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Assistant Professor of Modern Languages/Literatures (Hispanic Studies)

William & Mary
William & Mary
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Assistant Professor of Modern Languages/Literatures (Hispanic Studies)

Unit Mission Statement:

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at William & Mary is the oldest program in modern languages in the United States. The department traces its beginning to the establishment of a professorship in modern languages at William & Mary in a curriculum reform instituted by Thomas Jefferson in 1779. Today that single professorship has grown to more than 50 faculty members offering courses in eight languages, literatures, and cultures. Faculty members of every rank are engaged in teaching at all levels, in study abroad programs, in a variety of research activities, and in service to the university, the community and the profession.

Position Summary:

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Hispanic Studies. Appointment will begin August 10, 2024. We are interested in individuals with research and teaching expertise in the Spanish-speaking world with a focus on Afro/Asian diaspora or the Hispanic Global South (e.g., Diaspora Studies, Africana Studies, or Asian/Asia-Pacific Studies) covering any period between the 19th and 21st centuries, and who foreground the nexus of literary & cultural studies, race, and intersectionality.

Duties include research, teaching, and service to the University. The applicant is expected to establish and maintain a vibrant research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body, and to make valuable contributions in the area of service and governance to the department and university.

Teaching expectation is 2 courses per semester. Successful applicants must possess the skills to teach compelling cultural studies courses in Afro/Asian diaspora or in the Spanish-speaking world, or Hispanic Global South and other lecture and seminar-style courses, such as Introduction to Hispanic Studies, Issues in Canon Formation, and our Capstone Seminars. Opportunities exist to contribute to our dynamic general education curriculum (, and, as relevant, to contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as Africana Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, etc.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies, Spanish, or a related field at the time appointment begins (August 10, 2024). Candidates must possess the skills to teach Spanish language courses, and courses in Hispanic cultural studies at all levels. Evidence of previous teaching experience and native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English are required, as is a demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for students. Evidence of scholarly achievement or demonstrated potential as a scholar is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience in teaching and mentoring successful undergraduate research is preferred.

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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of research interests, and a syllabus of an issues-driven, interdisciplinary course in Spanish you would like to teach. A diversity statement is not required. Candidates are encouraged to reflect on their past experiences or future plans to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for learners/scholars in Afro/Asian diaspora in the Spanish-speaking world in any of the aforementioned required documents. Candidates are asked to comment on their potential to contribute to the area of service and governance in the required documents. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.For full consideration, submit application materials by the initial review date, October 27, 2023. Applications received after the initial review date will be considered if needed.

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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