Specialist - Teacher-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 719839
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Romance And Classical Studies 10004746
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Position Summary

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University is seeking an academic specialist of Spanish with expertise in the cultural production related to the narco-trafficking in Mexico and along the US-Mexican border. This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2021. The position is not renewable. PhD holders or Masters/ABDs in the final stages of completing a doctoral dissertation will be considered. In the latter case, the PhD must be completed by the end of the Fall 2021 semester. All degrees must be confirmed by degree-granting institutions at the time of hire. The successful candidate will engage in an active program of teaching, including three courses per academic year in the Spanish Program and/or teaching in the College of Arts and Letters' general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities. They will also conduct productive research in their area of expertise; related projects in the Digital Humanities are especially encouraged. The person will also develop a residential immersive language program for the summer and the academic year. They will work closely with local school districts on outreach initiatives.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Spanish or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Masters in Spanish or related.
  • Expertise in drug trafficking and urban violence in the Mexican context, especially narcocorridos.
  • Native/near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • Clear commitment and history of working on and implementing DEI initiatives.
Desired Qualifications
    Experience developing language immersion and education programs at a land-grant university.Interest in working on a Digital Humanities project on corridos desired.
Required Application MaterialsQualified applicants should submit:
  1. a cover letter
  2. current curriculum vitae
  3. Writing sample (published article or dissertation chapter)
  4. a summary of the candidates experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence
  5. the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.
Special InstructionsReview of applications will begin and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website http://careers.msu.edu Posting Number 7. For more information, contact Professor Rocio Quispe-Agnoli, Chair of the Search Committee at [email protected]. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.Review of Applications Begins On


Department StatementThe College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational 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 & 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 is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a multicultural and multilingual unit, the department promotes awareness and understanding of contributions to knowledge, history and culture that have been made by members of diverse human groups and historically marginalized people in the United States and worldwide.(see https://rcs.msu.edu/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/ for full statement)MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jul 28, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 28, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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