Assistant, Associate, or Professor of German

Furman U

Assistant, Associate, or Professor of German

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman University invites applications for an assistant, associate, or professor of German, tenure-track appointment, effective August 2023. Located in Greenville, SC, Furman University is a nationally ranked, top 50 liberal arts college which aspires to become a leader among its peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of people of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. Furman University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of university life, and strives to create an anti-racist community through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and programming. Numerous initiatives and programs are underway or planned to promote these ideals, including historic projects, dialogue initiatives, the Center for Inclusive Communities, and a new major in Africana Studies. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures similarly strives to foster an environment of inclusion in all respects, including in our curriculum, pedagogy, mentoring, and departmental culture. 

Ph.D. in German Studies required by August 1, 2023. Native or near-native fluency in German and English and prior teaching experience required. Specialty open, but we would be especially interested in candidates with expertise in topics relating to one or more of the following: 18th-, 19th-, or early 20th-century literature; environmental studies; migration studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Ability to teach “German for the Professions,” a first-year writing seminar, experience in overseeing internships, outreach initiatives, and/or student research is desirable.

Candidates must demonstrate scholarly potential as well as commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching at all levels of language, literature, and culture in a liberal arts setting. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color, and be committed to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence. They will also demonstrate the enthusiasm and potential to make dynamic contributions in line with The Furman Advantage.

Teaching load is five courses per year. Responsibilities include directing study abroad; involvement in co-curricular activities; teaching first-year seminars; offering interdisciplinary courses that contribute to other programs; pursuing an active research agenda; advising and mentoring; and university service. Competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants must submit materials no later than November 7, 2022 through this link on the Furman University application portal: The review of applications will begin immediately. Preliminary interviews will be conducted remotely via video conference. Please upload all application materials as a single PDF in the following order: letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and scholarly writing sample of no more than 20 pages. Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation (at least one of which addresses the candidate’s teaching abilities) via Interfolio to The diversity statement, not to exceed 300 words, should describe how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to inclusion and equity among its core values.

Greenville, SC, is a racially and culturally diverse community that is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. Greenville has a thriving downtown, excellent private and public schools, and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” It is within a short driving distance of Asheville, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches are within easy reach. In keeping with our commitment to equity and inclusion, domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits and faculty/staff affinity groups exist to offer support for faculty/staff that identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or Black/African American.

Inquiries may be directed to Linda B. Bartlett, Professor of Spanish and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613,

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