Assistant Professor, Department of German Studies

Middletown, Connecticut, United States

Job description

Job Posting Number: F00191

Department: German Studies-1055

Job Category: Faculty Posting

Position Details

The German Studies Department of Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship beginning July 1, 2019. Area of specialization: German literature (prose, lyric poetry, drama) of the Enlightenment, Weimar Classicism, and Romanticism. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research in the long eighteenth century will lend itself to collaborative scholarship with other colleagues in the Humanities. Candidates must possess native or near-native fluency in German. The 2/2 teaching load includes German-language courses on all levels and courses on German literature, thought, and culture taught in German or English. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in German Studies or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in German Studies or related field within one year of hire.

How to apply

Apply online

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter describing current teaching interests and research, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) writing sample (article or dissertation chapter no longer than 25 pages), (4) teaching statement. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Additional Information

Applications submitted by Friday, September 7, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Please contact Debra Pozzetti at or 860-685-3359 if you have questions about the application process.

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