Career Instructor in Swedish and Scandinavian Studies

Department Summary

The Department of German and Scandinavian, located in the School of Global Studies and Languages, offers undergraduate Majors and Minors in German as well as Scandinavian. We sustain lively, contemporary, and rigorously demanding MA and PhD programs in German, including a 5 year BA/MA program. In all programs, we value giving our students individual attention and active mentorship and advising. We have close interrelationships with relevant Departments and other units around the campus, including Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, Philosophy, the School of Music and Dance, the School of Design, etc. In addition, the online literature-and-theory journal Konturen is housed in our Department.

Within and around German and Scandinavian Studies, our faculty members work in diverse areas such Judaic Studies (including Yiddish), Decolonial Criticism and Africa Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Fantasy Studies. We have a long and venerable history in offering Nordic languages and cultural materials (literature, film, social history), and we seek out opportunities for sustaining dialogue between German and Scandinavian Studies wherever possible (see vol. 17 of Konturen at In Scandinavian, we focus on both medieval and modern periods, and in the latter both in literature and film. In addition to this Career Instructorship, we currently have two tenured Scandinavianists in the Department.

Position Summary

The Department of German and Scandinavian seeks to hire a Career Instructor in Swedish Language and Scandinavian Literature and Culture, to teach Swedish language at the undergraduate level, and to teach undergraduate literature and culture classes in the Scandinavian domain. Literature and culture classes engage students both from the major and the minor, as well as from the general student population (who may be working on the Core Education curriculum), and from fields such as Folklore, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, Cinema Studies, and Humanities. We seek someone who will energetically sustain the language program and contribute actively and creatively to Scandinavian offerings in line with our curriculum, and in accordance with the person’s own teaching and intellectual interests, attracting and holding the attention of a significant student base along the way.

Minimum Requirements

• Master's degree in Scandinavian Studies, Applied Linguistics, Language Pedagogy, Comparative Literature, or a related field.
• Fluency in Swedish.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Scandinavian Studies, Applied Linguistics, Language Pedagogy, Comparative Literature, or a related field.
• Experience in development of curriculum, proficiency assessment, and placement testing is desirable.
• Documented successful college-level second-language teaching experience in Swedish, as well as in literature and culture courses in the Scandinavian domain more generally.

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application should include:
• A current resume/CV
• Cover Letter
• Three (3) professional references

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