Department of Spanish & Italian

Faculty Job Openings

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Spanish

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The Department of Spanish & Italian at Wake Forest University seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2019. Initial two-year appointment, renewable. Nine courses over two years (2-2-2-3), including language courses. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish. PhD in Applied Linguistics or Second Language Acquisition with a concentration in second language pedagogy completed at time of appointment. Candidates must have demonstrated experience and an active research program in language proficiency (ACTFL standards and assessment), curriculum design, and/or technology-enhanced language learning as well as interest in departmental service in these areas. Applicants must have a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching and to second language instruction in Spanish. Wake Forest University welcomes diversity and encourages inclusivity, and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top 30 national universities, and ranked 11th in teaching among national universities. With 5,100 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to

Please send letter of application, CV, sample of research, statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, three letters of recommendation, and a syllabus you designed for a Spanish course by November 20, 2018 to Interfolio at the link above. Inquiries may be sent to

Information for job applicants

Positions in Spanish and Italian are posted on academic job websites including the Modern Language Association (MLA) and specialized professional organizations.

For all teaching positions, the following prerequisites apply:

  • native or near-native proficiency in the language(s) to be taught and in English;
  • a strong commitment to (and experience with) undergraduate teaching;
  • proficiency with computers and instructional technology; and
  • an advanced degree (MA for visiting instructors, PhD for professors, whether visiting or tenure-track).


Applications are accepted through See the individual job advertisement for the required application materials.

Interviews and Campus Visits:

Initial interviews are conducted via Skype or phone. Invitations for campus visits will then been issued to finalists. Campus visits include:

  • Meeting members of the department and touring the campus and its facilities
  • Interviews with the Dean or Associate Dean, Department Chair(s), and, for a tenure-track position, the Provost or Associate Provost.
  • Teaching a class. (Materials for the lesson will be sent to the candidate before the visit.) Faculty members in the Department will observe the class.
  • In the case of a tenure-track position, a presentation on a topic in the candidate’s research area that is suitable to a general audience of faculty in literature and language, about 30-40 minutes (with subsequent time for questions). This talk should be in English since not everyone in the audience may be proficient in the candidate’s other language(s).
  • In the case of non-tenure-track, teaching professional positions, a presentation focused on teaching philosophy, methodology, or pedagogy, including specific approaches to foreign language instruction and/or to any areas that are specified in the job announcement description