JOB: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (15.11.2017)

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)


Institution Type:  College / University
Location:  VirginiaUnited States
Position:  Assistant Professor


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech (Department of Modern and Classical Languages as of October 30) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of German to begin August 2018.

The successful candidate’s research and teaching will focus on German literature and culture of the late 18th and of the 19th century, especially the Age of Goethe, Romanticism, and Vormärz. Preference will be given to candidates with additional strengths in one or more of the following areas: European Studies, ecocriticism, German for the Professions (especially engineering, sciences, architecture, or business), theater and performing arts, interdisciplinary approaches, and Austrian and/or Swiss literature and culture.

A Ph.D. in German literature or culture or a related field is required by time of appointment.

Native or near-native fluency in German and English required.

As a Research I institution, Virginia Tech strongly values scholarly productivity as well as excellence in teaching; the demonstration of an active research agenda is essential. Ability to teach undergraduate courses in language from the elementary to the advanced level as well as literature and culture is also critical. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester; additional responsibilities include undergraduate advising, service on departmental and university committees, and extracurricular activities. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is a dynamic department that offers majors and minors in a range of languages, including German.

Applications must be submitted online at and must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including courses taught), a list of three professional references including email addresses and phone numbers, and a transcript. After the applicant completes the on-line application, the professional references indicated will be contacted by Virginia Tech via email to submit letters of recommendation electronically. At least one of the letters of recommendation must speak to the applicant’s teaching effectiveness.

We encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Review of applications will begin on 11/15/17. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

For further information, contact Dr. Esther Bauer, Chair, German Search Committee, at



For further information, contact Dr. Esther Bauer, Chair, German Search Committee, at

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Posting Date:10/05/2017
Closing Date01/03/2018