Assistant Professor or Instructor, Spanish Language & Cultures

Assistant Professor or Instructor, Spanish Language & Cultures

Department: Humanities Department

Location: Columbia, MO, 65216

Type: Full-time Faculty, Tenure-track

Proposed Start Date: August 2024

Pay: $55,000-$61,000 per year (pay range may vary based on geographic location)

Spanish Language and Cultures

Diversity Statement:

Columbia College is committed to creating an inclusive employee experience for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. The college maintains a safe place for open discourse; supports activities that promote diversity and inclusion; and overall, fosters a sense of community that welcomes everyone.


The Humanities Department at Columbia College is seeking applications for a full-time position in Spanish Language and Cultures at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Instructor (non-tenure track) rank for the Fall 2024 semester (9-month contract). Be a part of a dedicated, dynamic, and well-respected faculty that support innovation, creativity, and a strong dedication to academic excellence.

Teaching, professional development, and service are all required aspects of the position. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching in-seat classes in elementary Spanish language, as well as more advanced language, literature, and culture courses in the newly established Spanish Language and Cultures B.A. program offered online by the College. Typically, faculty members teach 24 credit hours or the equivalent per academic year.

Columbia College is known for its small class sizes, which enrich teaching and mentoring experiences. Funding for conference attendance and other professional development activities is provided on an annual basis. We highly value strong interpersonal skills, cultural humility, and a demonstrated ability to make positive contributions to the College community.

Faculty also hold important service roles at Columbia College--in admission and recruiting events, academic advising, curriculum development, academic assessment, and collaboration across instructional venues. They participate in the Faculty Association and its committees, and support co-curricular activities, and College events (may require occasional afternoon, evening and/or weekend commitments). The salary offered is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


A PhD in Spanish language and/or Spanish/Latin American literatures at time of appointment would qualify the candidate for a tenure-track position, rank based on experience. A Master's degree in Spanish or a related field is required if the candidate does not possess the PhD as indicated above. A PhD is preferred. Native or near native fluency in Spanish is expected together with an excellent command of English. The ideal candidate will possess experience demonstrating effective student-centered teaching strategies which enhance the success of diverse learners in multiple learning environments, and show potential for quality curriculum development. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience at the collegiate level. Candidates who reflect the diversity of the College's student population and surrounding community are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Columbia College:

Founded in 1851, Columbia College is dedicated to improving lives through higher education. As a private, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the College takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty, and quality educational programs. Offering bachelor's and master's degrees, Columbia College has a traditional campus and active evening program in Columbia, Missouri, more than 40 additional venues in 15 states and Cuba, and a robust online presence. Columbia College reflects the growing diversity of the United States, with nearly 46 percent of its undergraduates self-identifying as members of historically underrepresented groups, which include more than 25 percent identifying as Black/African American and 11 percent as Hispanic/Latinx. Spurred by the creative ingenuity of faculty and staff and the financial commitment by the Board of Trustees, Columbia College is investing in the development of multiple new programs, including the new Spanish Language and Cultures degree, and the hiring of faculty to support new and existing undergraduate and graduate programs. It is an exciting time at Columbia College!

To Apply:

Completed applications received by October 28, 2023 will be given first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Columbia College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

To be considered for this position, please submit the following:

  • Completed Columbia College application
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching and Diversity Statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required before employment)
  • Evidence of effective teaching
  • Names of three references from professional colleagues

This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive of every duty and responsibility required by the employee in the position.

Eligibility for employee benefits and perks is determined by employment status. For more information please see

The offer of employment and assignment to duties is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. The information may include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement, performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, credit history, driving history, and criminal history of public record.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia College is an equal opportunity employer.

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Department of Campus Safety for Columbia College has provided the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and crime statistics for the main campus and venues nationwide.

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