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Spanish Language, Full-Time, Non-Tenure-Track, Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034

Job Details

Job Details

Job Location: Main Campus - Edmond, OK

Position Type: Faculty

Job Category: OTRS Classified


Position Announcement:
The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma seeks to appoint a full-time, non-tenure-track Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish who is a generalist. The department would be interested in candidates with backgrounds in online education.

Position Overview:
Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook. Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. This position is a full-time, visiting, non-tenure-track position.

College/Department Overview:
The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies promotes the study and teaching of second languages and the study of the literatures and cultures produced by the peoples of those languages. In addition to major programs in French, German, and Spanish, the department offers courses in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and Biblical Greek.

The department supports the training of future language teachers and fosters the learning of Spanish in various settings (common education, non-traditional learning, and higher education). Assessment of student progress and academic programs are part of our culture. Academic programs are evaluated and developed after shared work in strategic planning and coordination of multiple section courses. The department also sponsors community events and clubs. There are opportunities for leading study tours and mentoring study abroad by undergraduates.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse faculty and to creating a welcoming environment for all.

For further information see our website at

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 4:3 load that includes elementary-level language courses in addition to upper-level courses in language, literature, and cultural studies that complement instructor expertise and departmental need. Duties include teaching day/evening courses in a face-to-face format and online courses as needed.

The successful candidate will be able to teach across a range of courses in and about the Spanish language, literatures expressed in this language, and cultural surveys and topics related to Spain and Latin America.

Other duties include engaging in service at the department, college, and university levels; and maintaining an active program of research, scholarly, and/or creative activity.

Minimum Qualifications:
Doctorate in Spanish, Spanish Literature, or Spanish Language and Literature in hand by start of appointment so applicants should already have the PhD or be ABD with a defense date by July 2023. The successful candidate is a generalist with interest in areas of literature and cultural studies. All applicants must have experience teaching Spanish at the college level. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish. Competence in teaching another language is desirable, but not necessarily preferred.

We seek a candidate who is fluent in Spanish, a capable teacher, scholar, and member of the University community. The successful candidate can work with students through several levels of linguistic proficiency, academic acculturation, and professional, academic, or civic ambitions.

Experience Required:
Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. An earned doctorate degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval). **NOTE** If the doctorate is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor.

Physical Demands:
Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Required Documents:
Online faculty application with cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts for all degrees. Confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to

Preference Date for Applications: June 30, 2023

Contact Information: Please contact Dr. Teresa Moinette at with questions.


The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.


UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.


The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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