Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time, visiting assistant professor position in German Studies beginning in August 2023. This is a non-tenure track 3-year position. Applicants should have a specialization in German-language literature and culture and a commitment to teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Swarthmore’s German Studies program is small but vigorous, with both major and minor tracks and courses contributing to Film and Media Studies; Global Studies; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Comparative Literature. Teaching load is four classroom courses per year as well as co-curricular duties in support of the academic program. We seek candidates capable of teaching the full range of German language and culture courses, in addition to one annual English-language course in the candidate’s research specialty that would appeal to a broader student demographic (interdisciplinary connections to STEM and Social Sciences, e.g. through Medical Humanities, are especially encouraged). 

German Studies is housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, which has six language programs with 1-4 tenure lines and 1-2 lecturers each. Classes for majors are small, students are motivated, and the opportunities for collaboration with colleagues and students are real and abundant. Additional information about German Studies can be found at

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in German Studies, have native or near-native fluency in German and English, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and scholarly promise. Experience with instructional technologies, dedication to teaching language in cultural context, and a commitment to pedagogy that values inclusivity and diversity are required.

The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions
Applicants should include a brief cover letter describing their interest in Swarthmore College, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.  Apply at:  At least one letter of recommendation should comment specifically on teaching. Applications will not be considered until letters of recommendation have been submitted. Please address any questions you may have to Hansjakob Werlen, Prof. of German (

All applications received by April 28 will receive full consideration, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Effective July 21, 2021, Swarthmore is requiring all new employees to show proof of being fully vaccinated by their start date, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more information about Swarthmore's vaccine requirements, please visit the Swarthmore COVID-19 Response website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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