The German Department at Bowdoin College seeks applications for a tenure-track position in German studies, with preference for research in 20th and 21st century beginning fall 2014. Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels of German language and the cultures of the German-speaking countries. Promise of ongoing scholarly engagement and proven success in teaching are expected, as is an ongoing commitment to curricular innovation. Near-native fluency in German and English required. Teaching load: two preparations (6-9 hours) per semester. Expertise to complement existing specialties in the department. Applicants who can offer interdisciplinary perspectives or connections to other departments or programs on campus are desired. Ph.D. expected by time of appointment.
Please visit https:/careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.
Review of applications will begin November 8, 2013.
The successful candidate will be one of three full-time faculty members in our German department. We each teach at all levels of the German language, culture, and literature program. Our commitment to teaching excellence includes offering a broad range of courses, curricular and co-curricular innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. These elements, along with a productive personal research agenda, keep the department vibrant and successful and an integral part of an institution that values both research and teaching.
Beginning in 2014-215, we will innovate our curriculum in ways that will both provide students with multiple gateways into the German major and will open up opportunities for our faculty to contribute a variety of courses across the college curriculum. All German department faculty equally share in the course rotation and teach two different courses per semester: a language and culture course –- if the course is a first- or second year course, we teach two sections of the same course -- plus an upper-level German literature and culture course or a course in English translation. This allows for a truly productive and flexible language and culture acquisition and assures a great variety of courses. These aspects, combined with very bright, diverse, and intellectually engaged students – Bowdoin is one of the most selective colleges in the country – lead to high retention rates in the upper-level courses and a flourishing major program.
The department attracts on average about 10-12 majors per year and an increasing number of minors, making us one of the most thriving German programs nationally. Independent studies and honors program are an important part of this success. It's not unusual for faculty to supervise 1-2 independent studies per year, leading to an impressive array of honors projects. In addition, we offer a robust co-curricular program, ranging from weekly German table to guest speakers supported by a variety of Bowdoin’s lecture funds and, in recent years, participation in the German Embassy’s initiatives. The department also sponsors an undergraduate assistants’ program and hosts a teaching fellow from the University of Mainz. Faculty members have mentored students to unsurpassed success in post-graduate fellowship applications.
The College supports faculty teaching and research in a number of ways. Competitive funding is available for course development, research, and for involving students in faculty research. Bowdoin provides yearly travel allowances and offers a sabbatical program, including a research leave after a successful third-year review. One of the great benefits of a faculty career at Bowdoin is the opportunity for collaboration across campus and sustained professional engagement. Symposia bring together local, national, and international scholars; cross-curricular connections and initiatives are encouraged. A research seminar series and teaching workshops further enhance the collegial atmosphere. Two museums provide excellent venues for additional intellectual and cultural activity. A first-rate library and collection development support teaching and research.
Bowdoin is located on a beautiful 110-acre campus in Brunswick, Maine, a town of 20,000 that serves as the gateway to the mid-coast region. Brunswick features a welcoming environment for raising families, as well as an array of cultural resources, including galleries, theaters, independent bookstores and restaurants. Several other colleges are nearby (Bates, Colby, and the University of Southern Maine), adding to the region's cultural offerings. The area is also known for its great natural beauty, with beaches, shoreline, forests, and mountains a short drive (or in some cases even a short bike ride) away.
One-half hour south is Portland, Maine, the state's largest city (75,000) and its cultural mecca. Portland is a lively city with theatre companies, art galleries, bookstores, a symphony, and an art museum. It has also achieved widespread recognition as a home of talented chefs, and features an astonishing array of restaurants serving an equally broad range of cuisine.
Boston is a relatively easy day trip away, and can be reached by car, bus or train from Brunswick in roughly two and a half hours. For trips somewhat farther afield, we generally make use of the Portland Jetport, which has direct flights to many northeastern and mid Atlantic states. New York City is particularly well-served, with numerous flight options to all three of the city's airports.
A highly selective liberal arts college with a diverse student body made up of 30% students of color, 4% International students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.