Visiting Assistant Professor of German

The Department of German and Russian at Williams College seeks dynamic, engaged candidates for a three-semester visiting position in German with two courses per semester, to begin in the spring semester of 2022. Specialization open (from the eighteenth century to the present). Ph.D. strongly preferred. Native or near-native proficiency in the language is required. A passion for teaching is a must; specifically, the successful candidate will have significant language teaching experience and innovative ideas for upper-level courses. A comparative or interdisciplinary focus is welcome, since the teaching will likely include courses in English cross-listed with related fields (e.g., Comparative Literature, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, History, Art History, etc.). Our program is founded on close student-faculty interaction as well as vibrant, rigorous scholarship. We seek applicants who can demonstrate in their supporting materials a capacity for equitable and inclusive teaching, and a commitment to working effectively with a student, staff, and faculty population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. We actively invite applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in German Studies. The application timeline is as follows: 1) Candidates will submit through Interfolio a cover letter, CV, and three reference letters by October 15, 2021; materials should be addressed to Janneke van de Stadt, Chair, Department of German and Russian. Fax and email applications will not be accepted; 2) The department plans to conduct online video interviews with 8-10 semi-finalists in early November. During the 30-minute interview, candidates will be asked to discuss their research and teaching experience as well as ideas for language and content courses; 3) One finalist at a time will be brought to campus for an interview in early December. Finalists will be asked to teach a sample language course and do a colloquium with members of the department and other relevant colleagues and students, based on a writing sample that will have been circulated beforehand; 4) We hope to make an offer by the end of the first semester.

Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Williams College is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive


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