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June 30, 2009

Blanket search for LCTL instructors

Part-Time Lecturer or Teaching Specialist Positions
The College of Liberal Arts, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch

The Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch maintains a pool of lecturers and teaching specialists to teach lower-division language skills courses in the less-commonly taught languages offered in the Department (Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish) that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants. Openings of this kind occur for teaching evening, Summer Session, and day courses. These positions are contingent upon student enrollment, performance, and availability of funding. Appointments can be for the academic year (8/31/09-5/30/10), semester-by-semester (fall 8/31/09-01/13/10, or spring (1/14/10-5/30/10) or for summer term. These positions are temporary and part-time and do not include fringe benefits. During the regular academic year each course is usually considered to be 33% time for the semester. Salaries for 2009/10 will be approximately $6,000 per five-credit course. Applications from Danish instructors for 2009-10 are especially welcomed.

One year of teaching experience
Native or near-native fluency in the language of instruction as appropriate for the position
Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development
(Teaching Specialist:) An M.A. degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in the appropriate language, Foreign Language Education, or a related field
(Lecturer:) A Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent in the appropriate language, Foreign Language Education, or a related field

Two years of post-secondary teaching experience in the relevant language.
A strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education or second language acquisition is preferred.
Positive evaluations from students, peers and/or supervisors

To apply, please visit the position posting on the University's human resources website and click on "apply for this posting" and follow the instructions. Please note that the application, with cover letter and curriculum vitae, must be submitted on-line. In addition, two letters of recommendation and student evaluations or other documentation of teaching quality are also required. They may be submitted on-line or mailed to:

Search Committee
German, Scandinavian and Dutch
205 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Courses may become available throughout the year, so applications will be accepted until April 15, 2010. Applications received by July 10, 2009 will be given priority for Fall Semester 2009, and those received by October 15, 2009 or before will be given priority for Spring Semester 2010.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Paul Peterson awarded FLAS grant

Paul Peterson, graduate student in Germanic medieval studies, has been awarded a FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) grant to study advanced Swedish in Sweden during the Uppsala International Summer Session 2009.