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Assistant Professor, Translation and Interpretation

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Arts & Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literature
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor, Translation and Interpretation 

[Fall 2024]


Dominican University seeks applicants for Assistant Professor of Translation and Interpretation, specializing in the teaching of consecutive, simultaneous and conference interpreting. The candidate should have an active research agenda in the theory, practice and teaching of Translation and Interpreting Studies and/or significant years of experience in the profession and teaching the skills. Expertise in interpretation within legal and/or health settings with ample experience using technology within the classroom and the field is required.  


Responsibilities include:  

  1. Teach 7 undergraduate and graduate courses per year (21 credits) distributed across Core Seminars, CRWS, Interpreting, Intro. to Translation, and advanced Translation courses in Translation and Applied Cultural Studies major.
  2. Work collaboratively with colleagues to envision and expand our current translation program, including the minor, A.A., major and graduate certificate.  
  3.  Engage in research and publication 
  4.  Mentor and advise students
  5.  Assist the department in outreach and recruitment
  6.  Provide service to the program, university, and profession 


As a diverse, Catholic HSI institution, we center access, belonging, and equity-minded perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and relationship-centered teaching and advising, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good. Candidate must be willing to provide students with opportunities to participate in high impact practices. All faculty members are expected to participate in university life and governance, as well as continuing professional development and scholarship.



Required qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Translation & Interpretation or related field, A.B.D. or M.A. in Translation with significant professional experience teaching Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish T&I courses from an accredited U.S. or International Institution.
  • Experience teaching interpretation methods, note-taking, and memory techniques at the college level.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in language pedagogy with career-oriented outcomes.
  • Advanced-High or higher proficiency on the ACTFL scale in Spanish and English.


Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching racially minoritized students and demonstrated experience creating, organizing, and/or leading programs for minoritized student populations.


  • Experience in Spanish for legal services and/or health services and translation technologies. 
  • Experience in teaching with technology and developing online courses. 
  • Teaching experience in general Higher Education.  
  • Interest in serving heritage language students and ability to integrate heritage language teaching methodologies into a T&I curriculum. 
  • Teamwork experience and demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary program development and potential for engaging in collaborative projects across all units at the university, not only academic.
  • Demonstrated interest in applied humanities and community engagement. 


About Dominican University:

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution. Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous, integrative, and innovative undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students, faculty and staff. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican #10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is also ranked #1 in the Chicago area and #3 in the Midwest in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” category – making the university one of only two schools in the country within the Regional University category to be ranked among the top #10 overall and as an exemplar in social mobility.


Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 50% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Hispanic. Among undergraduates, 63% are Hispanic, 50% are Pell-eligible and 48% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible and welcoming location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities.


To Apply:

Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter and CV and a list of 3 references.  In the cover letter, the applicant should address work and other opportunities they have had to interact and serve in high needs and diverse populations and other interactions with students. Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide official transcripts. A background screening is required upon hire.


EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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