University of Nebraska Omaha — Assistant Professor, Spanish

Assistant Professor – Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Foreign Languages and Literature invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an earned doctorate in Spanish linguistics, applied linguistics, or closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered, however, they must have their degree in hand prior to August 2021. Candidates are expected to have native/near-native proficiency in Spanish and English. The teaching workload is 8-9 hours per semester with an additional 3 hours of research time. Teaching assignments will include courses in Spanish for heritage speakers, the introductory language sequence, composition, linguistics and/or applied linguistics, and graduate courses for the Master of Arts in Language Teaching. Additional duties include scholarly research and publication; contributing to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts; advising undergraduate students, and engaging in service to the Department, the University, and the community. The Department encourages collaboration with other departments and programs, including the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Black Studies, Native American Studies, the Goldstein Center for Human Rights, and the Service Learning Academy.

Our Department includes undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including many heritage Spanish speakers and first-generation students. The Department was the winner of the 2016 University-wide Departmental Teaching Award, and it currently has 94 majors, 189 minors and 12 graduate students. Our dedicated faculty is committed to publishing cutting edge research, while also striving to provide a student-centered experience in order to empower learners, so that they may become skilled, engaged citizens and professionals who can thrive in diverse local and global communities.
Why UNO?

UNO is a vibrant, metropolitan university in the state’s largest city with an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. In recent decades the campus developed as a more traditional residential university supported by several new and beautifully appointed residence halls. UNO is classified as a doctoral research university in the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and the Athletic program competes in NCAA division I. UNO also has the distinction of being one of the nation’s leaders in engagement and outreach with a 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation. The campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the greater Omaha area), which is known for its excellent public school system and strong economic base. The city is home to a number of racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse groups, and is characterized by a myriad of places to eat, live, and shop. For more information about how UNO lives its metropolitan mission, please visit: https://www.unomaha.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-support/che-ad-for-uno—may-2020.pdf

The university and department have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty, and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation college students and is also actively engaged with the community in many ways.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Spanish linguistics, applied linguistics, or closely related field. ABD candidates will be considered, however, they must have their degree in hand prior to August 16, 2021. Candidates are expected to have native/near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate excellence and/or promise in the following areas: teaching Spanish heritage speakers, experiential learning, teaching language for specific purposes, and best practices for teaching online language courses, as well as potential for original scholarly research.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regularly sits; may stand, walk. See, hear, speak and use of hands.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regularly works indoors. Noise level is low to moderate.

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A recently published article or article-length writing sample
  4. A teaching statement
  5. Statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion
  6. The names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation electronically through PeopleAdmin if the candidate is considered for the position after preliminary rounds.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Laura Walls, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature: lwalls@unomaha.edu.

Review of applications will begin December 11, 2020 and continue until hired.

To apply for this position, visit this link: https://unomaha.peopleadmin.com/postings/12041

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