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Portuguese Language Lecturer/Academic Program Associate

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas (KU) is searching for a Portuguese Language Lecturer/Academic Program Associate, with a start date of August 18, 2022.

The Department is seeking someone with experience in Portuguese language instruction, who can teach all levels of Portuguese language as well as lower levels of literature and culture courses. Ability to teach Spanish language is a plus. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a 2-3 course load of language and culture classes and participating in departmental service. As Academic Program Associate, the person we hire will coordinate the 100 and 200 level courses in Portuguese and help to recruit Portuguese students on our campus and beyond. The successful candidate will work with Portuguese faculty to help to grow Portuguese language as well as Lusophone studies at KU, assisting in the promotion of all activities organized by the department, such as Portuguese language tables and study abroad programs.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, founded in 1918, has a long-established strength in research and graduate education. KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor for more than 28,000 students and 2,800 faculty. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese seeks candidates who share our department’s continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and who are capable of promoting global cultural awareness. In an effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.
Job Description75% - Lecturer:
  1. Teach nine to ten credits per semester of 100-699 levels of Portuguese language.
  2. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the program associate/ lecturer must make arrangements for an appropriate substitute. Classes should not be cancelled.
  3. Provide instruction throughout the semester, develop appropriate material for class sessions, grade assignments in a timely manner, provide students with regular and precise information about their progress in the course, and give students clear information about how to improve their performance in the course.
  4. Hold regular office hours for students in the classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. The program associate/ lecturer should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  5. Keep a detailed and well-organized grade record of all evaluations of student work in the course. All these materials should be made available to the Department at the close of the semester.
  6. Maintain standards of excellence in teaching and in the evaluation of student performance.
  7. Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.
25% - Academic Program Associate
  1. Serve as coordinator of 100 and 200 level courses in Portuguese.
  2. Manage and support other instructors in the use of course technology.
  3. Coordinate the selection of common course materials shared by all instructors at the 100 and 200 level. Update established materials such as the course syllabus, class plans, exam guides, and rubrics and grading criteria.
  4. Oversee the preparation of common exams and final exams; develop schedule for all major exams; develop schedule for make-up exams and proctors for make-up exams.
  5. Organize materials for distribution to all instructors.
  6. Manage inquiries related to the undergraduate Portuguese language program and assist students in the program with any concerns.
  7. Organize peer communication among instructors to facilitate the development and sharing of teaching materials.
  8. Mentor instructors teaching the 100 and 200 level courses; organize and oversee peer mentoring program for instructors, as needed.
  9. Manage attendance reports during first two weeks of classes in order to oversee the administrative "drop" of students who fail to meet departmental attendance policy requirements. Later in the semester, oversee implementation of attendance and confirm documentation for absences.
  10. Work with Portuguese faculty to help plan the short to long-term development of the Portuguese program.
  11. Work with Portuguese faculty to help promote Portuguese language and Brazilian studies activities in our campus and beyond.
  12. Serve on one relevant department committee that pertains to language development, curriculum development, study abroad, or undergraduate studies.
  13. Attend faculty meetings.
Required QualificationsEvaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in curriculum vitae, and (2) information provided from professional references.
  1. Ph.D. in Portuguese or relevant field. Candidates with an M.A. will also be considered with additional teaching experience required.
  2. Native or near native proficiency in Portuguese.
  3. Excellent knowledge of Brazilian Literature and culture.
  4. Excellent communication skills in Portuguese and English.
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) teaching statement and documentation of teaching experience and effectiveness (such as sample syllabi and student course evaluations); (4) a statement of experience with, or commitment to, principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (5) the names and full contact information for three (3) references whom we may contact.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin December 6, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applications is obtained. Only complete applications will be considered.
Contact Information to ApplicantsChair of the Search Committee
Professor Luciano Tosta
[email protected]
Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with experience Application Review Begins03-Dec-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2022


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