Jackson School of International Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Studies – Lecturer, Full-Time

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Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Language and Culture
Full-time Lecturer (code 0179)
Stroum Center for Jewish Studies/Jackson School of International Studies
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
University of Washington, Seattle

The Sephardic Studies program at the University of Washington is quickly becoming one of the leading centers for research and teaching of the Sephardic experience in the United States. As part of our growing undergraduate and graduate program, we seek a full-time lecturer (9 month service period) in Ladino language and culture to assume the position of Ladino language instructor and researcher. This appointment is for an initial term of two years. Open disciplinary specialization including Linguistics, Sephardic Studies, Jewish Studies, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Romance Languages, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, or History; candidates with requisite training from other disciplines also to be considered. Foreign language instruction experience preferred.

Responsibilities will include classroom teaching, research, training graduate students from a variety of disciplines, working to develop the new Sephardic Studies Program and its Digital Library and Archival Collection, service to the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies/Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and engagement with local communities through public scholarship. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Ladino required (with a strong preference for knowledge of Hebrew scripts, including competence in rashi and soletreo). PhD or advanced PhD status are required by date of application. Normative course load is four courses over three quarters of the academic year. At least two courses to focus on Ladino language instruction at beginner and more advanced levels; the other course(s) to focus on Ladino culture or related themes tailored to the candidate’s discipline and the needs of the host departments. Priority will be given to applications received by April 17, 2015.

To apply, please submit the following materials as PDFs by email to: jsisempl@uw.edu
– Letter of interest
– CV
– Transcripts
– Three letters of recommendation (may be sent directly to jsisempl@uw.edu by referees)

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as protected veterans, or status as qualified individuals with disabilities. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.


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