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 11/1/19, 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, 1/15
- offer extended, 3/15
- offer accepted, 3/25
- rejection letter received, 4/1
Last year's page: German Studies 2019-2020 .
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 11/12/20
- Hamilton C (NY), asst. prof., due 11/9/20, link
Senior Faculty Positions
Visiting/Non-Tenure Track/Term-Limited Faculty Positions
- 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
- Macalester C (MN), 3-yr. visiting asst. prof. of German Studies, due 12/10/20, link
Applied Linguistics/Language Coordinator/Pedagogy/Program Director Positions
Renewable Non-Tenure Track Lecturer/Instructor Positions
- Illinois State University, instructional assistant professor (1 class, though not stated on listing), open till filled link
Spring 2021 Positions
Faculty Positions outside of Canada and the U.S.
Multi-Language Faculty Positions
- U of California, Berkeley, asst. prof. of comp. lit., critical theory, due 10/15/20, link
Other Germanic Languages
Other German-Related Faculty Positions
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ABD (early): 2
ABD (will finish this academic year): 5
Ph.D. in hand (visiting asst. prof., lecturer/senior lecturer, post-doc, adjunct): 5
Ph.D. in hand (alt ac):
Ph.D. in hand (unemployed): 2
Assistant Professor: 1
Associate Professor: 2
Search Committee Member:
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 #8. 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!