Assistant Professor - Applied Linguistics/Spanish - Department of World Languages, Literatures &

West Virginia University
West Virginia, United States
Not Specified
Oct 01, 2018
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics at West Virginia University ( invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Applied Linguistics/Spanish beginning August 2019. The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities: teaching undergraduate and graduate Spanish language and content classes (including a language teaching methods class), maintaining an active research agenda, and coordinating lower-level Spanish language classes, graduate teaching assistants, and other instructional staff.

The department offers M.A. degree programs in Spanish, Linguistics, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), enrolling approximately 60-70 full-time graduate students from around the world, with the majority of those holding teaching assistantships. We also offer B.A.s and minors in a range of programs, including French, German, Spanish, Chinese Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American Studies, Russian Studies, and Slavic and East European Studies. Additionally, we offer minors in Foreign Literature/Culture in Translation, Japanese Studies, Arabic Studies, Linguistics, and TESOL. Our faculty is actively engaged in education abroad programs, and we have a long history of collaborating with other WVU colleges, departments, and programs.

WVU is a comprehensive land-grant university that enrolls 29,000 students. It is classified as "highest research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. The Morgantown campus is situated along the Monongahela River and Rail Trail and within 10 miles of Cooper's Rock State Forest, and is within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C. to the east, Pittsburgh, PA., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the west. Morgantown is an inclusive, safe, and family-friendly community. WVU provides faculty members with a supportive environment for developing a visible and productive career. WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search, and belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (


This position, which is based on a nine-month contract, requires demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching; abilities in program development and coordination; a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Studies/Acquisition, Spanish, or a closely related field by the time of appointment (ABDs with a clear graduation trajectory prior to the start date are welcome to apply); ability to maintain an active research program; and excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish.

To apply, upload the following documents: (a) a letter of application outlining your interest in, and qualifications for, the position, including your research agenda; (b) your curriculum vitae; (c) a teaching and mentoring philosophy; (d) a professional, single-authored writing sample; (e) syllabus of one teaching methods class; and (f) graduate(s) transcript (unofficial is acceptable). In addition, have at least three professional recommendation letters sent to Additional materials might be requested of finalists. Applications will be processed until the position is filled but those received by November 12, 2018 will receive priority consideration. For further information, contact Rafael Osuna-Montanez, chair of the search committee, at

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