Lecturer in Spanish

Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college, is seeking a part-time Lecturer in Spanish beginning September 2023. Teaching responsibilities will include teaching up to (5) sections of Spanish 101, 102, and 103 during the 2023-2024 academic year.  Applicants may be considered for multiple courses, or all five courses.  These courses are the first, second, and third courses in a three-course sequence of Spanish language learning, which provides students with an introduction to speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension in Spanish.  Doctorate in Spanish or related field preferred.   Native speaker or near-native speaker with master’s degree in a field such as literature, education or related field considered.  ABD candidates or candidates with a master's degree considered.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring a student body that is broadly diverse.  (See our diversity statement.)

Our unique academic calendar (see below) allows us the freedom to take students off-campus without impinging on other course commitments. In addition, class size is limited to 25 students, and upper-level courses are often smaller. 

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in teaching and the creation of a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. Our innovative curriculum includes a focus on the essential abilities of writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy as well as experiential learning. Cornell’s One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar is divided into eight- 3½ week blocks in which students take and faculty teach a single course. This one-at-a-time approach fosters strong student engagement and close faculty-student relationships while allowing faculty freedom to design and carry out their classes, on campus or off.

Founded in 1853, Cornell’s distinctive campus community reflects our ongoing pursuit of our core values and continuing tradition of shared governance.  Always a coeducational institution, we were the first college west of the Mississippi to graduate both men and women and the first college in the country to afford a female faculty member the same title and pay as her male colleagues. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from around the world. Two-thirds of our students are from outside Iowa, representing 44 states and 13 foreign countries. Students of color comprise one-fifth of the student body.

Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a flourishing community with a vibrant arts scene, recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids technology corridor.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials through Cornell College’s online application system:

  • A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of inclusive pedagogy
  • Names and contact information for a minimum of three references

Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Spanish program, please visit the website at https://www.cornellcollege.edu/spanish/index.shtml

Any questions can be directed to Alyssa Selmer, Associate Professor of Spanish at aselmer@cornellcollege.edu.

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.


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