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Director of US Latino/a/x Studies

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Faculty

Official Title: Assistant or Associate Professor
Business Title: Director of US Latino/a/x Studies
Employment Class: Faculty
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: Competitive
FLSA Status: Exempt 
Terms of Employment: Tenure Track (Assistant Professor) or Tenure Possible upon Appointment (Associate Professor)
Position Summary:

The College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenure possible upon appointment) of US Latino/a/x Studies and Director of the US Latino/a/x Studies Program. The position is open to qualified candidates with a doctoral degree or appropriate terminal degree. Possible fields of degree could be, but are not limited to, US Latino/Chicano Studies, History, English, Spanish, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Women and Gender Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, or relevant disciplines, with an open tenure home. We are searching for an individual who will develop and support a US Latino/a/x Studies program through campus leadership, curricular development, scholarship, outreach/recruitment, and student mentorship.

Responsibilities include acting as Director of the US Latino/a/x Studies Program, which will entail developing a US Latino Studies certificate with the aim to develop a minor or major, developing and teaching relevant courses including an introductory US Latino Studies course, maintaining a productive research agenda relevant to US Latino/a/x Studies, advising and mentoring students, conducting appropriate service activities at Department, College, University community, and professional levels, and assisting with community engagement. More details outlined below.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is dedicated to creating a campus culture founded on four shared elements: Inclusive Excellence, Sustainability, Liberal Education, and Shared Governance. We have earned national recognition for our efforts in sustainability and the creation of the University Studies program (our general education program). UW Oshkosh invests in increasing the success and persistence of our underrepresented students.

A regional comprehensive university committed to the teacher-scholar model, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is part of the robust University of Wisconsin system —one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country. UW Oshkosh is the third largest university in Wisconsin with an annual on- and off-campus enrollment of nearly 14,000 students spanning three campuses in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and Menasha. UWO proudly serves the northeastern Fox Valley region, the state’s third most populous metropolitan area, comprised of several mid-sized cities along the Fox River. The Fox Valley offers a nice combination of amenities and relatively low cost of living and is within driving distance of Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. We are committed to delivering a high-quality education and a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue professional, occupational, and advanced academic degrees. Our students are a mix of traditional and nontraditional age, including many first-generation students.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.

  • Doctoral Degree or Appropriate Terminal Degree in fields such as, but not limited to, US Latino/a/x/Chicano Studies, History, English, Spanish, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Women and Gender Studies, Fine and Performing Arts, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated personal and/or professional engagement with US Latino communities in a way that enables partnerships and relationships that inform research and/or professional work.
  • College teaching experience.
  • An active research agenda relevant for US Latino/a/x Studies.
  • Experience in advising and mentoring students, especially those underrepresented on college campuses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • At least two years of college teaching.
  • Administrative, organization, and/or community leadership skills.
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the requirements of the position, including statements describing teaching philosophy and research or professional development interests
  2. A statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  3. CV
  4. Contact information of three professional references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation. (At least one reference must be familiar with the candidate’s teaching experience or potential)
  5. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (official or copy)

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by December 15, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

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Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

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UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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