Assistant Professor - Spanish - #001246

Western Carolina University
March 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:$62,000
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Working Time:Full time
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Posting Information

Posting Number FAC625P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // Classification Title Assistant Professor Working Title Assistant Professor - Spanish - #001246 Department World Languages About WCU

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America's Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU's main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.

Position Summary

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

Western Carolina University's Department of World Languages department seeks a 9 month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish to teach face-to-face at our Cullowhee campus, with an anticipated start date of August 2023. Review of applications will begin one month after the posting date and will continue until position is filled.

The teaching load for this position is 3-3, and the budgeted starting salary is $62,000, which includes excellent benefits.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Spanish, Spanish Linguistics, Romance Languages (w/ Spanish concentration), Latin American Studies, Latinx Studies, Applied Linguistics, or closely related field. Regardless of specific degree, candidates must have at least 18 graduate credit hours in Spanish and demonstrate advanced language skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in both Spanish and English. Candidates must have two or more years of experience teaching various levels of Spanish language courses at the college level.

This position is open to candidates that are legally authorized to work in the U.S. and do not require the immigration-related sponsorship of WCU.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who:

(1) have an active research agenda above and beyond the publication of their dissertation, and who can articulate a reasonable plan to meet and exceed scholarly requirements for tenure and promotion at WCU;

(2) demonstrate innovation and excellence in teaching in the classroom and promoting student engagement outside the classroom in co- and extra-curricular activities;

(3) have experience or strong interest in developing and/or leading short- term, faculty-led study abroad trips and promoting semester and year-long study abroad programs.

(4) demonstrate potential for growth into leadership positions in the department and beyond.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 9

Posting Text

Open Date 02/14/2023

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin one month after the posting date and continue until position is filled.

Applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for consideration.

Interested applicants must include the following attachments: 1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree and conferral date 4. List of references with complete contact information

Additionally, a minimum of two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly from the referees to Professor William Lehman at [email protected]

For questions or additional information, please contact Professor Will Lehman at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • List of references
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