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Department Chair Search

September 8, 2016

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for the position of tenured Full or Associate Professor of Spanish who would also serve as the Department Chair, to begin July 1, 2017. Scholars specializing in Latin American Studies with expertise in hemispheric relations, social and cultural transformation, global affairs, border studies, or transnational cultural studies are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarship, excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, considerable management experience, and a proven ability to lead a thriving multidisciplinary department at a Hispanic-serving university on the path to becoming Tier 1.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers vibrant undergraduate and graduate programs, including an MA in Spanish, a BA in Spanish, a BA in Modern Languages Studies, minors in French, German, Russian, Spanish, Comparative Literature, Foreign Languages, Spanish, and Linguistics, and courses in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, and Japanese. Our Spanish graduate program is unique to the San Antonio area with foci in literary studies, cultural studies, and linguistics. The department also houses a graduate translation certificate and an undergraduate Media Studies component.


Responsibilities include:

  • Forging and Implementing long-term departmental goals

  • Recruiting students and faculty members

  • Developing the curriculum

  • Fostering faculty development and leadership

  • Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses as appropriate

  • Maintaining an active research agenda

  • Contributing to the university and community through service activities


Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Spanish, Latin American studies, or linguistics

  • Native or near-native knowledge of Spanish and English

  • Management experience

  • Evidence of an ongoing research agenda with extensive publications


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level

  • Evidence of ability to secure grants and external funding

  • Interest in Digital Humanities and Multimedia


Applicants must apply online at Applications require a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two publications, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of administrative philosophy, and three letters of recommendation by November 1, 2016.

Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire.


UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Tenure is contingent on Board of Regents approval.


Contact Information:

Santiago Daydi-Tolson, Interim Chair


Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The University of Texas at San Antonio

One UTSA Circle

San Antonio, TX 78249

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