Assistant Professor of Spanish-English Translation/Interpretation

Updated: 10 months ago
Location: Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA

Position Details

Position Information

Working Title Assistant Professor of Spanish-English Translation/Interpretation
Position Number 1870
Posting Number F1392
Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Arts and Letters
Department 100022 - Foreign Language Dept
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
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Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No

Position Summary Information

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Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information

The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Spanish-English Translation/Interpretation to start August 2020. Specialization in translation and/or interpreting or closely related field is required. We are especially interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Teach translation/interpretation courses in Spanish-English. Teaching load will be 3/3 with optional summer course (if available).
• Work closely with the coordinator of the Translation and Interpretation Minor, as well as coordinators of the Business, Legal, and Medical Spanish Professional Minors, in advising and recruiting students in the professional minors.
• Perform community outreach to establish strong collaborations through internships and service-learning opportunities.
• Maintain an active scholarly research agenda in the area of specialization.


• PhD (ABD considered-PhD completed by appointment date) in Translation/Interpreting Studies (required) or related field from an accredited U.S. or equivalent non-U.S. institution.
• Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English is required.
• Experience teaching translation/interpreting.

Preference will be given to applicants with:
• Relevant professional experience in the field of translation and/or interpretation.
• Specialization in business or medical translation/interpreting.
• Evidence of successful or demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; and demonstrated publishing record or evidence of scholarly potential in the field of specialization.
• Certifications in translation/interpreting from reputable accrediting bodies.
• Experience in community outreach, particularly with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
• Ability to teach professional language courses in another language offered in the FLLC department, particularly Italian.

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Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 10/10/2019
Beginning Review Date 11/11/2019
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2020
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We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

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Additional Posting Information

To apply visit or go to and reference posting number F1392. Applicants will complete a faculty application and submit the following:
1. Cover letter. The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate’s research interests, teaching experience and philosophy (specifically in translation/interpreting), and contributions or potential contributions to the diversity of the classroom, program, and university.
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness. Evidence of teaching effectiveness may include course syllabi and course evaluations, if available (attach as Other Document #1)
4. One sample of scholarly writing, which can include an article, published proceeding, and/or dissertation chapter (attach as Other Document #2)

The names and contact information for three references will be requested as part of the application. Each reference listed will receive an email requesting that they submit a reference through the JobLink system.

Review of completed applications will begin November 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the position contact the search chair, Dr. Marianne Mason,

JMU’s Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit

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