LINGUIST List 31.3336

Mon Nov 02 2020

Jobs: Portuguese; Spanish; General Linguistics: Chair of Department, University of Arizona

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Date: 29-Oct-2020
From: Natalie Olson <>
Subject: Portuguese; Spanish; General Linguistics: Chair of Department, University of Arizona, USA
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University or Organization: University of Arizona
Department: Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Job Location: Arizona, USA
Web Address:
Job Title: Department Head, Spanish and Portuguese

Job Rank: Chair of Department

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics

Required Language(s): Portuguese (por); Spanish (spa)


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona seeks an established scholar with strong administrative experience who can provide energetic and visionary leadership as head of one of the largest departments of its kind in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees teaching and curriculum development, as well as assessment plans, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including the Basic Language program, and chairing dissertation committees and mentoring/advising doctoral and master candidates; Supports faculty, regardless of rank and status, graduate students, and staff professional development; Plans, oversees and administers academic budgets, and secures internal and external funding for students, staff and faculty; Sets and advances a long and short-term academic strategy for the Department in line with the College and University strategic plans and directions; Plans and oversees the recruitment and retention of undergraduate students graduate students, and faculty in the Department; Plans and oversees fundraising and alumni relations for the Department in collaboration with the Dean and Director of Development.

Fosters a culture of sponsored research and innovation in the Department.

The successful candidate will have a record of accomplishments in many of the following areas:
Cultivating, modeling and maintaining a positive and respectful environment and practices supportive of the professional activities, goals and achievements of students, faculty, and staff, regardless of rank and status; Identifying and promoting opportunities for potential growth of the unit. Demonstrating commitment to transparency and fairness in decision-making processes; Maintaining an inclusive, collaborative and accountable governance style; Communicating and meaningfully engaging with diverse populations in the Department, the University and the community at large; Supporting, rewarding and promoting visibility of scholarship and innovative pedagogical practices among faculty in the various disciplines of the Department, regardless of rank and status; Promoting recruitment and retention.

Minimum Qualifications:
An earned doctorate in Spanish and/or Portuguese or related fields (open specialization) with scholarly credentials commensurate with appointment at the rank of Full Professor at a Carnegie Research Intensive Institution by August 2021; Documented record of excellence in and commitment to teaching and curriculum development at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including the Basic Language program; Excellent communication skills (oral & written) in both English, and in either Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish; Demonstrated record of promoting inclusivity and diversity; Inclusive and collaborative decision-making and management style; Demonstrated record in effectiveness in planning, budgeting, and personnel management at a program level requiring high-level abilities or organization and prioritization; Proven effectiveness in planning, overseeing and administering academic budgets, and in securing internal and external funding for students, staff and faculty; Demonstrated Strong leadership skills with goal-setting and results-oriented disposition; Demonstrated record of recruiting and retaining majors, minors, graduate students, and faculty.

Review of applications begins December 11, 2020 for a start date of August 15, 2021. Visit the application link below to apply.

Complete applications must include:
- A cover letter,
- CV,
- Diversity Statement,
- Vision and Leadership Statement, and
- A Writing sample.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Mary Portillo
Phone: 1-(520)-621-1983

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