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: www.german.utoronto.ca. 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 (german.chair@utoronto.ca) by the closing date. 

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. 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 german.gradassistant@utoronto.ca. For further information on the Department of Germanic Language and Literatures, please visit our website at www.german.utoronto.ca.

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 http://uoft.me/UP.

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

CfP: Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Memory, Identity and Nation

We invite proposals for papers to be given at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Memory, Identity and Nation, organized by the graduate students in the programs of Germanic, Slavic and Holocaust Studies at the University of Victoria. The conference will take place on March 8, 2019, at the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada. We welcome papers presenting original unpublished research from the disciplines of memory studies, narrative studies, history, literary studies, political theory, film studies and other related fields.

Deadline for Proposals: February 8, 2019

Proposals and enquiries should be sent to Emma Murray ecmurray@uvic.ca in Word or .pdf format. They should include a title, abstract of 400 words, and contact information (name, university affiliation, email address). Final conference papers should be 20 minutes long. Acceptance information will be sent out by February 15.

We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Victoria, a highly-ranked research university that offers the only graduate program in Holocaust Studies in Canada. The graduate programs in Germanic, Slavic and Holocaust Studies offer a dynamic, diverse and friendly student cohort. This conference will provide an opportunity to share research and network with a wide range of up-and-coming scholars. For more information about us, please see: https://www.uvic.ca/humanities/germanicslavic/graduate/home/ourstudents/index.php

CfA: German Studies Travel Grants for Students

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies offers travel grants (usually ranging between $500 and $750) to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who will be participating in a recognized institutional, Canadian-organized German language or cultural studies program abroad. (The program can be in Austria, Germany, or German-speaking Switzerland.) The travel grants are available to students in all disciplines. Deadline for applications is March 1. Requirements: The study abroad program must occur between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.

To apply, students must submit a one-page letter of intent and, where possible, confirmation of their participation in the study abroad program. (The confirmation can be submitted later if the student hasn’t received it by the application deadline.)

Full details on the travel grants and application procedure can be found on our website.

Did you know that WCGS gave out over 20 travel grants in 2018? The awards ranged in value from $500 – $750.


 Quotes from 2018 recipients:
“I left Berlin with a more open mind and a great eagerness to go back to Germany and discover the other wonderful parts of this beautiful and fascinating country.” Pierre-Olivier Major-Chayer – participated in the Berlin Summer School 2018, a joint program from UQUAM and UQTR, and is a Communication and Public Relations student at UQUAM

The CSSG program allowed me to learn more about both the German and Canadian cultures. I mention Canadian as well because I am an international student from the Kingdom of Bahrain with very few Canadian friends. Now, thanks to the CSSG program I have two very lovely Canadian friends.”Amir Taheri – participated in the CSSG program and is a Psychology student at the University of British Columbia. 

“As a result of this experience, I’ve felt my German has greatly improved and I found a new love for Germany as a country. … As a computer science student, this really opened up my eyes to career possibilities or grad studies in Germany. It also helped me understand some of the importance in studying the humanities.” Stephanie Ginovker – participated in the Waterloo Summer Language School in Bamberg and is a Computer Science student at the University of Waterloo.

Read more of past award recipients’ experiences here. For more information, contact Misty Matthews-Roper, the administrative assistant for the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

Winner Named for the WCGS Book Prize 2017

The winner of the inaugural Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize has been announced. Alice Weinreb of Loyola University is the winner for her book Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany,
published by Oxford University Press.

Prof. Weinreb examines how hunger has been a central motivating force in German politics throughout the 20th century.  By focusing on hunger’s role in German society, Prof. Weinreb demonstrates “the fluid relationship between state power and food provisioning.” If governments control the food supply, they can also control the populaces they govern, and Prof. Weinreb uses Germany as a case study to illustrate this important point.

Jury members singled out Prof. Weinreb’s book for its crisp writing,
its wealth of detail, and the wide variety of sources consulted. The
book is “a page-turner, with fascinating facts running counter to modern stories about the past on every page.” Exploring the topic from
World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, “this book
uncovers the intricacies of the relationship between food and
power, showing food and hunger as instruments of power.” The
jury concluded that this book will likely become one of the standardworks on postwar German history.

The jury was chaired by James M. Skidmore, Director of the
Waterloo Centre of German Studies, who notes that the prize was
established “to raise awareness, within academia and the broader
public, of the engaging and dynamic knowledge being produced bynewer German Studies scholars.” He was joined by jurors Karin
Bauer (McGill University), Ann Marie Rasmussen (University of
Waterloo), Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford), and Karina
Urbach (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton).

The WCGS Book Prize is awarded for a first scholarly book. Any
book published in English (or in French with a Quebec-based
publisher) in 2017 was eligible. The prize consists of CAD $2,000 and an invitation to give a keynote address at the annual conference of the Canadian University Teachers of German, held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prof. Weinreb’s book was selected from a shortlist representing the
excellent work being done in German studies today:

Katherine Stone’s Women and National Socialism in Postwar GermanLiterature: Gender, Memory, and Subjectivity (Boydell and Brewer)

Lisa M. Todd’s Sexual Treason in Germany during the First World
War (Palgrave Macmillan)

Erica Wickerson’s The Architecture of Narrative Time: Thomas Mannand the Problems of Modern Narrative (Oxford University Press)

Jonathon O. Wipplinger’s The Jazz Republic: Music, Race, and
American Culture in Weimar Germany (University of Michigan
Press)

Jenny Wüstenberg’s Civil Society and Memory in PostwarGermany
(Cambridge University Press).

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 WCGS Book Prize(for books published in 2018). For eligibility criteria and details on
how to apply, please go to https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-german-studies/research-activities-and-opportunities/wcgs-book-prize.

Job Posting: 2-year Asst. Prof without Review at UBC

The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for an Assistant Professor Without Review in German language and literature. The specialization is open, but the successful candidate must have native or near-native command of German and be able to teach German at all levels as well as graduate and undergraduate literature and culture courses. The 2-year appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D., provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, and have demonstrated accomplishments in scholarship, as well as an enthusiasm for teaching in a department with the unique combination of fields present in CENES. They will be expected to maintain an active program of research, graduate and undergraduate teaching (12 credits = four 3- credit courses), and participate fully in graduate supervision, departmental service and events. Information about the programs, faculty research interests, and general activities of CENES can be found at www.cenes.ubc.ca .

Applications are due by 20 February 2019 to cenes.adm@ubc.ca with the applicant’s name in the subject line. Applicants should provide the following documents: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample scholarly paper (maximum 15 pages), evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Shortlisted applicants may be asked for a teaching dossier.

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent directly or via dossier service by their referees, by the above deadline, to cenes.adm@ubc.ca with the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department, Prof. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, at winthrop@mail.ubc.ca