Assistant Professor of Spanish (Fall 2019), School of Arts and Letters

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Position in Spanish Language

Truman State University


The Department of Classical & Modern Languages in the School of Arts & Letters at Truman State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Spanish to begin August 12, 2019.  The position requires a Ph.D. in Spanish; ABD (with Masters in Spanish) will be considered.  This is a full-time, term position with a one-year contract renewable for up to three years. 

Responsibilities:  Teaching responsibilities include providing classroom instruction in lower and upper division Spanish curriculum, including courses in Spanish Translation, Spanish for the Medical Professions, and/or other upper-division courses depending on departmental needs and candidate’s preparation. Additional duties include mentoring of students and providing service to the department and university.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in Spanish at the university level
  • Evidence of superior performance in graduate level courses
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish
  • Strong oral and written skills in English
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs, including preparation in Spanish translation and/or medical Spanish
  • Commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as a teacher-scholar
  • Evidence of mentoring students in transformative experiences such as undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, study abroad and cultural activities.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education.  The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. 

Program:  The Spanish program is part of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, which offers study in 11 languages.  With 12 faculty members, the Spanish program supports a Spanish major, Spanish minor, Spanish for the Professions minor, and a small, innovative Master of Arts in Education program in Spanish.  For more information about the program, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.                                            

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application: The application process is coordinated by the School of Arts and Letters.  Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at

Completed applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses applicant’s suitability for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development
  • Copies of the applicant’s complete student evaluations for the last 3 semesters
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation, with contact information for at least three references.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.  If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. James O’Donnell, Dean of the School of Arts and Letters, at

Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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