Assistant or Associate Professor of Spanish

Columbia, Maryland, United States

Job description

TITLE: Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Spanish

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Are you passionate about communicating in Spanish? About experiencing cultural diversity both locally and globally? About igniting in others the same passion that you have for world languages and cultures? If so, then please consider joining us at Dickinson State University, an institution with growing enrollment in an increasingly multilingual community experiencing its own population growth.

The Department of Language and Literature is seeking a creative and energetic individual to teach undergraduate courses in Spanish, literature, and communication. Teaching responsibilities will include Spanish language; literature, such as Spanish or comparative literature; and possibly written or oral communication, such as college composition or public speaking, depending on background. The successful candidate will direct the department’s Spanish program and teach Spanish at all levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. The course load is 12 credits per semester or 24 credits per academic year and may involve traveling to the university’s sites in Bismarck or Williston, teaching via interactive video, or teaching online.

Applicants should demonstrate their teaching excellence and their ability to facilitate language-related co-curricular activities, such as Spanish Club, international field trips, and community collaborations. Furthermore, we seek applicants who demonstrate expertise and enthusiasm in one or more of these areas to complement the work of colleagues in our department and across the university: scholarship in cultural studies or digital humanities; Writing Across the Curriculum, including writing in the disciplines or writing program administration; and language teaching and support in PreK-12 schools, including English Language Learner programs.

This position offers the opportunity to provide outstanding academic advising to Spanish and English majors, contribute to university committees, engage in research and self-improvement activities, and offer professional and personal development experiences for area teachers or community members. We seek applicants who enjoy collaborating and who will be eager to join us in improving our programs and advancing in our mission to serve students at our university and citizens throughout the region.

You are invited to apply if you are able to integrate traditional approaches to language learning with innovative ones that will excite students and teach them practical applications for the study of Spanish-in other words, that will help them answer when others ask, “So what are you going to do with that degree?”

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the Chair of the Department of Language and Literature

· Earned doctorate in Spanish
· All academic degrees from regionally accredited institutions
· Demonstrated excellence in teaching
· Good interpersonal and organizational skills, flexibility, and a strong work ethic

· Master’s-level preparation in written or oral communication in English (e.g. college composition, public speaking)
· Knowledge of Spanish as an academic field, including research, trends, and program assessment
· Demonstrated excellence in post-secondary teaching and knowledge of best practices in teaching adult students
· Expertise with co-curricular activities related to language learning, such as Spanish Club, international field trips, and community collaborations
· Expertise in a related area, such as cultural studies, digital humanities, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), or English Language Learner programs

COMPENSATION: Includes a salary of $52,000 – $55,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience; and a comprehensive fringe benefit package, including employer-paid full-family coverage health insurance, TIAA retirement, tuition waiver benefits and much more.

LOCATION: Dickinson, ND
STARTING DATE: August 13, 2018

· Provide instruction in the various Spanish courses offered by Dickinson State University, with the possibility of additional courses in English, Communications, or Teacher Education.
o Teaching effectiveness includes 1) teaching of assigned class loads, 2) making appropriate preparations for the semester including syllabus preparation, preparation of lecture, preparation of tests and assignments as needed/appropriate, revising course materials when needed, and providing measurable objectives for student performance, 3) act as a professional role model to students, 4) communicate effectively with students, 5) arrive at class punctually and use class time effectively, 6) stay current in field of expertise, 7) be available to and provide assistance to students, and 8) other teaching duties as assigned or noted by supervisor.
§ Physical demands include the ability to stand or otherwise be present in a classroom during class time, the ability to move to students to provide assistance in the class, and the abilities to speak and listen.

· The individual in this position is expected to participate in scholarly activities and self-improvement.
o These activities may include, but are not limited to, 1) evaluation and selection of materials for classroom activities, 2) professional reading and/or research for self-improvement and effectiveness 3) continuing education, including experiential learning, 4) publishing in the outlets of professional organizations, 5) conference, workshop, convention and seminar attendance 6) presentations at professional conferences, workshops, conventions and/or seminars, 7) consultant work, 8) creation of new courses, and 9) review of commercial and professional curriculum materials.
§ Physical demands are as needed to carry out the given task, but are not excessive and are largely controlled by the employee.

· The individual in this position is expected to make on-campus contributions to the university.
o Activities in this category may include but are not limited to 1) academic advising of students, 2) serving on committees, 3) attending university functions, and 4) advising student organizations.
§ Physical demands are as needed to carry out the given task, but are not excessive and are largely controlled by the employee.

· The individual in this position is expected to make off-campus contributions to the university.
o Activities in this category may include but are not limited to 1) making speeches/giving presentations to community groups, 2) organizing and/or working with community organizations, 3) belonging to or holding office in community organizations, 4) seeking or holding governmental office or working on behalf of governmental candidates and/or organizations, 5) serving on advisory boards, and 6) serving western North Dakota as a resource within the area of expertise.
§ Physical demands are as needed to carry out the given task, but are not excessive and are largely controlled by the employee.

This job announcement is not intended, and should not be construed, to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential to making fair pay decisions and determining job performance.

Band: 2000 Academic
Sub Band: 2110 Assistant/2105 Associate
Term: 9 months
Status: Full-time (100%), benefited, non-exempt (from FLSA overtime)

Applications received by February 18, 2018 will be given first consideration. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. We seek a wide range of applicants for this position to affirm the value that we place on diversity in our faculty.

How to apply

Complete the online application at, then upload a letter of application specifically addressing the above minimum and preferred qualifications, a current resume and the names, copies of graduate transcripts, and contact information (including telephone numbers and email address) of five professional references by the date stated above.

For more information or assistance contact: Human Resources (701) 483-2476

Ø Applicants who are residents of ND and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD214 with the application for employment; claims for disabled veteran’s preference must include Form DD214 and a letter less than one year old from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating disability; claims for preference as the eligible spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran must include Form DD214, a marriage certificate and a letter less than one year old from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs indicating disability, or the veteran’s death certificate.

Ø Due to access to restricted information, the successful candidate will be required to complete a satisfactory criminal history record check.

Ø Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and I-9 employment certification is required at hire.

DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY is a regional four-year institution within the North Dakota University System. The university’s mission is to provide high quality, accessible programs; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; to support scholarly and creative activities; and to provide service relevant to the economy, health, and quality of life for the citizens of the state of North Dakota. For more information about Dickinson State University please visit and watch this video.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. 23-12-10.

Dickinson State University is located in the city after which it is named. Dickinson, the seventh largest city in the state, is the hub of West River North Dakota and boasts a population of approximately 17,000. The University serves as a cultural social, recreational and intellectual center for the residents of the West River region.