Assistant Professor-Tenure System



Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job no: 901871
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Linguistics, Languages, And Cultures 10004543
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title
Assistant Professor in German - Tenure

Position Summary
The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (LiLaC) at Michigan State University is seeking a tenure system Assistant Professor in German Studies with a specialization in sociolinguistics. The position is a full-time, academic year (9 month) appointment, beginning August 16, 2024. The duty period runs from August 16 through May 15 of each year.

We seek candidates with active teaching and research interests in language use, variation, and change, with preference given to candidates working in global and/or digital German-speaking communities. We are open to a wide range of methodological orientations (e.g., qualitative, ethnographic, mixed, and/or quantitative approaches) and modes of engaging students, which will expand the spirit of interdisciplinarity that characterizes German at MSU. Applicants whose work includes qualitative, ethnographic, mixed, quantitative, and/or multilingual communities are encouraged to apply. We especially invite candidates who can expand and enrich the existing strengths of the program through their lived experiences, research, teaching, and service.

The successful candidate will contribute to the German Studies Program's mission and vision in research, teaching, and community engagement. The standard teaching assignment (2-2) includes both graduate and undergraduate German Studies courses, with the possibility of contributing to the College of Arts & Letters' general education program (Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities). This appointment will be 100% in the German Studies Program in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures, which is also home to the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics programs.

The position comes with opportunities to collaborate with MSU's Sociolinguistics Lab as well as applied and theoretical linguists in LiLaC and the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. Service and community engagement may include involvement in education abroad, collaborations with the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA), and other German program initiatives. The German Studies Program at MSU prides itself in its collaborative and transdisciplinary program culture and looks forward to the contributions of the successful candidate.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Minimum Requirements


  • Doctoral degree in German Studies, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or a related field; At time of appointment degree must be in hand, preferably by Aug. 16, 2024.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English.


Desired Qualifications




  • Record of excellence in scholarly work, which may include traditional publications as well as public scholarship and/or applied scholarship.
  • Robust intellectual leadership agenda in the area of language use, language variation, language change, multilingualism, and/or linguistic justice.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence, and interest in or experience with mentoring/supervision.
  • Experience with/interest in education abroad and/or community engagement.

Required Application Materials
Qualified applicants should submit

a) a cover letter.

b) current curriculum vitae.

c) A 1-page summary of your philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to intellectual leadership in the areas of teaching/curriculum development, research/creative activities, service, outreach, advising, and/or administration. The statement should also include an explanation of related past or planned activities/endeavors as well as how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence. For more about MSU's DEI efforts, see For more information about writing diversity statements, see

d) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Special Instructions
Review of applications will begin 11/10/2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website, posting# 901871,

For more information, contact Prof. Felix Kronenberg, Chair of the Search Committee at

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Department Statement
The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU Statement
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Oct 2, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Oct 2, 2025 Eastern Daylight Time

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