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Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer – Italian 2024 – 2025


Position Title:

Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer – Italian 2024 – 2025


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Salary Range:


$8842 per 4- or 5-unit course





The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks applicants for a Quarterly Adjunct Lecturer (non-tenure track) position to teach Italian for Spanish Speakers during the 2024 – 2025 academic year. Other specific assignments will be made according to the academic qualifications of the individual and programmatic need. The successful candidate will teach no more than two courses in any quarter and no more than four total courses over the fall, winter and spring quarters. Santa Clara University is on the quarter system, and the quarters are 10 weeks long with an 11th week for final examinations. All classes will be presented in-person, however, if the county health and university health conditions deteriorate, the successful candidate may be asked to teach part of the course online.


Basic Qualifications


• Ph.D. in Italian Studies with native- or near-native level fluency in Italian and English. Candidates with ABD or MA and commensurate teaching experience in Italian Studies or closely-related field (5-7 years of college or professional teaching) will be considered.


• Demonstrated excellence in teaching Italian at the college/university levels and in teaching Italian for Spanish Speakers. Preference will be given to outstanding candidates who, in addition to TA experience, have a record of excellence in teaching Italian courses at least two or more years at the University level, and experience teaching Italian for Spanish Speakers


• Excellent communication skills and collaborative skills.


Preferred Qualifications


• Experience and expertise with communicatively-oriented, proficiency-based language instruction, ACTFL WorldReadiness Standards, and instructional technologies.


• Ability to teach courses that connect with other disciplines (STEM, Business, Public Health, Environmental Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Art and Art History, Film Studies) and SCU Centers of Distinction (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics) are also highly desirable.


• Demonstration of inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of diversity and equity,


• Demonstrated experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.





Fulfill all responsibilities associated with teaching assigned courses, including but not limited to:


• Teach no more than two courses per quarter and no more than four courses over three academic quarters (fall, winter, spring).

• Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively;

• Assigning and evaluating assignments that align with the course description and course learning outcomes, and providing timely feedback to students;

• Holding regular weekly office hours on campus;

• Submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline;

• Administering numerical and narrative evaluations for all courses;

• Teaching from an approved syllabus for the University Core courses assigned or work with the Chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee

• Work in conjunction with Language coordinator on course development, pedagogy and assessment.




This position does not require any service duties. You may be invited, but not required, to attend department meetings or activities.




Course start dates vary by quarter:


● Fall 2024 – Contract Start Date: September 1, 2024; Fall classes begin: September 23, 2024


● Winter 2025 – Contract Start Date: December 16, 2025; Winter classes begin: January 6, 2025


● Spring 2025 – Contract Start Date: March 1, 2025; Spring classes begin: March 31, 2025






To be considered for the position, the following documents MUST be submitted [Position is open until filled]:


• Letter of interest, specifying qualifications, teaching experience

• Teaching Philosophy statement

• Current curriculum vitae

• Evidence of teaching excellence, such as teaching evaluations and sample syllabi

• Teaching demo recording


Upon Request:


References and graduate transcripts should be made available upon request.


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Work Authorization:


Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.


EEO Statement


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