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Lecturer in Heritage Spanish

The Ohio State University
Grandview, OH
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Apr 11, 2024

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Job Title:Lecturer in Heritage Spanish

Department:Arts and Sciences | Spanish and Portuguese

Position Overview

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a Lecturer in Heritage Spanish (non-tenure track) to join our team. This is an associated faculty position.

Performance Objectives

Successful candidates will teach up to 6 undergraduate courses per year (3 per autumn and spring semesters) in Heritage Spanish plus provide service developing partnerships and relationships related to Heritage Spanish in central Ohio; develop best practices in online Heritage Language instruction, as well as carry out the responsibilities of language instructor, including authoring and grading quizzes and exams; developing and contributing materials for communicative-based classroom instruction; interacting with students during regular office hours; attend meetings when required; participate in professional development workshops; demonstrate an on-going commitment to professional development; participate in the life of the department; contribute to a positive work environment; plus other duties and special projects as assigned, collaborate with our education abroad program(s), participate in data collection efforts.

Education and Experience Requirements

Required :
  • Master's degree in Spanish, Foreign and Second Language Teaching, or related discipline
  • Native or near-native fluency in Spanish, and English and familiarity with Heritage Spanish
  • Experience with, or commitment to learning, best practices in online language teaching
  • Record of excellence in teaching Heritage Spanish, especially at the college/university level
  • Strong understanding of current best practices in second language pedagogy and superior language teaching skills; familiarity with ACTFL standards
  • Commitment to outstanding undergraduate teaching, curricular innovation, and professional growth
  • Versatility to teach multiple levels, elementary through intermediate as well as availability to teach during day and evening hours, as necessary
  • Experience using basic technology such as Microsoft Office, Zoom, etc.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities such as attending a conference(s) and/or webinar(s), participating in a professional organization(s), and/or engaging in other scholarly inquiry that informs classroom instruction at least once per year (at a minimum).
  • Ability to teach either face-to-face or online language courses, as needed
  • Knowledgeable of best practices in online language teaching.

Desired :
  • Experience with outreach to Heritage Spanish-speakers in local high schools.
  • Ph.D. in Spanish, Foreign and Second Language Teaching, or related discipline
  • Familiarity with synchronous and asynchronous online tools for language teaching, Pearson's MyLab, and the Learning Management System Canvas (called "Carmen" at OSU)
  • Familiarity with Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs)
  • Prior coordination experience.
  • Candidates should demonstrate attentiveness to building a diverse intellectual community in alignment with Ohio State's shared values (see below).

How to Apply

Submit the following required materials via Workday application:
  • A brief cover letter that explicitly addresses the summary of duties and qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2-3 recent, complete sets of teaching evaluations from students
  • A teaching philosophy that discusses Heritage Language (L2) teaching and how it informs your classroom instruction

You may be asked to provide names and contact information for three reference letters at a later date.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Eugenia Romero at

Additional Information:
The College

With more than 80 majors and 100 minors, the College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of the university. The Arts and Sciences provides extraordinary opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, blending creativity and analysis to truly be at the forefront of thought. The breadth and depth of knowledge in the college gives students and researchers the critical thinking and adaptability essential for a lifetime of success.

Department Information

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese (SPPO) offers services and programming that reflect these values. Outside of SPPO, there are multiple opportunities to collaborate with other campus units and initiatives such as ODI (Office of Diversity and Inclusion), Latina/o Studies, CLAS (Center for Latin American Studies), and over 30 Latinx organizations and associations that recognize the needs of Latinx and Latin American heritage communities associated with OSU.

The University

Ohio State is a top-20 public university, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America's leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes ' list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions.

The Ohio State University's Shared Values include Excellence and Impact, Diversity and Innovation, Inclusion and Equity, Care and Compassion, and Integrity and Respect. Our university community welcomes differences, encourages open-minded exploration and courageous thinking, and upholds freedom of expression.

Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Positions are available in countless fields and specialties. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University.

In addition to being responsive to dual-career opportunities, we strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

Located in Ohio's capital city, Ohio State's Columbus campus is near the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation, and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available here. In addition to its Columbus campus, Ohio State has four regional campuses including Ohio State Lima, Ohio State Mansfield, Ohio State Marion, and Ohio State Newark, in addition to Ohio State ATI in Wooster.

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Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.

Location:Hagerty Hall (0037)

Position Type:Regular

Scheduled Hours:40

Shift:First Shift

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