Assistant Professor in Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||California, United States|
|Position:||Non-Tenure Track Faculty|
Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture with a concentration in Latin American Studies, starting in Fall 2014.
The successful candidate will be a member of the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) field group (academic department), and will collaborate with colleagues in MLLC as well as those in other field groups, to develop language courses in contemporary Latin American Studies in order to strengthen Latin American Studies across the curriculum. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in language teaching at the undergraduate level, as well as experience in teaching language at all proficiency levels. The area of specialization is open but should reflect social science and/or humanities perspectives on issues of contemporary relevance to Latin American Studies, and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarship. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese is required. Evidence of promise in scholarship and a PhD in Spanish, Portuguese, or related field is required.
Pitzer College has developed a nationally recognized community-based language learning approach that strengthens ties with neighboring communities, virtual communities, and Study Abroad sites. Candidates whose interests and research connect to interdisciplinary work, globalization, community engagement, study abroad experiences, and the intersection of global/local Issues with language offer a desired asset.
In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate‘s responsibilities in teaching, curriculum, and program development will include:
- Teaching a total of five language courses per year, three in Spanish and two in Portuguese. Two of the Spanish courses will be upper division content courses in the area of Latin American Studies (including Brazil); the other will be a lower division language course, as will the two Portuguese language or Latin American Studies courses focused on Portuguese language and culture;
- Developing a standards-based communicative Portuguese language curriculum and contributing to the existing Spanish language curriculum;
- Participating in curriculum design, materials development, and assessment of language proficiency;
- Developing upper-level language content courses in Latin American Studies that draw on various areas of disciplinary specialization;
- Designing an integrated virtual community-based curricular component for Portuguese language students; and
- Taking an active role in student advising and serving in college governance.
Complete applications will include:
- Letter of Interest
- Teaching Philosophy Statement
- Evidence of Excellence in Teaching (Student Evaluations and Syllabi)
- Evidence of Excellence in Research
- Three Letters of Recommendation
The deadline for applications is October 25, 2013. Preliminary interviews will be held at the MLA convention in Chicago, January 9 to 12, 2014, and campus interviews will follow in early Spring 2014. To apply, please visit: FacultyJobs@Pitzer or enter the following address into your browser: https://pitzer.peopleadmin.com/postings/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=&query_v0_posted_at_date=&query_organizational_tier_3_id=any&query_position_type_id=2&418=&commit=Search. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we ask that you please e-mail your questions to SPAN_PORT@Pitzer.edu.
Pitzer College has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented social groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College’s distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action. Pitzer College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. For the successful applicant with the relevant interests, affiliations are possible with the intercollegiate departments of Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and/or Women’s Studies.
Pitzer College — a private, undergraduate, coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences — is consistently ranked among the best such colleges in the country. Located in Claremont, California, a city about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Pitzer is a member of The Claremont Colleges consortium and benefits from the shared resources of seven institutions.