Lecturer of Spanish—Specialist in Heritage Learners

Lecturer of Spanish—Specialist in Heritage Learners



Job ID: 25237

Location: John Jay College

Regular/Temporary: Regular


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at John Jay College-CUNY seeks an instructor at the rank of Lecturer with experience teaching Spanish for heritage learners. Experience in teaching translation and interpreting is a plus. The position of Lecturer is tenure-bearing through what is called a “certificate of continuous employment” (CCE) after the sixth annual reappointment.

The appointed faculty member will perform teaching and related faculty functions in their area(s) of expertise. Coordinate language courses. Share responsibility for departmental and College committee work and other duties as assigned by the chair. The hiring committee is especially interested in applicants who contribute to the diversity mission of the college through their leadership, community service, research, and/or lived experiences.

Candidates are expected to bring enthusiasm and a demonstrated commitment to teaching. Forty-seven percent of John Jay students are first-generation college students, and John Jay is a recognized Hispanic and Minority-Serving Institution. The successful candidate must be eager and qualified to work with our diverse student body, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As demonstrated in John Jay College’s Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum (http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/u1862/principles_for_a_culturally_responsive_inclusive_and_antiracist_curriculum_adopted_by_college_council_april8_2021.pdf), the College seeks a faculty member who thrives in a multicultural, collaborative academic environment and is committed to both access and excellence in higher education.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a BA in Spanish with concentrations in Translation/Interpretation and Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, a Spanish minor, and three Certificate programs in Legal Translation and/or Interpretation. It also offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus.


Bachelor's degree in area(s) of expertise, and the ability to teach successfully.


Master’s degree or Phd in Spanish Linguistics  with a focus in Heritage learners or in a related discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. institution by date of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English.

Ability to successfully teach Spanish for heritage learners at all levels of undergraduate instruction. If the successful candidate has experience teaching translation and interpreting, they may also be expected to teach courses in these areas.

Teaching and service are required. Teaching duties include a 4/4 course load (eight courses per year) of undergraduate courses. Candidates are expected to bring enthusiasm and demonstrated commitment to teaching, as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Service duties include coordinating language courses. Also required is the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

Preference will be given to candidates who meet the following qualifications: Ability to teach online/hybrid courses. Ability to teach creative writing in Spanish. Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body. Experience and interest in developing internships, community outreach, service learning and study abroad opportunities.

Lecturers at CUNY do not have an expectation of scholarly productivity, but we welcome and will support applicants with active research agendas. Ph.D. candidates (including ABDs) are encouraged to apply.


Salary commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience within the range of $69,983-$87,004.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Once you have registered or logged in with your user name and password, upload the following materials: 1. cover letter (Including how you would contribute to the College’s diversity goals), 2. curriculum vitae, 3. a teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy, teacher evaluations, and sample syllabi and materials. All items to be uploaded must be combined in a single document preferably in PDF format. Please have three professional letters of recommendation sent to:

Erica L. Wise

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

524 West 59th Street, 7.65.01



Official transcripts are not required at this time, but will be required upon employment.


Posting closes December 1, 2022.

Review of resumes to begin November 10, 2022.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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