Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
The University of Delaware
Newark, DE

The University of Delaware seeks applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. We seek a visionary leader to guide us in the continued transformation of our course offerings and degree programs to meet the evolving needs of today’s students. Recent initiatives to meet the changing face of the field include new programs in Language for Specific Purposes (in Healthcare, Business, and Engineering) as well as collaborations with Game Studies, Global Studies, Fashion, Art History, and Linguistics. The Chair will lead the department to further ties across the University and to advance its reputation and visibility. The Chair will provide academic and administrative leadership, manage and secure resources for the Department, promote excellence in research and teaching, and foster a collegial atmosphere that supports the Department’s mission and vision. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in an area appropriate to Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and will have a distinguished record of scholarship, a commitment to teaching excellence, and leadership experience working with faculty, staff, and administration.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Delaware is within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department has a renowned history in scholarship and teaching and is committed to preparing students for a range of careers and helping them become global citizens – whether here on campus or in one of its numerous study abroad programs. The Department offers a B.A. in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with concentrations in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish Studies, Three Languages, and World Language Education. Students can also study Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, and Portuguese. The Department also offers M.A. programs in Spanish, French, Italian Studies, Language Pedagogy, and Childhood/Elementary Education and sponsors numerous study-abroad programs.

The incoming Chair will lead a team of fifty full-time, eight part-time, and fourteen supplemental faculty, who teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and who conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide array of topics including literature, history, cultural studies, women’s and gender studies, cinema, games studies, and more, as well as in the areas of applied linguistics and second language acquisition. The Department has a strong interdisciplinary profile and promotes active engagement with other departments and programs across campus. The Department has a commitment to learning, scholarship, and engagement that enhance the University’s efforts to promote and support diversity, and that connect with and support the surrounding community. More information about the Department is available at

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.
The University of Delaware ( is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The University has a long and rich tradition in international education and global engagement, launching America’s first study abroad program in 1923 and continuing to be a leader in study abroad offerings. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission.  We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a complete CV and a statement of interest, with an emphasis on visionary leadership, administrative experience, research and education at   Job Reference # 497232 . Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Tania Roth ( All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants throughout the search process.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.


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