Teaching Assistant Professor, Spanish

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Position Summary

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire 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 have a specialization in Spanish Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition or a closely related field. They will be responsible for coordinating courses in the Spanish language program and will teach in the first- and/or second-year Spanish curriculum. Depending on qualifications and program needs, the person hired may also teach advanced courses in their area of specialty. Other duties include language placement, student advising, and service to the department. The successful candidate will contribute to diversity and Inclusive Excellence through their teaching and service.

This position is required to start Sept. 1, 2019.

Essential Functions


  • The teaching load is eight classes distributed over three academic quarters, with the possibility to negotiate a reduction for coordination work (see below).
  • Primary teaching responsibilities will be in first-and second-year Spanish language.


  • A primary component of this role is to contribute to coordination of the first and/or second year language programs.
  • A reduction in teaching load may be negotiated for coordination work.


  • Participate in department meetings and committees.
  • Active collaboration with faculty in Spanish, including work on Spanish subcommittees and departmental committees.
  • Participate in annual assessment of Spanish language (first year) and major programs; 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.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in language program assessment, administrative management and coordination of a teaching team.
  • Interest in development of workshops on best practices and recent pedagogical trends in Spanish language teaching for language faculty.

Required Qualifications

  • MA at time of application; specialization in Spanish Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition 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 in coordinating beginning and/or intermediate Spanish language classes at the college or university level.
  • Record of excellence in teaching Spanish language to students in the US at the college or university level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD (or ABD) at time of appointment; specialization in Spanish Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition or a closely related field.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. 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. Cover Letter
  2. C.V.
  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 (Coordinator) 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: 004558
Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable