Portuguese Assistant/Associate Professor

Oct 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
California State University, Fresno
College of Arts and Humanities
Modern and Classical Languages
Vacancy # 13350

Assistant Professor

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity

• Available for Academic Year: 2018/2019.
• Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
• Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
• Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
• California State University, Fresno is a vibrant and growing campus. When necessary, the University may decide to make more than one faculty appointment from a single search.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor of Portuguese. Applicants with extraordinary qualifications could qualify for an appointment of Associate Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lower-division Portuguese language courses, as well as upper-division courses on Lusophone literature and culture. The upper-division courses will be taught in English. The teaching load is four courses per semester. The teaching load is typically reduced by one course per semester during the first two years of the appointment with competitive releases after that. The candidate will be expected to create and coordinate an interdisciplinary minor in Portuguese Studies, with an emphasis on Continental Portuguese and Azorean Literature and Culture. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings, actively engage with the region and community, and maintain a productive research agenda, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees, engaging in community service and outreach, advising students, and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, and college. California State University, Fresno is a Hispanic-serving institution.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers bachelor's degrees in French and Spanish and a master's degree in Spanish. In addition, the Department offers credential programs in French and Spanish and also several minors: Classical Studies, French, German, and Spanish. The Department currently offers the first year of Portuguese language and an upper-division General Education course, "Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World" (in English). We reach a wider population of university students through our General Education course offerings. The goal of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is to encourage multiculturalism and multilingualism in the Central Valley. This includes preparing students for communication in some of the important heritage languages of the San Joaquín Valley: Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Taken as a whole, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is a collegial, dynamic and academically rich environment that makes substantial contributions to the university and California's Central Valley.

Required Education: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Portuguese Studies from an accredited institution (or equivalent); however, candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For continued employment in the tenure-track position the doctorate must be completed by 7/31/2019.

Required Experience:
1) Native or near-native ability in Continental Portuguese;
2) Evidence of success in teaching excellence at the collegiate level;
3) Evidence of scholarly research on Azorean and/or Continental Portuguese Literature and Culture, such as conference presentations, dissertation topic, and/or publications; and
4) Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

To be considered for Associate level, the candidate must demonstrate substantial evidence of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level and have an established record of research and scholarly activity commensurate with the candidate's experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of publications on Lusophone literatures and/or cultures.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin November 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an online application at jobs.csufresno.edu and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications; 2) a current curriculum vitae, and; 3) list of a minimum of three professional references. Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current and confidential letters of recommendation, dated within the last twelve months; 2) official transcripts; 3) sample course syllabi; 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching philosophy, quantitative ratings of instruction, peer evaluations); and 5) a 15-20 page representative scholarly writing sample. Please note that materials will not be returned. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Debbie Avila, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, California State University, 5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB96, Fresno, CA 93740-8030. Email: deavila@csufresno.edu.

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html.

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.