Associate Professor or Professor & Department Chair – Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in New York

John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
City University of New York



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John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) located steps from Lincoln Center at the cultural heart of New York City under the leadership of a new president, Karol V. Mason. John Jay is an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice and committed to the advancement of justice and just societies around the world. John Jay is an Hispanic-serving institution; it is ranked third in the nation in black student success and is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

Founded in 1964, John Jay College is known for preparing its 15,000 students to serve the public interest as ethical leaders and engaged citizens. A public liberal arts institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees and participating in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the College offers traditional criminal justice-related programs and a growing portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs. These highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Students can choose from 31 majors, 13 master's degree programs, and two doctoral programs.

In 2011, the college opened a new 600,000 square foot building with a black-box theater, state-of-the-art lab space, a moot court, and a variety of virtual learning settings. Over the past 12 years, the college has experienced unprecedented faculty hiring and expansion of its curricular offerings. John Jay College is committed to diversity and inclusion and seeks colleagues who thrive in multicultural academic environments.



The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York invites applications for the position of department chair. We anticipate filling the position at the level of associate professor or professor with tenure, effective 2019.

The Department of Modern Languages offers a B.A. in Spanish with a concentration in Translation and Interpretation and a concentration in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, a Spanish Minor, and certificate programs in English/Spanish translation and interpretation. It also offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Portuguese.

The department chair is the executive officer of the department and shall carry out the department’s policies and goals. The chair is expected to be a leader in fostering professional development of senior and junior faculty, staff and students, as well as in the recruitment and retention of talented full-time and adjunct faculty. The chair must represent departmental and faculty interests with administrators, other departments, programs and units, outside agencies, interested individuals and groups. Duties related to the administration of the department include managing the departmental budget, preparing annual class schedule, supporting department faculty, evaluating faculty performance, creating and executing a short and long term strategic plan, managing curriculum development and assessment, promoting the recruitment and retention of students, and fostering an environment of mutual respect and inclusiveness within the department.

The Chairperson position is an elected position voted on by the department faculty every three years as per PSC-CUNY contract.



QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS A Ph.D. in Spanish, Translation/Interpretation Studies, or in a related discipline such as Applied Linguistics (Spanish) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. institution; prior academic administrative responsibility with evidence of successful budget and personnel management; excellence in teaching; and a distinguished record of scholarly activity appropriate for tenured appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor. We are looking for candidates who can provide visionary and progressive leadership and are able to lead and manage a department with a commitment to teaching, research, and service in a Hispanic-serving institution.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS / PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Evidence of successful academic program planning and development, including the ability to work with faculty to create and implement a shared vision for excellence and innovation; experience cultivating strategic partnerships and acquiring grant funding; demonstrated commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity, including community and global outreach; ability to teach a second language; experience with online learning.



CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.



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Once you have registered or logged in with your user name and password, upload your cover letter, resume, a one page teaching philosophy statement, a one page administrative philosophy, and a sample of a refereed publication. Please upload all your materials as one document. Please send three confidential letters of recommendation to: Erica L. Wise Department of Modern Languages and Literatures John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York 524 West 59th Street, 7.65.01 212-237-8577

Official transcripts are not required at this time, but will be required upon employment.



Initial interviews will be conducted at MLA.
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until December 1, 2018.



CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

Job Title: Associate Professor or Professor & Department Chair - Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Job ID: 19194

Location: John Jay College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular



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