Advanced Assistant / Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino/a Studies


Smith College invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position to begin July 2018. We seek a scholar interested in developing new interdisciplinary curriculum that engages cultural geography for the Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies and the Department of History. Fields in which we are seeking to deepen our curriculum include: black geographies and their histories, and
studies of science, technology & society. We seek candidates who have a track record of bridging quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and who bring the vision and experience to lead the Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies (LALS).

Ph.D. is required in Latin American Studies, History, Geography, or a related, relevant discipline.

Fluency in Spanish is required; Portuguese and/or other languages of the Americas desirable. Also required is evidence of: a respected scholarly research program; at least three years of full-time teaching and advising; and experience in roles of institutional (or departmental) leadership. The
successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to teach and mentor underrepresented students.

Teaching responsibilities include core courses in LALS, from introductory to advanced levels, including a methodology course and thematic classes related to the successful candidate’s expertise and interests. They also include at least two courses each year in the History Department that are
cross-listed with LALS, and so candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work in this field (e.g., advanced degree and/or graduate training). Because this position bridges traditional disciplinary and institutional boundaries in a liberal arts setting, candidates with expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data (archival, visual, numerical, cartographic, environmental, and/or GIS) are encouraged
to apply.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty members teach two courses each semester and enjoy a generous sabbatical policy. Along with teaching and research, faculty mentor and advise undergraduates, and contribute to Program/Department and College service.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research
projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life, including programs in Latin American Studies. Smith College hosts a Spatial Analysis
Lab, and many interdisciplinary programs that offer possible sites of collaboration, including Africana Studies, Environmental Science and Policy, Landscape Studies, the Study of Women and Gender, and Centers for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability and for Global Studies.

Further details about the LALS Program and Department of History at Smith may be found at and

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, a writing sample of ca. 25-30 pages, and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017.
Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum is at the heart of our mission and vision for the College. Smith is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants
to make such requests as necessary. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Smith College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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