Opening for Assistant Professor in Italian and German

Nov 04, 2015 613

The position is in the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to help students develop the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a multilingual, international society. We provide a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate level classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian and Spanish for use towards majors, minors, certificates, and complementary studies, or simply to satisfy intellectual curiosity or promote personal enrichment.


Assistant Professor of Italian and German. Tenure-track. Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits. Search Number 54.15


The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload includes teaching assigned undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian/German Studies, including Italian/German Literature from historical periods to the present/Language/ as well Critical Theory, Film Studies, Gender Studies, or (Post)-Colonialism. The expected scholarship may address a range of topics in the same aforementioned fields of study.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.

Essential Job Tasks:
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources;
Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate or graduate students;
Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions;
Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments;
Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
Conduct research in one's field of interest and present findings in peer-reviewed journals, books, or professional conferences;
Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences;

Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction;
Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;
Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision;

Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities:
Ph.D. in the field(s) of Italian or German Studies required;

Experience and/or training in subfields that include Critical Theory, Film Studies, Gender Studies, and /or (Post)-Colonial Studies;

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning;

Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations;

Oral and written communication skills in German, Italian and English languages at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner;

Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original work;
Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus venues and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.

Application process:
Submit a cover letter including description of research interests, a current CV, academic transcripts (M.A. and Ph.D.), one sample of a scholarly paper (15-20 pages), teaching philosophy, evidence of excellence in teaching (student evaluations, etc.), three letters of reference.

Submit all materials online to: [email protected]; Italian/German Hiring Committee Chair, or by regular mail to: Italian/German Hiring Committee Chair, San Francisco State University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, by December 4, 2015. Review of applications begins December 5, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.


San Francisco State University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Ilona Vandergriff
1600 Holloway Ave /Humanities 475
94132 San Francisco, California USA

Telefon: +1-415-338-1421
Telefax: +1-415-405-0588

E-Mail: [email protected]
http://foreign.sfsu.edu/page/employment

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