This page is dedicated to academic jobs in German. The jobs found here are added by individuals as well as drawn from sources such as the MLA job list, Higher Ed Jobs, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, jobs.ac.uk, and other lists and websites.
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Name of college/university, title/rank, preferred area(s) of specialization, application due date, link to job ad.
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- Midwest Dreamland U, asst. prof., 20th C, due 11/1/20, link
- writing sample requested by email, 12/1 (x5)
- phone interview scheduled, 12/15 (x4)
- MLA interview scheduled, 12/20 (x3)
- on-campus interview invitation, 1/15ge
- offer extended, 3/15
- offer accepted, 3/25
- rejection letter received, 4/1
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- 1 RECENT ACTIVITY on German 2020-2021 Wiki
- 2 Tenure Track Faculty Positions
- 3 Senior Faculty Positions
- 4 Visiting/Non-Tenure Track/Term-Limited Faculty Positions
- 5 Applied Linguistics/Language Coordinator/Pedagogy/Program Director Positions
- 6 Renewable Non-Tenure Track Lecturer/Instructor Positions
- 7 Part-Time/Adjunct Positions
- 8 Spring 2021 Positions
- 9 Faculty Positions outside of Canada and the U.S.
- 10 Multi-Language Faculty Positions
- 11 Other Germanic Languages
- 12 Other German-Related Faculty Positions
- 13 Demographics
- 14 Discussion
RECENT ACTIVITY on German 2020-2021 Wiki
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Tenure Track Faculty Positions 
- Carnegie Mellon U (PA), asst. prof., Critical Race Studies, Racism, and Black and Afrodiasporic Studies, due 10/15/20, link
- Zoom Interview scheduled, 11/12 (x2)
- Zoom interview scheduled, 11/13 (x1)
- Follow up interview with German faculty, 11/18 (x2)
- On campus interview invitation, 11/25 (x2)
- Rejection email after campus interview, 1/8 (x2)
- Elon U (NC), asst. prof., due 1/15/21, link
- Does anyone have any information on this search? The start date made me think that they were trying to wrap it up quickly.
- This is not actually a real search. Lots of drama, and no fault of the German Dept. itself. They are not actually hiring in German at all.
- Hamilton C (NY), asst. prof., due 11/9/20, link
- Zoom Interview scheduled, 12/1 (x7)
- Zoom Interview took place, 12/15 (x1)
- Rejection post interview, 1/4 (x3)
- On campus interview invitation, 1/4
- Offer accepted, 3/11, link
- Middlebury C (VT), open rank, Black European studies, due 2/1/21, link
- Zoom interview scheduled, 3/17 (x2)
- Virtual Campus interview scheduled, 04/05 (x2)
- Offer extended, 4/28
- Offer declined, 5/6
- Oklahoma SU, pandemic studies cluster, open rank, link
- Oklahoma SU, asst. prof. of German, due 2/7/21, link
- Has anyone heard anything on this one? Danke!
- Have received no notification or correspondence as of 2/25 (x4)
- Invitation for Zoom interview, 3/1
- Wartburg C (IA), asst. prof., review begins 6/14/21, link
- Email received indicating position has been filled, 7/16
- U of Washington, asst. prof., Humanities Data Science, due 1/22/21, link
- Washington U in St. Louis (MO), asst. prof., Cultural Analytics or Digital Literary Studies, due 3/5/21, link
- Rejection e-mail, 4/2
Senior Faculty Positions
- Coastal Carolina U (SC), assoc./full prof. & dept chair (language open), link
- George Mason U (VA), assoc./full prof & dept chair (language open), due 1/4/21, link
Visiting/Non-Tenure Track/Term-Limited Faculty Positions
- Bowdoin C (ME), 1-yr. Andrew W Mellon postdoctoral fellow in German, review begins 4/10/21, link
- Invitation for Zoom interview, 4/19
- Invitation for virtual campus visit, 4/26
- Position filled, 5/19
- Colgate U (NY) 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., review begins 3/3/21, link
- Any movement on this one? Danke!
- Invitation for Zoom interview, 3/17
- Colorado C, 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., due 12/15/20, link
- Zoom interview scheduled, 1/5 (x3)
- Has anyone heard anything? Danke!
