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
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
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,
Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings.
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
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,
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.
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applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new
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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,
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