This week, there was exactly one (eins!) job added in German studies, and apparently its ideal “fit” will be in possession of demonstrated teaching ability, specialization in distance learning, a proven record of securing outside funding, and a time machine.

Texas Tech U. Texas Tech seeks a Germanist “specializing in early twentieth-century literature and culture, including Holocaust studies.” You know, all those things that happened in the early 20th Century, like the Holocaust.

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4 thoughts on “Job Ad Grade (singular), Sept. 27

  1. Okay, definitely worth commenting on. As in, seriously? I love the folding in of literature and culture into Holocaust studies as part of a larger odd periodization. Since the Holocaust is best known for the impressive production of literature and culture during the Final Solution program. (Yes, I know there was literature and culture produced during this time, and I do teach about it, in case anyway feels the need to make that point – but I don’t think this is TT’s intention.)

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    1. RIGHT? This ad was definitely written by someone who is not familiar with our discipline’s periodization conventions. Say what you want about those conventions, but if you’re looking for a tenure-track scholar, you might want to show that you know they exist.

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  2. I fear worse. Might it not have been written by a committee…. who all see the early 20th C. as everything, say, before 1945? Or make it really even and go with 1950? Of course, I may be wrong, and this may be a rocking group of people ready to shed all those pesky ideas about dates – it has been done before, even with success. Although I don’t know that I have seen this happen through a job ad. Still, why not? 😉

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