- Offer letter accepted, 2/12
- Duke University (NC), 1-yr. non-renewable instructor position, due 08/13/21, link
- Haverford C (PA), 1-yr. visiting asst. prof. of German, due 5/5/21 (or later), link
- Iowa SU, (Search reopened), 9-month lecturer of German, 6 courses (2 100-level, 4 300-level content courses), full benefits, possibility of renewal, due 6/15/21, link
- Knox C (IL), 1-yr. visiting asst. prof. of German and Jewish Studies, due 2/1/21, link
- Invitation for Zoom interview, 2/22 (x3)
- Invitation for virtual campus visit, 3/4 (x2)
- Position filled, 3/31
- Lafayette C (PA), 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., German, due 6/11/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/22
- Position filled, 7/2
- Louisiana SU, instructor of German, link
- Macalester C (MN), 3-yr. visiting asst. prof., German Studies, due 12/10/20, link
- Position filled (x4)
- New College of Florida, 1-yr w/extensions, visiting asst. prof. German Language, Literature, Film, due 5/15/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/1
- Virtual campus interview invitation, 6/3
- offer made, 6/9
- offer accepted, 6/10
- Northwestern U (IL), 2-yr postdoctoral fellow in German, due 6/2/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/18
- Offer made, 6/29
- Offer accepted, 7/1
- Pennsylvania State University, University Park main campus, 1-yr. asst. Teaching Professor, German, review begins immediately, renewal possible, link
- Randolph-Macon C (VA), 1-yr renewable visiting asst. prof., due 6/1/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/15
- Reed C (OR), 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., German, due 1/15/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 2/16
- On campus interview invitation, 2/25
- Position filled
- Sam Houston SU (TX), lecturer of German, open due date, link
- St. Norbert C (WI), 3-yr. visiting asst. prof., German, due 12/1/20, link
- Invitation for Zoom interview 12/15, scheduled for 1/5 and 1/6
- Notification that finalists selected for virtual campus visit, 1/15
- offer extended, 2/19
- offer declined, 2/26
- Offer accepted, 3/16
- St. Olaf C (MN), 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., sabbatical replacement, German, due 3/30/21, link
- offer extended, 4/13
- offer accepted, 4/14
- St. Olaf C (MN), 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., German, review begins immediately, open until filled, link
- This position is in addition to the sabbatical replacement listed above.
- offer accepted, 6/21
- U of Arkansas Fayetteville, visiting instructor of German, 1-yr. due 6/4/21 link
- Position filled
- U of Colorado Boulder, 2-yr. visiting asst. prof., German, due 3/30/21, link
- The current VAP is moving institutions this summer, so there is no inside candidate—please do apply.
- Invitation to Zoom interview, 4/29
- Position filled, 5/20
- U of Florida, 9-month visiting asst. prof., German lang. and Culture, due 4/15/21, link
- U of Kansas, 3-yr. lecturer, due 12/22/20, link
- Position filled
- U of Maryland, Global Campus, Collegiate Faculty, World Languages and Culture, German Language, link
- contacted for phone interview, 10/29
- rejection e-mail, 11/5
- rejection email, 10/15
- U of Rhode Island, Max Kade visiting prof., link
- contacted for Zoom interview, 11/25
- offer extended, 12/4
- offer accepted, 12/5
- U of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1-yr. (+1-yr. renewal) visiting asst. prof. or lecturer, due 5/14/21, link
- contacted for Zoom interview, 5/19
- Vassar C (NY), 1-yr. replacement visiting asst. prof., due 6/18/21, link
- contacted for Zoom interview, 6/19
- Position filled, 6/29
- Western Washington U, 1-yr. visiting asst. prof., open until filled, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/15
- Position filled
- U of Oklahoma, 1-yr. renewable lecturer, editorial assistant for the co-editor of German Quarterly, Professor Karin Schutjer, link
Applied Linguistics/Language Coordinator/Pedagogy/Program Director Positions
- U of Georgia, lecturer and lang. program coordinator, due 2/5/21, link
- Request for supplemental materials, 2/12 (x3)
- Zoom interview invitation, 3/5 (x3)
- Zoom interview took place, 3/12 (x2)
