Assistant Professor – German and German/French Education



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Job description

La Crosse, WI

The Department of Global Cultures and Languages at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse-a department committed to high-impact pedagogical practices, diversity, equity, and cultural competency-invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in German Studies and German/French Education. This position includes responsibilities associated with World Language Education, and may include teaching world language education methods courses, leading field experience courses, and supervising teacher candidates in their field placements, as well as supporting student teachers through supervision and student teaching seminar. This position holds a start date of August 26, 2019.


  • Should have or be near to completing a doctorate degree in Second Language Acquisition, German Language, German Cultural Studies, German Linguistics, German Education, or a related field by August 26, 2019. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020.
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in U.S. PK-12 schools or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated expertise specifically related to German and/or French education, that in part or in whole informs and enhances the work they do with prospective teachers.
  • Maintain an active research agenda.
  • Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in German and English.
  • Candidates must also have a demonstrated proficiency in French.


  • The successful candidate will be able to teach a wide variety of German courses at all levels and will have experience with content-based foreign language instruction.
  • In addition, we seek a colleague who can expand our departmental offerings by developing courses in one of the following areas: 1) German for professional purposes (e.g., business, science and health, translation studies, etc.); and/or 2) minority cultures, social justice, diversity, advocacy, and community engagement in the German-speaking world; and/or 3) online, hybrid, and distance-learning in the foreign language classroom; 4) experience with or interest in service-learning education or internships abroad are also desirable.
  • Experience in teacher education at the college level related to world languages.
  • Experience as a cooperating teacher and/or with student teaching supervision.
  • Experience working in a professional learning community.
  • Experience modeling inclusive practices.
  • Experience with standards-based teacher preparation and performance-based assessments (e.g. edTPA, InTASC standards).
  • Teaching experience at multiple developmental levels.

All faculty in Global Cultures and Languages at UW-La Crosse teach 12 credits (3-4 courses) per semester. In addition, faculty at UW-La Crosse advise undergraduate students, participate in service activities at departmental, college, and university levels and maintain a progressing research trajectory.

This position is affiliated with the School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education (EPC) and the dean of the EPC will provide feedback regarding hiring and personnel reviews to the department. School of Education affiliated faculty are expected to be engaged in service and scholarly activities that inform and enhance the work they do with prospective teachers. Some additional work hours outside the academic school year may be required in order to align duties with the PK-12 school year.

UW-La Crosse’s School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education is committed to principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice. We seek to advance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “Achieving Excellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching with identity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring that everyone-regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and other identities-is included and welcomed on campus.

Faculty members in this position collaborate with the Department of Educational Studies on advising and curriculum related issues.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by (ACO).

For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.

With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.

As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

How to apply

Applicants must provide a CV, a cover letter which addresses their teaching philosophy, and a list of 4 references including telephone numbers of the recommenders. First review of applications will begin April 15, 2019.

Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position, for any requests for accommodations, and to apply, please visit for position listing #5218 or contact Dr. Shelley Hay, Associate Professor of German and Search Chair.

UW-La Crosse is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in our faculty and encourage applications from women, persons of color, individuals with a disability and veterans. Employment will require a criminal background check. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse shares in the mission of the University of Wisconsin System which is to develop human resources; to discover and disseminate knowledge; to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses; and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and human sensitivities as well as scientific, professional, and technological expertise and a sense of purpose.