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TitelTeaching Associate Post in German at Newcastle
BeschreibungDear colleagues,

I'm pleased to forward details of a teaching fellowship post (ten months) in German at Newcastle from September as maternity cover. Deadline for application is 20 July 2011.

This is a fixed term appointment but provides a great opportunity for getting insight into a German Studies section that covers the full range of Germanistik within a dynamic School of Modern Languages. The teaching will comprise mainly final year language teaching (translation and advanced writing) and first and second year content teaching in film, literature, culture and history, all of it building on existing material and partly co-taught.

Please find details below. The post is advertised on the Newcastle University Job Vacancies website - search for 'German' or go straight to the Job Description, with details of how to apply.

Interviews are expected to take place on 29 July.

Both Elizabeth Andersen ( as Head of School and I are happy to provide more information on the courses taught and what the job can offer you.

Best wishes,

Henrike Lähnemann

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a Teaching Associate from September 2011, full time for ten months to replace a member of staff on maternity leave. The teaching associate will have responsibility for course delivery, setting and marking course-work and providing feedback to students, giving pastoral care, looking after a tutorial group. and supporting the German teaching team in administration tasks, including the Year Abroad.

The post is available from 1 September or as soon as possible thereafter and is fixed term for up to 10 months.

Reference no: B429A

Please apply via Job Vacancies (search for 'German') or go straight to the Job Description.

Teaching Associate in German Studies
£27,428 - £31,798 (pro rata) per annum

The mission statement of Newcastle University is

· To be a world-class research-intensive university

· To deliver teaching of the highest quality

· To play a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England.


The post will provide the opportunity to build on teaching expertise in the German section at undergraduate level where language classes form the core element of the degree and where we require replacement of a member of the permanent staff on maternity leave on our German Studies content modules in film, history and literary studies. The successful applicant will take the lead role in the provision of film studies teaching within German Studies and cooperate in this field across the School. The teaching associate will also have responsibility for course delivery, setting and marking course-work and providing feedback to students, giving pastoral care and supporting the German teaching team in administration tasks, including the Year Abroad.


§ First degree in German Studies or a related area

§ Native or near native fluency in German

§ Successful experience delivering language and content modules

§ PhD


§ Successful teaching at all stages of undergraduate level in German studies

§ Marking and setting examinations

§ Delivery of courses as Module leader with responsibility for setting and marking examinations in content and language courses Personal tutoring


§ Ability to teach effectively and to contribute to the teaching of courses in German Studies and in language

§ Excellent teaching skills on undergraduate courses

§ Capacity/willingness to play a role in administrative duties as required by in the German Section and the School

§ Ability to work in a team

§ Excellent communication and organisation skills

§ Interest in outreach work, liaison with schools

The School is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our multi-disciplinary academic unit offers language learning integrally linked with the study of the culture, history and society of a country. Our sections are: German Studies; Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies; French Studies; East Asian Studies; Translation and Interpreting. The School also offers research in Medieval Studies; Cultural Studies; Film, Media and Visual Arts; Linguistics; Literary Studies; Politics, Society and History; and Translation and Interpreting Studies, cf. the topics at the 'Transmissions' conference celebrating 100 years of Modern Languages at Newcastle and the list of recent and upcoming papers in the cross-School SML research seminar, in workshops and other events. We are the provider for German Extension Teachers’ Courses in the Northeast region and promote outreach activities especially in German in the continuation of the Routes into Languages Programme.

The School operates as a single administrative unit that facilitates close cooperation between the various disciplines in all matters relating to teaching and assessment. The Head of the School is Dr Elizabeth Andersen (Senior Lecturer in German). Professor Henrike Lähnemann is Head of German.

