Spanish Translation - Assistant Professor

Spanish Translation - Assistant Professor


Job No: 519529
Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literature

Spanish Translation - Assistant Professor

Tenure Track

Fall 2023 (August 2023)

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor of Spanish—Specialist in Translation and Interpreting. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lower/upper-division courses and to potentially create and teach graduate courses in Translation and Interpreting. All courses will be taught in Spanish. Courses may also include Practical Spanish for Professions, Spanish in Bilingual Schools, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Advanced Conversation, Advanced Composition, and Advanced Grammar. The candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings, lead the development of a certificate program in Translation and Interpreting for the legal and medical fields, supervise and assist student research, and maintain a productive research agenda, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees, engaging in community service and outreach, advising students, and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, college, and university. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):



  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Spanish with an emphasis in Translation and/or Interpreting or other closely related disciplines from an accredited (or equivalent) institution.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, for an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2023.

Required Experience:



  1. Native or near-native ability in Spanish and English.
  2. Experience teaching at the undergraduate level.
  3. Ability to successfully teach Spanish to English and English to Spanish Translation and Interpreting courses as well as specific courses, such as Spanish for medical or legal professionals.
  4. Evidence of research and/or experience in the field, such as conference presentations, dissertation topic, and/or publications.
  5. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Experience:



  1. Experience teaching Spanish for heritage speakers.
  2. Familiarity with current instructional approaches, assessments, and/or American Translators Association (ATA) standards of competence and ethics.

Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at

Application Review Date: Monday, November 14, 2022

Attach the following:



  1. Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. Names and contact information of three professional references.
  4. Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Candidates invited for a phone interview must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:



  1. Official transcripts
  2. Three current letters of recommendation
  3. Sample course syllabi.
  4. 15-20 page representative scholarly writing sample.
  5. Copies of representative course evaluations

Committee Information:

Search Chair: Dr. Rafael Lemus
Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literature
College of Arts & Humanities

About Fresno State:

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities - High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures houses two undergraduate majors: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish and French. Special Majors in Classical Studies, Humanities, and German are available in conjunction with a detailed plan between the student and advisor for that language. The Department offers several minors in Classics, French, French and Francophone Studies, German, Humanities, Italian Studies, Portuguese, Portuguese Studies, and Spanish. The Master of Arts degree program in Spanish offers to its many students the opportunity to study with faculty who are active researchers with ambitious publishing and academic agendas. We reach a wider population of University students through our General Education course offerings. The goal of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is to encourage multiculturalism and multilingualism in the Central Valley. This includes preparing students for communication in some of the important heritage languages of the San Joaquin Valley: Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Taken as a whole, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is a collegial, dynamic and academically rich environment that makes substantial contributions to the University and California's Central Valley.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

Other Campus Information:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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