Overview

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures of Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks applicants for a tenure-track (Assistant Professor) position in Spanish Studies, with a specialization in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy. The successful candidate must demonstrate intellectual breadth, the ability to build curricular connections with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.) and experience and expertise in language program development so as to contribute to our department’s continued efforts to promote global competence in the Jesuit model of education.

Salary: Competitive salary, Full benefits package.

Basic Qualifications:
The following are required of all candidates:

  • Ph.D. (in hand at time of application) in the field of Hispanic Linguistics, with a specialization in areas such as second language acquisition, sociolinguistics/language variation or psycholinguistics, and sub-specialization and/or significant experience in any of the following: Translation/Interpretation, Spanish for heritage speakers, Language testing and assessment, Corpus Linguistics, Spanish for the professions, or other related areas.
  • Significant experience and expertise with communicatively-oriented, proficiency and Standards-based language instruction and assessment and program placement, articulation and assessment.

Native or near native proficiency (oral & written production and comprehension) skills in Spanish and English

  • Evidence of at least two years of excellence in teaching as instructor of record in Spanish language at elementary and intermediate university levels
  • Evidence of creativity in curriculum innovation
  • Ability and desire to build curricular connections and engage in course development with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Womens and Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.)
  • Ability to promote diversity within curriculum (esp. with respect to traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups) and departmental extracurricular activities (cultural events, outreach, etc.)

Solid proficiency with digital technologies and social media as they relate to teaching, research and service

  • Ability to serve as a mentor to students, especially those of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate interest and potential in mentoring undergraduates in research and/or internships
  • Ability and interest in enhancing students learning experience outside of the classroom, including organizing cultural events, academic presentations, etc.
  • Willingness and skills to contribute significantly to program and departmental growth and diversification, and to take on and be effective in important faculty leadership roles in the near and far term
  • Demonstrate evidence of a rigorous and sustainable research agenda
  • Interest in and ability to integrate research and teaching
  • Demonstrate understanding and support of the Universitys Jesuit mission
  • Demonstrate potential to contribute to one or more departmental, College, or University priorities, or connection to SCUCenters of Distinction (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
  • Ability to work in a collegial and collaborative manner with department and university colleagues to help address priorities and achieve goals

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience implementing community-based, experiential, and/or project-based learning; Success in teaching upper-division courses in Spanish language, culture and linguistics; Expertise in Second Language Acquisition pedagogy; Experience with Spanish for heritage speakers; Experience teaching Spanish for the Professions types of courses.

Responsibilities:
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach courses as assigned which may include elementary through advanced (upper-division) courses in language, culture and Hispanic linguistics. Teaching load is 7-courses (over 3 quarters) per year with one course reduction for scholarship, and an additional reduction in first year of tenure track). Design creative learning experiences, provide students timely feedback, measure student learning outcomes within the context of departmental and Core objectives and the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, and submit grades by the designated deadline. Maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students. Serve as an advisor and mentor to students.
  • Develop and sustain a rigorous scholarship agenda and superior scholarly profile: produce a body of high quality scholarship that is validated (i.e. peer reviewed) and disseminated to publics beyond the University, that demonstrates a high level of academic expertise (e.g. research, criticism, (re)analysis, (re)interpretation, and creative expression, etc.), and that makes an original contribution to the candidates area of research and teaching.
  • Develop new courses and build curricular connections with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Womens and Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.) and SCU Centers of Distinction (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics).
  • Keep abreast of innovations and best practices in the disciplinary field and in second language pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in creative efforts to enhance students learning experience outside of the classroom, including organizing cultural events, academic presentations, etc.
  • Engage in meaningful and useful service that promotes department, college and university strategic goals and priorities, commensurate to rank.

Work Authorization:
A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Close Date: 10/10/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please submit the following materials through the hiring portal at https://jobs.scu.edu: 1. Letter of application, including a statement/ information regarding: a. applicants teaching philosophy, research plan (including how they foster intradepartmental and/or interdepartmental connections), and experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities. b. applicants vision for promoting student interest in Spanish Studies. c. the applicants commitment to the Jesuit model of educating the whole person. d. how the applicant meets other required and desirable qualifications. 2. Curriculum vitae 3. Graduate transcripts (unofficial, with official available upon request) 4. Three letters of recommendation (two additional references to be available upon request) [NOTE: it is optional on how you choose to upload your letters; you may upload three individual letters, or type in referees Interfolio email address at the Reference Contact page ] 5. Evidence of teaching excellence (small portfolio of sample syllabi, faculty evaluations and student teaching evaluations from most recent position) 6. A representative sample of scholarship, e.g. an in-press or published article, dissertation chapter, etc. 7. Applicants invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to provide a videotaped teaching demonstration from one of his/her classes.