Assistant Professor - Spanish





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Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.


As the newest Spanish program in the entire CSU system, there are many opportunities for faculty to make innovative contributions at CSUCI. We are a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and forward-looking Spanish program. Our faculty are tirelessly committed in the classroom and equally engaged in scholarly pursuits, which in turn enriches our teaching. 

We are seeking a colleague who can engage and inspire students while contributing to the continued growth and development of a Spanish program that helps students transform their own lives and those of their families and communities. A large percentage of our students are the first in their family to attend college. We seek to assist them in acquiring tangible skills, knowledge, and expertise so that they can make a meaningful impact in the world.

Our Spanish faculty currently comprises two full professors, one associate professor, one assistant professor, and several lecturer colleagues. Given our small size, our tenure-track faculty teach a wide array of classes and thus are able to build strong connections with our students and serve as mentors along their path toward graduation and beyond. The Spanish program currently serves approximately 50 majors and 75 minors, with 100 students currently enrolled in our Spanish Translation and Healthcare Interpreting certificate programs. In addition to Spanish, the CI Global Languages and Cultures Program (in the School of Arts and Sciences) offers introductory courses in Chinese, French, Mixtec, American Sign Language, and Arabic.

At CI, a full-time teaching assignment for Assistant Professors typically consists of three classes per semester during the first two years of the appointment, followed by four classes per semester starting in the third year. Our faculty balance teaching with an active program of scholarship, professional development, and service on behalf of the program, the university, and the greater community.


Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics (any specialization in the field of linguistics) by August 2023. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply, but the Ph.D. must be completed by August 2023. 

Required Qualifications

  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and strong communicative skills in English
  • Knowledge of current second-language (L2) teaching practices
  • Ability to teach undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds, including first-generation college students and heritage speakers of Spanish
  • Ability to teach in multiple modalities (face-to-face, hybrid, online, etc.)
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly activity in linguistics (any specialization) with clear plans for future growth and development
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and/or training in translation and/or interpretation
  • Knowledge of heritage language teaching practices
  • Interest in teaching a wide array of undergraduate Spanish classes at all levels of the curriculum
  • Interest in service-learning pedagogies and/or community engagement

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Cómo solicitar 

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • Cover letter addressing Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a record of teaching experience and scholarly activities)
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application website.

Screening of applications will begin January 23, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.


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