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Job Posting: Contractually Limited Term Position at Rank of Assistant Professor Teaching Stream, German Language Acquisition, University of Toronto, 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a Contractually Limited Term Appointment (CLTA) in the area of German Language Pedagogy. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, for a one-year term, beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in any field of German Studies by the time of the appointment, or shortly thereafter, and must be at native or near-native level of German proficiency. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen the programs in the Department: Candidates must have teaching expertise in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate level, including language course preparation and delivery of innovative second-language teaching in German language classes. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent, novel, and impactful pedagogical methods and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. Experience in the coordination of multi-section language courses at beginners’ and intermediate levels and in teaching Business German are assets. 

Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry should be demonstrated through the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application, which will include a strong statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and pedagogical research interests, sample syllabi, course materials, teaching evaluations, evidence of experience in the coordination of language courses, and a demonstration of a commitment to collaboration or engagement with the broader community of teaching. Also required are strong letters of reference from referees of high standing, which speak to the candidate’s excellence in teaching and long-term commitment to pedagogical inquiry and teaching innovation, particularly in the context of second-language and undergraduate teaching in German Studies. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate German language courses at all levels. Responsibilities will include managing, mentoring, and coordinating teaching assistants and course instructors, stewardship for course materials and curriculum delivery. The successful candidate will also have some responsibility for departmental administration and will serve as coordinator of the German language sequence for the second half of their one-year appointment. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues teaching in our undergraduate courses and programs, are required.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The appointment will be held at the University of Toronto campus in downtown Toronto (St. George campus). The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers the opportunity to teach and to conduct research in an environment committed to studying German culture in its historical depth and geographical range. Situated in one of the most diverse cities in the world, the Department reflects that diversity in its approach to German culture in its transcultural dimensions. The Department is committed to excellence in teaching and research. 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and a complete teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical research interests, sample syllabi, course materials, teaching evaluations, and evidence of a commitment to collaboration or engagement with the broader community of teaching. 

Applicants must also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (signed and on letterhead), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, emailed directly by the referee to Professor Markus Stock, Chair, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto ( by the closing date. 

Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Ms. Helena Juenger at For further information on the Department of Germanic Language and Literatures, please visit our website at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by 4 March 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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