Lecturer/Assistant Teaching Professor of German

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Lecturer/Assistant Teaching Professor of German

Location: Modern Language
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606716
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity, vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and beyond.

Special Information

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures (GLC) invites applications for a Lecturer / Assistant Teaching Professor appointment to teach German language and culture on the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Mountain Campus beginning August 2023. This position is a full-time, teaching-focused, benefit-eligible position on the lecturer or professional career track that includes the possibility of promotion and is renewable on a year-to-year basis contingent upon performance, departmental needs, and university funding.

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures seeks candidates who will contribute to departmental efforts to advance programs, teaching, and learning to serve our diverse student population. Northern Arizona University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and GLC oversees the Modern Languages BA with emphases in French, German, Japanese and Spanish and the Interdisciplinary Global Program (dual majors with STEM and Business degrees) and minors in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, with courses in Portuguese and Navajo, along with an MAT and BA in Spanish. Our graduates are critically informed citizens from diverse populations including first-generation students, Latine and Indigenous Americans, and veterans.

Job Description

This position is teaching-focused position with an expectation of teaching both lower- and upper-division German courses. Along with the standard instruction-related expectations such as student assessment, mentoring, and course design and revision, the position also involves coordinating with colleagues on continuing curricular development and promoting student-focused initiatives. Robust participation in the academic and cultural activities of the department, college, and university is also expected. Other duties may be assigned by the Chair as necessary.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a solid pedagogical and theoretical foundation, an exemplary teaching record, commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body, aptitude for program building, and a passion for student outreach. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach German language, culture, and civilization at all levels of an undergraduate curriculum with a focus on intercultural competency, diversity and inclusivity in contemporary German culture, be eager to use new teaching tools, and be able to potentially adjust pedagogical approaches to a remote setting. Applicants with specializations in one or more of the following fields are particularly encouraged to apply: second-language acquisition and pedagogy, German for the professions (with a focus on interdisciplinarity), intercultural competency and study abroad, contemporary German literature, and discourses of minoritized communities in German Studies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. in German or related field conferred by August 2023.
  • Two years' experience teaching German language at the post-secondary level.

Assistant Teaching Professor:
  • Ph.D. in German pedagogy, literature, linguistics, or related field conferred by August 2023.
  • Two years' experience teaching German language at the post-secondary level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced proficiency in German and English (written and spoken).
  • A record of excellence in teaching both lower- and upper-division university-level German courses to English-speaking students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of contemporary second-language teaching theories, methods, and strategies in designing courses and lessons that foster student engagement along with oral and written proficiency.
  • Experience in and commitment to student outreach and program design that fosters enrollment growth, including interdisciplinary programs.
  • A history of researching and applying innovative approaches to instruction and curriculum design focused on cultural competency, civic engagement, and/or examining diverse elements of identity and culture in German-speaking populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting student success and developing a learning environment that advances access and inclusion across a diverse student body.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 606716, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications must be submitted through this online process; all others cannot be accepted for consideration. Application must include the following attachments in PDF form:
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Global Languages and Cultures Search Committee highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Names and contact information for three professional references;
  • Teaching Portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi created by applicant, student evaluations)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) statement. Please refer to this website for detailed instructions about the DEIJ statement.

Other materials may be requested of finalists selected for interview on a later date.

Any questions regarding the process prior to submission of materials may also be addressed to [email protected].

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

To apply, visit https://hr.peoplesoft.nau.edu/psp/ph92prta/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=2&JobOpeningId=606716&PostingSeq=1

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