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Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese TE

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

Posting Number: req12106

Department: Spanish and Portuguese

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona seeks to fill a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor of Spanish with specialization in Border Studies literatures and cultures and/or Chicanx/Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies to begin August 2023. Candidates whose teaching and research interests encompass transnational border politics, migration and border crossings, borderlands, or transnational US Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies, and whose work is innovative and widely transdisciplinary, are encouraged to apply. Candidates should present evidence of teaching excellence, including Spanish classes, and should demonstrate scholarly achievement or significant scholarly potential. Candidates should also possess the willingness to develop and teach courses in the Universitys General Education curriculum, and to actively recruit undergraduate Spanish majors and graduate students.

The successful candidate will teach four courses a year, including undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidates particular area of interest in both Spanish and English, keep an active research agenda and record of publication commensurate with a research-intensive institution, supervise graduate students, and contribute to departmental, college and university service. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish is required. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment, August 2023.

The Department offers undergraduate and graduate coursework in Border Studies and has close collaborations with the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Mexican American Studies, and the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry.

Review Date: November 15, 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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Duties & Responsibilities

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:

  • Teach four courses a year, including undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's particular area of interest in both Spanish and English.
  • Contribute to curriculum development.
  • Keep an active research agenda and record of publication commensurate with a research-intensive institution.
  • Supervise graduate students.
  • Contribute to University initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students including those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Assist in recruiting majors and minors.
  • Contribute to departmental, college and university service.
  • Participate in Departmental and College-wide activities such as Convocation, Welcome Back receptions, Homecoming, Commencement, Tucson Humanities Festival.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in
    in Spanish or a related discipline in hand by the time of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated
    excellence in teaching at the college level, including Spanish classes.
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement or significant scholarly
  • Native or near-native
    proficiency in Spanish.
  • Experience with effectively communicating
    in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated interest in recruiting undergraduate Spanish majors and graduate students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of publication.
  • Experience teaching courses in Border Studies and/or Chicanx or Latinx literature and culture.
  • Experience working with first generation students and heritage language learners.
  • Evidence of ability to secure external funding.
  • Experience and expertise with online/hybrid teaching, multimedia technology, and an aptitude for creative and innovative teaching.
  • Experience using cutting-edge teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively promote student learning and engage a diverse student body.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Tenure-Eligible (TE)

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 upload 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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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