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Assistant Professor, Spanish

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As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, located in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is a student-centered department with a collegial and friendly faculty and staff.  The Department offers B.A. and M.A. degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates, and is known for excellence in research, teaching and service to students and the community. For more information about the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, please visit our website at http://mll.cah.ucf.edu .

The Opportunity

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-earning assistant professor position in Spanish, with a concentration in Latin American literature, anticipated to begin on August 8, 2023.

The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s mission by pursuing an active research agenda, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and providing service to the department, college, and university.  The appointment carries a 3/2 teaching load.

UCF is a metropolitan, Hispanic serving institution (HSI) that promotes a diverse and inclusive environment and is home to a growing and diverse student population of over 70,000 students, making it the largest university by enrollment in Florida. It is at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor where industries include software, defense, space, simulation and training, and entertainment. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research. Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation and one of the world’s best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. Learn more about UCF at http://www.ucf.edu/faculty.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Spanish with a specialization in South American literature from an accredited institution at the time of appointment.  Native or near native fluency in both Spanish and English is required.  Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level. 

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to those who have experience with Southern Cone literature.  The preferred candidate will also have experience in teaching upper-division courses and in a variety of teaching modalities (online, hybrid, and face-to face).

Special Conditions

The selected candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship, now or in the future.

Additional Application Materials Required 

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, https://www.ucf.edu/jobs/.   In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload: (1) a letter of application indicating qualifications for the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) a list with contact information for three (3) professional references. 

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to Dr. Lisa Nalbone at Lisa.Nalbone@ucf.edu.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (https://hr.ucf.edu/ )

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger , and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) - Modern Languages and Literatures

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at  http//www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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