Assistant Professor of German

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor; the field is open. The Department welcomes candidates with strong backgrounds in German literature and culture as well as interdisciplinary interests, including, but not limited to: migration, race/ethnicity, media studies, Jewish studies, science and technology, gender and sexuality, and environmental studies. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2020. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester, including required and elective courses in German literature and culture as well as broader contributions to the Humanities curriculum in the form of outreach courses and freshman seminars. We are seeking an energetic colleague to help build our programs in literature and the humanities, share in advising students, and participate actively in the intellectual life of the university.

Qualifications: Doctorate in German Literature or closely related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Near-native fluency in both German and English is required.

Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and potential for innovative scholarship are essential.

Special Instructions: Candidates are encouraged to apply by October 1, 2019. Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy, approximately 500 words) 
  4. Research statement (approximately 500 words) 
  5. Names and contact information of 3 to 5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated e-mail to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor.
  6. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas
  7. Sample of scholarship (10,000-word maximum)

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Contact Information: Alison Frank Johnson, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 12 Quincy Street, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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