Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Spanish

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

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Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Spanish

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Furman Faculty


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Modern Languages & Literatures

Job Summary:

Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Spanish

Job Description:

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman University invites applications for an Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Spanish, tenure-track appointment, effective August 2024. Located in Greenville, SC, Furman University is a nationally-ranked, top 50 liberal arts college which aspires to become a leader among its peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of people of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. Furman University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all facets of university life, and strives to create an inclusive learning community through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and programming. In addition to our new General Education Requirement in Identities, Equity, and Justice, numerous other initiatives are underway and planned to promote these ideals, including: historic projects, dialogue series, our Center for Inclusive Communities, and new majors in Africana Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures similarly strives to foster an environment of inclusion in our curriculum, pedagogy, mentoring, and departmental culture.

Ph.D. in Spanish required by August 1, 2024. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English and prior teaching experience required. Candidates must demonstrate scholarly potential as well as a commitment to and excellence in undergraduate instruction at all levels of Spanish language, culture, or literature. They must be passionate language teachers, dedicated mentors, enthusiastic study away directors, and energetic contributors to The Furman Advantage (https://www.furman.edu/furman-advantage/).

Specialty open, but we would be especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated research and pedagogical expertise in topics relating to one or more of the following: marginalized communities; race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality studies; ecocriticism in Latin America, or Transatlantic Studies. Cross-disciplinary intersections with our new Africana Studies major and existing minor programs in African-American and Diaspora Cultures, Film Studies, Latin American and Latinx Studies, Linguistics, Poverty Studies, and/or Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies are a plus. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color, first-generation students, and be committed to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence.

Teaching load is five courses per year. Responsibilities include directing study abroad; involvement in co-curricular activities; teaching first-year writing seminars; offering interdisciplinary courses that contribute to other programs; pursuing an active research agenda; advising and mentoring in programs such as Pathways; and university service. Competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants must submit materials no later than October 27, 2023 through this link on the Furman University application portal: https://www.furman.edu/offices-services/human-resources/employment/. The review of applications will begin immediately. Preliminary interviews will be conducted remotely via video conference. Please upload all application materials as a single PDF in the following order: letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and writing sample of no more than 20 pages. Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation (at least one of which addresses the candidate’s teaching abilities) via Interfolio to leah.harvey@furman.edu. The diversity statement, not to exceed 300 words, should describe how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to inclusion and equity among its core values.

Greenville, SC, is a racially and culturally diverse community that is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. Greenville has a thriving downtown, excellent private and public schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” It is within a short driving distance of Asheville, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches are within easy reach. In keeping with our commitment to equity and inclusion, domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits and faculty/staff affinity groups exist to offer support for faculty/staff that identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or Black/African-American.

Inquiries may be directed to Ronald J. Friis, Professor of Spanish and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613, ronald.friis@furman.edu.

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Doctorate: Spanish (Required)

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