Job Details

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Position Number: 2082693
  • Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Foreign Languages & Literatures


The High School Academic Program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts announces a vacancy for a full-time high school Spanish faculty position to begin in the fall semester of 2021.

School/Department Information:

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a high school Visual Arts program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the state's only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts.

The High School Academic Program (HSAP) provides approximately 275 adolescent artists in grades 9-12 with rigorous instruction within the core disciplines of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages, leading to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school diploma. Student artists are highly motivated, passionate, and creative in their arts and academics classes. While they matriculate to UNCSA for the rigorous arts conservatory training, they also expect rigorous training in their academic classes. Across departments in the HSAP, class sizes average around 15 students per section.

Further information about our unique HSAP can be found by accessing this document:

The UNCSA high school World Languages department consists of one Spanish and one French faculty member, dedicated teachers who value collaboration, diversity, innovative teaching, professional development, lifelong learning, intellectual rigor, and most importantly, the development of the student artist. Level 1, Level 2 and Advanced (level 3 sometimes 4) are offered in each language. In Level 2 and Advanced, students from all over the world with different language learning experiences join the classes of students who took Level 1 at UNCSA. Within the basic three-level framework, faculty have the autonomy to design curricula and instruction to meet the needs of their unique and diverse students and subject area.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The UNCSA High School Spanish instructor is responsible for designing their curriculum for four (4) sections of high school Spanish classes, Spanish 1, Spanish 2 (2 sections), and Advanced Spanish (level 3) for students in grades 9-12.

In addition to teaching their classes, the instructor will be available to students for individual help outside of class as needed, conduct placement testing for new students at the beginning of the year, attend faculty meetings, serve on faculty committees as appointed or elected, and fulfill other duties as assigned by the Dean of the High School Academic Program.


Candidates should demonstrate a passion for high school teaching, a commitment to collaboration with colleagues, and a dedication to support the artistic and academic lives of students.

Ideal candidates will have a…

  • demonstrated passion and knowledge for one's subject and one's curriculum with an ongoing commitment to intellectual and professional growth

  • demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate engaging classes.

  • demonstrated interest in educating the whole adolescent artist

  • demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work and be able to speak credibly about what this commitment looks like in one's classroom

  • demonstrated commitment to collaboration with colleagues across disciplines

  • demonstrated advanced-level conversational fluency in Spanish and English

Ideal candidates will be…

  • emotionally mature with the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations

In lieu of a cover letter, please submit written responses to the following three questions:

  1. Why do you want to teach high school Spanish at our Arts Conservatory?

  2. How does your teaching address systemic inequalities and engage groups that are historically marginalized in a Spanish classroom because of the impact of racism, classism, nativism, ableism, sexism, or other factors?

  3. How do your previous experiences distinguish you as an exceptional candidate for this position?

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