LALIS: Assistant Professor in Latinx Studies - 000387

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

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LALIS: Assistant Professor in Latinx Studies - 000387

The Department of Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies at the University of Richmond invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Latinx Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2022.

We seek a dynamic teacher-scholar in Latinx Studies with a concentration in such areas as Afro-Latinx studies, Latinx and Caribbean literatures and cultures, migration studies, Latinx indigeneities, particularly as they engage with intersectionalities of race, gender, class, and other social constructs. The successful candidate will strengthen the Latinx studies component of the curriculum, with particular emphasis on the connections among racialized notions of citizenship, language use, and identity formation. Candidates are expected to engage in sustained scholarly activity or creative work, and demonstrate a commitment to innovative and inclusive pedagogies. Familiarity with instructional technologies is required. Completion of PhD is expected prior to appointment.

The teaching load is five undergraduate units per academic year, including a mix of Spanish language courses at all levels, upper division courses in area(s) of expertise, and first year seminars. The ability to teach an indigenous language and/or Portuguese will be considered a plus. Development of new courses in the specialization is expected, as well as courses of interdisciplinary design in conjunction with other departments and programs. Through their teaching, mentoring, research, and service activities, strong applicants will demonstrate potential for significant contributions to the University of Richmond’s goals of thriving, inclusion, diversity, and equity, and for promoting the success and well-being of people of color, members of sexual and gender minority groups, first-generation college students, immigrant students, and persons with disabilities.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.” The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community that values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see .

Applicants should apply online at and submit the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of research and/or creative activity (maximum of 10-15 pages or equivalent), an equity and inclusivity statement, and a teaching statement. The equity and inclusivity statement should describe potential contributions to equity and inclusivity through teaching, mentoring, research and/or service including relevant knowledge and understanding, track record, and/or future plans. The teaching statement should include a description of the candidate’s teaching and mentoring philosophy, practices, experiences, and future plans, and provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, if available. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will commence November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct all inquiries about this position to Professor Mariela Méndez ([email protected]), Chair of the Search Committee.


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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