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Company: Portland State University

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
The Department of World Languages and Literatures plays a central role in preparing the students of Portland State University to function in the global community. Because we believe that language is central to that ability, we offer instruction in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese. The Department is committed to teaching for proficiency. All of our language classes are designed to develop functional skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking for eventual use in a broad variety of real-world settings.
Position Summary
The Spanish program in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University invites applicants to join our team of Second-year Spanish for Heritage Speakers instructors. As an Adjunct Instructor of Second-year Spanish for Heritage Speakers, you will teach Spanish 201H, 202H, and/or 203H. Each course follows a set program (syllabus, schedule, scope and sequence, textbook) provided by the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Liaison. Our courses are communicative in nature, and our priority is to support our students in achieving their academic and language goals, and to share our enthusiasm for Spanish-English bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy.

Required availability for
Course: Second Year Spanish for Heritage Speakers

SPAN 201H, 202H, 203H

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 1400-1550

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Teach courses in the Second-year Spanish for Heritage Speakers sequence according to the needs of the program, following the program provided by the SHS Liaison.
• Support students in achieving the established learning outcomes.
• Present concepts to students in a clear, coherent manner, and provide constructive feedback in a timely manner.
• Create a supportive and inclusive learning environment for students of diverse cultural, economic, social and educational backgrounds.
• Evaluate student learning in accordance with the course design, and provide academic support and counseling as needed.
• Collaborate with other faculty and staff within the Spanish Section to support student success.
• Maintain regular communication with students and the SHS Liaison, including meeting as needed.
• Support Spanish Section efforts to recruit and retain students, as well as place them appropriately.
• Maintain regular office hours. Teaching faculty members are required to schedule a minimum of 2 hours of office hours per week during the term(s) that they teach, and be available to their students by appointment.
• Complete instructional duties and all required paperwork in a timely manner, including maintaining a complete record of student grades, providing students with a midterm grade report, reporting final term grades via the university’s grade reporting system, and providing the SHS Liaison, upon request, a complete record of student grades.
• Comply with all department and university policies, including PSU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Minimum Qualifications
• Master’s degree (or higher) in Spanish, Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Language Acquisition, Spanish Literature, or equivalent degree
• Either a Master’s level credential or two years’ experience teaching Spanish for heritage speakers or learners
• At least two years of experience teaching Spanish at the college level
• Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and in English
• Ability to develop curriculum catered to Spanish heritage speakers
• Complete instructional duties, including grade reports and any other required paperwork, in a timely manner
Preferred Qualifications
• PhD specific to the Teaching of Heritage Languages or Heritage Language Acquisition
• Demonstrated ability to differentiate instruction and utilize other pedagogical strategies in order to meet the needs of a diverse student population
• Experience incorporating online materials in teaching language
• Experience developing and implementing communicative, student-centered, and proficiency-oriented activities for teaching Spanish to adults
• Membership in MLA , ACTFL , COFLT , or other related professional association
Key Cultural Competencies
• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Environmental Stewardship
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.
Required Professional Standards of Conduct
At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at
Compensation Adjunct faculty members are paid per credit hour per the AFT Collective Bargaining Agreement which can be found at

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Additional Information
Required availability for
Course: Second Year Spanish for Heritage Speakers

SPAN 201H, 202H, 203H

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 1400-1550
Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No Background Check Required Yes

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Posting Close Date 09/15/2024 Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Filled

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