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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Norwegian 2022-23

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Start date
Jun 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Other Humanities
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Norwegian at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant professor rank to begin August 2022. We seek an energetic and experienced teacher-scholar with a commitment to language pedagogy. Specialization in Norwegian literature and Nordic Studies (including literature, film, cultural studies, interdisciplinary approaches) is preferred.

The department is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the College’s goals for diversity equity and inclusion. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity goals.

The normal teaching load is six courses a year. Regular teaching responsibilities include Norwegian language courses at all levels and Norwegian literature (in Norwegian or in English translation). Our 4-1-4 calendar gives the opportunity to teach on a rotating basis an intensive course during the month of January. Interest in leading a study abroad program during that month is highly desired.

Applicants should have completed, or be near completion of, a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Native or near-native competence in Norwegian (Bokmål), demonstrated strong teaching skills and scholarly promise with the potential to involve students in mentored undergraduate research are required. Familiarity with current language pedagogy and use of technology in the classroom is expected. We especially desire candidates who are interested in teaching in interdisciplinary programs (e.g. Environmental Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, the Great Conversation) and who have competence in areas in addition to literature (e.g. history, film, theater, music). 

Applicants must submit materials online at A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are expected in September.

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Kari Lie Dorer, Search Committee Chair, at Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The College offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual's legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance. 

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