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Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature, Lower Division Spanish Program Coordinator

University of Massachusetts Lowell
UMass Lowell

Job Details

Job no: 522998
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: World Languages and Cultures
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Applications Open: Apr 10 2024
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Posiiton:

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is hiring to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Spanish in 18th Century Spanish Peninsular literature. The successful candidate will serve as the Lower Division Spanish Language Program Coordinator, starting in September 2024.

The department is seeking to hire an innovative and dynamic scholar who will bring a novel focus on 18th Century Spanish Peninsular literature within our Spanish program. The ideal candidate will have expertise in various areas of Peninsular Studies, including literature, theory, culture, film, and society, and will be able to teach language courses as well as more general undergraduate literature and culture courses related to Spain. Additionally, the successful applicant will have experience as the Spanish Lower Division coordinator, with the ability to emphasize the importance of language learning in a multicultural and global environment, and will possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills. It is understood that the coordinator will remain current in the field of Spanish language instruction at the collegiate level and will be familiar with the most recent teaching methods. The teaching load at UMass Lowell ranges from 3-3 to 2-1 depending on the faculty member's research productivity and publication record. The teaching load includes elementary Spanish courses (levels 1-4) and advanced Spanish courses taken by our majors and minors at the undergraduate level as needed. Salary is commensurate with experience, and start-up funds are provided.

The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the current upper division Spanish coordinator to provide goal-oriented leadership for instruction of 1000-and 2000-level Spanish courses. In addition to teaching responsibilities, key coordination duties include but are not limited to: guiding syllabus design; overseeing daily operations of the elementary and intermediate Spanish program; helping with short and long-term planning for the entire Spanish program; liaising with the Language Placement Exam coordinator on appropriate student placement; aiding the Department Chair with course scheduling, participating in extracurricular activities, and student advising. Moreover, the coordinator will organize the department's fall and spring orientation for Spanish faculty, cultivating multilingual and multicultural education initiatives across campus. Further responsibilities include active engagement in departmental, college, and university service and governance, student mentorship, and committee work. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English is a requirement.

The appointment is scheduled to begin September 1st, 2024. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • An earned Ph.D. in Spanish with a focus on 18th century peninsular literature is required at the time of application[PTA1]
  • Record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate to the level of academic appointment
  • Experience in coordination of multi-section Spanish language courses (demonstrated organizational and management abilities).
  • Ability to work within an articulated program under the current upper-division Spanish coordinator.
  • Experience in teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Experience advising undergrad students.
  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include the following required documents with your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter (approximately one to two pages, single-spaced)
  • Scholarly Work/Publication: Attach a representative sample of current scholarship
  • Evidence of Teaching and Teaching Excellence: Attach evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level)
  • Sample Course Syllabi: Attach representative course syllabus and summary of teaching evaluation
  • Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. ** References will be contacted before the campus interview


Working at University of Massachusetts Lowell

Located in the culturally and historically rich Merrimack.

Valley in northeast Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a vibrant research university that offers its 13,000 students more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, professional master’s and doctoral degree programs. Exciting opportunities in experiential and service learning, scholarship, community engagement, and international partnerships can be found across the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Management; Sciences; School of Health and Environment; and Graduate School of Education.

This is a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity at UMass Lowell. Student enrollment and retention have improved annually. Research funding and alumni giving have increased significantly and the campus has embarked on the construction of two new academic buildings: the Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center and the Health & Social Sciences Building.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs. The University seeks to meet the needs of the Commonwealth today and into the future and supports the development of sustainable technologies and communities through its teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.

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