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About the Department
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is home to 39 faculty members, 22 of whom are in tenure-line positions. We offer majors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Latin American Studies, minors in Russian, Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies, and a teaching endorsement option for our major programs. Faculty teach at all levels of an undergraduate program and are expected to conduct research and participate in service opportunities. Several department faculty participate in such interdepartmental programs as Canadian-American Studies, East Asian Studies, and the Honors Program, as well as in the Linguistics Department.
The Department supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 2020. We seek a generalist in Latin American literatures and cultures with expertise in the 19th century who will also be expected to teach a broad spectrum of language, culture, and literature courses in the Spanish undergraduate curriculum.
Responsibilities include: Standard quarter-system teaching assignment (2-2-2); exemplary teaching; active program of scholarly activity; service to the Spanish section and to the Department through a range of activities. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.
PhD at time of application or ABD at time of application in Spanish (or equivalent field). If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment.
Expertise in 19th-century Latin America with the ability to teach a broad spectrum of language, culture, and literature courses at all levels of the Spanish undergraduate curriculum
Native or near-native Spanish and English proficiency
Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching
Demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship and a dynamic research agenda
Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Demonstrated interest in collaborating with other academic areas on campus
Interest in helping WWU engage with the Latinx community in Bellingham/Washington State
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
United Faculty of Western Washington
Application materials must be submitted via WWU’s electronic application system (PageUp) at careers.wwu.edu/westernpageup.html. Candidates must upload (1) a letter of application describing teaching philosophy and research plans, as well as addressing the required and preferred qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) graduate school transcripts; (4) a sampling of teaching evaluations; (5) a separate statement that addresses their ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, and their commitment to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students (max. length one page; for context and clarification of our expectations, we encourage you to visit https://www.wwu.edu/diversity which highlights the leadership, training, and events on equity, inclusion, and diversity on campus); and (6) the contact information for three references, one of whom must address the candidate’s teaching effectiveness.
Closing Date Notes
Position closes 11/21/2019 at 11:55 pm
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