Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Spanish

The Department of Romance Languages at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Spanish at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2022. We are looking for candidates who will have completed their Ph. D in Literature and/or Cultural Studies with a focus on Mexico by September of 2022. We seek a candidate committed to undergraduate liberal arts education and passionate about teaching language, literature, and culture. This position offers the opportunity to teach in a unique content-based curriculum, enhanced by a January term abroad, a languages-across-the-curriculum program, and area and interdisciplinary studies. Specialization in Mexican studies, native or near-native fluency in Spanish, and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level required. Interdisciplinary approaches such as critical race studies, gender studies, cultural studies, border studies, and/or film studies would be an asset. The successful candidate is expected to pursue high quality scholarly activity and contribute to the life of the department and the college. 

The St. Olaf Department of Romance Languages is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the College’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color and members of other underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity goals.

The normal teaching load is six courses per year. Regular teaching responsibilities include all levels of Spanish language and major-level courses in the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, with approximately two-thirds consisting of introductory- or intermediate-level content-based language instruction and the remaining third, major-level courses. There are also opportunities to teach courses in interdisciplinary programs such as Latin American Studies, Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum, Academic Civic Engagement, Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, American Conversations, and Linguistic Studies, as well as teach off-campus study courses during St. Olaf College’s 4-week January term. Duties also involve ongoing professional development, advising of students, service in the department and on college committees, and curriculum development. 

Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings. A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Statement of teaching philosophy

  • Short (1-page) statement of your research agenda

  • The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening)

Review of applications will begin on October 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are expected in February 2022. 

Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Jonathan O’Conner, Search Committee Chair, at tt2022spanish@stolaf.edu. Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The College offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer.  The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.  With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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