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Sessional Instructors, German, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

Job ID: 21738

Updated: November 17, 2020

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures (LLLC) in the Faculty of Arts invites applications for Sessional Instructors to teach the following courses in the upcoming winter session (January 11 - April 30, 2021).*

GERM 200 LEC 01 MWF 09:00-09:50 Made in Germany
GERM 204 LEC 03 MWF 14:00-14:50 German II
GERM 349 LEC 01 TR 09:30-10:45 German Studies Research Methods
GERM 359 LEC 01 TR 11:00-12:15 Topics in German Texts in Translation
GERM 500.01 LEC 01 TR 14:00-15:15 Topics in Advanced Communications and Projects (German Explorations)

Application Details:
The University of Calgary will use online modes of course delivery in the winter term. The instructor of this course should be comfortable with online modes of course delivery and students' remote learning. The instructor will be responsible for thoughtful course design and meaningful opportunities for student engagement. In support of these teaching and learning efforts, The University of Calgary offers regular workshops , support for offering courses online, , and resources for designing online courses .

Candidates should have native or near-native knowledge of German and English as well as experience teaching language. When possible, proficiency in a candidate's non-native language should be documented (e.g., through a CEFR certificate). Candidates applying to teach GERM 200, GERM 349, GERM 359, or GERM 500 should additionally hold a master's degree or a doctoral degree in German Studies or a closely related field and should have experience teaching literature or culture at a university. Applicants are permitted to apply to teach two or more of the advertised courses.

Qualified applicants should submit a complete application if the School of LLLC does not already have it on file:

  • A cover letter addressed to Dr. Mushegh Asatrayan , Chair of the Division of German, Russian, and Arabic Languages and Muslim Cultures (including the course[s] you are applying for and relevant teaching experience)
  • A current curriculum vitae,
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • Teaching evaluations, if available.

Materials should be submitted electronically in .pdf format to [email protected] . Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation. At least 1 of the 3 letters must directly address the applicant's teaching ability.

SLLLC Doctoral students are eligible to apply for sessional instructor positions only if they have been given permission by their supervisor. (If the supervisor is providing a letter of reference please ask that they indicate consent as part of their letter. Otherwise, ask them to provide a separate written statement). Student applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Instructional Skills Workshop at the Teaching and Learning Centre.

The application deadline is December 2, 2020.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Hiring Committee may need to access the teaching evaluation results (including USRIs) for those who have taught at the University of Calgary before, as part of the selection process. By submitting your application, you have given consent for the Hiring Committee to review your USRI(s).

For more information on the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures and the University of Calgary, please visit our website at:

The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B. Please see the Faculty Association's website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

We thank you for your application. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

*All courses are subject to budgetary approval. An offer of a Term Certain Sessional Instructor appointment may be cancelled in whole or in part by the Governors prior to the commencement of the appointment term: (23.10 in the Collective Agreement)

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
The University of Calgary respects, appreciates and encourages diversity.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High , committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
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