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Modified Foreign Language Instructor

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder invites applicants for a full-time instructor position which includes teaching in and coordinating our Modified Spanish Program ( This program was established 30 years ago to accommodate students needing to fulfill the University of Colorado’s third-semester foreign language requirement, but experiencing extreme difficulty in mainstream foreign language classes. In Modified classes, teaching is multisensory and highly structured, content is covered at a slower pace, explicit instruction is provided for phonology and grammar, visual and auditory distractions are reduced, and there are pre-tests for all assessments. During any given semester of the regular academic year, one or two sections of each of the three levels of Modified Spanish are offered, with a limit of 14-16 students per class

This instructor will have an eight course per academic year teaching load, (four courses per semester) teaching one to two modified courses per semester plus Spanish language courses in our mainstream program. Coordination duties include curriculum development (textbook selection and/or creation of course materials), syllabus design, and supervision of, collaboration with, and support for the other one to three modified-course instructors. For purposes of annual merit evaluation, instructors are assessed at 85% teaching and 15% service obligations. Classroom teaching and coordination duties will both be considered as part of the teaching component. The successful candidate will receive a 3-year appointment and will undergo a reappointment review in order to be considered for a subsequent three-year appointment.   

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is a vibrant and diverse community of innovative scholars and students that are deeply engaged in the study of the languages, cultures, societies, literatures and arts of Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the growing U.S. Latinx population.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • An MA in Spanish or Second-Language Acquisition and native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • At least two years of experience teaching beginning and intermediate level Spanish as a second language at the post-secondary level.  Years of experience teaching while pursuing a degree may be counted for these two years.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. PDF List of  3 References with contact information. 
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for 1 reference and we will request a letter of recommendation immediately upon application from this reference. The other references listed on your uploaded PDF may be contacted later by the department. 

For full consideration please apply by March 22nd.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer