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Assistant Professor of Afro-Hispanic Literature

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 12, 2022

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Job Description:

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida seeks to develop and emphasize an intellectual focus on Afro Latin American Studies. As part of this commitment, the Center for Latin American Studies ( ) and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese ( ) at the University of Florida invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Afro-Hispanic Literature. Starting Fall 2023, the position will be a joint appointment, with the Center for Latin American Studies serving as its tenure home.

We are interested in applicants with a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature, Latin American Literature, Afro-Diasporic Studies, or closely related fields. We especially seek candidates with teaching and scholarly expertise that explores the nexus of race, gender, and intersectionality relative to literature studies. Further, an ideal candidate will demonstrate deep knowledge of the African Diaspora across Latin America and the Caribbean, and their work will address a broad geographic, temporal, and/or theoretical range.

The successful candidate will teach two graduate or undergraduate courses each semester, maintain an active research agenda, recruit and advise graduate students, and provide service to the Center, University, and their respective fields.

Qualifications: Applicants must show evidence of scholarly promise or accomplishment in relevant research areas, a commitment to teaching and student mentoring, and native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the position start date. Applications received by November 15 will receive fullest consideration, but the search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. The anticipated start date is August 2023.

About the Center: The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is the longest running center dedicated to research, theory, and teaching about Latin America in the United States. It hosts an annual Bacardi Scholar program which invites a distinguished scholar of Latin American Studies to conduct a semester-long teaching and research residence. It also brings a Kislak Family Foundation Writer or Artist in residency for one semester. Additionally, the Center hosts an annual conference/workshop on an area of relevance to Latin American Studies that brings together scholars, graduate students, and those from the socio-political sector to contribute to the advancement of research and thought surrounding key issues impacting communities across Latin America and the Latin American Diaspora. The Center is also home to a vibrant Masters in Latin American Studies (MALAS) program that attracts students from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Europe, and Asia. The MALAS program currently hosts 13 specializations for our students to choose from to focus their area of studies. Finally, the Center’s core and affiliate faculty, as well as its students, are supported by the UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) and the Smathers Library. The LACC holds a range of collections that attract scholars from around the world to the University of Florida campus, and it helps bolster teaching and research by offering immediate access to various archives, manuscripts, and texts.

About the Spanish and Portuguese Department : The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, comprised of twenty-four full time faculty, offers a BA in Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, as well as graduate degrees (MAs and PhD) in Hispanic Linguistics and Spanish Literatures and Cultures. More information available at

About the University : Founded in 1853, the University of Florida (UF) is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university and one of the most academically diverse universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 9th among public universities. Other national rankings, such as 2nd by Forbes and 7th by Kiplinger, are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service, and education centers, as well as various bureaus and institutes. UF boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 415,000 living alumni. Last year, faculty scholars generated more than $700 million in research awards. In 2013, the Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university. UF is also an “emerging” Hispanic serving institute with more than 23% of the full-time student body identifying as Hispanic or Latinx.

About the Area: UF is located in Gainesville, a progressive college town in north central Florida that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville sits about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns, and is easily accessible from three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Hispanic literature, Latin American Literature, Afro-Diasporic Studies, or closely related field by the position start date

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The university has a student body of over 49,000 undergraduate, graduate and first professional students, including over 14,500 minority students, and 6,000 international students.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted online at Careers at UF (Job No. 523727) and must include (1) a cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a sample publication, and (4) contact information for three professional references who will be prompted to submit letters through the online application system.

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

Final candidate will be required to provide 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 education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

Applications received by November 15 will receive fullest consideration, but the search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

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