Assistant Professor of German

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Valparaiso University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of German (tenure-track), in the Department of World Languages and Cultures (www.valpo.edu/world-languages-and-cultures/), beginning August 2022. Valparaiso University (“Valpo”), a community of learning grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve both church and society. Located one hour southeast of Chicago on a 310-acre campus, Valpo is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Valpo is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents with high quality schools and an active social community.

The successful candidate will teach all levels of undergraduate German language and culture, business German, and writing-intensive, first-year seminars conducted in English, typically involving 3 courses per semester, plus additional research and campus citizenship activities. 

Candidates should have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in German or a closely related field. Area of research specialization is open, with special consideration for expertise in a period before 1900, environmental issues, and/or regional dialects. Candidates should be generalists who are prepared to help build an engaging, theme-based curriculum, emphasizing communicative proficiency, past and present culture, and diversity, including experiences of marginalized people. Requirements: scholarly promise, native/near-native fluency in German and English, and demonstrable commitments to excellent teaching and fostering inclusion.

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented communities. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, current transcripts for all graduate work, and three letters of recommendation to Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/95259.  In your cover letter, please include statements concerning (a) your teaching, (b) your research, (c) how you might contribute to the university’s distinctive mission, and (d) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor a diverse student body. Candidates who submit names of references should expect that the search committee will contact their references, in confidence, and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire. Employment will require a satisfactory criminal background check. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by November 15, 2021 for timely consideration.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support its diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/general-counsel/policies/equal-opportunity-policy/ .


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