Specialist - Curriculum Dev-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is seeking a full-time Academic Specialist to serve as the Basic Language Instruction Coordinator for Spanish. This is an academic year (9 month) appointment as an Academic Specialist – Curriculum Development, with potential for annual renewal based on performance and availability of funding. The position will begin August 16, 2018.

Duties to be assigned by the Chairperson of the department and can include:

  • Assistance in syllabus design
  • Assessment
  • Instructor and TA observation
  • Advising students for appropriate course placement
  • Supervision of SPN 100-200 instructors and TAs,
  • TA/Instructor training
  • Handling student concerns
  • Program evaluation.
  • Teaching three (3) courses/year at the 100 and/or 200 level.

The College of Arts and Letters promotes that only an academic and organization 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 and 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 of Romance and Classical Studies has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages 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 values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU 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.

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

Required Degree

Masters -Applied Hispanic Linguistics or related

Minimum Requirements
  • MA degree or equivalent in Applied Hispanic Linguistics or related field;
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish; 
  • Familiarity with ACTFL proficiency guidelines;
  • Demonstrated organizational and management abilities in a basic-language program;
  • Demonstrated excellence in basic-language coordination;
  • Willingness to work with the Spanish faculty within an articulated program;
  • Background with working with diverse student populations;
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience of teaching and coordination at University or College level.
Desired Qualifications

Preference given to candidates who are certified ACTFL testers.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Recent teaching evaluations from at least four (4) courses, including student ratings and comments
  • Summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance inclusive excellence
  • 3 letters of recommendation
Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on April 19, 2018 and will continue until filled.

For more information contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Anthony J. Grubbs, Department of Romance and Classical Studies, [email protected]





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Posted: 4/5/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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