The Department of Global Cultures and Languages invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in German/German Education with an affiliation to the School of Education. This position holds a minimum of 6 credits per semester teaching assignment in World Language Teacher Education and up to 6 credits per semester teaching all levels of German Studies; responsibilities in World Language Teacher Education include teaching methods, pre-student teaching field experience courses, and student teaching supervision. The start date is August 31, 2020.
The Department of Global Cultures and Languages at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, housed within the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a department committed to high-impact pedagogical practices, diversity, equity, and cultural competency with 12 tenure track faculty and 2 instructional academic staff. GCL provides majors in French, German, Spanish; minors in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish; certificates in French and Russian; and courses in Arabic, Hmong, and Japanese, and teacher certification programs in Spanish Education, French Education, and German Studies Education. As of 2019, GCL serves a total of 665 undergraduate majors and minors, making it one of the top 3 departments in CASSH. GCL’s mission is to increase student-citizens’ global competence by promoting the curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Through innovative teaching that supports deep learning, the department provides interdisciplinary courses that expose students to different perspectives, pushes students to think critically about the world around them, and provides opportunities for students to contribute intellectually to local and global communities.
This position is affiliated with UW-La Crosse's School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education (EPC). The Dean of CASSH and the Dean of EPC will work together to make hiring and personnel decisions. EPC is committed to principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice and seeks to advance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “Achieving Excellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching with identity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring that everyone—regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and other identities—is included and welcomed on campus. EPC affiliated faculty are expected to be engaged in service and scholarly activities that inform and enhance the work they do with prospective teachers. Some additional work hours outside the academic school year may be required in order to align duties with the PK-12 school year.
Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in English and German and will have completed a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, German Studies, World Language Education or a closely related field by the start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2021.
Successful applicants must have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in U.S. PK-12 schools or equivalent.
Demonstrated ability to teach and model culturally relevant pedagogy and inclusive practices, including global perspectives and content in instruction.
Relevant teaching experience with undergraduate students.
Maintain an active research agenda that informs their work as a teacher educator.
Demonstrated proficiency in French.
Familiarity with content-based language instruction and ability to teach in multiple modes—online, hybrid, and distance-learning.
Experience with standards-based teacher preparation and performance-based assessments (e.g. edTPA, InTASC standards).
All faculty in The Department of Global Cultures and Languages at UW-La Crosse teach 12 credits (3-4 courses) per semester. In addition, faculty at UW-La Crosse advise undergraduate students, participate in service activities at departmental, college, and university levels and maintain a progressing research trajectory. Faculty members in this position collaborate with the Department of Educational Studies on advising and curriculum related issues.
Applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, statement of research, and a list of 4 references including telephone numbers of the recommenders. First review of applications will begin October 4th, 2019.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu for position listing #5248 or contact co-chairs Drs. Claire Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Shelley Hay, Associate Professor of German.
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.