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The World Languages Faculty of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is activitely seeking applications for a full-time German teaching position. IMSA courses are inquiry-based and the faculty practices constructivist pedagogy.  

This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.

Through a model of Equity and Excellence, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential and execute our mission to advance the human condition.   We work to ensure that our policies, practices, programs, services, interactions, and resources are representative of, and constructed through an equity lens.  To continue moving diversity, equity and inclusion forward, IMSA seeks to recruit, support, and retain diverse, talented individuals who are culturally competent, equity-minded, and constituent–centered. 

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Teach four German courses (Level 1-3).
  • Guide and tutor students outside of class.
  • Close collaboration when working on departmental priorities.
  • Participate in the department’s curriculum and assessment development.
  • Participate in all department and faculty meetings, faculty development programs, and community development days.
  • Participate in non-teaching activities that support the department’s programs.
  • Participate in professional discipline specific and teaching organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed in classroom and office settings with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards.  Substantial time is spent working on a computer.  This role requires the following physical activities: speaking for extended periods of time, hearing and visual acuity, and mobility within the classroom.



  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in the German, Second Language Acquisition (with an emphasis on German), or a related field.
  • Native or near-native fluency in German
  • Effective communication with students, staff, and parents.
  • Active participation in a collaborative team environment.
  • Engagement in reflective professional practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals and diverse populations
  • Highly motivated, results-oriented individual with significant experience in teaching.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work in a fast-paced team environment with ability to function diplomatically and effectively at all levels. 


The preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Prior experience in curriculum design
  • Prior high school and/or higher education equivalent teaching
  • Fluency in additional languages



This position is a 10-month, full time position beginning in the fall.  Salary commensurate with training, educational preparation, and experience.  The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers a comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers' Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS).

Additional Notes

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, or national origin.  This policy also includes the handicapped and all disabled Vietnam era veterans.  IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.

How to Apply


Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and the contact information of three professional submitted via our electronic application system. Application materials will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled.

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