Adjunct Faculty - German

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) promotes engaged learning, teaching, and practice of the world’s languages and cultures; integrates languages and cultures into all disciplines and fields of study; and builds and supports interculturally competent communities through the exploration and experience of languages and cultures at the University of Denver with its local and global communities and partners. Housed in the CWLC, the first-year language program offers study in ten languages and aids the students to experience the world through the lens of an acquired language, and understand cultures – another’s and their own – from a position different to their primary language and cultural identification. The linguistic contribution to intercultural competency – that is to say, understanding another culture in the language of that culture and not just through the translations and perspectives of a mother-tongue and culture – is integral to achieving personal, social, and professional successes in a multi-cultural and global future.

The Center for World Languages and Cultures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Position Summary

The Center for World Languages and Cultures at the University of Denver seeks to hire adjunct faculty in German from an applicant pool for the academic year of 2021/2022 with a possibility of renewal. Adjunct faculty will teach 4 credit-courses for the first-year language program in German: GERM 1001, GERM 1002, and GERM 1003. Faculty may also teach intermediate level German courses for the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LL&C).

Usual teaching load is 1 -3 courses per quarter (some might be several sections of the same course) based on candidate’s availability and departmental needs. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience in teaching the first-year language program and versatility in inclusive pedagogy.

Essential Functions

Job requirements for undergraduate classes include teaching a 10-week course on campus in 4 sessions of 50 minutes each per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, holding weekly office hours (either on campus or virtually, via Zoom video-conferencing), evaluating homework, quizzes, and exams, and participating in group meetings and training led by the First Year Language Program German Coordinator. During the Spring Quarter, adjunct faculty are also expected to contribute to Program Assessment activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or ABD in German Linguistics, in Second Language Acquisition with a focus on German, or in German literature and culture. Closely related fields will be given consideration as well.
  • 1-2 year of previous teaching experience in German at the college level in the United States (e.g. Teaching Assistant as an “instructor of record” with grading responsibilities).
  • Evidence of a commitment to incorporate teaching methods to engage diverse student populations effectively.
  • Experience or willingness to learn course management systems such as Canvas.
  • Availability to teach classes “face-to-face” in physical classrooms at the University of Denver during this academic year.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in German Linguistics, in Second Language Acquisition with a focus on German, or in German literature and culture. 
  • 3-5 years previous experience teaching a university-level course as the primary instructor, especially with courses from the first-year language sequence.
  • Experience interacting with and effectively teaching diverse communities of students.
  • Experience working in a team, or under leadership of a coordinator.
  • Experience managing a course via Canvas.

Work Schedule

10-week sessions with classes held on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Course Rate

The standard pay for one 4-credit course during the 2021-2022 academic year is $4,233.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Application Deadline

This posting will remain open until filled, preference will be given to early applicants. For best consideration, apply by Monday November 1st, 2021.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Philosophy 
  4. Lesson Plan for a first year German course 
  5. Response to a question on inclusive excellence
  6. Strongly recommended but not required: Link to a video teaching demo or file of a video teaching demo (face-to-face or online)


The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.  The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see


All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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