Assistant or Associate Professor


Assistant or Associate Professor in German Studies

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to hire a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor. Successful candidates will have a strong grounding in German literary and cultural studies as well as an active research agenda in one or more of the following areas: 1) translation studies, 2) media studies 3) digital humanities, 4) nationalism, ethnicity, and race. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching reflects a commitment to an expansive and inclusive model of German Studies and affirms the ongoing relevance of our field to the project of humanistic inquiry. Examples of such commitment might include: adopting innovative comparative and interdisciplinary methodologies, developing new curricular initiatives, establishing partnerships with local and international communities that allow students to put their language skills and cultural competencies to work, or combining traditional research with new modalities of scholarly output (e.g., digital, creative, or public-facing projects). 



In addition to producing outstanding scholarship, responsibilities will include teaching in the undergraduate and graduate program at all levels of instruction and participating in departmental and university service. The new faculty member will also teach in the Program in Comparative Literature, which includes majors and minors in both Comparative Literature and Comparative Arts as well as a special PhD track for international writers.


The position requires a PhD degree and native or near-native proficiency in German and English. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a tenure review.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, a teaching statement, and evidence of teaching excellence (for example in the form of a teaching evaluation by a colleague or a substantive discussion of teaching in one of the letters). Applicants should describe in their cover letter or teaching statement their demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive working and learning environment as well as the teaching methods and curricular perspectives that they employ to engage a diverse student body.

All materials should be uploaded to Interfolio. Evaluation of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the search is concluded.

Inquiries about submitting application materials should be sent to the departmental administrator, Ben Locke ( Other inquiries should be sent to Search Committee Chairs, Matt Erlin ( and Caroline Kita (

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Washington University, and the strong candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive. Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information. 

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