Utah State University

Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures (Logan Campus)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(11/15/2022 11:42 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
World Languages & Cultures
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) at Utah State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month, academic-year, position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Translation and Interpretation. For this teaching-centered faculty position, we seek to hire an individual with experience teaching, research and/or professional praxis in Translation and Interpretation Studies. This position is located on the Logan campus, but will also provide instructional support to USU’s statewide students and campuses. This individual reports to the WLC department head. The anticipated start date is August 2023.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach undergraduate theory courses in Translation and Interpretation Studies in English
  • Maintain an active profile as a researcher and/or practitioner in Translation and Interpretation
  • Collaborate with the WLC department head, Section Coordinators, and other faculty members across the department in the creation of a departmental certificate/minor/major program in Translation and Interpretation Studies
  • Develop a curriculum that envisions aspects of human rights, social justice, and a meaningful understanding of cross-cultural communication in healthcare and legal settings
  • Carry out program development in Translation and Interpretation Studies
  • Participate/Teach in the “Bridging the Gap” Interpreter program
  • Build partnerships with local, state, national, and global entities to enhance student opportunities in Translation and/or Interpretation
  • Coordinate student internship and practicum experiences
  • Facilitate extra-curricular activities related to Translation and/or Interpretation


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD related to Translation and/or Interpretation in a language taught in the WLC department by August 15, 2023, or a Master’s degree with at least five years professional experience as a Translator and/or Interpreter
  • Native or Near-Native Spanish language proficiency
  • Evidence of teaching or professional excellence in Translation and/or Interpretation
  • Experience in the area of Healthcare and Legal Translation and/or Interpretation
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in an additional language from the WLC (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, and/or Russian)
  • Experience with program and/or curriculum development in Translation and/or Interpretation Studies

Required Documents

Review of applications begins December 15, 2022, and continues until the position is filled. Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV (to be uploaded to the candidate profile)
  2. Contact information for three professional references (to be collected as part of the online application).
  3. Cover letter that addresses the position’s responsibilities and minimum qualifications (to be copied and pasted into a fillable field within the application)

Please direct questions to Dr. J.P. Spicer-Escalante, Search Committee Chair, at jp.spicer@usu.edu. Do not send application materials to this e-mail address.  Please use the application link above. The committee may request additional materials later in the selection process.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The recently formed World Languages and Cultures Department explores our connections to the peoples and communities around the world through language and culture. We are a unique and diverse department and believe an essential part of becoming an educated person is understanding oneself and how we connect with people worldwide. We offer programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Linguistics, and Intensive English, as well as Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. Our department also is home to the Master in Second Language Teaching program. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to fostering interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity, and increasing curricular and research coverage of areas that intersect with principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The College’s faculty actively undertakes research projects that reach into every aspect of the modern world, creating understanding and effecting change in important ways.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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