Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies  (Non-Tenure track)

The Department of History, Political Science, Languages & Cultures at Otterbein University, a comprehensive liberal arts institution, is seeking applicants for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, non-tenure-track. We seek candidates who are committed to teaching and to service-based activities focused in the department, University, community and/or profession. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and contribute to the department’s efforts to enhance diversity and provide an inclusive learning environment for all. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in Spanish, Latin American Studies, or related fields. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish. Candidates should have evidence of success teaching undergraduates in courses in Spanish and Latin American studies.   

RESPONSIBILITIES: The ideal candidate will be a generalist, able to teach all levels of Spanish language courses, courses in composition, conversation, literature, history, and culture. There is also a need to teach history and culture courses in Otterbein’s Integrative Studies program, the heart of our general education requirements. The teaching load will be four courses each semester. Candidates will also be responsible for advising SLAS majors and minors, working to help recruit new majors, and supporting the SLAS program as needed.  

For the Spring, 2024 semester (beginning January 8, 2024), the successful candidate will need to be prepared to teach the following courses:  

  • SPAN 3300: Iberian Literatures and Film  
  • SPAN 2300: Applied Spanish Writing Skills  
  • SPAN 1000: Elementary Spanish 1 (two sections)  

WHEN: January 3, 2024. This full-time visiting position is a three-semester visiting line, extending from January 3 to May 17, 2024, and then from Aug 5, 2024, through May 23, 2025.  

WHERE: Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, and has received notable national designations, including two appearances on Money Magazine’s Top 100 list of Americas’ “Best Places to Live” and recognized as one of Forbes “America’s Friendliest Towns.” Westerville has a population of approximately 37,000 people and combines the beauty and convenience of a medium-sized community with the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of Columbus, the state capital, a thriving and diverse metropolitan area of 1.4 million people.  Central Ohio is the fastest growing area in the state with stability provided by a diversified economy. 

APPLICATION:  Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of success teaching undergraduates, three references, and a diversity statement consisting of no more than one single-spaced page, addressing the following two questions: How has a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion informed your teaching, scholarship, and/or professional experience to date? How do you see yourself contributing to Otterbein’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion?

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For full consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2023. Semi-finalists for the position will be required to submit an official transcript for their highest degree earned.  

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY: Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio and minutes away from Columbus, Ohio’s largest city. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative, and inclusive. Students come from towns throughout Ohio, as well as many states and multiple countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. As a university that educates students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, we strive for and value a diverse faculty and staff that reflects our student population and Franklin County. Otterbein is the first university in Ohio to be selected by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center. Otterbein will work with its own campus community as well as the Columbus City and Westerville City school districts to create positive narrative change about race; promote racial healing activities; and erase structural barriers to equity and opportunity. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

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