Assistant Professor of German Studies and Head of German Language Instruction

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: German and Russian Studies
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Sep 20, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 863
Position ID:: 167727

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to serve as Head of German Language Instruction. The new hire will direct the German Language Program and expand its impact through innovative teaching and research. We seek a colleague whose teaching and whose scholarship in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language pedagogy, or related fields will position them to lead and expand our German language program while actively contributing to the current state of the field.

This is a leadership role: the successful applicant will assume a variety of responsibilities related to the core language program, such as teaching and overseeing language courses within the six-semester German language sequence; supervising and mentoring other language instructors; and working with colleagues on curriculum development, revision, and strategic planning.

Salary, benefits, start-up package, and research support are competitive. Teaching load is 2/2; Ph.D. is required by the time the appointment begins in fall 2024; native or near-native proficiency in German and English is required.

The department welcomes applications from individuals who may have had nontraditional career paths, or who may have taken time off from their professional trajectory, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia. We are especially interested in applicants who view teaching, program building, and outreach as areas to promote diversity and perspectives that are underrepresented in higher education. Binghamton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogy, German Studies, or similar field; we welcome applications from ABD applicants, but note that a Ph.D. is required by the start of the appointment. Native or near-native proficiency in German and English is required, as is experience teaching college-level German. Experience in curricular development, supervising, mentorship, and outreach is desirable.

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

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Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following documents to Interview Exchange

1) a cover letter,

2) a CV,

3) a research statement,

4) a statement of teaching philosophy, and

5) the names and email addresses of three references.

Letters of recommendation and supplementary materials will be requested for candidates whose applications advance in the selection process. The position will remain open until filled. Applications received by November 10 will receive priority consideration. We anticipate that first-round interviews will be conducted over Zoom in mid-December, with campus visits taking place early in the spring semester.


Working at Binghamton University

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Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

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