Distinguished Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Romance Studies - 312100

Posting Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Distinguished Professor

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Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Department of Romance Studies is a diverse and plurilingual academic unit that engages in research and instruction in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and in the historical minority languages of Europe and the Americas. The Department of Romance Studies has five primary purposes: 1) Provide undergraduate instruction to an average of 5000 students each semester, including 800 majors and minors, by engaging the languages, literatures and cultures within the transnational and regional contexts in which they have developed. 2) Provide graduate instruction to approximately 100 MA and PhD students in advanced course-work in French, Italian, and Spanish literature, linguistics, and culture. Academic instruction is combined with carefully supervised pre-professional training that includes classroom teaching and study/travel abroad, to prepare the next generation of researchers and teachers. 3) Provide academic technology support to foreign language instructors, and learning resources to students enrolled in foreign language courses through staff and facilities operating as the Foreign Language Resource Center. 4) Publish three internationally recognized scholarly publications: the journals Hispan fila and Romance Notes, and a book-length monograph series, North Carolina Series in Romance Studies. Each year 6 journals and several monographs are published. Our Publications office manages subscriptions, domestic and international, and all associated receipts and expenses. 5) Provide administrative and clerical support to faculty and graduate students to further their instructional mission as well as their scholarly research and publication goals.

Position Summary:

The Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://romancestudies.unc.edu) invites applications for a full-time, tenured position: Distinguished (full) Professor in contemporary Latin American Studies to begin July 1, 2024. We encourage applications from innovative scholars with interdisciplinary research interests who can contribute to dynamic undergraduate programs in Hispanic Studies and the graduate program in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of scholars and students with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and support through research units such as the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Research in Black Culture and History, the American Indian Center, and UNC’s Latino/a Studies Program. To learn more about the department’s mission and values, please visit http://romancestudies.unc.edu.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Ph.D. in Spanish, Comparative Literature, or related field at time of employment and native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The successful candidate will have a distinguished research portfolio, a record of teaching excellence, and administrative experience. Research areas we are looking to strengthen include but are not limited to: film studies, performance studies, queer and gender studies, border studies, Caribbean studies, Indigenous studies, and Afro-Latin American studies. The successful candidate will maintain an active research program, teach a range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and perform service for the department and university, along with a share of advising PhD dissertations. The position carries a 2-2 teaching load.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Applicants will be required to submit a letter of interest, CV, research statement, and a teaching and mentoring statement. At the time of application candidates will also be asked to provide the names, titles, and email addresses of three professional references at the level of professor. However, these recommenders will only be contacted for applicants who are selected for interviews. This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023. First-round interviews will be held virtually.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television. housing.unc.edu

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid. studentaid.unc.edu

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services. www.unc.edu/depts/career

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI. www.unc.edu/cci

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. www.unc.edu/depts/abroad

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies. www.unc.edu/depts/honors

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them! www.unc.edu/depts/union/student/listintr.htm

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