Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of German Studies
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. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. by the start of appointment.
60% Teaching Responsibilities:
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.
20% Service Responsibilities:
Service to the Department, the College, the University, and the profession.
20% Research Responsibilities:
Maintain and sustain an active and productive program of research in field of specialization, including scholarly publications and presentations at research conferences.
Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of teaching philosophy and research agenda in letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV; (3) teaching evaluations.
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.
Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Nina Vyatkina, Chair
Additional Candidate Instruction
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,
The names, email and contact information for three professional references, and
Teaching evaluations for the last three years.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.