Assistant Professor

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The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment begins in September 2020. We seek specialists in Brazilian Literature and Cultural Studies with a wide-ranging knowledge of the field that would include elements of the colonial and post-colonial Lusophone world across the Atlantic. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience.


Pitt's Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures has thriving undergraduate and graduate programs, offering a BA in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese; as well as MA and PhD in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese. The Revista Iberoamericana, the journal of record in history and criticism of Latin American literature, publishes articles in Spanish and Portuguese. The Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI), an international scholarly organization sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, with offices in our Department, produces The Revista Iberoamericana and various series of scholarly books in both languages. This position is part of the Department's plan to expand its Portuguese component. Responsibilities of the position include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of specialization as well as advanced culture and language courses, mentoring graduate students, and sharing in the rotating coordination of the Portuguese language program.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in either Portuguese; Brazilian Literature; Romance Languages and Literatures or the equivalent by August 2020.
  • Primary specialization in Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Evidence of Native or near-native fluency and ability to teach in Portuguese and English.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in research in Brazilian literary or cultural studies.
  • Evidence of expertise in one or more of the following areas, which represent current departmental strengths: Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies, Comparative Inter-American Studies, Trans-Atlantic Studies, Border Cultures, Race and Ethnicity, Popular Culture, Creative Writing, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching or program development in one or more of the following areas: Study Abroad in Brazil, Afro-Brazilian, Lusophone African or Continental Portuguese literature or culture, Portuguese for Spanish speakers, History of Portuguese and/or Spanish Languages.
  • Demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. AA/EOE

Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:

  • Applications will only be accepted via online submission. Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
  • Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references; your references will be contacted directly by the online system and invited to upload their letters on your behalf.
  • All required fields of the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the "Submit" button.
  • Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.
  • Deadline is November 15, 2019

Please upload your materials via this Interfolio link, by our November 15th, 2019 deadline.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

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