Assistant Professor of Modern Languages - German

The Department of Modern Languages at Denison University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in German Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  Successful candidates will have a field of specialization that has an emphasis on commerce and the ability to teach business German.  Our new colleague will also have a strong grounding in literature, film, and culture and be able to teach a diverse range of culture and language courses including courses that focus on commerce in German-speaking cultures. The successful candidate will teach in the German program but also contribute, on a regular basis, to Denison’s distinctive, interdisciplinary Global Commerce program.

This is an open rank search, and the position requires a Ph.D. degree and native or near-native proficiency in both German and English. The candidate will teach all levels of German language study, from beginning levels that build linguistic foundation in the language, to the intermediate level where the foundation is expanded and tailored for creative use of the language, up to the advanced level for content courses. Content courses can focus on culture, civilization, film, literature, politics, transnational commerce, and/or history. Denison’s teaching load is 3 / 2 or 5 courses per academic year. Our new colleague will mentor and supervise undergraduates in directed studies, summer research, and senior exercises as well as advise students through their course of study at Denison.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching undergraduates.


We seek a colleague with a creative imagination for curricular innovation and program development, thus we seek a candidate with varied and multifarious educational training and experience. This candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to other interdisciplinary programs and larger Denison curricular offerings such as Denison Seminars (team-taught, often with a travel component) and First Year Writing courses.  Further information on Denison Seminars can be found at We envision hiring a colleague who will contribute meaningfully to the campus community and develop a presence on campus through service to the college. 

In addition to having native or near-native proficiency in both German and English, successful candidates will have a robust scholarly agenda and have already demonstrated significant signs of scholarly production.  Faculty at Denison are expected to maintain an active research agenda that results in publications.

Denison is an increasingly diverse, highly selective, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 2,300 students from across the nation and around the world.  The college is located in the village of Granville, 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio, the state capital, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities.  Granville offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.  Denison is committed to attracting and supporting an academically, and culturally diverse faculty and to providing a work and learning environment free from discrimination.  A supportive environment for teacher-scholars who value both classroom and research excellence.  Denison offers extensive support for its faculty, including competitive professional development funding, a one-semester research leave after a successful pre-tenure review, opportunities for student-faculty research collaboration, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs to develop our strengths as teacher-scholars.  Denison offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including tuition benefits to attend Denison or other affiliated colleges and a generous retirement contribution.


Candidates must have evidence of ability to teach introductory, intermediate, and advanced German language classes.  Candidates who are non-native speakers should have a Ph.D. in German, German Studies, or related field by the start date.  Candidates who are native German speakers should have Ph.D.s in German, fields related to German Studies, or fields related to Commerce or finance.  ABD will be considered at the Instructor level until Ph.D. is obtained. Candidates are expected to be engaged and effective teachers who can maintain a productive scholarly and creative program while also actively contributing to the Modern Languages Department and to the college community as a whole.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online at  Review of applications will begin December 3rd and continue until the position is filled.  Applications completed by this date guarantee full consideration by the search committee.


Candidates are asked to submit:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • transcripts of graduate work (unofficial acceptable)
  • recent teaching evaluations from two courses or other evidence of effective teaching
  • Syllabi of two proposed courses, a language course and a course that relates to commerce in the German-speaking world
  • a teaching statement that discusses the candidate's teaching philosophy and specific approaches they have used or envision using to support a diverse student community and expose students to a wide range of ideas and perspectives.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism (IDEA) at

Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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