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 Lecturer of Spanish and Program Coordinator - Henderson, Nevada, United States

Job information
Posted by: Nevada State College 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Insurance
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 720268634 / Latpro-3654554 
Date posted: Dec-12-2018
State, Zip: Nevada, 89002


Location: NSC - Henderson

Thank you for your interest in Nevada State College. Once you start the application process you will not be able to save your work so ensure you have everything available to complete your application before you begin. Required documents to apply for the position are listed below in the posting. Your application will not be considered if you do not attach the required documents.

Job Description

Nevada State College (NSC) invites applications for a full-time Lecturer of Spanish and Program Coordinator to begin June 2019.

This position is supported by a recently awarded 5-year, $2.7 million U.S. Department of Education Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant. In Fall 2015, NSC became a recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution and currently serves a student population that is over 35% Hispanic/Latino. To meet the needs of our growing Latinx student population, NSC is expanding our course offerings for heritage Spanish speakers to help strengthen students' bilingual literacy. One goal of the DHSI grant is to produce more Spanish-English bilingual teachers who can meet the linguistic needs of Nevada's increasingly diverse PK-12 classrooms.

This position is for a twelve-month contract involving coordination of the emerging Spanish program and an instructional assignment of 24 to 30 credits per year (depending on coordinator duties). The preferred candidate, first and foremost, will be passionate about teaching and fostering student success among a highly diverse undergraduate student population. Primary teaching responsibilities will include elementary and intermediate Spanish courses for non-native and heritage speakers (with the possibility to develop and teach additional courses). Coordinator responsibilities (completed primarily during the summer) will include supporting the Department of Humanities' efforts in evaluating curriculum for a Spanish minor and developing new course proposals (e.g., Spanish for specific professions). The preferred candidate will also collaborate with our School of Education and DHSI team to support grant initiatives related to students' bilingual teaching certifications. This may include developing and administering Spanish placement and proficiency exams. 

About Nevada State College

Founded in 2002, Nevada State College (NSC) is a four-year public college located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada (adjacent to Las Vegas). We serve approximately 4,900 students who are highly diverse and largely underserved; a majority of our students are first generation, racial/ethnic minorities, parents, and/or returning students. As a teaching-oriented institution, our faculty focus on high-quality instruction, engaging learning experiences, and innovative techniques to improve student learning. Our faculty members enjoy the rare opportunity to mold the college as it continues to grow into a cornerstone of higher education in southern Nevada. NSC faculty work in state-of-the-art facilities that feature "smart" classrooms and use the learning management system Canvas to deliver online courses and supplement instruction in in-person and hybrid courses. The average class size across campus is 27 students, with most classrooms built to accommodate 40 students and online courses capped at 30 students. For more information about NSC, watch this video about student life at NSC.

At Nevada State College, we celebrate the storied backgrounds of our campus community. We operate with a shared commitment to represent and serve the diverse population of Nevada and to encourage the exchange of ideas that respects and honors the lived experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We foster a culture of inclusive excellence so our members can live authentically, fully engage, and flourish. To strengthen the college and progress its mission, we dedicate ourselves to intentional and ongoing reflection to meet the evolving needs of NSC, the surrounding communities, and the State of Nevada.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Teach 24-30 credits per year depending on coordinator responsibilities.
  • Teach introductory and intermediate level Spanish courses for non-native and native speakers.
  • Evaluate curriculum and develop coursework for Spanish minor.
  • Develop and administer Spanish placement and proficiency exams.
  • Serve on departmental and college-wide committees (e.g., the DHSI steering committee).

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. in Spanish, second language acquisition, or related field expected by date of appointment.
  • Near-native fluency in Spanish and English.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and the ability to teach:
    • first- and second-year Spanish for non-native speakers
    • Spanish for heritage speakers I & II
  • Experience with or dedicated interest in developing a new Spanish program
  • Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship (NSC does not sponsor visas for international employees).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience or dedicated interest in working with a diverse student population.
  • Experience teaching Spanish for specific careers (i.e., Spanish for educators/business/medicine/law enforcement/etc.).
  • Experience teaching special topics in Spanish or Chicano/Latinx culture.
  • Experience with web-based learning management systems.

Rank, Salary, & Benefits

  • Lecturer, 12-month renewable contract (non-tenure-track).
  • Budgeted salary for this position is $50,000 per year for 12-month appointment.
  • Three-unit course release in first semester to support teaching development
  • Excellent benefits, including 14.5% retirement match, 11 paid holidays, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, family educational benefits, and two health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.

NSC is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and racial minorities. Direct questions to Caitlin Hippler, Administrative Assistant, at(see application details).

The review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions for Internal NSHE Applicants

Nevada State College employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the "Find Jobs" process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at Nevada State and other NSHE institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site.



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter that addresses your qualifications and ability to perform the primary responsibilities
  • Current vitae (CV) listing relevant qualifications and experience
  • Teaching philosophy addressing your approach to teaching and the practices you use to help students acquire and retain a second language
  • Student evaluations with narrative comments and/or peer observations from a Spanish-language course
  • Up to two additional documents demonstrating effectiveness in teaching that are written in Spanish  (e.g., sample demonstrations, assignments, or feedback on student work)
  • Contact information for three references [References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process]

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in their cover letter. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

Nevada State College does not currently sponsor Visas, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.


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