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Assistant Professor of Practice, Spanish & Portuguese

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Foreign Languages and Literatures

Posting Number: req7665

Department: Spanish and Portuguese

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona seeks to fill a career track position in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation. A PhD in Translation Studies (Spanish-English), Spanish or a related field at the time of appointment is required. Candidates should present evidence of professional expertise or certification in the healthcare and/or legal fields and online teaching excellence and course development.

The successful candidate will teach a maximum of six undergraduate courses a year, and contribute to departmental, college and university service. The candidate will play a key role in the development and growth of our Translation and Interpretation online program, and in recruiting undergraduate majors. This position will require regular participation in online teacher training and virtual education workshops. Superior proficiency in Spanish and English is required.

This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.

The Department offers an undergraduate major emphasis in Translation and Interpretation. The successful candidate will serve as liaison between the Translation and Interpretation Program and the Online Spanish Language Program, which has an enrollment of 1,500 students. The department offers a fully online Spanish minor and major. There will also be opportunities for collaboration with the University of Arizona National Center for Interpretation (NCI).

Alumni Jacquelynn and Bennett Dorrance have made a gift commitment of $5.4 million to endow the deanship of the University of Arizona College of Humanities to bring the humanities to the forefront of the University of Arizona's life and mission through a continuous and fearless spirit of open inquiry:

Review Date: January 3, 2022

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
All University employees, including student workers and graduate assistants/associates, must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have been granted a religious or disability/medical accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach a maximum of six courses a year at the undergraduate level.
  • Supervise instructors.
  • Conduct virtual education workshops.
  • Assist in curriculum development.
  • Assist in recruiting majors and minors
  • Contribute to departmental, college and university service.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate student

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Translation Studies (Spanish-English), Spanish
    or related field in hand at time of appointment.
  • Professional expertise and/or certification in healthcare and/or legal
    translation and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to innovation in Online college
  • Demonstrated experience to incorporate technology into language education.
  • Superior fluency in Spanish and English.

Preferred Qualifications

* Candidates should have experience of U.S. varieties of Spanish and English.

* Experience working with first generation and heritage language learners' students and support the mission and purpose of a Hispanic Serving Institution.

* Experience teaching courses in translation and Interpretation.

* Experience in curriculum development.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Career-Track (CT)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Mary Portillo

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

For your application to be considered complete, please submit the following: CV, Cover Letter, In the first additional document slot: a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy, and in the second additional document slot: a writing sample.

Once you've submitted your application and are selected for an interview, you will receive an email from the TALENT system requesting the contact information for your three references so that they can upload a letter on your behalf. The three professional references that you list will receive an email that will ask them to provide a letter of reference for you. All three reference letters must be uploaded to the TALENT system by the referees.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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