodomo, Adams & Caroline Pajančič. Counting beans: Some empirical and methodological problems for calibrating the African presence in Greater China. Journal of Pan African Studies 7, 10: 126-143.

Conferences and Workshops

2019Participation: Training Workshop „Documenting Vanishing Languages”
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
2018Presentation: „Finiteness in Akan“ at “Brno meets Vienna”
Student Conference, University of Brno, Czech Republic
2017Organisational Assistance: „WALC: 30th West African Languages Congress”
University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
2017Organisation: „Global Africa Month – the Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Workshop
University of Vienna, Austria
2016Assistance: „2nd Symposium on West African Languages”
University of Vienna, Austria
2014Organisation: „Linguistic Diversity and Multilingualism in Africa“
University of Vienna, Austria

Field Research

2017Sociolinguistic interviews with African students, Taiwan
funded by the Global African Diaspora Platform
2015Linguistic recordings on syntax in Mooré, Burkina Faso
funded by the University of Vienna
2012Linguistic recordings on phonology in Mooré, Burkina Faso
partially funded by the University of Vienna