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Instructor of Italian

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

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Type of Position:

Faculty - Non-Tenure

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:

Academic Term (Fixed Term)

Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department of World Languages

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a non-tenure track Instructor in Italian to start in August 2024. This is a standard full-time, nine-month faculty appointment. Appointment is for a period of one academic year. We seek a candidate with a strong and developing national reputation, one who demonstrates curiosity in emerging technologies and novel approaches to traditional methods.

The Instructor of Italian will teach classes in Italian language, culture, and literature across a range of levels. The instructor will participate actively in curriculum development and co-curricular activities in the Italian section and in allied programs and may also have course coordination or supervisory duties. The teaching load for this position is four classes per semester of Italian language and culture classes across a range of levels. Familiarity with technology-based instruction and current best practices in world language pedagogy will be considered favorably. The instructor will also be expected to organize and assist in co-curricular activities related to the Italian Program such as the Italian language table, monthly cineforum, Italian Club activities, and others.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

About the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:
The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures promotes an international understanding and global academic exchange. Through the Center for World Languages, courses in 13 languages and participation in many interdisciplinary programs across campus, faculty members empower students to become proficient communicators and acquire a working knowledge of cultures and literatures around the world.

Duties will include:
• 100% Teaching


Minimum Qualifications:

With submitted materials, the candidate must demonstrate:

  • Master’s degree in Italian Studies, Italian Literature, L2 Pedagogy with a focus on Italian, or in a related field conferred by the start of employment

  • Native or near-native proficiency in both Italian and English

  • At least two years of demonstrated teaching experience at an US college and university and evidence of quality teaching

  • Demonstrated familiarity with technology-based instruction

  • Demonstrated familiarity with synchronous and asynchronous online tools for language learning

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Search committee chair, calabret@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The committee will begin evaluating applications on March 7, 2024, full consideration date, but will consider applications received after the full consideration date as needed.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, at calabret@uark.edu.

Applicants should submit the following materials:
• Cover Letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Teaching Statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy)
• Three current work-related letters of reference. Recommenders should submit their letters via email to janav@uark.edu. Candidates are responsible for making certain that letters are received.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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