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University of Rhode Island
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The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2022.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island is a collaborative, forward-leaning, and dynamic team of individuals committed across all languages to the departmental priorities of proficiency-based teaching, intercultural communicative competence (ICC) and languages for the professions. We collectively believe in diversity of thought, ideas and, especially, people. Our faculty come from multiple and diverse ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds and we unite around our three afore-mentioned priorities with open-mindedness, collegiality, mutual respect, and a spirit of consensus. We are furthermore committed to faculty training in the areas of our strategic priorities as well as in respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, we regularly invite nationally renowned speakers to provide ongoing training for the department in intercultural communicative competence and proficiency-based teaching; and we collectively organize and complete training and micro-credentials in inclusive teaching and antiracism. Our department is one of the largest undergraduate language departments in the nation, and it has a leadership team that includes a chair, an associate chair, six language section heads, a proficiency coordinator, an intercultural communicative competence coordinator, and a Language Center director. We also house the Chinese Flagship Language Program as well as five other signature programs: the International Engineering Program, International Business Program, International Computer Science Program, the International Studies and Diplomacy Program, and the International Pharmaceutical Sciences Program. Our department and our departmental initiatives are robustly supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost; and our commitment to hiring, supporting, and retaining faculty members from diverse backgrounds falls within the larger College and University strategic plans, and especially the URI Provost’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, which we encourage all interested job candidates to read: The department has been successful in bringing in outside funding to support our educational and research initiatives and the University values our faculty’s contributions in this area.

Our department invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of German with specialization in the literatures and cultures of German-speaking countries to begin Fall 2023. The successful candidate will provide critical support in teaching, research, and service to the University’s German language program as well as service for the various URI dual degree programs, which includes the International Engineering Program (IEP), the International Business Program (IBP), the International Computer Science Program (ICSP), and the International Studies and Diplomacy Program (ISD).

Teach and develop German courses across the undergraduate curriculum with special emphasis on upper-level ‘language through literature/culture’ courses as well as English-taught introductory survey courses that focus on the literature’s, contemporary topics, and cultures of German-speaking countries.

Contribute to the department’s initiatives in proficiency, intercultural communicative competence, and languages for the professions, as well as to our efforts to diversify and decolonize our curriculum.

Establish and maintain a consistent research program and pursue external funding opportunities.Contribute through service and collaboration to the missions of the German Program and its signature dual-degree programs (e.g. German IEP, German IBP, German ICSP, German ISD), the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University.

Contribute through service to honing and maintaining URI’s German student mobility programs and the advising of students planning to study abroad in German-speaking countries.

Contribute to the development and expansion of the curriculum for interdisciplinary models of German language teaching.

Contribute to and develop recruitment and retention initiatives.


1. Ph.D. in an area that focuses on the literatures, contemporary topics, and/or cultures of German-speaking countries, or in a related field at the time of appointment.

2. Near native or native proficiency in German and English.

3. Demonstrated experience in teaching German language courses.

4. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations and experience with and/or a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

5. Potential for research excellence, as shown by a (planned) research trajectory.

6. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

7. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.


1. Demonstrated experience in the teaching of German language through the literatures, contemporary topics, and/or cultures of German-speaking countries.

2. Evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by publications, works in progress, presentations, and/or funding obtained.

3. Demonstrated experience in teaching at the college level in the U.S.

4. Demonstrated experience in proficiency and/or intercultural competence and commitment to participation in departmental training in these areas.

5. Demonstrated experience in curriculum- and materials-development for upper level courses on German language through the literature, contemporary topics, and/or cultures of German-speaking countries, including English-taught introductory survey courses designed to attract new majors.




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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent




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Please attach the following 4 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Faculty Application:

(#1) A cover letter that speaks specifically to the required and (if applicable) desirable qualifications. Candidates who do not meet required qualifications will be removed from consideration.

(#2) Curriculum Vitae.

(#3) Other Document – Two course descriptions/syllabi, either existing or proposed, that align with your field of expertise and/or teaching interests (as one complete document):

  • a. One for an upper-level ‘language through literature, contemporary topics, and/or culture’ course (Intermediate High/Advanced Low).
  • b. One for an English-taught introductory survey course that could attract non-German students to the program.

(#4) Other Document – the names and contact information of three professional references.

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