University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City

Job Description

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Iowa invites applications from candidates with specializations in Spanish applied linguistics or second language acquisition, broadly defined, for the position of Director of Spanish Language Instruction at the rank of Associate Professor of Instruction. This is a full-time, renewable, 12-month non-tenure-track position to begin June 1, 2018, with a possibility of beginning January 1, 2018. The successful candidate will direct and manage the elementary and intermediate Spanish program and coordinate the third-year multi-section Spanish writing and speaking courses.

The successful candidate will meet criteria for appointment as Associate Professor of Instruction as stated in the collegiate link below (https://clas.uiowa.edu/sites/default/files/CLAS%20Instructional%20Faculty%20Policy.pdf). The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in second language acquisition/applied linguistics or second/foreign language education with a research and teaching focus in Spanish, or in Hispanic linguistics or another related field. The successful candidate will have Spanish language teaching experience with a minimum of 3 years supervisory experience at the college level, demonstrated administrative skills, and native or near-native proficiency in English and Spanish. We seek candidates with direct experience in computer-assisted language teaching and hybrid/blended course development and management. Candidates should also have demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, and students. Desirable qualities include familiarity with Languages for Specific Purposes, instruction of heritage speakers, or experiential learning, in Spanish or Portuguese.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

Develop curriculum and prepare course syllabi and assessments in accordance with the goals of the department

Supervise the program assistants work (recordkeeping, responding to students queries, administration of assessments, mounting and maintenance of course materials, etc.)

Evaluate and select instructional materials

Advise the chair in hiring Spanish language instructors

Provide initial and ongoing training of graduate student instructors, including a multiple-day orientation before each Fall semester

Engage with faculty and graduate students on advances in Spanish language teaching

Teach (1/2 load) Spanish language courses, the Teaching and Learning Languages graduate course for new graduate instructors, and other courses according to specialization and department needs

Actively participate in the profession through research, conference/workshop attendance, and other professional activities

In conjunction with a team of lecturers, other administrative duties include:

Supervision of language instructors (between 20-30), including regular performance observations and evaluations

TA staffing assignments within the lower division

Coordinate third-year multi-section writing and speaking courses

Involvement in departmental committees relevant to general education and third-year curriculum

To apply, please visit http://jobs.uiowa.edu and reference Requisition #71220, and include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 or until the position is filled, with preliminary interviews conducted by telephone or teleconference.

In 2016, the University of Iowa adopted a new policy governing the rights and responsibilities of Instructional Faculty, including promotion criteria and ranks. For more information about the UI Instructional Faculty policy: https://provost.uiowa.edu/instructional-faculty-track-appointments. For more information about the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policy: https://clas.uiowa.edu/sites/default/files/CLAS%20Instructional%20Faculty%20Policy.pdf.

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University, College, Division, and Department reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Desirable qualities include familiarity with Languages for Specific Purposes, instruction of heritage speakers, or experiential learning, in Spanish or Portuguese.