Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma

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Position ID:UWT-Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences-SPANISHLECT [#8445]
Position Title: Spanish (Lecturer)
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Tacoma, Washington 98402, United States [map]
Subject Area: Spanish
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/10/28, finished 2017/04/19)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Full-Time Lecturer Position Hispanic Studies

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS) at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for one full-time lecturer position in the area of Hispanic Studies. This is a renewable position with appointment terms of 1-5 years with a nine-month service period, and begins on September 16, 2017.

The position requires a Master’s degree or higher or foreign equivalent in Hispanic Studies or Spanish at the time of appointment, native or native-like fluency in Spanish and English, and a minimum of three years of successful experience teaching Spanish at the university/college level. We are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate effective teaching of Spanish as a Heritage Language with pedagogical sensitivity to questions of identity, language and power for a diverse population of students that includes non- traditional students on an urban campus. Experience with community-engaged and interdisciplinary teaching is a plus. Candidates should be enthusiastic about program development, and teaching elementary and intermediate language courses, as well as occasionally teaching advanced Spanish courses and/or Hispanic Studies or freshman Core courses taught in English.

Teaching responsibilities will typically include seven undergraduate courses in Spanish language per academic year, with two or three courses per quarter (autumn, winter, spring). The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to use technology effectively in the classroom, experience with the communicative approach to language teaching and learning, and awareness of new trends in language pedagogy, particularly with respect to heritage language learners.

Elementary Spanish courses serve the campus at large by helping students fulfill the foreign language requirement, and intermediate courses are pre-requisites for the Hispanic Studies major and minor. We seek candidates who can become integral members of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty and staff committed to excellence and innovation in teaching. They will be a member of the faculty of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and will work closely with the faculty in Hispanic Studies while also supporting other interdisciplinary majors and concentrations at UW Tacoma. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities and are small to encourage strong student-faculty interactions.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.

To apply, please submit:

  1. Letter describing your teaching experience, qualifications, and academic interests (Applicants should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion);
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught;
  3. Statement of your teaching philosophy (Statements should demonstrate understanding of trends in language pedagogy, communicative approaches, and promoting
  4. inclusivity and diversity with concrete examples);
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (course evaluations and/or a video teaching demonstration and sample syllabi); and
  6. Three letters of reference.

Submit all application materials through Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin December 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, email Dr. Vanessa de Veritch Woodside, search chair, at are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation email. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436
Tacoma, WA 98402

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