Assistant Professor of German

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) invites applications for a full-time position in German at the rank of Assistant Professor, set to begin in August 2021. This is a three-year non-tenurable contract with the possibility of renewal pending departmental need and satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will have a record of teaching excellence in German at the college/university level, as well as a demonstrated commitment to program-building, advocacy, and extracurricular programming. Candidate must also be versed in literacy-based instructional methods and ready to be part of a team that embraces this approach in the context of a recently reformed German Studies curriculum. Area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in 20th and 21st-century culture and literature and a demonstrated commitment to diverse, decolonized representation of the German-speaking world. Native or near-native proficiency in German, Ph.D. in hand by the date of employment, and a strong understanding of and interest in working in an undergraduate-focused, liberal arts environment are all required. The teaching load for this position is 3-3. The option exists for the new hire to apply for directorship of Rhodes College Language Learning Center for additional compensation, but this is not a requirement of the job. Rhodes College believes that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as an institution, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Furthermore, Rhodes College is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.

Rhodes is a nationally ranked residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and honor among ourselves. Our students live and learn on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, located in the heart of Memphis, an economic, medical, and culturally diverse center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area.

Rhodes College prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and anti-discrimination. (

A complete application will include 1) a cover letter that addresses the strengths the candidate will bring as a teacher and scholar to a liberal arts college environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information for three references; 4) a separate statement that addresses how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service will contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion as one of its core values; 5) a statement of teaching philosophy. Review of completed applications will begin on April 5, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. Background checks are required before candidates will be invited for a teaching demonstration.

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