The Department of Norwegian at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position in Norwegian at the Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023.
Teaching responsibilities include Norwegian language courses at the first- and second-semester level, and the possibility of teaching a topics course in English. The teaching load is 6 courses. The Norwegian department encourages a collaborative approach with cooperation among those teaching different sections of the same level. It also sponsors an active program outside the classroom, and faculty members participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Norwegian Christmas service, 17. mai celebration, weekly conversation table (in rotation), and other departmental events.
The successful candidate will have experience and interest in teaching undergraduate language courses. Minimum requirement of an MA in Scandinavian Studies (or Comparative Literature with emphasis in Scandinavian literature), with native or near-native competence in Norwegian. Rank and salary depending on qualifications. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
About the Department:
The St. Olaf College Norwegian Department offer majors in Norwegian and Nordic Studies, a concentration in Nordic Studies, and a Sámi and Critical Indigenous Studies emphasis. The curriculum is strongly transdisciplinary, integrating perspectives from literature, environmental studies, women's and gender studies, and race and ethnic studies. The Department offers a large array of co-curricular programming and regularly organizes student-faculty research. Students of Norwegian have numerous options for study abroad in Norway. For more information about the department, visit wp.stolaf.edu/norwegian/.
At St. Olaf College, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
How to Apply:
A complete application includes:
1. Cover letter that specifically addresses the nature of the position and outlines your qualifications, teaching philosophy, and research interests
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Graduate transcript
4. Contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship
Review of applications will begin on February 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Amanda Randall, Department Chair, at email@example.com.
Who We Are:
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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 learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.
The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here: https://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/benefits/
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St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.
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