Assistant Professor, Spanish Literature

TITLE: Assistant Professor, Spanish Literature

DEPARTMENT: Rosary College of Arts and Sciences

FLSA Status: Exempt (salary)

STATUS: Full Time, Tenure Track

Reports to: Dean, RCAS

Open Until Filled: Yes


The Dominican University Department of Spanish Language and Transcultural Studies (SLTS) seeks applicants for a full-time tenure-track line in Spanish Literature for the 2023-2024 academic year. The candidate must be able to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses. Responsibilities consist of teaching 21 workload hours per academic year, advising, and service to the department; participation in university life is encouraged.


As a diverse, Catholic HSI institution, we center access, belonging, and equity-minded perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and relationship-centered teaching and advising, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good. Candidate must be willing to provide students with opportunities to participate in high impact practices. All faculty members are expected to participate in university life and governance, as well as continuing professional development and scholarship.


Required qualifications: 


Successful candidates will have ABD status, Ph.D. preferred, in Spanish Literature and Culture. Candidates must show native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English, evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and strong commitment to liberal arts education. Dominican seeks candidates who are committed to working with diverse student and community populations.


Preferred qualifications: 


We will consider generalists and scholars from any area of study, but expertise in the following fields will be prioritized: Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Chicanx, Indigenous, Immigration or Borderland Studies in Spanish, Contemporary Latin/Mexican American or US Latine Literature and Culture. Due to growing student interest in these fields, this scholar is expected to contribute to strengthening the SLTS program in this area in alignment with Dominican’s mission of creating “a more just and humane world.” We seek applicants that also show interest in developing community partnerships and enhancing our Hispanic Serving Identity, and with expertise in teaching heritage speakers of Spanish.


About Dominican University:


Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative, and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican #10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is also ranked #1 in the Chicago area and #3 in the Midwest in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” category – making the university one of only two schools in the country within the Regional University category to be ranked among the top #10 overall and as an exemplar in social mobility.


Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 50% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Hispanic. Among undergraduates, 63% are Hispanic, 50% are Pell-eligible and 48% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.


To Apply:


Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement (including practices of inclusive teaching), and a list of 3 references. In the cover letter, the applicant should address work and other opportunities they have had to interact and serve in high needs and diverse populations and other interactions with students, and explain how they can contribute to the diversity and inclusion on our campus.


Materials must be submitted at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and review of applications will begin immediately. Questions can be addressed to Dr. Cristina Mostacero-Pinilla (, chair of the search committee.


Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide official transcripts. A background screening is required upon hire.


Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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