Assistant Professor of Spanish

The Department of World Languages in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Spanish with a primary specialization in applied Spanish linguistics, language pedagogy, and/or second-language acquisition. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment. Secondary training, experience, and interest in one or more of the following areas may be a plus: language curriculum renewal, instructor training and/or supervision, Spanish for heritage speakers, bilingual education, OPI training and testing, digital humanities.

Position responsibilities include teaching language, pedagogy, research, and Hispanic linguistics courses and guiding students in pursuit of their education requirements. One of the overarching goals of this position is to support Spanish M.A. students in the pedagogy track so that they can demonstrate career and/or doctoral program readiness. Likewise, curriculum (re)development will be necessary at certain times to meet the needs of undergraduate students. Collaboration with other university faculty and staff is paramount as well as the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others. The percentage of time/effort of each of the separate job will generally be 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% administrative.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in applied Spanish linguistics or closely related field by start of employment. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in research, in addition, the successful candidate will be expected to provide effective instruction and advising to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students and possess the interpersonal skills and collegiality necessary to help maintain a strong Spanish program at an R1 institution. Occasional teaching of pedagogy/linguistics outside the Spanish program and/or the World Languages Department is expected. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English is required.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Expertise in applied Spanish linguistics

  • Ph.D. in applied Spanish linguistics or closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the start of employment

  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English

  • Applied knowledge of language acquisition principles, practices, and procedures

  • Strong research and writing skills with demonstrated knowledge of research tools and methodology

  • Demonstrated experience in, or the potential for, building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service

  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively

  • Demonstrated ability to perform and oversee scholarly work in the field


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess strong research records or have demonstrated the potential to publish in top-tier journals,

  • Have demonstrated the ability to provide an excellent learning environment in the classroom, and value collegiality

  • Experience or interest in one of these areas is also preferred: instructor training/supervision, curriculum renewal, Spanish for heritage speakers, bilingual education, OPI training and testing, digital humanities

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in an educational and work environment

  • Must be willing to contribute to the department and college strategic plan of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Confidential Letters of Recommendation (see special instructions for submission instructions), Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Luis Restrepo, at

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Completed applications received by February 6, 2022 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. A first round of Skype/Zoom interviews will be arranged for early or mid-February, with campus interviews to follow likely in late February or early March. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Application Materials Required:

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter/letter of application, a teaching philosophy statement, a research agenda, a diversity statement, transcripts, and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number). Additionally, three confidential current job-related letters of recommendation must be sent to the following email: Email subject line must say “Recommendation letter for Spanish position” and must include the candidate’s last name.  


About the Department:

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures promotes an international understanding and global academic exchange. Through the Center for World Languages, courses in 13 languages and participation in many interdisciplinary programs across campus, faculty members empower students to become proficient communicators and acquire a working knowledge of cultures and literatures around the world.    


Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. 

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:


Frequent Physical Activity:


Occasional Physical Activity:

Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Talking

Benefits Eligible:


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