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Assistant Professor of Spanish

Southwest Minnesota State University
Job Description
Salary and TermsPart-time (75 -91.67%), nine month* fixed term position.  Salary placement is based on education, experience, and concurrent enrollment assignment.
Appointment Date: August 2019
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin April 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
Position Description:
This position's primary focus is mentoring high school teachers offering introductory and intermediate Spanish language courses through our concurrent enrollment program; it also includes teaching introductory Spanish classes on campus as needed. Teaching load will be no fewer than 18 credits, not to exceed 22 credits per academic year, based on concurrent enrollment needs of SMSU’s College Now program.  Duties include maintaining communications with high schools, department, and College Now personnel; reviewing syllabi, conducting assessment to insure rigor and quality of the program, conducting site visits, and offering assistance to teachers to improve their teaching of Spanish Language and Culture; and supporting the on-campus Spanish minor through advising and engaging in service to the university and community.  SMSU, in its commitment to meeting the service needs of the region, expects faculty to engage in regional service, education or study as part of their community service responsibility. 
  • Master’s degree in Spanish or related field required.
  • Native or near-native speaker is required.
  • Documented commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Demonstrated abilities/competence in instructional technology, including online instruction is preferred.
  • Student-centered approach to education and a commitment to helping grow the Spanish program.
  • Must have understanding of and appreciation for liberal arts.
  • SMSU is committed to fostering a global perspective. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to teach and work with person from diverse backgrounds.
The University: Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system.  SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships.  Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions.  The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings.  Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities.  The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.
Application Data: Letter of application addressing position qualifications, vita, student evaluations, and transcripts should be attached to your application.  To apply, please complete the application at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at:
*Nine Month Appointments- Along with all other Universities that are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, standard faculty appointments are for 168 duty days distributed over any nine consecutive months.  The nine months need not align with the traditional academic year and may be changed every two years.  Initial faculty appointments at SMSU are expected to be similar to or the same as the academic year unless otherwise indicated on the vacancy notice.
Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State system and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  SMSU is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. SMSU does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. Women, diverse populations, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be able to lawfully accept employment in the United States.  Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Affirmative Action Office, 507-537-6208.  For TTY communications, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.  This vacancy notice is available in alternative format upon request. 
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