German Instructor at the Division of Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures, German Studies
University of Calgary School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

German Instructor, Division of Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures, German Studies & Russian Studies




Job ID: 18289

Updated: May 9, 2019

Location: Main Campus


Position Description


The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures invites applications for a three-year limited term position in German at the rank of Instructor. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2019. The area of specialization is the teaching of German language.


The successful candidate will teach seven undergraduate courses per year primarily in German language, but also in core courses in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, or Film, depending on the candidate’s strengths. As part of the position’s responsibilities, the Instructor will be expected to coordinate multi-section language courses and to organize extra-curricular events on campus and within the broader community with the goal of sustaining a vibrant German program. Service to the School, Faculty and University is also expected.


The successful candidate must have advanced at least to ABD status in a PhD program in German Studies or a closely related field. Completion of the PhD is preferred. Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching at the post-secondary level as well as native or near-native competence in German and English are required. Teaching excellence can be demonstrated by presenting a record of relevant teaching experience and effectiveness at the post-secondary level, evidence of pedagogical innovation, experience in developing undergraduate curricula, and advising students. Experience in teaching at a North American university is preferred. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with colleagues in other School programs at the University of Calgary’s Language Research Centre (


The Division of Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures, German Studies, and Russian Studies is a research-intensive division in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures with high standards in teaching, research, and community engagement. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and we strongly encourage collaboration. For more information about the School, please visit


Please submit applications online via the “Apply Now” link, and be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications): 


    Letter of interest

    Curriculum vitae

    A statement of research interests

    Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness


Applicants also should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted directly to the selection committee at:

Dr. Mark Conliffe

Director, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary



Questions regarding this opportunity should be forwarded by email to  All applications must be received by June 13, 2019, 2019 at which time the Academic Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications to select applicants to invite for on-site interviews.


Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures, respects, appreciates and encourages diversity, and we encourage diverse applicants to apply for this position. A number of resources are available on campus to support diversity and inclusion on campus, including two daycares, the Q Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure, the Native Centre, and the Women’s Resource Centre. For more information, please visit


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Additional Information


To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.


About the University of Calgary


The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit


About Calgary, Alberta


Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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