Assistant Professor - Italian

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The Modern Languages and Literature Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor colleague in Italian, beginning Fall semester 2021. More information here:

The successful colleague will demonstrate excellence in reflective and effective teaching of undergraduate Italian courses and have a vision and commitment to the development of a dynamic undergraduate program. The Department is committed to an inclusive learning environment and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, colleagues should demonstrate, via teaching, research, and/or service, a strong commitment to Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity and mission which include issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Colleagues who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Teaching responsibilities include an 18-credit annual course load; classes may include University Core courses and advanced seminars in special topics, determined by the department and the candidate’s areas of specialization. All members of the department contribute to and participate in student advising, reflective and effective teaching, department assessment and evaluation, academic citizenship, an active and well-defined research agenda, program development, and recruiting - all of which require near-native/native proficiency in English and Italian in order to be effective.
Required Qualifications:
•    Ph.D. in Italian or closely related field with an open field of specialization in one of the following: Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Postcolonialism, or Race and Migration.
•    Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching in an undergraduate Italian program.
•    Evidence of Italian and English near-native/native proficiency.
•    Evidence in producing professional, peer-reviewed, writing in Italian and English within a well-defined research agenda.
•    Evidence of inclusive, equity- and diversity-minded teaching practices.

Application Procedure:
To apply, please visit our website at , complete an online application, and submit:
(1)    a cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position,
(2)    a curriculum vitae,
(3)    a statement of language teaching philosophy that demonstrates your responsiveness to the academic and psychosocial needs of students from diverse backgrounds, including evidence of  effective and reflective college-level teaching in an undergraduate Italian program,
(4)    student evaluations from at least two different Italian courses,
(5)    research portfolio, including a statement of research agenda and writing samples,
(6)    unofficial copies of graduate school transcripts,
(7)    three letters of recommendation submitted separately by evaluator.
(8)    a statement on inclusive, equity-minded teaching with a focus on Gonzaga’s humanistic identity and mission.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Torunn Haaland, Chair, Italian Program Search Committee, Position closes on March 15, 2021, midnight, PST. For assistance with your online application, call 509-313-6733. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom, with finalists being invited to participate in a more comprehensive, secondary interview process, also to be conducted via Zoom.

Gonzaga University sits adjacent to downtown Spokane, in the state of Washington, along the Spokane River. We exist on the historical lands of Salish speaking tribes in the Inland Northwest’s most metropolitan region. Spokane is Washington’s second largest city and is home to a diverse array of neighborhoods and shopping districts, with considerable variety in food and beverage amenities. We are a short distance from hiking, skiing, rafting, and climbing locations.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in colleagues who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

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