New Job: Teaching Specialist or Lecturer

Title:  Teaching Specialist or Lecturer, German, Scandinavian & Dutch

Hiring Company: University of Minnesota

Company Description:  The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

Application Link:

Location: Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN, US

Job Type: Part-Time

Industry: Education

Application Deadline:  None Specified


The Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch maintains a pool of lecturers and teaching specialists to teach German, Scandinavian, and Dutch courses, mostly lower-division language skills courses, that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants. Responsibilities include preparing for and conducting classes, holding office hours to assist and advise students, turning in grades in a timely manner, responding to student and department inquiries, participating in relevant training and meetings, and turning in student evaluations. Participation in Orientation Week is required for fall positions. Continued personal growth within the profession, keeping current with the field and broadening knowledge and expertise, is expected. Teaching one course per semester is 34%; teaching two courses per semester is 68%, teaching three courses per semester is 100%.

This does not constitute a posting for vacancies, but establishes a pool of applicants should openings occur during the 2016/17 academic year. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis throughout the academic year.

About the Department
Ranked as one of the top departments of its kind, German, Scandinavian & Dutch (GSD) serves undergraduate, graduate, and other university students. The language program offers a wide range of courses in German, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Innovative teaching materials and instructional technologies are an integral part of the language curriculum. More information at:


M.A. degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in the relevant language, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. Native or near native fluency in the relevant language. Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development. For German: Two years of postsecondary experience teaching German language. For Scandinavian or Dutch: One year of teaching experience.

Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in the relevant language, Foreign Language Education, or a related field. A strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education, second language acquisition, or technology-enhanced teaching is preferred. Positive evaluations from students, peers and/or supervisors. For Scandinavian or Dutch: Two years of postsecondary experience teaching the relevant language.

Applicants with an M.A. will be appointed as Teaching Specialists. Those with a Ph.D. will be appointed at the Lecturer level.

How to apply:  Apply via university website.

(Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.)

Persons interested and who meet the required qualifications should upload a letter of application (which includes how many sections per semester they are available to teach, maximum and minimum), a curriculum vitae, and teaching dossier. Two letters of recommendation are also required. If these cannot be uploaded, they may be emailed directly to:

Applications will not be acknowledged but will be reviewed when openings occur throughout the academic year. Applications must be updated and resubmitted for each academic year.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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