Department of German Studies - Teaching Assistant (Grinnell College)


Dates of Employment: August 23, 2024 – May 19, 2025

 Job description:

  • Teach weekly practice sessions with students in beginning German. (not more than 6 hours per week for 4 hour-long meetings and 2 hours of preparation time each week)
  • Attend weekly extracurricular programming such as Deutschtisch (lunch on Mondays), Kaffeestunde (one afternoon each week)
  • Provide support to students learning German classes by holding office hours
  • Attend all departmental events (guest speakers, film screenings)
  • Work with residents of German House to plan cultural events related to German-speaking cultures
  • Total work schedule note to exceed 20 hours/week


  • Grinnell College pays for Tuition, Housing, Full Meal Plan at the campus dining hall, Health Insurance, Student Fees (approximate value $78,000)
  • You get to take 2 4-credit classes per semester at one of the county’s best institutions
  • Stipend: dispersed biweekly during term, currently $15/hour for 20 hours/week over a period of 30 weeks, total compensation $9000
  • Round-trip air fare from Vienna-Grinnell

Grinnell College is located in the town of Grinnell (population 9,100) and is 60 miles from airports at Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.  The community is small enough to be friendly and accessible but large enough to have restaurants, recreational programs and activities, shops, churches, and medical services.  All campus activities (concerts, lectures, dances, films) are free.

Grinnell College, founded in 1846, is an undergraduate, private, four-year coeducational residential college that seeks to develop in students both analytical and imaginative thinking in the liberal arts.  Grinnell's student body is comprised of 1,600 studetns from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and about 50 other countries.

Grinnell College is committed to liberal education in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts.  Students pursue courses in a wide range of disciplines beyond the major.  The low faculty to student ratio allows for small classes, individualized instruction and emphasis on student-centered discussions.  The highest degree offered is a Bachelor of Arts; however, a proportionately large number of Grinnell Graduates continue their studies at other institutions offering graduate degrees (master's, doctorate, medicine, law, etc.)

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Study Requirements:

  • Visa requirements include enrollment in 2 courses/semester over two semesters
  • Must be a degree-seeking student at the University of Vienna

Application Instructions

Please complete the application form and submit a CV by February 23rd, 2024.

After reviewing applications, the finalists will be contacted for an online interview.