- Invitation for virtual campus visit, 3/13 (x2)
- Virtual campus visit took place, 3/30 (x2)
- Offer extended, 4/6
- Offer accepted, 4/16
- U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, non-tenure renewable track and lang. program director, due 4/19/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 4/26
- Job got re-posted on MLA on 5/28 link
Renewable Non-Tenure Track Lecturer/Instructor Positions
- Oklahoma State University (OK) 1 yr. renewable VAP of German. Review ongoing until filled, https://apply.interfolio.com/90059
- Miami U (OH), 1yr. renewable VAP of German, review begins 06/22/2021, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/23
- Offer made, 6/29
- Position filled, 7/1
- Rhodes C (TN), 3-yr. renewable asst. prof., German Studies, due 4/5/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 4/9
- Zoom interview invitation, 4/14
- Virtual "on-campus" interview invitation, 4/21
- Virtual "on-campus" interview invitation, 5/3
- Rejection email received 5/18 (2x)
- U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, instructor, three-year renewable, due 4/15/21, link
- Zoom interview invitation, 4/19
- Position filled according to HR
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA), asst. teaching prof. of German, review ends 5/28/21, Link
- Zoom interview invitation, 6/2
- Additional materials requested, 6/2
- Offer made and accepted
- Boston C (MA), Part-time Lecturer, German Studies, due 4/21/21
- 2-2 interm./adv. language courses, potentially 2-3, sabbatical replacement. Send CV to German Studies Undergraduate Program Director, link
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, temp. lecturer in German, due 4/30/21, Academic Jobs Online
- Tufts U (MA), Part-time Lecturer, German Literature and Culture, due 3/29/21, link
- Offer extended, 4/12
- Offer accepted, 4/14
Spring 2021 Positions
- Illinois SU, instructional asst. prof, 1 class, though not stated on listing, open until filled, link
- U of Rhode Island, PTF for two GER 101 sections, online, due 1/8/21, link
- Washington U in St. Louis (MO), lecturer, Germanic langs. and Literature, due 11/23/20, link
Faculty Positions outside of Canada and the U.S.
- King's College London (United Kingdom), lecturer in German Language Education & Lang. Co-Ordinator Education, due 3/7/21, link
- Link with message that they are no longer accepting applications for the position, 2/18
- Lalia Berlin (Germany), instructor for online German classes, link
- National Taiwan U, asst. prof. of German (also German Linguistics or Literature), due 8/18/21, link
- U of Sydney (Australia), continuing (tenured), due 2/28/21, link
Multi-Language Faculty Positions
- Allegheny C (PA), asst. prof. of French and German (non-TT), review begins 2/22/21, link
- Convenant C (GA), asst. prof. of foreign language (multi language), link
- Zoom interview scheduled, 1/20
- U of California, Berkeley, asst. prof. of comp. lit., critical theory, due 10/15/20, link
- Writing sample request
Other Germanic Languages
- Middlebury C (VT), instructor of German, Middlebury Language Schools, due 1/8/21, link
Other German-Related Faculty Positions
Change the count in the category to which you belong. This permits us to have somewhat of an overview on the nature of the market demographics in German Studies.
ABD (early): 2
ABD (will finish this academic year): 7
Ph.D. in hand (visiting asst. prof., lecturer/senior lecturer, post-doc, adjunct): 8
Ph.D. in hand (alt ac):
Ph.D. in hand (unemployed): 1
Assistant Professor: 1
Associate Professor: 3
Search Committee Member: 1
Faculty "Job Coach": 1
- With the job market died the illusion that I could land a position if I just
work hard and get luckyplease the right people. How liberating!
- Hear, Hear!
- It's a 'better chance at the winning the lottery' year
- wow - I was expecting drought but not quite a desert...
- inb4 "but it's still early."
- Maybe it's about time that mandatory retirement age was reintroduced. That was a boomer kick to the face of young faculty.
- Do you really think that mandatory retirement would help right now? My current institution would not hire a TT line for German, given *gestures vaguely*...
