Academic Professional to Direct Language Instruction for the Spanish Basic Language Program

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
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Oct 22, 2021

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Functional Title:

Academic Professional to Direct Language Instruction for the Spanish Basic Language Program

Position Type:

Non-Tenure Stream

Position Eclass:

FF - Faculty 11 month leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) is engaged in cross-cultural research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and service with diverse local and global connections. It is a large department in the College of Arts and Sciences with 47 full-time faculty members: 13 tenure-line and 34 full-time lecturers or visiting assistant professors. Additional instruction is provided by 10+ part-time lecturers and varying numbers of teaching assistants and tutors.

Nine languages are currently taught in LLC: American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. The department has approximately 200 first and second majors pursuing a BA degree in Spanish or a BA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with concentrations in French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Global Languages and Communities, and Applied Languages: K-12 Teaching Licensure (French, Spanish). Minors are available in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. LLC also has about 15 graduate students pursuing the MA degree in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with a concentration in French and Francophone Studies or Spanish or the MEd or MAT degree in French or Spanish. In addition, the department offers a 15-hour Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Advanced Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultural Studies. The Department actively participates in foreign language studies consortia within the UNC distance education system as well as in interdisciplinary programs throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, particularly International and Global Studies (IGS), Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), and African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS). Online courses, including four-semester language sequences (French, German, Spanish) and an Online German Minor program are available to distance learning students across the globe.

Position Summary:

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at UNC Greensboro invites applications from individuals with an established record of dynamic undergraduate teaching and administrative experience coordinating a Spanish language program and supervising language instructors in a first-year and second-year level Spanish language program for an Academic Professional (AP) position as Director of Language Instruction (DLI) for the Spanish Basic Language Program (BLP) on a non-tenure-track, full-time, 11-month renewable/multi-year contract, effective August 1, 2021. Competitive salary and benefits package.

Position Duties & Responsibilities: The AP serving as DLI for the Spanish BLP will assume multiple duties and responsibilities throughout the regular academic year and during summer session. These duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
• Teaching a 2/2 course load (to include at least one in the Spanish BLP);
• Overseeing the curriculum and in-person, hybrid, and online instruction of all lower-level Spanish courses;
• Designing Spanish BLP course schedules for each semester and the summer;
• Managing 20+ members of the Spanish Lecturer faculty (including Full-Time Lecturers and Part-Time Lecturers) and Graduate Student Teaching Assistants;
• Training and evaluating BLP instructors;
• Coordinating textbook selection and program materials, including syllabi;
• Administering revisions of the Spanish BLP, when needed;
• Serving as primary point of contact for approximately 1500 students;
• Participating in program promotion, placement tests, and student recruitment/retention;
• Engaging in professional development and current in research related to Spanish applied linguistics and/or second-language teaching methodologies;
• Remaining up-to-date on best practices in language program administration.

The AP DLI may also:
• Teach courses related to their area(s) of specialization at the advanced and graduate-levels (in the curriculum of the SPA program and/or other LLC programs);
• Participate on department MA and MEd or MAT thesis/portfolio committees;
• Participate in scholarly conferences and/or publish works of research and/or creative activity in their field(s) of specialization.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants for this position must hold a PhD in Second Language Acquisition or Pedagogy, Spanish Applied Linguistics, or a related field by August 1, 2021. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research-driven curriculum development, and current online technologies. Excellent administrative skills, and a commitment to working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and across department programs are essential. Active connection with research and professional organizations and ACTFL OPI certification and expertise in ACTFL guidelines are desirable. Expertise in languages beyond Spanish and English is a plus.

Tenure Status:

Not on Track

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to provide the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three (3) contacts to provide Letters of Recommendation, in the References section of the electronic application. These contacts will be solicited by the SpartanTalent system via email and asked to provide a confidential Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This will occur as soon as the applicant submits the application for consideration.

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

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Languages, Lit and Cultures - 12217

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Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions, Hand Movement-Grasping, Holding, Finger Dexterity, Reading, Writing, Eye-hand coordination, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures, Vision-Visual inspection, Hearing, Talking, Standing, Sitting, Walking

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