Faculty Position Available, 1998-99: Berlin Consortium

The University of Pennsylvania will be nominating a Penn faculty member to serve as the Academic Director of the Berlin Consortium Program for the 1998-99 academic year. The Berlin Consortium Program is an undergraduate study abroad program conducted by the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS), in association with the Freie UniversitŠt (FU) Berlin. The BCGS is a consortium of six member institutions: University of Chicago, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University. The program is administered by Columbia University.

Reporting to the Governing Board of the Consortium through the Director at Columbia University, the Academic Director provides academic leadership to the program and its students during his or her year of service, oversees the curriculum, hires qualified tutors to support students' work in courses at the FU, provides academic advising, establishes and maintains contacts with the various academic departments at the FU, establishes and maintains contacts, where appropriate, with academic departments in other Berlin institutions, provides academic orientation to arriving students each term, and maintains liaison with the appropriate academic officers of member institutions in the United States. Additionally, the Academic Director teaches in German one elective course for Consortium students each term. The Academic Director will work closely with the Resident Administrative Director, who has responsibility for administrative matters.

Requirements of the position include:

  1. Earned Ph.D. or highest degree in discipline;

  2. Substantial teaching and research experience in German Studies or German Language and Literature;

  3. Fluency in German;

  4. Familiarity with German academic practice;

  5. Well established record of good undergraduate teaching, and a reputation for consistent availability to undergraduate advisees;

  6. Tenured rank preferred.

It is expected that the Academic Director will spend roughly 11 months in Germany, arriving in late August and remaining through July of the following year. Arrangements will be made with the home department at Penn for released time and continuation of salary and benefits. In addition, the Director will receive a stipend toward housing and overseas travel.

Penn faculty who wish to be considered for the Academic Directorship should submit a formal letter of application and an up-to-date curriculum vitae to the Office of International Programs by April 26, 1996. For further information please contact Amy Grat at 898-1652 or by e-mail at amygrat@pobox.upenn.edu.


April 2, 1996
Volume 42 Number 26

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