The Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at Union College is seeking a candidate for a tenure track position with a Latin Americanist focus, preferably with a specialization in Mexico, Central America, or Andean Region. We are also interested in a candidate with a background in Border Studies or Indigenous Studies. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish is required. We are looking for a person with engaging and deep cross-disciplinary research and courses that contribute to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as well as to the College’s other interdisciplinary programs (https://www.union.edu/interdisciplinary-studies). We seek a candidate who can contribute to a redesigned Spanish curriculum through courses that bring Hispanic Studies in connection with other disciplines, including psychology or neuroscience (linguistics or language acquisition, for example), computer science (e.g., natural language processing), engineering, the social or natural sciences, or the medical, environmental or blue humanities, or geohumanities, or interest in public or applied humanities. The candidate must demonstrate strong language teaching skills and experience at all levels and interest in leading our term abroad programs in Argentina and Spain. The candidate is expected to contribute to a recently updated General Education Program (https://www.union.edu/global-challenges-social-justice). A successful applicant will demonstrate interest in working closely with undergraduate students and in departmental curricular development that is forward-thinking, creative, and interdisciplinary. 

Appointment beginning in September of 2024. PhD in hand by August 2024. Hiring will be conditional on budgetary capacity. The teaching load for the position is 6 courses per year, typically distributed as two per term across each of the three terms. Salary range: $80,000-$82,000, contingent on experience.

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity, but to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. 

Creating and maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment is central to developing

a rigorous and informed education in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures. We acknowledge that improving the diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging (DEIB) within the department and across campus is necessarily an ongoing process of growth. Accordingly, department members attend professional development workshops related to DEIB on and off campus, support and mentor diverse students and faculty members, and produce scholarship and teach courses related to DEIB.

Union College is located in New York’s Capital Region, a metropolitan area of over one million people.  Our region offers affordable, livable neighborhoods and a variety of interesting cultural and recreational opportunities.  In addition, both New York City and Boston are located within a three-hour drive from campus.

Please send: a letter of interest, which should address the ways that DEIB issues inform the candidate’s teaching and research; three letters of recommendation, including at least one that addresses the candidate’s teaching ability; a teaching statement, that includes the role of DEIB; a research statement; and graduate transcripts by November 15th, 2023 to http://jobs.union.edu.

Please contact Michele Ricci Bell, Associate Professor of German Studies and Chair of the Search Committee, with any questions (mllchair@union.edu).

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

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