Visiting Assistant Professor of German

The German Department at Bowdoin College invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible visiting assistant professor position for the 2024-2025 academic year. The appointment is for a one-year sabbatical replacement and begins July 1, 2024. Research specialization is open. Candidates who allow us to expand our curriculum in new directions are preferred. Near-native fluency in German is required, as well as an excellent command of English for courses taught as part of the college-wide curriculum. The teaching load is normally two courses per semester, with the occasional addition of another section of one of those courses. A Ph.D. in German or a related field is expected by the date of appointment.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education and to inclusive excellence in teaching. For a description of inclusive excellence, please consult the following resource: Williams, et. al., Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence.

The Bowdoin community warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the inclusive instruction and support of a diverse student population and who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We especially encourage people from historically excluded groups to apply. Accessibility during the application and interview stages, as well as once employed, is a priority of the College: Finally, visa sponsorships for faculty hires are available.

Bowdoin College offers opportunities for professional development including robust programming and resources for establishing and enhancing mentoring networks. The College also offers support for teaching, scholarship, publication, digital initiatives, computing software, conference travel, and community partnerships in courses. 

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit: 1) a cover letter that includes a summary of your scholarly focus, a description of your teaching philosophy and experience, and a description of how your approach demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence in teaching; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Letter writers will be automatically contacted upon submission of your application.

Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (38% students of color, 7% international students and 17% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

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