Sybil Scholz was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. She studied Applied Linguistics and English Literature, German Linguistics and Literature, and Japanese Language and Cultural Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany and graduated with an M.A. thesis in phonology.
Following her M.A., she started her postgraduate studies in Applied English Linguistics, German Linguistics, and Japanese Language and Cultural Studies at the University of Cologne and graduated with a PhD dissertation in linguistics, in the field of phonology
She was employed at the English Department of the University of Cologne for 13 years from 1994–2007. She taught a wide variety of linguistics courses such as Introduction to Linguistics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Gender Studies, Psycholinguistics, as well as courses with a focus on second language acquisition, such as Phonetics, Intonation, and Teaching Grammar, including courses in German as a Foreign Language.
From 2007 to 2008, she spent a sabbatical year in Hawaii to do research in the field of Pacific languages, especially the Hawai'ian language. Shortly before her move to Hawai'i, she had finished a postgraduate diploma in Teaching German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF).
From 2008 to 2012, she taught as a full-time Lecturer in Linguistics and Second Language Teaching at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Half of her teaching load was in the field modern linguistics and the other half in the field of Second Language Acquisition teaching practical language courses.
Since fall 2012 she is the language coordinator of the German Department at UVA. She speaks German, English, Japanese, French, and Spanish.