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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 719838
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Romance And Classical Studies 10004746
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

Academic Specialist- Teacher- Fixed-term

Position Summary

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University is seeking an academic specialist of Spanish with expertise in early modern Andean cultural studies with an intersectional and decolonial approach to Colonial Peru. This is a fixed-term, nine-month, academic year position beginning August 16, 2021. The position is not renewable. A PhD is required for this position. All degrees must be confirmed by degree-granting institutions at the time of hire. The successful candidate will engage in an active program of teaching, including three courses per academic year in the Spanish Program and/or teaching in the College of Arts and Letters' general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities. They will also conduct productive research in their area of expertise. This person will be expected to actively promote the academic culture of the department. They will assist with editorial duties related the the Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidad housed in the department. The successful candidate will assist with academic advising in the department. They will work closely with local school districts on outreach initiatives as well as develop collaborations with MSU programs focused on the Latinx population.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Hispanic Studies in hand by the time of appointment with specialization in Colonial Latin American Literatures with an emphasis in the Andean region and transhistorical approach to postcolonial Indigenous literature.
  • Native/near native proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • Working knowledge of Quechua.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary work.
  • Strong research focus and teaching interest in the following antiracist scholarship, anticolonialism, intersectionality.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit
  • A cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (published article or dissertation chapter)
  • A summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence
  • The names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on July 29,2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting Number 719838. For more information, contact Professor Miguel Cabañas, Chair of the Search Committee at
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a multicultural and multilingual unit, the department promotes awareness and understanding of contributions to knowledge, history and culture that have been made by members of diverse human groups and historically marginalized people in the United States and worldwide.(see for full statement)

MSU Statement

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