Assistant Professor - Spanish

Assistant Professor - Spanish


Job no: 521101
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Probationary, Full Time

Program: Global Languages and Cultures

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics

Effective Date of Appointment: August 17, 2023
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 12th among “Top Public Universities in the West” in the current edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 5,470 undergraduate and 170graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI's students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education's inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success. Also, in 2022, CI became the first college to earn the Seal of Excelencia recertification.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students' ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university's tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI's Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program:

The CSUCI Spanish Program currently offers a major and minor in Spanish along with certificate programs in Spanish translation and healthcare interpreting. We offer our diverse student body the opportunity to develop their language skills and linguistic knowledge while deepening their understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Our wide range of classes allows students to choose from courses focusing on language, literature, linguistics, translation, interpretation, culture, film, pedagogy, Spanish for the professions, and more. Our students are also actively engaged in service-learning, community engagement, and undergraduate research experiences. Many of our students are also double majors and go on to successful careers in education, healthcare, translation, business, non-profit, and a diverse array of other professional pursuits.

As the newest Spanish program in the entire CSU system, there are many opportunities for faculty to make innovative contributions at CSUCI. We are a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and forward-looking Spanish program. Our faculty are tirelessly committed in the classroom and equally engaged in scholarly pursuits, which in turn enriches our teaching.

We are seeking a colleague who can engage and inspire students while contributing to the continued growth and development of a Spanish program that helps students transform their own lives and those of their families and communities. A large percentage of our students are the first in their family to attend college. We seek to assist them in acquiring tangible skills, knowledge, and expertise so that they can make a meaningful impact in the world.

Our Spanish faculty currently comprises two full professors, one associate professor, one assistant professor, and several lecturer colleagues. Given our small size, our tenure-track faculty teach a wide array of classes and thus are able to build strong connections with our students and serve as mentors along their path toward graduation and beyond. The Spanish program currently serves approximately 50 majors and 75 minors, with 100 students currently enrolled in our Spanish Translation and Healthcare Interpreting certificate programs. In addition to Spanish, the CI Global Languages and Cultures Program (in the School of Arts and Sciences) offers introductory courses in Chinese, French, Mixtec, American Sign Language, and Arabic.

About the Position:

At CSUCI, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our faculty and staff, and our community. We invite applications from candidates with innovative and diverse scholarly and teaching perspectives, as well as candidates from diverse backgrounds and members of communities that have historically been underrepresented in higher education. Candidates whose work demonstrates a commitment to civically engaged research that bridges communities across boundaries of difference are also encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal. Candidates are typically eligible to apply for tenure and promotion during their sixth year of service as Assistant Professor.

Additionally, CSUCI is committed to the teacher-scholar model. The ideal candidate has a genuine love of undergraduate teaching and a strong disposition for working collaboratively with colleagues to best serve our students. At CSUCI, a full-time teaching assignment for Assistant Professors typically consists of three classes per semester during the first two years of the appointment, followed by four classes per semester starting in the third year. Our faculty balance teaching with an active program of scholarship, professional development, and service on behalf of the program, the university, and the greater community.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics (any specialization in the field of linguistics) by August 2023. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply, but the Ph.D. must be completed by August 2023.

Required Qualifications:



  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and strong communicative skills in English
  • Knowledge of current second-language (L2) teaching practices
  • Ability to teach undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students and heritage speakers of Spanish
  • Ability to teach in multiple modalities (face-to-face, hybrid, online, etc.)
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly activity in linguistics (any specialization) with clear plans for future growth and development
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Preferred Qualifications:



  • Experience and/or training in translation and/or interpretation
  • Knowledge of heritage language teaching practices
  • Interest in teaching a wide array of undergraduate Spanish classes at all levels of the curriculum
  • Interest in service-learning pedagogies and/or community engagement

At CI, a full-time teaching assignment for Assistant Professors typically consists of three classes per semester during the first two years of the appointment, followed by four classes per semester starting in the third year. Our faculty balance teaching with an active program of scholarship, professional development, and service on behalf of the program, the university, and the greater community.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin January 23, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials:



  • Cover letter addressing Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a record of teaching experience and scholarly activities)
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at

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