Lecturer in Spanish/Applied Linguistics (Modern Languages and Literatures)

Job Title: Lecturer in Spanish/Applied Linguistics (Modern Languages and Literatures)

Job ID: 22819

Location: Brooklyn College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular



Brooklyn College, a senior College of the City University of New York (CUNY), invites applications for a Lecturer in Spanish/Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences with a starting date in August 2022. The position combines the duties of a language coordinator for the department with a significant teaching load in Spanish at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (MLL) is home to 9 full-time faculty and one full-time laboratory technician who are committed to helping students hone their linguistic skills for a range of professional settings including education, film and media, journalism and writing, medicine, and law. Situated within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), the MLL department shares the school’s goal to foster collaborative engagement among faculty, students, and communities, in the co-creation of knowledge. Our students build skills in critical thinking, creative expression, data analysis, and the capacity to articulate evidence-based decisions. The MLL department, and HSS at large, prepares students to be adaptive and resilient in a rapidly changing global economy, and to be effective publicly engaged world citizens.


The successful applicant will possess at least a Master’s degree or higher in Spanish Linguistics; a PhD is preferred. The applicant will have experience teaching Spanish language at the undergraduate level and will be committed to excellence in pedagogy and in student retention. The strongest candidates will know at least one other Romance language; be able to teach linguistics, foreign-language pedagogy, translation and language for the professions; and have experience advising students and engaging in administrative tasks. A priority for the department is attracting and serving the needs of heritage speakers in Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and other languages.


Brooklyn College serves students from as many as 150 countries who speak over 100 languages and dialects and thus constitutes a microcosm of the rich diversity and energy that characterizes the borough of Brooklyn and the greater New York City area itself. Its mission features “a special commitment to educate immigrant and first-generation college students from the diverse communities that make up our city and state.” The college ethos is strongly invested in the educational and career success of a population that encompasses a multiplicity of nationalities, ethnicities, religions, cultures and languages. We are committed to fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared ideals across the entire spectrum of our varied constituency. By accessing a first-class and affordable college education in an inclusive and nurturing intellectual milieu, our students acquire the skills, confidence, and global mindedness that allows them to thrive in a rapidly changing, unpredictable marketplace of ideas that is increasingly mindless of borders and spans the gamut of cultures and vernaculars.


To this end, the college seeks faculty who are eager to engage with the diversity of our student body and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and heterogeneity through teaching, research and/or service. We seek to recruit and retain faculty who reflect the mosaic of our student population. Successful candidates will bring their unique creativity, sensitivity, insights and perspectives to a community that welcomes innovation in scholarship and teaching. Together we will model the finest that a public urban liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies college can be for the present and future.


Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching and developing curricula for undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language and linguistics, language teaching pedagogy, and translation; if possible, another Romance language (French, Italian, or Portuguese).
  • Language coordination: working with teaching fellows and adjunct faculty across languages, developing curricular and extra-curricular activities to compliment classroom teaching; observation/evaluation of instructors; organizing orientation meeting for adjunct faculty and workshops on teaching methodology.
  • Administrative – advising majors and minors, transfer evaluation, evaluation of student proficiency, language placement.



Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Spanish.
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels


Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics.
  • Proficiency in a second romance language.
  • Three years college-level teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in: Spanish language; Spanish linguistics and dialectology; translation; language for the professions; and second language pedagogical theory and methodology.



Salary commensurate with experience and credentials at the entry level. All appointments are subject to financial availability.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.




STEP ONE – Click "Apply Now"


From our job posting system, select "Apply Now'', create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, please visit https://cuny.jobs/brooklyn-college/new-jobs/


Applicants should upload the following in .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format:

  • An application letter indicating the desired position, and should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CUNY’s commitment to diversity.
  • Current and detailed curriculum vitae
  • A one-page document describing the candidate’s three-year research agenda
  • Copies of publications and/or working papers


STEP TWO - Go to https://websql.brooklyn.cuny.edu/hrref/


All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their recommenders by visiting the link above and entering the contact information for three (3) recommenders.


The online system will automatically email your recommenders a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided.


Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered.



Review of applications to begin immediately and will continue until December 15, 2021.



CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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