9.326 job in Spanish

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 326.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

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Faculty of Arts


Further Particulars

Applications are invited for a tenurable appointment to the position
of Lecturer in
Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages, to begin in July
1996. Applicants
should have strong research interests, be able to teach language at
any level in
addition to specialist courses in literature/culture/linguistics or
other areas, and
preferably have appropriate administrative experience. It is
expected that the
appointment will be made in the upper half of the Level B range

The responsibilities of the person appointed will be to:

- assume the headship of the Spanish Section

- take an active part in the teaching and research of the

- promote the study of Spanish across the University

- promote links with the ethnic community in Melbourne and
universities in Spain and
Latin America.

- supervise the Open Learning courses in Spanish.

Applications including Ref.95A125, curriculum vitae and the names of
three referees with
phone and fax numbers) should be sent to:

Alun Kenwood, Department of Romance Languages, Monash
University, Clayton,
Victoria 3168, Australia.

Tel: (61)(3) 9905 2265 Fax: (61)(3) 9905 2137

Email: AKenwood@arts.monash.edu.au

The closing date for applications is 15 January 1996.

Monash University, with campuses at Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton,
Frankston and
Gippsland, is one of Australia's leading universities. The main
campus, Clayton, is
attractively situated in the south-eastern suburbs of the city, close
to excellent housing
and pleasant countryside. The teaching facilities are excellent,
the library holdings
and information technology are comparable to those offered in other
universities, and the sporting facilities are extensive. A concert
hall and theatre
provide a cultural focus for the local community and offer a
first-class venue for local,
national and international programs of music and theatre. The
university also has
extensive premises and facilities in the central city area, from
where the University
runs the Open Learning Agency, the Monash-ANZ International Briefing
Centre and
business courses, seminars and conferences.

The commitment of the University to language teaching on campus is
evidenced in
many ways:

- its introduction of a bonus scheme for students studying a
language in their last
year of school

- the introduction of double degrees which make it easier to
combine a language
with studies in Faculties across the university

- its internationalisation program which is contributing
significantly to the
perceived importance of language study.

- and Study Abroad Scholarships which allows students to
complete part of their
Honours program overseas

Monash's Language Study Abroad Program, launched in 1994, is by far
the biggest of
its kind in Australia. The University has committed $500,000
annually to provide
major and minor scholarships (a minimum of $4500 and $1000
respectively) for
students to complete part of their studies overseas. In 1996, 5
honours students will
spend the first semester at universities in Argentina, Chile and
Spain, and two other
students will complete intensive language programs in Spain and Latin

Another feature of the University that will appeal to the younger
academic is the
University's clearly-articulated policy to select and support young
researchers who
have the potential to develop into future leaders of their

The Department of Romance Languages (French, Italian and Spanish) has
a current
staff of 14 full-time colleagues and 8 part-time tutors. The Head of
Department is the
Professor of rench, Professor Brian Nelson.

Spanish is one of 8 European and 9 Asian languages taught on campus.
With three
tenured members of staff, two part-time tutors and some teaching
support from the
Spanish Embassy, he Spanish Section teaches an undergraduate program
honours), an MA program by cursework and thesis, and offers MA and
PhD degrees
by thesis only.

First year courses are offered at beginners and post-year 12 levels.
Later year courses
combine a compulsory language component with a choice of cultural
Language courses are designed to develop a high level of
communicative competence
(including specialised registers such as Business Spanish and
translation skills) and
make use of multi-media and computer-based technology. Cultural
options are
designed to develop a critical awareness of fundamental areas of
Hispanic studies:
literature, film, cultural theory, civilisation and linguistics.
Multidisciplinary courses
are also available to students. Through the Centre for European
Studies, the Section
provides a multidsciplinary course on the Spanish Civil War and
contributes to a
course on contemporary European cinema. The Section also
collaborates with the
Linguistics Department in a course on Second Language Acquisition and
and with The Language and Society Centre in a course on Spanish for
the Professions.

The current student numbers in Years 1-3 are just over 100. Five
students are completing
honours this year, and five students have applied for honours in

Five candidates are currently engaged in postgraduate studies, and a
further four have
applied for candidature in 1996.

At present, staff are heavily involved in the preparation of a
multimedia course and
computer- assisted learning materials for Spanish, with a view to
publication. The research interests of the staff include pragmatics,
communication, the contemporary Spanish novel and women's writing in

The Faculty of Arts is distinguished by the variety and innovative
quality of its
offerings in the field of languages. Asian and European Studies have
been designated
as two of the three priority areas of the Faculty (the third being
Australian Studies).
In addition to the general Arts degree, specialised BA degrees are
available in
Languages, Asian Studies and European Studies. Combined degree
courses, which
usually involve at least an extra year of study, are also available
in Engineering,
Economics/Commerce, Law and Science.

The Faculty of Arts encourages multidisciplinary studies and
research, and has a
number of specialist centres which offer excellent opportunities for
collaboration in
courses and research.

The Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies is a
strong Centre, with
three specialist areas: critical and literary theory, cultural
studies, and comparative
literature. The Centre already enjoys the active collaboration of
many colleagues
from Language Departments and will offer considerable stimulus and
opportunity to
an applicant interested in its designated areas of teaching and

The Centre for European Studies is the first such centre to be
established in Australia
and provides a focus for multidisciplinary teaching and research in
many areas of
European Studies.

The Language and Society Centre is part of the National Languages and
Institute of Australia and conducts major research in areas of
importance to Australia. It also encompasses the Community
Languages in the
Professions Unit which designs community language programs for
special purposes
and cross-cultural communication courses for lawyers, social workers,
doctors and

The Language Centre holds material in over forty languages and
provides audio-
visual facilities, electronic classrooms, language laboratories, and
a library laboratory
for private study purposes. Its new director is actively involved in
promoting and
supporting research into the application of new technology to
language teaching.

Further information on the Faculty and the University can be obtained
by writing to
the Public Relations Office, Monash University, Clayton, Vic. 3168.
Tel. (61)(3)9905 2067.