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Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Arts & Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literature
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Assistant Professor
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies

The Kalamazoo College Department of German Studies invites applications for a full-time, one-year position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies for the academic year 2023-24.

Principal responsibilities will include teaching two German courses per trimester (Fall, Winter, Spring) at beginning, intermediate and advanced undergraduate levels, with all courses focusing on German language, literature, and culture. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to propose new courses as well as teach standard courses in our core curriculum, including a first-year or sophomore seminar in our Shared Passages program. Other responsibilities include helping to organize events, mentoring student Teaching Assistants, and advising senior projects. The successful applicant will work closely with permanent faculty, and support is offered for faculty research and professional development.

Applicants must have excellent proficiency in German and English. A PhD is required at the time of appointment. Applicants who are able to teach upper-level literature and culture courses will be given priority.

German Studies at Kalamazoo College is a thriving program, named an AATG Center of Excellence in 2022. Faculty are committed to diversity and inclusion in terms of teaching methods and course content. Students work with authentic cultural materials from beginning to advanced levels, and emphasis is placed on the development of interpretive and critical skills. There is also a lively German community on campus, with Teaching Assistants from Germany who work with faculty, regular co-curricular events, and service-learning projects in local schools. Kalamazoo College is strongly committed to fostering diversity and equity among its faculty, students, and staff, and is particularly interested in applicants with demonstrated experience teaching and mentoring a diverse student body. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are invited and encouraged.

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective liberal arts college offering an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with educational experiences and civic engagement in domestic and international settings. As such, it attracts students from diverse backgrounds. The College is a member of the Posse Program and home to the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. It is located in Kalamazoo, MI, a diverse and vibrant city in western Michigan and home of the first nationwide city-based college tuition remission program, the Kalamazoo Promise. Sitting halfway between Detroit and Chicago, Kalamazoo is also home to a large research university that shares many of its resources with the Kalamazoo College community. Thirty-five miles from the beautiful beaches and coastal towns of Lake Michigan, the area also offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Complete applications received by February 20, 2023 will receive full consideration, with later applications reviewed as needed until the position is filled. Please submit all materials in PDF format electronically : curriculum vitae and cover letter (discussing preparation and prior teaching experience, as well as ideas for advanced courses). Please also have three letters of recommendation submitted to [email protected] with “VAP” in the subject line. Candidates invited to interview will be asked for further materials, including a statement on equity and inclusion, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a sample syllabus. Please direct all correspondence and questions regarding this position to Dr. Elizabeth Manwell: [email protected].


Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of 40 colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. 

An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law. The College administers its programs without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, disability as protected by law, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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