Assistant Professor in German Studies

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Job Title: Assistant Professor in German Studies
Location: Foreign Languages & Literature
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 5023
Faculty Posting Details
Appointment: Department of German Studies, full-time tenure-line Assistant Professor position; begins Fall, 2020.

Responsibilities: The Department of German Studies seeks a tenure-line assistant professor, with a specialty in German literature and culture from 1890-1949, to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses at all levels. Preference will be given to applicants who complement our offerings in German as well as other departments and programs on campus, and whose research and teaching interests align with one or more of the following areas: theatre history, performance studies, and drama pedagogy; visual culture (film and photography); legacies of fascism, nationalism, and memory discourses; nature and eco-humanities; and literary historiography.

The University of Puget Sound is a 2,400 student liberal arts university with class sizes ranging between 15-30 students and a standard teaching load of 3 courses each semester. Other duties include student advising, participation in departmental and university governance, and continuation of professional development in the faculty member's area of expertise.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in German Studies preferred; ABD considered; native or near-native proficiency in both German and English is required; dedication to a liberal arts college model and mission; record of excellence in undergraduate teaching at many levels; successful experience designing new courses; familiarity with or training in current international language assessments and standards (OPI certified examiner desirable); clear and on-going research agenda; participation in developing and leading summer faculty-led study abroad programs; history of organizing co-curricular programs, events, and community outreach activities.

Teaching includes language courses in the second-year sequence, literature and culture courses taught in German and English, as well as occasional offerings in the university’s Core curriculum. German Studies at the University of Puget Sound is a vibrant program with growing, robust enrollments and is deeply committed to building a community of excellence, equity, and diversity.

Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than October 1, 2019 to ensure full consideration.

Required Documents:

    Letter of interestCurriculum vitaeThree (3) Letters of Reference. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.Teaching evaluationsTeaching statementResearch statementDiversity Statement (see prompt below)
Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.

Applicant’s Diversity Statement. As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About Puget Sound:

The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.

Puget Sound has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy,

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

University Diversity Statement

    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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Posted: 9/6/2019
Application Due: 11/5/2019
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