Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish (Academic Affairs)
Lexington, KY, United States of America

Job Skills / Requirements

Transylvania University (, a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college of 1,000 students in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. This is a one-year, non-tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2020. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract a diverse faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, research and mentorship of students from a variety of backgrounds, a key goal of our Project One initiative. Candidates are encouraged, in their cover letter, to identify their strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community.

Job Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, teaching a range of courses in Spanish language, literature and civilization, and working collaboratively with members of the Foreign Language Program to ensure the vibrancy of the Spanish major and minor. The teaching load consists of three courses per semester, plus one short-term course in May that offers additional opportunities for innovative courses (3-3-1). The university also has an excellent faculty development program that competitively funds faculty (and student) scholarly and artistic projects.


A Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature or Hispanic Studies preferred. Also preferred is college level teaching experience and specialization in Latin American literature. The applicant must demonstrate a commitment to teaching, collegiality, and working collaboratively with other faculty and with students both within the Foreign Language Program and across disciplines within a liberal arts environment. Transylvania seeks a faculty member with a critical perspective on issues of diversity and multicultural experience.

To begin the application process, please submit one PDF that contains all of the following: your curriculum vitae, your unofficial graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation (including one that speaks to your dedication to the Spanish language and Hispanic literatures). This PDF, along with your cover letter, may be submitted by clicking the Apply Now button above. If you have confidential letters of recommendation, please have those sent to Deadline for submission is March 15. By April 30th, you will be notified if we would like to interview you. Send questions specific to this search to Professor Qian Gao, search committee chair, at

Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 41 majors and 38 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1,000 students. The university has an excellent faculty development program that competitively funds faculty (and student) scholarly and artistic projects.

Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the university community. In support of this goal, we seek qualified candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply. 

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Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Educational Assistance

This job reports to the VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of the University

This is a Full-Time position

Number of Openings for this position: 1