Assistant Professor of Spanish (Open Specialty)

Assistant Professor of Spanish (Open Specialty)

Job Description

The Department of Global Studies and Languages in the College of Arts and Letters at Idaho State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish (Open Specialty) with experience in and/or a desire to teach Spanish for special purposes.

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They will teach three courses per semester, which will include supporting our Spanish for Health Professions Programs (BA and Graduate Certificate) as well as our MA in Spanish. As part of our online Master’s program, they will develop fully online coursework at the graduate level in Hispanic literature and culture - with a focus on their existing area(s) of specialty. As a faculty member in the department, they will contribute to curricular development and assessment in the Spanish programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research agenda as well as be actively engaged in service to the department, college, and university.

Typical courses associated with this position will include Spanish for Healthcare, Spanish Interpretation and Translation, and Topics in Language and Culture for the Professions - which can encompass courses on Spanish for Emergency Medicine, Folk Illness, and other topics depending on need and interest - as well as other courses within the program as needed. Candidates with experience in Spanish for the Health Professions or Spanish for Professional Purposes are particularly encouraged to apply.

The department is housed within the ISU College of Arts and Letters. As a college, we pride ourselves on being a community of scholars who make meaningful, professional contributions to our disciplines, departments, university, and community. This includes being passionate about providing outstanding learning opportunities for our students, many of whom are first-generation college students from Idaho. We also pride ourselves on our commitment to working supportively and collaboratively with other members of the department to achieve university goals to meet our collective mission. Our goal in the College of Arts and Letters is to work together in putting students first, and we expect all our faculty to embrace this core value.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Spanish (ABD with a confirmed completion date before August 2024 may be considered)
  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English
  • Online teaching experience
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly activity

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in Latin American Studies, Second Language Acquisition, Translation/Interpretation, Spanish for the Health Professions, and/or Spanish for Professional Purposes
  • Experience with heritage speakers of Spanish
  • Experience in community-based engagement
  • Experience teaching diverse populations including first-generation college students and returning/non-traditional students.

Additional Information

Candidates should submit a CV and a letter of interest through the ISU job portal ( Letters may be addressed to Dr. Marin Laufenberg, Search Committee Chair, Global Studies and Languages. Queries may be directed to Dr. Jasun Carr at Letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and research writing samples may be requested at a later date. This position will remain open until it is filled, however, priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 31, 2023. Salary will be between $55,000 to $65,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include comprehensive health, dental, and vision; life insurance; disability plan; employee assistance program (EAP); excellent retirement options and company contribution; and generous paid time off/sick leave accrual. All offers of employment are conditional pending the successful completion of a background investigation, provided by HireRight.

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