- I hear that excuse a lot but if they really cared they could negotiate to preserve the line in exhange for an early departure. Of course they're not interested in actually serving Germanistik, only themselves.
- You are aware that tenured profs have very little power at the institutional level, right? There’s no negotiating for something administrations refuse to fund. It’s not like people suddenly lose their souls when they get promoted. There are much larger forces at work.
- "actually serving Germanistik"?!?!? Hahaha! Is that part of an oath that's required upon admittance into the profession? Wow . . .
- You wouldn't care, would you boomer.
- I am a tenured professor who could retire financially. But if I retired right now, the administration would cash in the line and take the opportunity to close down German for good. The department has zero negotiating powers. Administrators very rarely strike deals (Department: "We'll give you this, and in return you keep the TT line in German." Provost: "Super! Agreed!"), and if they do, they break their promises as a matter of course. They probably never meant to keep them from the start; they were only placating or buying time. That is how it has been for the last 30 years at the two institutions I served. How often have we, have I been lied to! So I am just hanging in there for the sake of my program and the students that thrive in it, in the vain hope that things will improve, the program will survive, and finally some lucky candidate will continue the work and serve the students, who love German and deserve much better. I truly feel for everybody who is in the (non-existent) job market right now. As the Germans say: "So viel kann man gar nicht essen, wie man da kotzen muss."
- At this point, with tenure definitely already in its death knells, I wouldn't even mind if retirements aren't replaced with TT lines. A solid lecturer position with an open contract would be enough.
- yes, but TT lines don't appear to get converted into lecturer positions, from what I've seen. Best case, adjuncts if they really need the courses taught, or the program just shrinks or disappears.
- Applicant beware on University of Maryland Global Campus: it's a for-profit in all but name. It's not College Park or any of the respectable campuses in the system, but something more like Purdue Global. Its purpose is to sell off-the-shelf mostly online classes to underprivileged students in order to raise revenue for the rest of the Maryland system, and as such the only real concern of the organization is "enrollments, enrollments, enrollments." It should tell you something that an outfit you saw advertised at a nearby bus stop felt the need to use the word "quality" eight times in its job ad, because the courses you'll be teaching are anything but. Management is openly hostile to faculty, and they have used contract renewal time to cut salaries and benefits. I know this is an "any old port in the storm" year (like every year), but you might find that at UMGC the costs to your happiness and your professional integrity outweigh the benefits.
- I have mixed feelings reading #9. They are accredited. Also, not everyone has the luxury of being a full-time student on a physical campus. None of the universities I know about aren't concerned with 'enrollments' - and I don't think any universities are non-profit. Somewhere up the line people are talking about money and enrollments, regardless of where they may be.
- You missed the point. The point is that UMGC is a toxic place to work that also sells its students short. And that is so by design.
- Thank you for the clarification. Sounds like you have some experience here. Good luck in your future endeavors!
- Happy to help you. Good luck with your next gig!
- Anyone else just keep looking at this page like a sad ex?
- Yes. It was a really awful relationship, though, right? Can we all be the ex, but also try to be that friend who tells you that person was a POS anyway, and was never worthy of you?
- "Yes, just leave them. You deserve more than a 1-year co-living arrangement contingent on the whims of all the in-laws."
- Six jobs in German and three belong in other departments. German studies deserves to die.
- Covenant College. This is just a heads up to my fellow job seekers. I applied for the position, did Zoom interview. While I felt that the Zoom interview went well, hoping to get a further invite, I received a rejection letter. The Ad was re-advertised on MLA job site some weeks later. Fast forward to almost two months after the receipt of rejection letter, I received an email asking me to re-apply for the same position.
- Bizarre! Could it be some sort of HR hoop?
- Any insight on these Alabama jobs? Why the last-minute postings asking for so many documents? No teaching loads?
- I would speculate that there will be a small group of last-minute postings from departments that have teaching needs and were only able to secure funding commitments from deans when it was absolutely clear that these departments would have enough students to justify these hires. Corona has made universities very cautious about hiring and this is a result of that. The documents are quite standard for this type of search, whether it's late or not.
13. Warning on Lalia: Exploitative/Unethical business practices.