Job #:  1700

Visiting Assistant Professor in German Studies. The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Pacific University invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2018-19 academic year. The department is searching for a collaborative colleague to teach six courses in German language and culture from the beginning to advanced level. Teaching load is 24 credits, consisting of 3 courses, 4 credits each, of beginning, intermediate, and advanced German courses (all taught in German) in both fall and spring semesters. The successful candidate will be active in all areas of program building, including advising for the major and the minor in German Studies and International Studies, for study abroad, and for the German Club. Additional responsibilities include supervising the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) and upper-division mentors for lower-division classes and for the Tutoring and Learning Center. Experience in teaching is highly desirable. Ph.D. in German, German Studies, or related field preferred but ABD considered. Native or near-native proficiency in German required. U.S. work permit also required. Salary and benefits competitive.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in German, German Studies, or related field with degree completed by August 2018 preferred, but ABD candidates will be considered.
  • Native or near-native proficiency in German.
  • Teaching experience in higher education.
  • Passion and energy for working at a liberal arts college with undergraduate majors and minors as well as non-majors at all levels of instruction.
  • Classroom and scholarly practices that serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment.
  • Ability to help students form respectful attitudes and interactions with people who differ in abilities, attitudes, and cultural experience, with sensitivity to factors that affect our own assessment of others.

Desired Attributes:

  • Experience with program building and organization of extracurricular activities
  • Experience with or training in Oral Proficiency Interviews
  • Experience with implementing Computer Assisted Instruction and integrating multi-media into the classroom
  • Experience and interest in engaging in on-going recruitment efforts of prospective students to continue building the program
  • Experience with interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and interest in fostering continuing collaborations with faculty and students
  • Experience with and interest in undergraduate research
  • Research agenda that demonstrates scholarly commitment to topics of relevance to cultures in the German-speaking world that inspire undergraduate students

Application Instructions:

Application review begins March 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted in April with the intent of awarding a contract by mid-May. Submit a zip file with the documents listed below to: German Search Committee ( Please use the file name formatting as described.

To apply please submit a zip file (labeled German “Last Name, First Initial”)

  • Letter of interest addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position (pdf file “Last name, first initial” Letter)
  • Curriculum Vitae (pdf file name: “Last name, first initial” CV)
  • One-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy as related to the liberal arts (pdf file name: “Last name, first initial” Philosophy)
  • Evidence of successful teaching – such as teaching evaluations and syllabi (pdf file name “Last name, first initial” Teaching)
  • Names and contact information of 3 references - letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed candidates (pdf file name: “Last name, first initial” References)


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At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences. International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


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