Assistant Professor of Spanish

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The Department of Languages and Cultures at California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran) seeks to hire at the assistant level for a tenure track position starting in the Fall of 2020. Eligible applicants will have a Ph.D. in Spanish or related field officially conferred by an accredited degree-granting university. The application must be written (or translated) in English. ABDs will be considered for appointment at the instructor level with degree to be conferred by Fall 2020. Successful candidates will be a generalist with recent experience in, and current knowledge about, one or more of the following areas: Spanish-language media, Spanish for the professions, and Latinx/Chicano literature and culture. Successful candidates will be committed to teaching, research, and service at a liberal arts university that is a Hispanic Serving and McNair institution. They will also provide evidence of excellence in teaching and advising and evidence of a strong commitment to developing a research program involving undergraduate students. 

The Spanish program in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Cal Lutheran is growing and is academically rigorous, methodologically inclusive, interdisciplinary, and seeks to promote experiential learning on campus and in the surrounding communities. The department values multicultural and practical learning experiences that involve and engage local communities. In collaboration with other College departments and the Center for Equality and Justice, the department promotes innovative student and faculty research in national and transnational contexts in and around Cal Lutheran.

A full-teaching load is usually three courses per academic semester and six per academic year. Primary teaching responsibilities may include courses ranging from language instruction to specialized content, for example: Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, Conversation and Composition, literature and society surveys of Latin America and Spain, Spanish for the Health Professions, Business Spanish, Introduction to Translation, Women Writers in Hispanic Literature, Film in Spanish, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America, Spanish-Language Media and Production in the United States, and Contemporary Chicano Literature. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop new courses in their area of expertise, which could include study abroad and travel seminar experiences.

It is essential that candidates possess the ability or potential to teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate students, particularly those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Applicants with demonstrated ability to attract students to Spanish courses from the areas of business, education, communication, psychology, and STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible applicants will have a Ph.D. in Spanish or related field officially conferred by an accredited degree-granting university. The application must be written (or translated) in English. ABDs will be considered for appointment at the instructor level with degree to be conferred by Fall 2020.

Eligible applicants for this position include: U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), foreigners currently holding work eligible visas (H—1B), graduate students ready to convert their status from student to full time work, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (depending on the status of this program at the time of application), political asylees, and refugees. The Cal Lutheran College of Arts and Sciences values diversity in all forms, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
A committee of scholars selected by the University will evaluate the candidates in consultation with the College department faculty best able to evaluate the applicants’ expertise. The search committee will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, standardized application forms, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and serve the mission of the Department and University.

Stipends and Benefits:
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position.

Evaluation Criteria:
Candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria:
1) Demonstrated experience or potential to effectively teach courses related to Spanish language and Hispanic culture;
2) Experience with, or knowledge and understanding of mentoring and engaging undergraduate students (inside and outside of the classroom), particularly those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds;
3) Evidence of, or potential for both producing scholarship and sustaining an active research agenda;
4) Commitment to a liberal arts education and service to the mission of the University and College of Arts & Sciences;
 


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