Head of Department:

Maja Brust Nemet, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Name and surname

Maja Brust Nemet, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor





Research interest

Pedagogy, Professional Development of Teachers, Teacher Competences, Classroom Management, School Culture, Projects in Educational Institutions, Methodology of Pedagogical Research


Maja Brust Nemet was born in 1984 in Osijek, Croatia. She studied Pedagogy and Croatian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek, Croatia, and she graduated in 2007. In 2015 she received the Ph.D. in Pedagogy from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, defending the dissertation Socio-Pedagogical Competences of Teachers in the Contemporary School Culture Curriculum. From September 2007 to October 2008 she worked as a pedagogue in the elementary school Josipovac. Since November 2008 she has worked as a Teaching Assistant, from July 2018 as Senior Assistant on the Faculty of Education, and from 2017 she has been working as the Assistant Professor at the Department of Lifelong Learning and Education at Faculty of Education in Osijek. She is an external associate of the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at the University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek. She has participated in more than 20 national and international scientific and vocational conferences. In addition to papers published in the proceedings of conferences, she co-authored and published a scientific book and approx. 20 scientific papers.

List of publications (link to CROSBI)

CROSBI Maja Brust Nemet

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

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

Vesnica Mlinarević, Full Professor, Ph.D.
Snježana Dubovicki, Vice Dean for development and professional work, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Ivica Kelam, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Rahaela Varga, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Dražen Rastovski, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Ksenija Romstein, Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
Antonija Huljev, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
Pavao Nujić, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D
Ružica Tokić Zec, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
Jurica Lovrinčević, Senior Lecturer

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