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  • Writer's pictureLisa Huntsha

Open position in Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies/World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, invites applications for a full-time, Visiting faculty position in the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department for Scandinavian Studies beginning in August of the 2022-2023 academic year. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts and sciences college of 2,400 students, including 19 percent first generation college students, 22 percent Pell Grant students, 23 percent students of color, and 13 percent international students. Our beautifully wooded and largely residential campus is located in Rock Island, IL, a diverse Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River with 400,000 residents about three hours west of Chicago.

Strengthening our diverse and inclusive community is central to the college's mission and strategic plan. We seek applicants with an interest in fostering rigorous, inclusive, and high-impact learning environments for a diverse student body. Details about Augustana College, faculty life, and the Quad Cities all are available at Teaching at Augustana.

We seek candidates in Scandinavian Studies, with an open area of specialization. The successful candidate will have a load equivalent to 24 credits per 10-month academic year (standard courses are 4 credits), including one course in beginning or intermediate Swedish language and two in Scandinavian literature and culture taught in English. One culture class could be offered during the college’s intensive 3-week January term.

For a successful candidate with library/archival experience, there is an opportunity to receive up to 12 credits (3-courses) of reassigned time to work in the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center (SSIRC) on Augustana’s campus, under the direction of the Center’s Assistant Director. If the successful candidate does not have library/archival experience, they will teach three courses (12 credits) in the college’s first-year liberal arts sequence.

This appointment will be at the rank of visiting instructor or visiting assistant professor, depending on whether a terminal degree is completed. We require no research or campus service in this position. Visiting faculty are welcome to be involved in the life of the department and college beyond their teaching. All faculty at Augustana are invited to engage in professional development and mentoring opportunities. Preference will be given to candidates who hold a doctoral degree in Scandinavian Studies or a related field by the time of employment, but candidates who are ABD will be considered. Native or near-native fluency in Swedish and English is required. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate teaching effectiveness, a willingness to actively infuse multiple perspectives and critical thinking into pedagogy, and a commitment to fostering equity and inclusion.

Augustana College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Augustana College provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

A complete application will include: a cover letter, teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and unofficial copy of graduate transcript(s). Questions should be directed to the co-chair of the department, Lisa Seidlitz. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

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