Advanced Associate or Full Professor: The Texas Chair in German Studies (Eighteenth Century through

The Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin seeks applications for the Texas Chair in German Studies, to begin Fall semester of academic year 2024-25. The Texas Chair is the center of the department’s evolving, vibrant research landscape of literary, material and media cultures. Area of specialization is open, but must include two areas. The first should be a strong or primary focus in eighteenth to twentieth-century Germanophone literatures, textualities, and cultures (including material cultures and media). Secondary specializations in the arts, humanities, social sciences, the cultural politics of institutions, and media studies (including history of the book, film, and new media) in any era are particularly welcome, provided the research addresses literature and other texts and practices as situated in cultural contexts.

The department envisions the holder of the Texas Chair in German Studies bringing enhanced transnational perspectives to a department that has begun charting new directions for studies of Germanic-language cultures (Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, etc., plus Yiddish), including their interconnections, their material and media networks on regional and global scales, and the broad range of languages and signifying practices in which they participate. Expectations include incubating projects with national and international participation and impact (grants, conferences, exchanges, etc.), especially those that augment the scope of the program’s research and that build bridges to other campus units. In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and research, duties will include service to the Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University.

The UT campus offers diverse opportunities to connect Germanic studies to larger contexts in Europe, the Americas, and beyond (e.g. migration studies; European Studies; transnational studies within and outside of Germanophone regions), including specialized units dedicated to comparative literature studies, cultural contact studies, gender and sexuality studies; specialized social science projects (e.g., security studies, marginalization, postcolonial, and area studies), mediality, museum studies, art history, and memory studies, as well as history of ideas, technology, and science. The department values faculty-graduate student collaboration and close ties across campus with strong units in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.


A Ph.D. is required, as are a well-developed and substantial research record and evolving research programs. Preferred qualifications include a track record of publications and professional presentations connecting both disciplines or specializations described in the position description, a track record of successful student supervision, mentorship, and teaching/curricular development, evidence of effective program management skills, connections with national/international research entities or projects, and native or near-native abilities in both German and English.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin December 1st and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following materials via Interfolio: 1) your application letter, 2) an academic CV that includes the names and institutional affiliations of three colleagues who can provide letters of recommendation, 3) a statement about your planned research trajectory and what your research focus can contribute to a program dedicated to new visions of Germanic Studies (750 words max), and 4) three samples of published work (articles, chapters, book sections; please upload or provide accessible links). 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position funding is subject to budget availability.

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For submission questions, please contact UT Germanic Studies Administrator, Raquelle Brant, at

For further information, please contact: Dr. Marc Pierce, Chair of Germanic Studies at

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