Assistant Professor - Spanish

Employer
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Location
Wisconsin, United States
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Dec 13, 2018
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Global Cultures and Languages at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse—a department committed to high-impact pedagogical practices, diversity, equity, content-based instruction, and cultural competency— invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Spanish—Heritage Language Learning /Spanish for the Professions at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 26, 2019. 

Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English. Candidates for the appointment should have or be near to completing a doctorate degree in either Spanish, Spanish Linguistics, Cultural Studies or a related field by the start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020. Successful applicants must have relevant experience teaching Spanish to undergraduate students and maintain an active research agenda. 

We seek a colleague who has knowledge of teaching heritage speakers and who can contribute to our language for professional purposes initiative through effective interdisciplinary collaboration with other university departments and units. The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate courses for heritage speakers of Spanish, Spanish for professional purposes and Spanish language courses at all levels. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have the ability to develop and teach courses in Latino culture and society, have experience working with outreach and service-learning projects, have experience developing local and/or international education and engagement opportunities for students, and/or are willing to incorporate undergraduate students in their research activities. 

All faculty in Global Cultures and Languages at UW-La Crosse teach 12 credits (3-4 courses) per semester. In addition, faculty at UW La Crosse advise undergraduate students; participate in service activities at departmental, college, and university levels; and maintain a progressing research trajectory. 

Applicants must provide a CV, a cover letter which addresses their teaching philosophy with regards to heritage speakers, and a list of 4 references including the telephone numbers of the recommenders. First review of applications will begin January 24, 2019. 

For additional information about this position or for any requests for accommodations contact Dr. Omar Granados, Associate Chair of Global Cultures and Languages and Search Chair via email at ogranados@uwlax.edu

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu 

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. 

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community. 

UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence.  We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive."   The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all.   UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.  UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO). 

For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.   

With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education.  There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.  UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.  

UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin.  The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between.  Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation.  Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits.  Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.  

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives.  In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse. 

As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Annual-Security-Report/.

Employment will require a criminal background check.  A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.