Head of Department:

Snježana Dubovicki, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Name and Surname

Snježana Dubovicki, Ph.D.


Associate Professor





office number 58

Research interests

Her scientific interest is focused on curriculum research, teaching at all levels of education (with particular emphasis on university teaching and lifelong learning), creativity, self-actualization, emotions in teaching, methodology and qualitative and futurology research methods.


Snježana Dubovicki, Ph.D., Assis. Prof., was born in 1984 in Osijek (Croatia). She got her Ph.D. in 2013 at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb (Croatia) with the topic "Correlation between the Curriculum of Teacher Education and Student Creativity Development.” In 2015 she was elected as Assistant Professor. She started working at the Faculty of Education in Osijek at December 1st 2008. At this Faculty, she participates in the teaching of several pedagogical-didactic and methodological courses. She published a university textbook, two scientific monographs and numerous scientific papers. She spoke at numerous international scientific and professional conferences in Croatia and abroad (Japan, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina).

In 2017, during a study trip to the United Kingdom, she visited elementary and pre-school institutions. Within the CEEPUS program, of the academic year 2018/2019, she was a visiting professor for two weeks at the Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), where she taught Didactics to students of pedagogy, psychology, classroom teaching and pre-school education.

Between 2009 and 2014 she was actively involved in the scientific project "Development of Creativity in the Life-long Learning of Teachers" (245-1221170-1063). In 2018, at the Faculty of Education and in co-operation with the Agency for Education, she organized an education class themed "Playtime in Teaching". She is a member of the working group for analyzing and preparing curricula on the topic of children´s well-being within the two-year project "Subjective child well-being in Croatia" (2018-2020) of the Study Center of Social Work (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, leader: Marina Ajduković, Ph.D., Full Professor with Tenure), in cooperation with UNICEF Office for Croatia, Children´s World: The International Survey of Children´s Well-Being (ISCWeB). She is a member of the Organizing Committe of Didactic Challenges II (https://didactics-challenges0.webnode.hr/didactic-challenges-ii/), Didactic Challenges III (https://didactic-challenges0.webnode.hr/). She was the executive editor of the journal Life and School (https://hrcak.srce.hr/zivot-i-skola). She is a member of the Croatian pedagogical Society (HPD) and the Croatian Andragogy Society (HDA). Since October 2018 she has been employed as Vice Dean for development and frofessional work by the Faculty of Education in Osijek.

List of publications

CROSBI Snježana Dubovicki

Members of Department:

Damir Matanović, Full Professor with tenure, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Damir Matanović, Ph.D.

Title / Position

Full professor with tenure



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Research interests

National history


Damir Matanović was born on 25 July 1970 in Vinkovci.

He attended primary school in Bošnjaci, and finished mathematical and IT grammar school in Županja.

In 1996 he completed two-subject studies in comparative literature and history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb with graduation thesis Everyday life in Slavonia in the 18th century.

In 2000 he completed postgraduate studies of history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb with master's thesis Companies of Brod regiment.

He defended his doctoral thesis at the same Faculty in 2003, mentored by Dr Filip Potrebica, full professor, titled Military community Brod at Sava. Social and economic structure of a military border city 1753-1848).

Damir Matanović has been working for nineteen years in the system of science and higher education at the Croatian Institute of History, Faculty of Education of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek.

He taught history courses as an external associate at the Faculty of Pedagogy of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Centre for Croatian Studies in Zagreb, Department of Cultural Studies of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek and Etvos Jozsef Foiskoli in Baja, Hungary.

He also worked for the publishing houses Fraktura and Hena-com Zagreb as an external associate.

From 1997 to 2008 he worked at the Croatian Institute of History as a postdoctoral researcher and research associate. He acquired the title of teaching assistant in 2000 at the Croatian Institute of History.

At the same institution he was elected senior assistant, and in 2004 by decision of Scientific field committee for humanities – scientific field history he was elected scientific associate.

By decision of Scientific field committee for humanities – scientific field history- he was elected senior research associate, and by decision of the Faculty council of the Faculty of education in Osijek he was elected the scientific teaching grade associate professor and the corresponding position for humanities, scientific field history, scientific discipline national history.

He has been employed at the Faculty of teacher education, the legal predecessor of the Faculty of Education of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, since 15 April 2008.

Since academic year 2013/14 he has held the function of acting dean and since academic year 2014/15 of the dean of the Faculty of education.

List of publications (CROSBI link)

CROSBI Damir Matanović

Maja Brust Nemet, Vice dean for science, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Ivica Kelam, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Ksenija Romstein, Vice dean for study programs and development, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Rahaela Varga, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Antonija Huljev, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Pavao Nujić, Senior Assistant, Ph.D
Ružica Tokić Zec, Senior Assistant, Ph.D.
Damir Matanović, Full Professor, Ph.D.

About the Department

In order to secure personal success, it is essential to keep up with the constant scientific developments and technological innovations. Therefore, the Faculty of Education recognises the lifelong learning as a form of social engagement with the increasing importance. The Department for Lifelong Learning was established at the Faculty Council on September 22th, 2010, and since October 1st 2020 it has been called the Department for Pedagogy, History and Philosophy.

Initiatives conducted by the Department are aimed at increasing the level of education of citizens: by presenting research results and knowledge dissemination. The popularization of science aims to raise awareness of the general public about the importance of knowledge in the changing circumstances of social and economic relations. Even if those activities are not part of formal education that ends with qualifications, they contribute to our visibility. By creating study programmes that enable employment, the Faculty provides the opportunity for our students to complete initial education and acquire qualification, or change their occupation, or better their skills. The pedagogical-psychological and didactic-methodological training, that has been conducted by the Faculty is an example of lifelong learning and education that allows students to master the knowledge, expand their abilities and improve the skills necessary for the teaching profession.

The principle of lifelong learning is also prescribed by the Law on Adult Education in the Republic of Croatia, which is based on the principles of lifelong learning, rational use of educational opportunities, relative access to education for all under equal conditions, autonomy in choosing ways, contents, form, means and methods of education. diversity and inclusion, professional and moral responsibilities of employees, etc.

The Department of Pedagogy, History and Philosophy is divided into two sub-departments: Sub-department of Pedagogy and Sub-department of Philosophy and History.


Sub-department of Pedagogy

Sub-department of Philosophy and History