Distinguished Lecturer - Translation and Interpretation (Classical and Oriental Studies)

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CUNYDistinguished Lecturer - Translation and Interpretation (Classical and Oriental Studies) in New York, New York

Job Title: Distinguished Lecturer - Translation and Interpretation (Classical and Oriental Studies)

Job ID: 20509

Location: Hunter College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Hunter College seeks a dynamic leader, an accomplished scholar, and innovative teacher to serve as the inaugural director of its Master of Arts (MA) Program in Translation and Interpretation, to be launched in Fall 2020. Hunter College currently has undergraduate course offerings and organized programs of study in Spanish and Russian translation and interpretation. The new program will facilitate the expansion of these offerings to the graduate level, include the addition of Chinese and (at a later date) possibly other languages, provide language-neutral infrastructure for the future inclusion of other languages, and develop further internship and employment opportunities for students.

Hunter College will become the first institution in the New York metropolitan area to offer such a program. We have an engaged and active student body, and ongoing relationships with sectors such as law, health care, transportation, and business. For example, our undergraduate translation and interpretation students have parlayed their internships into full-time jobs at organizations such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the NYC Central Court System, the Immigration Equality Fund, Entrepreneur Capital, and United Nations consultants Vivat International. We have internationally recognized scholars in the field of Spanish translation and the largest Flagship Chinese program in the United States.

Reporting to the Provost, the successful candidate will have responsibilities for teaching, academic administration and development, student internship placement and assessment, student engagement, public programming, and institutional development. General duties include:

• Developing a rich and varied curriculum that reflects the full intellectual spectrum of translation and interpretation, including new scholarship

• Working with appropriate department chairs and language program heads to coordinate and administer the academic functions, including teaching courses, scheduling classes, and identifying qualified faculty;

• Actively recruiting students for the program and advising and mentoring them to assure a high program completion rate.

• Initiating and sustaining relationships with organization and companies in New York City in need of qualified translators and interpreters with the goal of developing internship opportunities for students and positioning graduates of the program to be successful in the professional world;

• Developing and coordinating a wide range of co-curricular activities to capitalize on the multiple Chinese, Spanish, Russian cultural and intellectual venues in the New York metropolitan area;

• In coordination with the other offices, contributing to grant-writing, fundraising, and institutional advancement.

Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners who hold a full-time, non-tenure track teaching position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment.

Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.


Bachelor's degree and a record of achievement in a profession or field of expertise related to teaching assignments are required, Master's degree preferred. Also required is the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

The preferred candidate will have a strong academic record, including Ph.D or other appropriate advanced degree, and relevant experience in program development.


Salary commensurate with experience (salary range: $45,750-$124,104).

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the application instructions. Please have your curriculum vitae/ resume and scholarly interest or cover letter with names and contact information of 3 references available to attach into the application before you begin. Please note that the required material must be uploaded as ONE document. The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).


Open until filled with review of applications to begin May 17, 2019.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.




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Posted: 4/24/2019
Application Due: 7/25/2019
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