Second-Year Spanish Coordinator (Five-year Renewable Term Instructor or Lecturer)
The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma seeks a highly qualified and diverse applicant pool for the position of Second-Year Spanish Coordinator. This hire will lead our successful Spanish language program serving thousands of students per semester in a vibrant university town. The city of Norman, home to our flagship university, has been ranked the 6th best small city in the United States by CNN Money Magazine and offers a wide variety of activities in the arts and athletics. For information about the department, please visit http://modlang.ou.edu/; see below for more information about OU.
The successful candidate will coordinate the second-year (intermediate) Spanish program as well as assist and collaborate with the First-Year Spanish Coordinator. The position is a 9-month faculty appointment with a five-year renewable term and carries a teaching load of 16 credit hours (4-5 classes) per year in lower-division Spanish. Coordination duties include but are not limited to: syllabus and assessment design; recruiting, supervising, evaluating and assigning experienced instructors as well as new graduate teaching assistants; planning workshops and orientations; program evaluation and revitalization; scheduling courses; and enrollment management.
Minimum requirements: M.A. in Spanish, Foreign Language Education, Second Language Acquisition, or a related field; minimum five years’ experience teaching Spanish to non-native speakers at the college level; evidence of teaching excellence; demonstrable leadership and people skills; native or near-native fluency in Spanish and excellent command of English.
Preferred qualifications: Experience coordinating a language program, ACTFL OPI certification, prior supervisory and/or management experience.
Instructions to apply:
- Priority deadline is October 15, 2016; applications may be considered until the position is filled. Note: there is no online application for this position.
- All application materials will be sent with subject line “Spanish Coordinator Application” via email to Dr. Grady Wray, Search Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org); letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover.
- Required materials:
- A 1-2 page cover letter detailing how the candidate’s experience meets the job requirements and will enable her/him to excel in this role. Please make specific reference to: teaching excellence, leadership experience, and vision with regard to supervising others.
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
- MA (and PhD if applicable) transcripts.
- Minimum 2 complete sets of recent teaching evaluations including student comments.
- Three letters of recommendation under separate cover. At least one letter must be from a current or former teaching supervisor. All recommenders must have direct experience with the candidate’s teaching, leadership, and/or supervisory abilities.
Review of complete applications will begin shortly after Oct. 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype by early November, followed by campus interviews with short-listed candidates in late fall or early spring.
The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.
In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars, with 311 scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit soonerway.ou.edu for more information.
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.