Teaching Assistant Professor, Spanish

Job description

The Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Denver (DU) is an undergraduate department offering majors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, and minors in those languages plus Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, with electives in Arabic and classical Greek. The department currently has 39 full-time faculty (17 tenure-line, 14 teaching-line, and eight visiting teaching faculty). Spanish is the largest program with 17 full-time faculty. The program offers language courses from the introductory to the advanced levels as well as advanced interdisciplinary thematic courses in Latino, Latin American, and Iberian literature and culture. Spanish faculty also contribute to general education courses in English. The Department of Languages and Literatures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The Department of Languages & Literatures invites applications for a full-time position as a Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish. This is a non-tenure track position with full benefits and initial three-year contract; contract is renewable and promotion is possible.

Appointment begins in Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will be a versatile instructor with experience teaching a wide array of language and culture courses. They will primarily teach first and second-year language classes and may also teach conversation and composition, and/or (Latin American, US Latinx or Iberian) culture and literature courses, according to qualifications and program needs. The successful candidate will contribute to diversity and Inclusive Excellence through their teaching and service.

Essential Functions


  • Teaching load is eight classes distributed over three academic quarters.
  • Primary teaching responsibilities will be in first-and second-year Spanish language.


  • Participate in department meetings and committees.
  • Active collaboration with faculty in Spanish, including work on Spanish subcommittees and departmental committees.
  • Participate in annual Spanish program assessment, placement advising, and major advising.
  • Some opportunities for participating in service outside of the department.


  • Active scholarship is desirable and supported, though it is not a job requirement for this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Interest and ability to work effectively with under-served populations.
  • Experience with instructional design and technology-enhanced learning.
  • Familiarity with inclusive pedagogy.
  • Experience with service learning desirable.

Required Qualifications

  • MA at time of application; specialization in Spanish or a closely related field.
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • Experience and accomplishments in active support of diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Record of excellence teaching Spanish language to students in the US at the college or university level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD (or ABD) at the time of appointment; specialization in Spanish or a closely related field

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on December 17, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy, methodology, and pedagogy
  4. One-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU's Inclusive Excellence (values and practices regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity)
  5. Evidence of excellence in teaching, such as student evaluations; syllabi with sample lesson plans and teaching materials; or a link to a sample teaching video
  6. Two letters of recommendation (may be addressed to Spanish Search Committee (Teaching Assistant Professor) and sent electronically )
  7. Copies of graduate transcripts (may be sent electronically )

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 002743
Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable