Assistant Professor - Spanish/World Language Education

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Wisconsin, United States
Feb 14, 2020
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—Cultural Studies/World Language Education at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 31, 2020. 

Required Qualifications:

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, Cultural Studies, Second Language Acquisition, or a related field by the start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2021. Successful applicants must have relevant experience teaching Spanish to undergraduate students and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in U.S. PK-12 schools or equivalent. Applicants also will have demonstrated ability to teach and model culturally relevant pedagogy and inclusive practices, including global perspectives and content in instruction and maintain an active research agenda that informs their work both in Spanish studies and as a teacher educator. 

Preferred Qualifications:

We are interested in hiring an innovative teacher-scholar with a broad competence in cultural studies who is able to make contributions to our curriculum in areas such as: Gender and Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies, Migration Studies, Race Studies, Social Justice, and /or Transatlantic Studies. The ability to develop outreach projects and service-learning education, design local and international engagement and education opportunities, and / or incorporate undergraduate students in their research activities is ­desirable.  Experience with standards-based teacher preparation and performance-based assessments (e.g. edTPA, InTASC standards) is also desirable.

The successful candidate will design and teach courses in Spanish at all levels of the program. Responsibilities in World Language Education may include teaching World Language Teacher Education and methods courses, pre-student teaching field experience courses, or student teaching supervision.

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.

This position is affiliated with the School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education (EPC) and the dean of the EPC will provide feedback regarding hiring and personnel reviews. School of Education affiliated faculty are expect­­ed to be engaged in service and scholarly activities that inform and enhance the work they do with prospective teachers. Some additional work hours outside the academic school year may be required in order to align duties with the PK-12 school year. School of Education affiliated faculty also collaborate with the Department of Educational Studies on advising and curriculum related issues.

UW-La Crosse's School of Education, Professional, and Continuing Education is committed to principles of equity, inclusion, and social justice. We seek to advance UW-La Crosse’s strategic planning goal, “Achieving Excellence through Diversity and Equity” by increasing the retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff; teaching with identity inclusive and responsive pedagogies; and ensuring that everyone—regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, citizenship, first language, religion, ability and other identities—is included and welcomed on campus. 

Applicants must provide a CV, a cover letter which addresses their teaching philosophy, and a list of 4 references including the name, email address and telephone numbers of the recommenders. First review of applications will begin March 24, 2020. 

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

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

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 (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

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. 

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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.