Asst or Assoc Professor in 20th/21st Century Latin American Literature

Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Job description

Position Number: 00002149

Department: Spanish & Portuguese

Location/Division: Lawrence

FTE: 1.0

Position Overview
The University of Kansas seeks an Assistant/Associate Position in 20th/21st Century Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies. This position is a full-time, academic year appointment. The faculty member will participate in the teaching mission of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, including teaching established courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; conduct research in Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies leading to publication in appropriate publication outlets; and engage in unit, College, University, and national service. Ph.D. in Spanish or relate field is expected by the start date of appointment.
We are interested in applicants committed to transdisciplinary, hemispherical, and/or transatlantic perspectives in teaching and scholarship. Preferred areas of expertise include indigenous studies, gender and queer theory, ecocriticism, migration, or theater and performance.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and key campus-wide strategic initiatives: to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see

Job Description

  • Teach four courses/academic year in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments. One course equivalency may be dedicated in the overall teaching effort of responsibilities for this position to specific curricular reform and development.
  • Develop curricular programs in Latin American literary and cultural studies.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
  • Provide instruction throughout the semester, usually 3 hours/week, one day a week.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
  • All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. Tenured and Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer reviewed journals and to present findings at professional conferences.


Tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at-large.
Each year the faculty member will participate in an Annual Performance Review that includes Teaching, Research, and Service as three major criteria for evaluation.


All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of educational and professional experience in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV and (3) information provided from professional references.

For Assistant Professor level:

  • Ph.D. in Spanish or related discipline is expected by the start date of appointment (August 18, 2018).
  • Field of academic specialization: Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • Native or near native ability in Spanish language.
  • Knowledge of, ability, and interest to teach all levels of Spanish language, literatures and cultures of the Hispanic world.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach Spanish language courses and advanced courses in specialty as evidenced in application materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by graduate coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants.
  • Proven commitment to academic service.
  • For Associate Professor level:
  • At least six years of full-time service as a faculty member at a college or university.
  • Substantial achievement in scholarship to grant tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at an R-1 institution.
  • Proven excellence in academic service.

How to apply

A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. For additional information about the position, please write to Professor Luciano Tosta, Initial review of applications will begin Nov. 1st and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants
Luciano Tosta

Advertised Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience.

Application Review Begins: 01-Nov-2017

Anticipated Start Date: 18-Aug-2018

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