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 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Spanish - Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: James Madison University 
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: Other
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: 728928045 / Latpro-3829883 
Date posted: Oct-07-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22801


Position Details

Working Title Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Spanish Position Number 5768 Posting Number F1723 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Arts and Letters Department 100022 - Foreign Language Dept Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No

About James Madison University

We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.
General Information
The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track in Spanish at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022. We are seeking candidates prepared to teach language courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.

This hire forms part of a multi-department cohort hire in Latinx studies in the College of Arts and Letters, the largest academic unit at JMU. Home to ten academic departments, several interdepartmental programs, and 269 full-time faculty, Arts and Letters is the intellectual home of humanities, social sciences, communication, and media programs at JMU. Our Latinx cohort hire will bring six and perhaps as many as seven new colleagues specializing in media, rhetoric, communication, creative writing, sociology, and romance languages. This cohort will join recent hires in Latinx US history, politics, and anthropology to build on already existing strengths across a variety of fields and intellectual areas. Harrisonburg is home to a vital Latinx community with whom JMU has a deep history of interconnection. This is an exciting time to join a college-wide effort to enhance research, teaching, and scholarship in this vital area of work.

A complete description of this cohort hire may be found here:

The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers 11 languages. It consists of 27 full-time faculty committed to fostering relationships between faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community. Our mission is to advance understanding, promote racial equity, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world. We promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as our department's core values as we strive to be a welcoming community where global cultures, languages, and communities are celebrated. The faculty are active in professional fields at the national and international level and are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education.
Duties and Responsibilities
We are seeking candidates prepared to teach language courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. We are particularly interested in candidates that have research interests that focus on the Central American and/or Latina/o/x populations and engage the broad contours of Latinx Studies.
We are particularly interested in candidates that have research interests that focus on the Central American and/or Latina/o/x populations and engage the broad contours of Latinx Studies. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of excellence in teaching Spanish at the university level, as well as courses in Hispanic, Latin American, or Latinx literatures and cultures. Experience in teaching Introduction to Literatures in Spanish literature is a plus. Applicants must have native or near native fluency in Spanish and English. Familiarity with the use of multimedia technology in the classrooms is preferred.

Candidates must demonstrate their potential to maintain active scholarly research programs. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required, although the Department will consider exceptional applicants at the advanced dissertation stage.
Conditions of Employment
Per the Governor's Executive Directive #18, new JMU employees upon hire must disclose to the University Health Center their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are required to be tested weekly.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Posting Date 10/06/2021 Beginning Review Date 11/06/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2022 EEO Statement
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
Reasonable Accommodation Request
If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.
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Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
Minimum Reference(s) Required 3 Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting Additional Posting Information
To apply, visit or go to and reference posting number F1723.

A complete application submission includes:
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter.
    • The candidate's cover letter should speak to a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching as well as the candidate's contributions or potential contributions to diversity within the classroom, program, and university.
  • The names and contact information of three references.

Review of completed applications will begin November 6, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the position contact the Spanish search chair, Dr. Tomas Regalado-Lopez ().

JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit


Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary


Bachelor's Degree

Job type

Full time


See job description.


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