Assistant Professor, Spanish

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Languages and Literatures seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of  Spanish, starting August 2021. Primary areas of teaching and research are Latin American and Latinx literatures and cultures. Secondary areas are Spanish K-12 Teaching or Spanish/English Translation or French.

The University of Northern Iowa provides a high-quality education, purposefully guiding students to find and develop their strengths and prepare them for success after college. We have a bold vision that we will be a diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally. As we advance our work to become an equity-oriented institution and realize our vision, we seek to elevate the diversity of
our faculty across disciplines, departments, and colleges and to build an inclusive teaching and learning environment. Equity vision hires will be supported by faculty on campus who are working to reimagine our curriculum and pedagogy and to build equitable practices for tenure and promotion; policy review, development and implementation; and student retention, persistence, and success. They will be welcomed to join these efforts.

Building on its historic excellence in teacher education, the university has developed outstanding programs in business, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, and social and behavioral sciences with advanced degrees available in many programs. The University’s attractive size, approximately 10,000 students, allows UNI to offer faculty, facilities, and academic choices characteristic of a much larger university while retaining a friendly, small-college atmosphere on a park-like campus. UNI has been recognized for the past 18 years as one of the Best Midwest Universities by U.S. News World Report. Located in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, the campus is comprised of more than 40 buildings on 940 acres. For more information, visit

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Spanish or related field. ABDs in Spanish (or related field) will be considered with evidence of degree completion by August 2021.

Required qualifications include an active research agenda in Latin American and/or Latinx literatures and cultures; teaching, research, and/or professional experience in one or more of the following: Spanish K-12 Teaching (with documentable K-12 teaching experience) or
Spanish/English Translation or French; native/near-native language proficiency in Spanish and English; ability to teach in Spanish and English; and a record of or demonstrated potential for excellence in research and teaching.

Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and/or research that incorporates Latinx, Afrolatino, and/or Indigenous literatures and cultures; experience working with pre-service teachers; experience teaching with technology and/or online courses; commitment to community engagement; and experience or demonstrated potential for teaching Spanish heritage speakers of Spanish.

Applications received by February 22, 2021 will receive full consideration. To apply, visit Inquiries may be sent to Juan Castillo at 319-273-6200 or Pre-employment background checks required. UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

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