Assistant Professor of Spanish and Heritage Language Program Director

Position Description

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor and Heritage Language Program Director. This position has an anticipated start date of Autumn 2021 and will have a 9-month service period. We seek to hire an Applied Linguist with a research focus on Spanish as a heritage language and its learners and/or speakers to direct our well-established and growing Spanish heritage language program.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The successful applicant will serve as Heritage Language Program Director with overall responsibility for curricular, administrative, and staffing requirements in the Spanish heritage language program. Teaching duties may include Spanish heritage language courses, undergraduate-level courses in Spanish linguistics, and graduate-level courses in the applicant’s area of research specialization. Other professional duties include maintaining an active research program and providing service to the Department and University.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies comprises a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.  The successful candidate will be expected to complement the research and teaching of our faculty, both in the Department and the University as a whole, and to carry out the Department's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Applied Linguistics or in a related field, with an emphasis in Spanish as a heritage language and its learners and/or speakers, by the date of the appointment.  Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English are required.

Application Instructions

To apply submit:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Writing sample (article, or dissertation chapter and abstract)
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching philosophy statement, no more than 500 words; sample syllabi; official student evaluations)
  5. A vision statement for the Spanish Heritage Language Program (no more than 500 words)
  6. Diversity statement (statement describing how your scholarship, teaching, and/or service contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion, no more than 500 words)
  7. Three letters of recommendation

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Interfolio.

Priority will be given to applications received before October 30, 2020.

For further questions about the position, please contact Ana Fernández Dobao, Chair of the Search Committee, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity 

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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