Adjunct Instructor, Spanish

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver offers programs in nine modern languages, including majors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, minors in those languages plus Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, and electives in Arabic and classical Greek.

Housed in the Center for World Languages and Cultures at the University of Denver, the First-year Language Program plays an integral role in the first-year experience by providing the coursework for the Common Curriculum Language Requirement.  After completion of the first-year sequence, students move on to the Department of Languages, Literature's & Cultures and the Department of Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies to continue their language study.    

The University of Denver is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Spanish program reaffirm these values and priorities in partnership with the University as a whole.

Position Summary

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences seeks qualified individuals to join our adjunct pool for possible, non-benefited, part-time teaching assignments in first-year Spanish at the University of Denver in the 2020-21 academic year.

Adjunct Spanish faculty members teach 4-credit undergraduate courses. The opportunity exists to teach both introductory and intermediate-level courses. The specific courses involved may vary from quarter to quarter and openings to teach these courses develop on a periodic basis, depending on departmental needs. At this time, we are searching for Fall 2020 instructors only, however the opportunity may develop to stay on for Winter and/or Spring courses.

Adjunct faculty are compensated at a rate of $4,150 per course, and may teach up to a maximum of six courses over three academic quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring). This posting will serve for multiple openings.

Hires for Fall courses are required to start September 1, 2020. However, we encourage applications from those unable to teach in the Fall but who would like to remain in our hiring pool.

Essential Functions

Adjuncts are expected to fulfill all responsibilities associated with teaching assigned courses, including:

  • Conducting all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared way.
  • Thorough, accurate and prompt correction of assignments, providing appropriate constructive feedback.
  • Attending periodic required meetings.
  • Participation in the University FOLA assessment process as outlined by the Language Program Coordinator.
  • Providing guidance and support to students.
  • Reporting student grades and attendance.
  • Holding regular weekly office hours for students.
  • Replying to email communication from students and colleagues promptly.
  • Maintaining accurate and complete student records.
  • Fulfilling other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Language Program Coordinator.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Superior proficiency level in Spanish and English.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, technologies, principles and practices of foreign language instruction.
  • Expertise and experience with ACTFL Standards-based teaching and assessment.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and an ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • Ability to learn and use DU's Canvas course management system.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively with underserved populations.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Spanish, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, Linguistics, or related field.
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • Experience teaching Spanish language and culture to high school or college/university students in the United States.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Spanish, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, Linguistics, or related field. 
  • Extended linguistic and cultural immersion experience. 
  • Experience teaching Spanish language and culture to undergraduate students in the United States. 
  • Demonstrated experience and accomplishments in active support of diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Experience with blended and online teaching modalities.

Application Deadline
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on June 22, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter addressing your qualifications and commitment to Inclusive Excellence (IE) in the classroom. To read more about DU's commitment to IE please follow this link:
  3. Two syllabi and/or sample lesson plans for elementary and intermediate language courses, proposed or actual. Other evidence of teaching excellence, such as sample assessments, link to video excerpts, and/or student testimonials, etc. are welcome.
  4. Names and contact information of three individuals that can serve as references.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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