Assistant Professor of Spanish

The Department of Romance Languages at Williams College seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish, beginning July 1, 2020. We are seeking passionate candidates broadly trained in Latin American cultural production, with a specific focus on Mexico, the US/Mexico borderlands, and/or Central America.  (Inter)disciplinary specializations may include, but are not limited to: literature, film, media studies, visual studies, performance.  Demonstrated excellence in language teaching at various levels is required, including specific training in teaching Spanish for Heritage Learners.    

The teaching load is 2-2, plus a January course every other year. The college and department value teaching and research equally, and will expect the new colleague to contribute (via dynamic courses, inspiring research, and extracurricular programming) to the continued vitality of our vibrant program in Spanish and Latin American cultural production. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the rich intellectual life of a campus comprising colleagues and students from widely diverse backgrounds. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. 


Excellent training and experience in teaching the Spanish language to heritage learners and second-language students as well as literature and culture courses in the candidate’s area of specialization are essential. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in hand by August 2020. 

Application Instructions

Applications are due no later than November 15, 2019 and must include a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses the candidate’s promise as a teacher. In the cover letter, we ask that candidates speak to their ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse in regard to race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, and sexuality. All materials should be addressed to Professor Jennifer French, Department Chair, and must be submitted through Interfolio:

 Email and paper applications will not be accepted.

The search committee plans to conduct Skype interviews with 12-15 semi-finalists in December. Candidates chosen for these interviews will be asked to submit 2 syllabi before the interview: one for a language course, and one for a literature or culture course in their field. During the 30-minute interview, candidates will be asked to discuss: their teaching of Spanish to heritage learners and second-language students; their teaching of literature and culture courses in their field that they’ve offered and hope to offer at Williams; and their research agenda. The interviews will be conducted in English and Spanish. Candidates should also be prepared to elaborate on their approaches to working with both students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Campus visits will be conducted in February. Three or four candidates will be invited to campus for two-day visits that will include:

- One sample class in Spanish language, at the intermediate level (the equivalent of our RLSP 103 or RLSP 104).

- A research colloquium, for which candidates will be asked to pre-circulate a paper of no more than 30 pages for participants to read beforehand. During the colloquium, the candidate will briefly summarize and contextualize the paper, before devoting the majority of time to leading discussion. This colloquium is an opportunity for candidates both to share their scholarly research and to demonstrate how they would teach a literature or culture course in their field. The colloquium will include faculty and students in Romance Languages, and other faculty members whose interests overlap with those of the candidate.

- An interview with the college’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP), whose members will have read the candidate’s materials before the interview, and will ask substantive questions about teaching and research.

- Conversations with members of the Department and the Spanish Student Advisory Committee.

- Following the campus visits, the search committee hopes to make an offer in March 2020.

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check:

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. 


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