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Asst. or Assoc. Prof. of German & Directorship of the Center of Jewish Studies

Employer
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Location
North Carolina, United States
Salary
Not specified
Posted date
Aug 17, 2018

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for a tenure-track position in German and the Directorship of the Center of Jewish Studies to begin Fall 2019. A Ph.D. in German Studies/Jewish Studies/Comparative Literature or related field is required for a tenure-track appointment (secondary area of expertise open). Candidates currently at the Assistant or Associate rank preferred; however, candidates nearing completion of their doctorate (ABD) with a defense expected prior to August 2019 and with substantial relevant administrative experience may be considered. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts and interdisciplinarity are strongly encouraged to apply. Initial interviews will be conducted via video conference in January 2019.

The person selected for this position will be expected to teach all levels of German, at least one course a year in Jewish Studies, and engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. The qualified candidate will also direct the Center for Jewish Studies. The duties of the director include oversight of the Jewish Studies program course offerings, visiting lecturer and performer series, development of the Western North Carolina Jewish Archives housed in Ramsey Library, and moreand collaboration with Asheville's Jewish community. There are also opportunities for developing interdisciplinary study abroad summer programs as well as local, regional, national, and international internships. The Center for Jewish Studies has generous funding to support faculty development, student engagement, and community outreach. The CJS director and an advisory committee oversee and distribute these funds. The directorship comes with one course release. Experience in an administrative position is a plus.

In addition to having a passion for undergraduate teaching, research and mentorship, the UNC Asheville faculty is committed to disciplinary teaching through an inter- and multi-disciplinary lens providing a premiere liberal arts education. Faculty members are expected to teach across the University's Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program, our required interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, in courses that include, but are not limited to: introductory (first-year) colloquia; diversity intensives; courses (depending on a faculty member's areas of expertise) that satisfy the Scientific Perspectives, Social Science, and Arts and Ideas requirements; courses within the Humanities Program; and LAC Senior Capstone courses.

UNC Asheville has been a national leader in undergraduate research for more than 30 years, and over 60% of our students graduate each year having been involved in this important learning experience. The University fully embraces the idea of mentored undergraduate research being one of the highest forms of teaching, and the institution values success in this aspect of a faculty member's work.

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be expected to engage students from among under-represented groups and to assist in the development of pedagogies and experiences appropriate for diverse learning styles and perspectives. We expect applicants to each write a 1-2 page Diversity Statement describing: (a) their experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and (c ) their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.unca.edu. Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy that addresses (discipline) pedagogy in the context of the liberal arts, a diversity statement (described above), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The applicant should provide names and contact information for three references who should submit their references separately; these references should address the candidate's written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research or creative program. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 1, 2018. The deadline for submission of applications is Nov. 9, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Richard Chess (rchess@unca.edu), chair of the search committee.

UNC Asheville is the designated liberal arts university in the UNC system and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants and employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, and ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.A Ph.D. in German Studies/Jewish Studies/Comparative Literature or related field is required for a tenure-track appointment (secondary area of expertise open). Candidates currently at the Assistant or Associate rank preferred; however, candidates nearing completion of their doctorate (ABD) with a defense expected prior to August 2019 may be considered. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate through application materials and in the interview that he or she has the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; establish a sustainable, productive undergraduate research program; and function professionally in a highly collaborative and increasingly diverse organization.

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