Chair Search: Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah

The Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah invites applications for the position of Chair, to commence July 1, 2012. Area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure. Initial appointment as Chair will be for three years, renewable upon review. Salary and benefits are competitive.

The Department seeks an accomplished scholar-teacher and a dynamic administrator. The successful candidate should have an earned doctorate in literature, cultural studies, and/or linguistics, broadly defined, in one of the languages taught in the department, with an established record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service, as well as experience as a successful administrator. She or he should be able to articulate an academic vision for foreign languages and literatures and a clear strategy for fostering excellence in teaching and scholarship. The Chair should be able to demonstrate an ability to encourage and facilitate research and grant activities among the faculty and solve problems creatively and cooperatively.

The Chair reports directly to the Dean of the College of Humanities, supervises the Department’s budget and oversees the recruitment, mentoring, and tenure and promotion of faculty. One crucial responsibility of the chair will be to focus on development and outreach through strategic planning and networking with alumni and other individuals and organizations.

The Department of Languages and Literature is the largest and most diverse in the College of Humanities. Our multicultural community has 30 tenure-line and 13 auxiliary faculty members teaching across 20 languages with a wide range of specializations and theoretical approaches in the fields of literature, cultural studies, and linguistics. The Department offers the BA degree in Chinese, Classics, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS), French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Our graduate emphases include Master of Arts degree in CLCS, Spanish, French, German; Master of Arts degree in World Languages with Utah secondary teacher certification; Master of Arts degree in Language Pedagogy; and the Doctoral degree in CLCS and Spanish. For more information about the Department and the College, please see and

Interested candidates are invited to apply online at: Please address letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of confidential references to Professor T. Richard Chi, Chair, Search Committee. All files will be kept confidential. Applications received before December 2, 2011 will receive full consideration.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information:

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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