The Department of Romance Languages at St. Olaf College invites
applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Spanish at
the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2022. We
are looking for candidates who will have completed their Ph.D in
Literature and/or Cultural Studies with a focus on Mexico by the
time of appointment.
We seek a candidate committed to undergraduate liberal arts
education and passionate about teaching language, literature, and
culture. This position offers the opportunity to teach in a unique
content-based curriculum, enhanced by a January term abroad, a
languages-across-the-curriculum program, and area and
interdisciplinary studies. Specialization in Mexican studies,
native or near-native fluency in Spanish, and demonstrated
excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level required.
Interdisciplinary approaches such as critical race studies, gender
studies, cultural studies, border studies, and/or film studies
would be an asset. The successful candidate is expected to pursue
high quality scholarly activity and contribute to the life of the
department and the college.
The department is particularly interested in applicants who
can and will advance the college’s goals for diversity, equity and
inclusion. We request that in the letter of application, candidates
address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community
that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its
core values. We strongly encourage applications from Black,
Indigenous, and people of color and members of other
underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity
The normal teaching load is six courses per year. Regular
teaching responsibilities include all levels of Spanish language
and major-level courses in the literatures and cultures of the
Spanish-speaking world, with approximately two-thirds consisting of
introductory- or intermediate-level, content-based language
instruction and the remaining third being major-level courses.
There are also opportunities to teach courses in interdisciplinary
programs such as Latin American Studies, Foreign Languages Across
the Curriculum, Academic Civic Engagement, Race and Ethnic Studies,
Gender & Sexuality Studies, American Conversations, and
Linguistic Studies, as well as teach off-campus study courses.
Duties also involve ongoing professional development, advising of
students, service in the department and on college committees, and
Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings.
A complete application includes:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Short (1-page) statement of research interests
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- The contact information for three professional references who
can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf
solicits letters directly after an initial round of
Review of applications will begin on October 18, 2021, and will
continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are
expected in February 2022. Questions about the
position, department, or college may be
directed to Jonathan O'Conner, Search Committee Chair,
Applicants who need assistance with the online application process
should call 507-786-3356.
Founded in 1874, St. Olaf
College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts
college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff
employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes
from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural
resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally
ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the
whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in
an inclusive and globally engaged community.
St. Olaf College is proud to be:
- Included in multiple editions of Colleges that Change
Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About
- An institutional member of the National Center for Faculty
Development and Diversity
- Ranked #1 among baccalaureate colleges in the number of
students who study abroad
- One of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. students among
liberal arts colleges
- Ranked #20 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S.
News & World Report, 2018
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