Assistant Professor in Spanish with specialization in heritage language teaching and learning
The Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication (MLLI, https://mlli.umbc.edu) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Spanish, beginning August 2024. We seek candidates holding a Ph.D. in Spanish or related fields by the start date with teaching and research experience in heritage language study and instruction. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD at the time of application. We are eager to read about the candidate’s focused research agenda and high quality undergraduate and any graduate teaching experience in both Spanish and English. Our new colleague would join us in advancing the MLLI department’s fruitful research in intercultural communication from the perspectives of cultural studies, language acquisition and pedagogy, and linguistics.
The annual teaching load is five courses. These courses might include our current two-course series of Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition, and the major capstone (Studies in Spanish Language). Their teaching portfolio may also include a cross-listed graduate course on Methods of Teaching Modern Foreign Language in K-12 schools, original community engaged learning experiences, and the creation of a new 200-level heritage Spanish course. Experience coordinating a language program is a plus. A demonstrated commitment consistent with UMBC’s initiatives on equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence is essential.
UMBC is a public Carnegie Research 1, minority-serving institution located in Catonsville, Maryland within the Baltimore-Washington corridor, home of a diverse Latin American diaspora. The university has a student population of 14,000 graduate and undergraduate students. US News and World Report regularly ranks UMBC in the top 10 of most innovative universities, and the Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes UMBC among its “Great Colleges to Work For” with regards to cooperative governance, compensation, teaching environment, and work-life balance. At UMBC we are especially proud of our diverse student population, one that is exceptionally served by the intercultural makeup of the MLLI faculty body.
We invite candidates to join MLLI at UMBC in redefining excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. Applicants should submit their materials by November 5, 2023 for priority consideration. We encourage candidates to describe the ways in which their research, teaching, and life experience contribute to their ability to meet the academic aspirations and needs of all UMBC students with a specific focus on those self-identified as Latinx and Hispanic (16%).
By November 5, 2023 please provide: (1) a 2-page cover letter; (2) a 2-page statement addressing how the candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness informs their teaching philosophy, research agenda, and service; and (3) a CV including courses taught.
Candidates invited to virtual interviews will be asked to submit: (A) up to three letters of reference addressing the impact and/or potential of the candidate’s research, teaching, and service, (B) 3 syllabi relevant to the position, and (C) 1 sample publication.
Three sample teaching materials aligned with course outcomes that are relevant to this position will be required of campus interviewees.
Please address questions to Dr. Erin Hogan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Tania Lizarazo (email@example.com), Search Co-Chairs, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, with the subject line “MLLI-Spanish Search.”
Review of application materials will begin immediately following the deadline and will continue until the position is filled.
Screening of Applications Begins:
Review of application materials will begin November 6, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.
UMBC, an honors university serving more than 14,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.
Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).
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