Assistant Professor - Spanish / Coordinator of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program

Assistant Professor - Spanish / Coordinator of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program


Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Spanish, to begin fall 2023.

The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 load, including the Spanish for Bilingual Speakers courses, courses in elementary and intermediate Spanish, and a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the program’s curriculum.

They will have the opportunity to develop and lead study abroad programs and teach additional courses in the summer. They will also serve as the coordinator of the Spanish for Heritage Speakers program, assisting heritage learners with course placement and colleagues with the differential instruction of heritage learners of languages other than English.

As UNCW is an R2 institution, the candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda. The successful candidate will also serve as a liaison to the Centro Hispano ( at UNCW.

To instantiate our values of Access, Equity, and Diversity, UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is embarking on our third year of a cohort hire initiative. This year, our focus is on the areas of Environmental and Social Justice, prioritizing analytics and approaches those center examinations of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, disability, democracy and citizenship, and Indigenous or otherwise decolonizing methodologies. We are actively building a network of researchers, scholars, and artists that will support the ongoing work in which we are engaged and set a path forward as we grow these areas of critical study into regional and national strengths. This initiative is part of a larger set of coordinated diversity and inclusion initiatives within the UNCW Division of Academic Affairs. The position of Assistant Professor of Spanish / Coordinator of the Spanish for Bilingual Speakers Program is part of this initiative.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, or a closely related field, on or by August 1, 2023
  • Applicants who are ABD for the terminal degree may be considered if a doctoral degree is conferred by August 1, 2023
  • Experience in teaching heritage learners of Spanish
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English
  • Research specialization in Spanish as a Heritage Language
  • Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching
  • An active research agenda

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have the following qualifications:
  • Experience in developing and implementing curricula related to culturally diverse populations
  • Evidence of effective engagement with a diverse student body
  • Experience in or commitment to using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all student

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Special Notes to Applicants

Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on 1/26/2023, the posting close date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as a PDF document including:

  1. Letter of application addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Amanda Boomershine, that addresses how the candidate will contribute to fostering diversity and inclusion on campus and includes the candidate’s research plans.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. List with contact information for three professional references –

If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Note that all requested components must be submitted in order to meet the application requirements.

For questions regarding the search, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Amanda Boomershine at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Giselle Ennis at

For more information and to apply by the closing date of 1/26/2023, visit

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences is one of the largest academic units at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. With over 50 faculty members, we offer on-campus and online master’s degrees in Spanish; on-campus and online post-baccalaureate certificates in Hispanic Studies; a combined BA/MA program in Spanish; bachelor’s degrees in French, German, and Spanish; and minors in Classics, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. We also offer classes in American Sign Language, Arabic, and Italian. Our classes contribute to core general education requirements for all undergraduate degrees at UNCW. Our Hispanic students are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group on campus with nearly 1,500 self-identified Hispanic students, representing 8% of the total student enrollment.

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

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