Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Assistant Professor of Spanish

Truman State University

 

The Department of Classical & Modern Languages in the School of Arts & Letters at Truman State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish with a focus on Hispanic Linguistics to begin August 2022.  A Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics is required; ABD will be considered with Ph.D. completion required by August 15, 2022.

Responsibilities:  Teaching responsibilities include providing classroom instruction in lower and upper division Spanish curriculum, including courses in Spanish Phonetics and History of the Language.  Scholarly activity consistent with Truman’s teacher-scholar model is expected.  Additional duties include academic advising, mentoring of students in research and other experiences, and providing service to the department and University.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in Spanish at the university level
  • Evidence of superior performance in graduate level courses
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish
  • Strong oral and written skills in English
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs, including specialization in Hispanic Linguistics, and the ability to teach a translation course(s).
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar
  • Evidence of mentoring students in transformative experiences such as undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, study abroad and cultural activities.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.  The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.  Promotion and awarding of tenure is based on success as a teacher-scholar; a departmental policy on Promotion and Tenure is available upon request.

Program:  The Spanish program is part of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, which offers study in 8 languages.  With 11 faculty members, the Spanish program supports a Modern Language: Spanish major, Spanish minor, Spanish for the Professions minor, and a small, innovative Master of Arts in Education program in Spanish.  For more information about the program, please visit https://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-the-classical-modern-languages-department/ and https://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/majors-minors/modern-language-major/

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com.

Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Arts and Letters.  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and may be completed at http://employment.truman.edu.

Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses applicant’s suitability for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development
  • Copies of the applicant’s complete student evaluations for the last 3 semesters
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation, with contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Dan Doman, Department Chair of Classical and Modern Languages, at ddoman@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.


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