Chair, Department of World Languages and Literatures
- Location details
- San Bernardino, California
- Depends on qualifications
- Position type
- Department chair
- Organization type
- 4-year college or university
- Employment category
- Tenure Status
- Tenure or tenure track
- Academic Hiring Standards
- Hiring standards
The Department of World Languages and Literatures at California State University, San Bernardino
invites applications for the position of Department Chair. The appointment will be as a tenured
Associate or Full Professor with a full-time, three-year appointment as Department Chair (subject to
renewal) to begin August 1, 2020. The successful candidate will demonstrate a sustained record of
scholarship, teaching excellence and professional service. This is an Open Rank position.
The successful candidate will have effective leadership, administrative, problem-solving, and people
skills; have a commitment to maintaining a strong department; demonstrate excellence in teaching
undergraduates and M.A. students; maintain a fair and encouraging environment for students, staff,
and faculty, and represent the department within the university. The successful candidate is expected
to be knowledgeable about current issues in language learning and the use of technology to support
The Chair will work collaboratively with the faculty to provide leadership in executing a shared vision
for the department and provide guidance in long-term planning for faculty professional involvement
and development. The Chair will mentor faculty in effectively meeting their responsibilities in
scholarship, teaching, and service, and work with the faculty to create course schedules that serve the
needs of the students. The Chair will responsibly oversee the budget, support and encourage student
success, create partnerships in the community and celebrate faculty, staff and student achievements.
The Department of World Languages and Literatures is a dynamic department with 12 full-time tenure
track faculty and over 20 part-time instructors. We offer an M.A. degree in Spanish, B.A. degrees in
Arabic, French, and Spanish, Minors in Spanish, French, Arabic, and Japanese, and numerous
Certificate programs. We also offer courses in ASL (American Sign Language), Chinese, Korean, and
Native American Languages (Serrano, Luiseño and Cahuilla).
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire,
60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella
Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college
students, and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution,
CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student
populations of any university in the Inland Empire and the second-highest Hispanic enrollment of all
public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35
graduate, and 1 doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.
At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that
diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging
our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and
create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB's commitment to hire,
develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development
programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community
that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically
diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are
strongly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will provide responsible and professional leadership in managing the day-today
operational needs of the department, including supervision of support staff, evaluating and
mentoring faculty, fiscal management, course scheduling and allocating facilities and equipment for
teaching, research and service activities, promoting the department and languages, and recruiting
students. The Chair will serve on the Council of Chairs and work collaboratively with the Dean of the
College of Arts and Letters and the other Chairs on campus. The Chair will represent the Department
and maintain positive public relations with on and off-campus entities and demonstrate a broad array
of experience, skills, and abilities.
Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a
diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide
range of disciplines.
In addition, new faculty are encouraged to develop and participate in activities that support the
University's strategic plan. This plan emphasizes: a) student success; b) faculty and staff success; c)
stewarding resources; d) community engagement and partnerships; and, e) enhancing campus
identity. CSUSB's Strategic Plan is available at https://www.csusb.edu/strategic-plan.
Ph.D. in Spanish is required by time of appointment. A demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding
of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation,
and ethnic backgrounds of university students, faculty and staff. Scholarly credentials warranting
tenure as an Associate or Full Professor.
To apply please submit the following required documents:
1) Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of application that describes:
a. Academic administrative experience and philosophy
b. Teaching experience and philosophy
c. Research and/or scholarship record and future interests
3) Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to
4) Reference list - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three referees whom we may
contact to obtain letters of recommendation.
5) A Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretations of diversity, equity, and inclusion,
and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional
experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum
California State University, San Bernardino is committed to improving our University's diversity with
regard to race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, culture, and physical ability.
Information regarding CSUSB's Department of World Languages and Literatures can be found at
Formal review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is
If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply at
Salary is commensurate with experience.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any
candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background
check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU
employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse
and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive
Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We
consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin,
ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic
information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position
adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including
Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence
Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter.
(Executive Order 1096 - Revised July 21, 2017)
This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This
would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of
training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources
Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional
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