The St. Olaf College Norwegian Department seeks an energetic and committed teacher and scholar to teach courses in Norwegian language and literature, beginning August 15, 2018. This is a tenure-track position expected at the Assistant professor rank. Specialization in Norwegian literature and Nordic Studies (including literature, film, cultural studies, or interdisciplinary approaches) is preferred, with a commitment to language pedagogy. We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the department's commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently under-represented in the area of Norwegian.
The St. Olaf Norwegian department is a collaborative community of teachers and scholars that provides a lively and supportive environment for our students, with frequent contact with students outside the classroom in advising, recruiting, and mentoring. We are seeking a dynamic and dedicated teacher/scholar who will welcome the opportunity to work closely with undergraduates and promote the study of Norwegian across the campus and around the world. St. Olaf has a 4-1-4 calendar, and the normal teaching load is six courses a year.
Teaching. Teach 1) Norwegian language courses at all levels and 2) Norwegian literature courses (in Norwegian or in English translation). There are also opportunities to teach courses in related areas (e.g. Norwegian or Nordic film, theater, or music) and in interdisciplinary programs. Interest in leading a study abroad program is highly desired.
Scholarship. Show potential for developing an active scholarly career. In addition to independent scholarship, research, inquiry, and creative practice that lend themselves to collaborative engagement with undergraduate students are highly desirable and valued.
Service. Participate fully in department and college activities, including serving on committees, being available to students, and enhancing community life.
have native or near-native competence in Norwegian (Bokmål)
demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and familiarity with current language pedagogy and use of technology in the classroom
provide evidence of scholarly promise
Additional desirable qualifications include:
completion of a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature or a related field prior to August 15, 2018
interest in teaching in interdisciplinary programs (e.g. Women's & Gender Studies, the Great Conversation, Environmental Conversation)
competence in areas in addition to literature (e.g. cultural studies, film, theater, music)
a short statement (1-2 pages) describing your teaching philosophy and research interests
a short (10- to 15-minute) video clip from an actual or simulated class at intermediate or advanced level class in Norwegian
names and email contact information of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in the classroom teaching and scholarship (we only ask for references' names and emails; after an additional round of screening, St. Olaf solicits letters directly).
Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2018. We will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Candidates invited to campus for an interview will be asked to submit a written 1-2 page reflection on the College's mission.
Questions about the position should be directed via email to the Norwegian Department chair, Kari Lie Dorer at email@example.com
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 a global perspective.
A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.
To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.
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