Languages, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Adjunct Faculty

Location: Hickory, North Carolina 

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks applications for part-time (adjunct) faculty (contingent on need) to teach French, German and/or Spanish (eligible for renewal). Appointment begins August 2024.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Successful candidates should have a minimum of a master’s degree in the language of expertise (French, German and/or Spanish) but a terminal degree is preferred. Evidence of exemplary college teaching experience and the ability to develop and deliver courses utilizing non-traditional pedagogies is highly preferred. Candidates must be able to conduct their assigned courses of instruction in the best manner possible to achieve student learning which include the presentation of ideas in ways that are appropriate for a variety of learners and that show sensitivity to a diverse student population. Successful candidates will display a commitment and capacity for teaching excellence, student mentorship and collaborative work.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusiveness are integral to the college’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement and education. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds and/or incorporating diverse perspectives in research and teaching. The appointment is based at the university’s Hickory, NC location.

Application Process

While completing the application, candidates will be prompted to submit:

  • Letter of application: The application letter should discuss specifically how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position and of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
  • Curriculum vitae (including the names and addresses of three references).
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including a discussion of how you support a diverse student body in your classroom.

The university’s mission, vision and values statements may be reviewed on the About page.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Any questions regarding the position or the search process should be submitted electronically to Amy Hedrick, Ph.D., dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at

About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) seeks to become a reputable, distinctive home for scholarly and vocational transformation for service in the world. The CHSS faculty is committed to mentorship, transformation, empowerment, care and the active and reflective promotion of justice in the world. The college includes programs and coursework in criminal justice, sociology, history, political science, psychology, religious studies, philosophy and world languages.

About Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private masters comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of more than 40,000. The university has additional campus centers in Asheville, NC, and Columbia, SC, which include the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is less than an hour’s drive from Charlotte, and the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of about 365,000. The university now offers more than 50 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs to approximately 2400 students. Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build community, and promote responsible leadership for service worldwide. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes diverse campuses open to people from all religious and non-religious backgrounds. 

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment  

Lenoir-Rhyne University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, political affiliation, age, marital status, sex/gender, physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy or veteran status in any educational programs and activities, including admissions. Lenoir-Rhyne’s policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity extends to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, reassignment, demotion, discipline, discharge, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits. Lenoir-Rhyne is committed to providing an environment that promotes nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors.


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