Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice, Spanish & Portuguese

University of Arizona

Expired Full-time
Job Category
Job Type : Full-time
Posting Number

Spanish and Portuguese

Department Website Link

Medical Sub-Speciality

Main Campus

Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona seeks to fill a career-track position in Spanish with a specialization in Translation and Interpretation (non-tenure eligible) to begin August 2023. We offer an undergraduate major concentration in Translation and Interpretation. A Ph.D. in Translation Studies (Spanish-English), Spanish, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Experience in the development of translation curricula for an online environment and professional expertise or certification in translation and interpretation (connected healthcare and/or legal fields) are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and growing our Translation and Interpretation Program and collaborate with the University of Arizona National Center for Interpretation (NCI). They will also contribute to university initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students, including those from underrepresented communities.

This is not a remote position. As such, the successful candidate will be expected to work at the Main Campus in Tucson, AZ.

Alumni Jacquelynn and Bennett Dorrance have made a gift commitment of $5.4 million to endow the deanship of the University of Arizona College of Humanities to bring the humanities to the forefront of the University of Arizona's life and mission through a continuous and fearless spirit of open inquiry:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach a maximum of six courses a year (three per semester) at the undergraduate level
  • Contribute to curriculum development
  • Actively participate in efforts to recruit undergraduate majors and minors
  • Contribute to departmental, college, and university service and outreach efforts
  • Candidates will teach online and in-person courses as needed
  • Train and mentor new instructors and teaching assistants, and conduct professional development workshops
  • Participate in Departmental and College-wide activities such as Convocation, Welcome Back receptions, Homecoming, Commencement, Tucson Humanities Festival and support the mission and purpose of a Hispanic Serving Institution

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Professional expertise in healthcare and/or legal translation and interpretation
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and ability to mentor first-generation and heritage language learners
  • Demonstrated experience in online asynchronous teaching
  • Superior communication and collaboration skills

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Spanish or a related field at time of appointment
  • Demonstrated experience in online teaching and program and curriculum development at the college level
  • Demonstrated experience teaching in translation and interpretation
  • Demonstrated strategy with student recruitment and retention of majors and minors
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated record of sustained engagement in professional development in best practices in translation and interpreting
  • Professional experience and certification in healthcare and/or legal translation and interpretation
  • Experience teaching courses in translation and Interpretation
  • Experience in curriculum development for online teaching
  • Experience in innovating online college teaching.

To be Determined

Tenure Information
Career-Track (CT)


Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week


Work Calendar

Job Category

Benefits Eligible
Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay

Compensation Type
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies

Target Hire Date

Expected End Date

Contact Information for Candidates

For any Technical/Administrative questions, please contact:

Mary Portillo, Senior Business Manager

For any Academic/Position Details questions please contact:

Professor Katia Bezerra, Search Committee Chair

Open Date

Open Until Filled

Documents Needed to Apply
Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants should submit the following materials through the University of Arizona Talent System. Please upload the following: CV and cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved communities. In the additional document slot, upload a 1-page statement of teaching interests/philosophy. Finalists will receive a request for teaching evaluations. Once you've submitted your application and are selected for an interview, you will receive an email from the TALENT system requesting the contact information for your three references. Your professional referees will receive a request to upload their reference letters to the TALENT system. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
Job Location
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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