Assistant Professor of Spanish (Tenure-Track)





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Tenure-stream salary and benefits competitive. Recognizing the high cost of housing in the local area, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified faculty: [1] a rental assistance program and [2] a purchase assistance program.

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The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks applicants for a tenure-track (Assistant Professor) position in Spanish Studies, with a specialization in Applied Linguistics. The successful candidate must demonstrate a solid foundation in linguistics and second language pedagogy, intellectual breadth, the ability to build curricular connections with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.), and experience and expertise in language program development and assessment so as to contribute to our department’s continued efforts to promote global competence in the Jesuit model of education.



  • Ph.D. in the field of Hispanic (Applied) Linguistics, with a specialization in areas such as instructed second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, language contact, critical discourse analysis, etc., especially where focused on issues of linguistic justice in marginalized/socially stratified speech communities. Must have a solid foundation in general linguistics. 
  • ABDs considered: Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment (ABDs selected for a zoom interview must provide evidence of potential to complete degree  by time of appointment.)
  • Evidence of significant training and experience with communicatively-oriented, proficiency and Standards-based language instruction and assessment
  • Native or near native proficiency (oral & written production and comprehension) skills in Spanish and English.
  • Evidence of at least two years of excellence in teaching as instructor of record in Spanish language at elementary and intermediate university level.
  • Evidence of creativity in curriculum innovation.
  • Ability and desire to build curricular connections and engage in course development with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.).
  • Ability to promote diversity within curriculum (esp. with respect to traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups) and departmental extracurricular activities (cultural events, outreach, etc.).
  • Solid proficiency with digital technologies and social media as they relate to teaching, research and service.
  • Ability to serve as a mentor to students, especially those of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate interest and potential in mentoring undergraduates in research and/or internships.
  • Ability and interest in enhancing students’ learning experience outside of the classroom, including organizing cultural events, academic presentations, etc.
  • Willingness and skills to contribute significantly to program and departmental growth and diversification, and to take on and be effective in important faculty leadership roles in the near and far term.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a rigorous and sustainable research agenda.
  • Interest in and ability to integrate research and teaching.
  • Demonstrate understanding and support of the University’s Jesuit mission.
  • Demonstrate potential to contribute to one or more departmental, College, or University priorities, or connection to SCU Centers of Distinction (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics).
  • Ability to work in a collegial and collaborative manner with department and university colleagues to help address priorities and achieve goals.


  • Breadth of training in the linguistic sciences.
  • Research and teaching focus on the application of linguistic science to issues of race and justice in the U.S.
  • A sub-specialization and/or significant experience in any of the following: Translation/Interpretation, Spanish for heritage speakers, Language testing and assessment, Corpus Linguistics, Spanish & healthcare/business/legal fields, or other related areas.
  • Experience implementing community-based, experiential, and/or project-based learning.
  • Success in teaching upper-division courses in Spanish language, culture and linguistics.
  • The successful candidate will be willing and/or able to teach in a hybrid or remote modality.

Cómo solicitar 

Please submit the following materials through the hiring portal at:

  • Letter of application, including a statement/ information regarding:
    - applicant’s teaching philosophy, research plan (including how they foster intradepartmental and/or interdepartmental connections), and experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities.
    - applicant’s vision for promoting student interest in Spanish Studies.
    - the applicant’s commitment to the Jesuit model of educating the whole person.
    - how the applicant meets other required and desirable qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial, with official available upon request)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two additional references to be available upon request)
    - Confidential letters of recommendation must be e-mailed directly to the primary recruiter:
    - Non-confidential letters of recommendation may be uploaded by the applicant along with other required documents.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (small portfolio of sample syllabi, faculty evaluations and student teaching evaluations from most recent position)
  • A representative sample of scholarship, e.g. an in-press or published article, dissertation chapter, etc.
  • Applicants invited for an on-campus interview will be asked to provide a videotaped teaching demonstration from one of his/her classes.


A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.


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