Visiting Assistant Professor

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The Department of German Studies at the University of Kansas invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in German Studies, to begin on August 18, 2020. This appointment is limited term for two years, with the option of a third year, based on performance and institutional needs. This is a full-time position with a 3:3 teaching load as well as service and research obligations (see below). Applicants are expected to have a PhD (or be ABD with the defense completed) in German Studies or a related field by the start date of the appointment. Specialization open, but preference for a focus in post-1945 literature and culture of German-speaking Europe.  In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It has often been called the “Austin of Kansas.” It is also less than an hour drive from Kansas City. 
Duties: Teach three (3) courses per semester at the undergraduate level in German Studies. These will primarily include elementary and intermediate German courses satisfying the KU language requirement and general education courses in German Studies taught in English (including online courses), and may include upper-level courses as needed by the department. Advise and mentor undergraduate students. Participate in service to the Department, the College, the University, and the profession. Maintain and sustain an active and productive program of research in field of specialization, including scholarly publications and presentations at research conferences.
Required Qualifications:  PhD (or ABD with defense completed) in German Studies or a related field by the start date of the appointment. Native or near-native command of German and English. Demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching undergraduate German Studies courses at the university level. Evidence of dedication to high quality research.

For further details, see full position description and apply online at application website:  A complete application will include a letter of application that describes the teaching philosophy and the research agenda, a detailed CV that addresses the record of accomplishments and productivity as well as a list for the contact information for three professional references, and teaching evaluations for the last three years.  For more information, please contact Prof. Nina Vyatkina, Chair: Initial review of applications begins on December 15, 2019, and will continue until no longer needed.
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