Open Rank Professor of German

   The Department of German at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in German literature and culture that will begin on July 1, 2022. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Our ideal candidate has a track-record of significant scholarly achievement and substantial college-level teaching experience. 

   Successful candidates will have a strong grounding in German literary and cultural history as well as in German literature specifically of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Preference will be given to applicants with multidisciplinary interests, including but not limited to critical race, ethnicity, and gender studies, film studies, migration and transnational studies, environmental humanities, and/or the medical humanities. The teaching load is two courses per semester and includes intermediate and advanced German-language courses, as well as courses in German literature and culture taught in German and English. Candidates will be expected to teach courses both within and outside their specialties. Department members may also teach independent-study courses on special topics. Preference will be given to scholars whose research and teaching interests supplement and expand our departmental program. Additional duties include supervising honors students and other academic advising and supporting students in a thriving departmental program, maintaining an active research profile, and participation in faculty governance within and outside the department.

   The position requires a Ph.D. degree and native or near-native proficiency in German and English. This is an open-rank search. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a tenure review. 

   Candidates are asked to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations, a writing sample of not more than twenty-five pages, syllabi for two proposed courses (one in German, one in English), and a teaching statement with their applications electronically to Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by this date will receive full consideration. 

   Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium. Candidates should have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, including advising; a well-articulated plan for robust and sustained research; and a desire to participate in the life of the college through service.

   Amherst is an equal opportunity employer and encourages those of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.


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