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Department Chair Search Underway

September 13, 2017

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 Department Chair at the rank of a tenured Associate or Full Professor, to begin July 1, 2018.  Candidates should demonstrate considerable management experience, and a proven ability to lead a thriving multidisciplinary department at a Hispanic-serving university on the path to becoming a Tier 1 research institution.  Candidates are also expected to have a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and exhibit a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity.  We seek a candidate with any area of specialty relevant to a language department of the 21st century, such as transnational literary and cultural studies, global affairs, cyber security, linguistics, language acquisition and teaching, digital humanities, media studies, translation studies, or any other field applicable to language studies.  Primary expertise in Spanish is preferred; candidates with primary expertise in French, German, Japanese, or Russian will also be considered.

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, East Asian Studies, Foreign Languages, and Linguistics, and courses in 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 graduate certificates in Translation and Interpreting Studies and in Linguistics, as well as 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 any relevant language discipline

  • Considerable management experience

  • Evidence of an ongoing research agenda with extensive publications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of ability to secure grants and external funding

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

Applicants must apply online at and submit online a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a 25-30 page writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of administrative philosophy, and three letters of recommendation by November 1, 2017. Preliminary screening interviews will take place at the MLA convention in January.  

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:

Marita Nummikoski, 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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