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Department of Spanish & Portuguese - Assistant Professor in Transoceanic Early Modern Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 15th, 2020

Last review date: Friday, Oct 16, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Oct 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Davis is dedicated to goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As part of our university’s mission to grow as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), we invite applications for a tenure-track position in Transoceanic Literary/Cultural Studies (1492-1820). Research should focus on metropolitan Spain and on spaces of Spanish colonialism, such as the Americas, Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Philippines. A focus on comparative race, gender, and empire studies is highly desirable.

The appointee is expected to teach a broad range of graduate and undergraduate courses in peninsular, transatlantic, and colonial Latin American literatures and cultures. Applicants should possess native or near-native language competency in Spanish and English. Knowledge of other languages relevant to Spanish colonialism is desirable. The ideal candidate should have expert knowledge of circuits of colonial-era literary and cultural production operating between metropolitan Spain and the Spanish empire. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional promise as scholars and teachers and have the ability to mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The successful applicant will be able to contribute to the shared governance and intellectual life of the department and the larger UC Davis community. A PhD in Spanish or any other related field is required and must be in hand prior to the first day of classes on September 22, 2021. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 30, 2020.

Applications are to be submitted via Recruit at:

Only complete applications will be considered by the Search Committee. A complete application includes:

• A Letter of Application
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Writing sample (e.g. a published paper or dissertation chapter)
• 1 set of Teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence
• 3 confidential letters of reference

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Letter of Application

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Writing Sample - Published paper or Dissertation chapter

  • Teaching Evaluations - 1 set of evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required