Visiting Assistant Professor - German

Lexington, Kentucky
Apr 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Transylvania University (, a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college of approximately 1,000 in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for a full-time, one-year, non-tenure-track visiting Assistant Professor position in German, beginning September 1, 2018. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract a diverse faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, research and mentorship of students from a variety of backgrounds, a key goal of our Project One initiative. Candidates are encouraged, in their cover letter, to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community.


Job Description

A Ph.D. or nearly completed Ph.D. in German is required. Area of specialty open, although an emphasis in Film Studies, Jewish Studies or Digital Language Acquisition is desirable. Native or near-native fluency in German and a commitment to assuming the responsibilities incumbent upon a faculty member in a dynamic, one-person, German Studies program required. Teaching load of three courses per semester, plus one short-term course in May that provides opportunities for innovative, team-taught courses. The visiting instructor will teach German I and III in the fall, in addition to a section of our First-Year Seminar (in English). In the winter, he or she will teach German II and an advanced course, along with First-Year Research Seminar (in English), and in May term, a special topics or advanced course.

To begin the application process, please submit a letter of application that sketches your professional and scholarly vision of teaching in such a program at a liberal arts college, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (please compile all documents into one PDF) by following the job openings link at For questions specific to this search, please contact Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker at [email protected]. The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 22nd; campus interviews will be conducted the first week of May.

Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 41 majors and 38 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with nearly 1,000 students. Transylvania University is an equal opportunity employer.