Assistant Professor of Spanish - Specialist in Translation and Interpreting

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is seeking a well-rounded specialist who focuses on the theories, practice, and teaching of Translation & Interpreting Studies for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Performs teaching, research and student advising duties in Spanish/English translation and interpreting. Shares responsibility for departmental and College committee work and other duties as assigned by the chair.


Ph.D. in Translation and Interpreting Studies in Spanish or in a related discipline, such as Applied Linguistics in Spanish with a focus in translation and interpreting, from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. institution by date of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English.

Ability to successfully teach Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation and interpreting courses at all levels of undergraduate instruction. Demonstrated scholarship or research achievement. Responsibilities will include working collaboratively with colleagues, the department, and the College. The successful candidate may also be expected to teach Spanish language courses at all levels of instruction.

Teaching, service and publication are required. Teaching duties include a 3/3 course load (six courses per year) of undergraduate courses, but beginning tenure-track appointments receive a significant course reduction while working toward tenure. Candidates are expected to bring enthusiasm and demonstrated commitment to teaching and to develop and maintain an active research and publication agenda. Service duties include actively recruiting, advising and mentoring Spanish majors and Certificate students.


Preference will be given to candidates who meet the following qualifications: Ability to teach computer-assisted translation (CAT) courses and translation and interpreting online/hybrid courses. Experience teaching Spanish heritage learners. Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body. Experience and interest in developing internships, community outreach, service learning and study abroad opportunities.


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Erica L. Wise

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

524 West 59th Street, 7.65.01


Official transcripts are not required at this time, but will be required upon employment.


Review of resumes to begin November 10, 2019.

Posting closes on December 1, 2019.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) led by President Karol V. Mason and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. John Jay College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a BA in Spanish with concentrations in Translation/Interpretation and Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, a Spanish minor, and three Certificate programs in Legal Translation and/or Interpretation. It also offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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