Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mexican Literature and Culture

The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) invites applications for a Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Mexican studies, with a specialization in any of (but not limited to) the following contemporary fields: 20th and 21st Mexican literature, film, or other areas of Mexican cultural studies. UIC’s Bridge to Faculty program is designed to recruit scholars with the goal of faculty transition in the department after two years. Subject to satisfactory performance and University approval, this position may be re-appointed for a second year. Successful post-docs may have the opportunity to transition to faculty starting2025-2026 academic year. This recruitment initiative aims to attract and retain promising scholars to UIC as well as diversify our faculty. Postdocs will participate in a mentoring experience within the department, and they will have the opportunity to meet other postdocs through cohort-based events and workshops organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement. The Bridge to the Faculty Program is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Engagement. 


The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of scholars dedicated to working in a wide range of fields, including literary studies, critical theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, political theory, cultural memory, trauma and poverty and violence studies, humanities and health, the Anthropocene and environmental studies, the Southern Cone, Iberia, and film and visual studies. Faculty members have exceptional research and teaching opportunities as a result of collaborations and affiliations with other units in the College, including but not limited to Latin American and Latino Studies, UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, and Department of English. UIC is located close to the historical Mexican-American neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village in the heart of Chicago, a vibrant global city. The Department serves a large Latinx student body and offers bachelor’s degrees in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, Hispanic Linguistics and in the Teaching of Spanish. It offers graduate degrees at both masters and doctoral levels in literature and cultural studies as well as Hispanic linguistics.  


Postdoctoral duties include teaching one course per academic year, participation in the activities of the department (including those organized by graduate students), and the pursuit of an active research agenda. 


Applicants should have a native or near-native command of Spanish and a demonstrable commitment to both teaching and scholarship. 


Applicants should have received a PhD in an appropriate field no earlier than 2019. ABD may be considered, but the successful applicant must—without exception—have a PhD in hand by the starting date for the postdoctoral position: August 16, 2023. 




Applicants should submit materials to :  



1.  A cover letter addressing the applicant’s qualifications, suitability, and interest in the Postdoctoral position. The University of Illinois is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to address in their cover letter how they will contribute to furthering the commitment to diversity through their research and teaching. 


2. A full curriculum vitae. 


3. A writing sample in Spanish or in English of a standard article length (no more than 30 pages). 


Please provide the names and full contact information of three references at least one of which should be able to speak to the applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications. 


For fullest consideration, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their full applications by December 15, 2022 at which time review will begin. 


For information about the position, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Tatjana Gajic at 


UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I), is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, is in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and is among the top 200 universities in the world. It is a comprehensive public university with a diverse student body of more than 31,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

UIC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

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