Head of Department:

Hrvoje Volner, Associate Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Hrvoje Volner


Associate Professor



Office Nr.


Research interests

Economic and social history, history of poitical ideas


He graduated from Philosophy and History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Science in Zagreb. He is defending his doctoral thesis at the same faculty. He is engaged in researching of social relations arising from industrialization and modernization. Participates in the work of dozens of domestic and international scientific conferences. He publishes works in domestic and international scientific journals.

List of publications (CROSBI link)


Members of Department:

Damir Matanović, dean, Full Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Damir Matanović, Ph.D.

Title / Position

Full professor

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Dean's office

Office hours

Monday from 11:00 to 12:00 and by appointment

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)


Vesnica Mlinarević, Full Professor, Ph.D.
Snježana Dubovicki, Vice Dean for development and professional work, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Rahaela Varga, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ksenija Romstein, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Maja Brust Nemet, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ivica Kelam, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ivana Perković Krijan, Ph.D.
Antonija Huljev, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
Ružica Tokić Zec, Assistant
Pavao Nujić, Assistant

About the Department

Starting with the assumption that the success of an individual is conditioned by constant changes in the fields of science, technology and innovation, the Faculty of Education recognizes the pattern of lifelong learning as a form of social engagement in which it expects continued growth. The Department of Lifelong Learning was established by the decision of the Faculty Council on September 22, 2010.

We are permanently focused on raising the level of the education of citizens: by presenting research results, transparent presentations of knowledge, and so on. The popularization of science aims to raise public awareness of the importance of knowledge in the changing circumstances of social and economic relations. Although this action does not aim to secure certain professional qualifications in the community, it contributes to our recognition. By creating curricula that enable employment, the Faculty provides an opportunity for obtaining the qualification for the first occupation, retraining, as well as acquiring and deepening professional knowledge, skills and abilities. Pedagogical-psychological and didactic-methodical education should be emphasized, which is carried out at our Faculty, and is an example of lifelong education and training that enables students to master the knowledge, abilities and skills necessary to work in the teaching profession.

The principle of lifelong learning has also been 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 accessibility of education to all on equal terms, autonomy in choosing ways, content, form, means and methods of education, respect diversity and inclusion, professional and moral responsibilities of employees, etc.


The Department of Lifelong Learning is divided into three departments: the Department of the Didactics of the Lifelong Learning, the Department of Pedagogy of Lifelong Learning, and the Department of Philosophy and History.