Assistant Professor of Spanish

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Commensurate with experience
Nov 13, 2018
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Spanish

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater



The Department of Languages and Literatures in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish (Assistant Professor) beginning August 2019. This is a full-time position for a dynamic, versatile, and innovative language instructor dedicated to teaching beginning through advanced undergraduate level courses.


The successful candidate will be able to teach language, phonetics/linguistics, and heritage Spanish courses as part of the undergraduate Spanish program. The ideal candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that results in publications, and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. In addition, the candidate is expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Spanish by August 2019 is required, with a specialization in Linguistics and/or Heritage Spanish. ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2019; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2020 in advance of their first scheduled review.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students
  • Evidence of scholarly potential
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as an active member of the university community

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

  • Ability to teach a wide range of courses in Spanish is highly desirable; native or near-native proficiency in Spanish is expected
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds


Full-time teaching responsibilities include a 24-hour course load each year (3-4 classes per semester). Research expectations include publications and conference presentations. In addition, faculty members serve as advisers/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest.


The UW-Whitewater Department of Languages and Literatures is the largest department within the university and College of Letters and Sciences, having over 50 faculty and instructional academic staff members. The Department houses four English program emphases as well as majors and minors in French, German, Spanish, and Japanese Studies; courses in Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese are also offered. The Spanish major is the third largest second major on campus, and the Spanish minor is the largest on campus.


UW-Whitewater ( is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-Whitewater is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in more than 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC ( The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles ( and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices ( The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys ( 


Complete applications received by January 10, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in phone and/or online screening interviews and/or on campus interviews.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Pilar Melero, Search Committee Chair
(262) 472-3173



Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation (with candidate name in the subject line) sent to by the references directly

To apply and submit these documents online, please visit Next, scroll to the middle of the page and click on the “Faculty and Instructional Staff” link. The Job ID is 14904, listed under “Tenure Track Faculty – College of Letters & Sciences.” Once there, please scroll to the bottom and select the appropriate link under “Who are you?”

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are unable to complete the application on line due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262/472-1024 or