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Company: University of Denver

This is a general posting that will serve to create a pool of applicants for adjunct faculty openings throughout the 2024-2025 academic year. Should we have an opening and be interested in pursuing your application, we will contact you with specific information.

Department Summary

The Center for World Languages and Cultures (CWLC) promotes engaged learning, teaching, and practice of the world’s languages and cultures; integrates languages and cultures into all disciplines and fields of study; and builds and supports interculturally competent communities through the exploration and experience of languages and cultures at the University of Denver with its local and global communities and partners. The CWLC is part of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), the University’s largest unit.

Housed in the CWLC, the first-year language program (FYLP) offers study in nine languages and aids students in experiencing the world through the lens of an acquired language, and in understanding cultures -their own and others – from a position different from their primary language and cultural identification. The linguistic contribution to intercultural competency – that is to say, understanding another culture in the language of that culture and not just through the translations and perspectives of a mother-tongue and culture – is integral to achieving personal, social, and professional successes in a multi-cultural and global future.

The CWLC is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion . Candidates must demonstrate an ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The CWLC at the University of Denver seeks to hire adjunct faculty in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish from an applicant pool for the academic year of 2024/2025. Adjunct faculty will teach 4 credit-courses for the first-year language program (1001, 1002, 1003).

Teaching load could consist of 1 to 3 sections of the same course per quarter based on candidate’s availability and departmental needs, for up to 6 sections per academic year. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience in teaching the first-year language program, versatility in inclusive pedagogy, and proficiency in communicative, task-based teaching methods. Candidates who demonstrate potential for teaching excellence will be strongly preferred.

Essential Functions

  • Job requirements for undergraduate classes include teaching a 10-week course on campus in 4 sessions of 50 minutes each per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • Creating lesson plans
  • Holding weekly office hours (either on campus or potentially virtually via Zoom video-conferencing depending on circumstances)
  • Collaborating with colleagues on assessment creation
  • Evaluating homework, quizzes, and exams including those for program assessment
  • Participating in group meetings and training led by the First Year Language Program Coordinator and the CWLC Director

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or ABD in language to be taught, in Second Language Acquisition, or in Education. Closely related fields will be given consideration as well.
  • Native or near-native fluency in language to be taught and English.
  • 1-2 years of previous teaching experience in the United States.
  • Evidence of a commitment to incorporate teaching methods to engage diverse student populations effectively.
  • Evidence of teaching using task-based, communicative methodologies which prioritize student-student interactions.
  • Experience or willingness to learn course management systems such as Canvas.
  • Availability to teach classes “face-to-face” in physical classrooms at the University of Denver.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in language to be taught, in Second Language Acquisition, or in Education. Closely related fields will be given consideration as well.
  • 3 + years previous experience teaching a university-level course as the primary instructor, especially with courses from the first-year language sequence.
  • Experience interacting with and effectively teaching diverse communities of students.
  • Experience working in a team, or under leadership of a coordinator.
  • Experience managing a course via Canvas.

Work Schedule

10-week sessions with classes held on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

While the University’s administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University’s academic calendars are posted on the registrar’s website: (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar here: ).

Application Deadline

For the Fall quarter, application review and interview process will start in May of 2024.

For consideration for the 2024-2025 academic year, please submit application materials by November 30, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Course Rate

The standard pay for one 4-credit course is $4,772.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver .

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

  • C.V., cover letter, teaching philosophy, and lesson plan for a day in an elementary language course.
  • Response to a question on inclusive excellence in the online application.
  • Names and contact information of three references.
  • The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers’ Rights (“POWR”) Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver’s Non-Discrimination-Statement .

    All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

    Advertised: March 21, 2024
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