Research Interests and Expertise in German:

German at Newcastle presents the full breadth of "Germanistik". The content module teaching is linked to these interests; replacement would be needed in film studies and in the other areas covered by the research of Dr Teresa Ludden but we would also welcome researchers in neighbouring areas who could link into our other existing research interests which lie in the following areas:

LINGUISTICS: Dr Carol Fehringer: Theoretical morphology, with particular emphasis on German, Dutch and English; also phonology, specifically metrical phonology, and its application in standard Dutch and in Low German dialects

MEDIEVAL STUDIES: The German section can claim a special focus on medieval studies. The current collaboration of Dr Elizabeth Andersen and Henrike Lähnemann focuses on "sacred voices": late medieval Northern German mysticism and mystical traditions from Mechthild von Magdeburg through to 15th century convents like Medingen and their manuscript tradition. Another focus is on didactic literature. Applications are also welcome in one of the specialisms of each of us.

MODERN GERMAN LITERATURE: Research in modern German literature is embedded in cross-School literature studies with shared interests in contemporary issues ranging from philosophy and theory to topics like the child figure. Dr Teresa Ludden: literature and philosophy; contemporary German literature; cultural and critical theory and European philosophers, especially Adorno, Benjamin, contemporary French philosophy, Sigrid Weigel, Adriana Cavarero; and women's writing; Dr Beate Müller: censorship; GDR literature; Holocaust narratives; contemporary German literature; classical modernism (esp. Kafka, Thomas Mann); postmodernism; literary theory (esp. intertextuality)

For German undergraduate and postgraduate students doing DaF (German as a Foreign Language) we offer the opportunity of work placements within the School of Modern Languages and will have a number of German students on work placements during 2011/12.

Undergraduate Teaching

The School has an annual intake of around 130 on to its own degree programmes. There are currently 68 students following first year German courses and approximately 145 students in all registered for modules in German. The principal degree programmes involving German are the BA in Modern Languages and the BA in Combined studies in Arts. There are also a number of specific combinations such as Modern Languages and Linguistics, Modern Languages and Business Studies, as well as joint or major/minor combinations to include subjects such as Film Studies and Politics.

The German Section offers a wide range of courses, encompassing history of language and literature, linguistics, society, translation and film; the provision includes courses from medieval to modern German literature, linguistics, history and film studies. For the coming year, a major revision for the 'Undergraduate Teaching Framework' is planned in which German Studies play a leading role; this will be an opportunity for the new post holder to engage in planning a modern consistent curriculum for German Studies as part of Modern Languages.

Language tutors Andrea Wilczynski and the DAAD-Lektorin Franziska Schulz lead the German team in the design and provision of language course materials and in the teaching of the core modules throughout the degree programme.

Postgraduate Teaching

In addition to the above, staff in German contribute to the MA in Professional Translating for European Languages. Information on the variety of postgraduate taught and research programmes can be consulted on our web-site


All staff in the School are expected to contribute to the variety of administrative tasks required by a complex organisation. The new appointment would be expected to play a significant role in administrative tasks associated with running the undergraduate courses in German.

Further details can be obtained from our website at

Modules to cover:
SML1018 (Texts and Contexts): Co-taught introduction to literature for first year students of German, comprising ten one-hour seminars in semester 1on the short story and the play; the texts can be picked to match your research interest.
SML1020 (Introduction to European and Latin American Film): Co-taught introduction to film for first year students of modern languages, comprising three lectures and regular one-hour seminars across the year
GER2010 (A Cultural History of Berlin: Cabaret, Catastrophe, Capital)
GER2036 (Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990): Single taught module in semester 2, comprising 12 lectures and 12 one-hour seminars on modern history for second year students of German, taught in German.
GER4061 (Level D German language): Co-taught German language teaching for final year students of German, comprising translation into German (alternate weeks in semester one for three parallel one-hour seminar groups; texts to be matched to a translation project in conjunction with the other modern languages) and advanced writing (each week in semester two for three parallel one-hour seminar groups)

With this appointment we seek to consolidate the provision of teaching excellence and guarantee the special profile of German Studies at Newcastle in providing content for all cross-School fields of study.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of the School of Modern Languages, Dr Elizabeth Andersen, Tel: 0191 222 7526, e-mail: or the Head of German, Professor Henrike Lähnemann, Tel: 0191 222 7513, e-mail:

Prof. Henrike Lähnemann
Chair of German Studies, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University
GB - NE1 7RU Newcastle upon Tyne, 0044 191 222 7513,

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