Assistant Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics/Spanish Instructed Second Language Acquisition

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies and the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University invite applications for a tenure-system position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 16, 2020. We seek candidates specializing in Spanish Applied Linguistics and/or Spanish Instructed Second Language Acquisition, or related areas.

The successful candidate will hold a primary appointment on an academic year basis in the Spanish Program in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies; they will also be appointed in the Second Language Studies Program. We seek candidates who can apply innovative research in Spanish language instruction and have experience teaching Spanish at the undergraduate level, teaching or supervising graduate students, and using a variety of instructional technologies. They will develop and implement the methodological direction of the first- and second-year language sequence in Spanish, and work closely with the Coordinator of Spanish Language Instruction, who supervises day-to-day administration of the language program. The faculty member will also have a partial appointment in the Second Language Studies Program with teaching and service responsibilities. 

Minimum requirements include Ph.D. completed and in hand by the appointment date of August 16, 2020 with specialization in Spanish Applied Linguistics, Spanish Instructed Second Language Acquisition, or related field. Candidates must show promise of strong scholarship and publication, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and the desire to work collaboratively with faculty in wider ranging fields within the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, the Spanish and SLS program and the College of Arts and Letters. Native or near-native level fluency in Spanish and English is required.    

Review of applications will begin on November 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site posting #612550.

Qualified applicants should submit the following:

  1. cover letter,
  2. current curriculum vitae,
  3. statement of teaching and/or curricular experience that highlights the candidate’s alignment with some of our desired qualifications,
  4. research writing sample,
  5. summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence, and
  6. names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.


For more information, contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Gabriela Alfaraz, in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, at

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. 

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

The Department Romance and Classical Studies and the Second Language Studies Program have a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourage candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts and Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and value diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

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