Lecturer in Spanish Language and Culture and Program Administration (69648)



The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida seeks an instructor of Spanish language and culture at the rank of Lecturer. This is a 9-month, renewable, non-tenure-track position with an emphasis on language program administration. The start date is August 16, 2021.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching three courses per semester mainly in the Lower Division Spanish program, with an occasional course at the Upper Division level (based on departmental need);
  • Coordinating the operations of the language program, including communicating department and university policies to instructors, scheduling courses, ordering textbooks, etc.; and
  • Working with undergraduate students by assisting them with placement and/or registration and by fairly applying department and university policies to address their concerns.


This position requires participation in departmental duties, including committee work, ongoing training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and supervision of instructors.

The University of Florida is a top-ten public university in the U.S. Among the academic and professional resources of an R1 institution, the selected candidate will benefit from intramural funding, teaching awards, and administrative opportunities. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is comprised of over 20 faculty and 30 graduate teaching assistants who teach around 2,000 undergraduate students per semester.

The Department is committed to creating an environment that affirms inclusivity and diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Applicants are encouraged to visit the departmental website (http://spanishandportuguese.ufl.edu/) to learn more about the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

The ideal candidate will have: a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Spanish or in a closely related field (M.A. or M.Ed. will be considered if other qualifications are outstanding); native or native-like fluency in English and Spanish; demonstrated excellence as a Spanish instructor; experience as a supervisor and/or coordinator in a college-level Spanish program; experience with learning management systems; exceptional organizational and conflict-resolution skills; and a strong commitment to working with diverse populations.

Additional desirable qualifications include: interest and/or experience in leading study abroad programs and in Spanish for the Professions (particularly Legal Spanish); and a working knowledge of Portuguese.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/83501 and must include (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for this specific position; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching statement; (4) complete and unabridged course evaluations demonstrating excellence in teaching for 3-4 undergraduate Spanish classes; and (5) three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to their Interfolio submission packet.

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 26, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Kathy Navajas (navajas@ufl.edu).

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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