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as of Spring 2014


Brian Castronovo


Vice President

Bernice Bass de Martínez



Suzanne Toczyski


Northern Representative

Parissa Tadrissi


Southern Representative

Sandra Pérez-Linggi


Past President

Edith Benkov

San Diego


CSU FLC Members
& Department Websites

CSU Bakersfield ~ Teresa Fernandez-Ulloa & Anthony Nuño,

CSU Channel Islands ~ Stephen Clark (chair) & Antonio Jiménez Jiménez,,

CSU Chico ~ Patricia Black (chair) & Antonio Arreguin Bermudez,

CSU Dominguez Hills ~ Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar (chair) & Miguel Dominguez,,, and

CSU East Bay ~ Monique Manopoulos (chair) & Marcelo Paz,

CSU Fresno ~ Kristi Eastin & Rosemarie Kuhn,

CSU Fullerton ~ Reyes Fidalgo (chair) & Sandra Pérez-Linggi,

Humboldt State University ~ Rosamel Benavides & Joseph Diémé,

CSU Long Beach ~ Markus Muller (chair) & Kiyomi Chinen,

CSU Los Angeles ~ Maria Costa (chair) & Gretchen Angelo

Maritime Academy ~ Robert Manheimer,

CSU Monterey Bay ~ Yoshiko Saito-Abbott (chair) and Donaldo Urioste,

CSU Northridge ~ Brian Castronovo (chair) & Adrian Perez-Boluda,

Cal Poly Pomona ~ Isabel Bustamante-Lopez (chair) & Amalia Llombart,

CSU Sacramento ~ Bernice Bass de Martínez (chair)

CSU San Bernardino ~ Rafael Correa (chair) & Elizabeth Martin,

San Diego State University ~ Anne Donadey (European Studies) & Alda Blanco (Spanish), (European Studies), (Linguists) and (Spanish). Also: LARC, (Director Mary Ann Lyman-Hager) + past president, Edith Benkov

San Francisco State University ~ Chris Concolino & Mohammed Salama,

San Jose State ~ Damian Bacich (chair) & Jean-Luc Desalvo,

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ~ John Thompson (interim chair) & Fernando Fabio Sanchez,

CSU San Marcos ~ Michael Hughes (chair) & Marion Geiger,

Sonoma State University ~ Christine Renaudin (chair) & Parissa Tadrissi, (note: Suzanne Toczyski, Sonoma, is FLC Secretary-Treasurer, non-voting).

CSU Stanislaus ~ Jason Winfree (chair) & Manuel Murrieta Saldívar,




  • To provide vision and leadership for the teaching of languages other than English and their literatures and cultures
  • To promote quality in the teaching of languages other than English and their literatures and cultures
  • To support the diversity of language programs across the CSU
  • To encourage research and scholarship in language, literature and culture
  • To share expertise among the CSU community
  • To promote collaborative endeavors within the CSU community and beyond
  • To promote internationalization of the curriculum




Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be "The Foreign Language Council of the California State University."

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this organization is to encourage the advancement and effective teaching of Foreign Languages in the CSU and the State of California.

Article III: Nature of Organization

The Foreign Language Council is an independent professional organization of professors of foreign languages in the CSU. To insure participation in foreign languages matters in California and the nation, the Council is affiliated with the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA) and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL).

Article IV: Voting Membership

1. Voting membership on the Foreign Language Council shall be made up of no more than two (2) full-time faculty members from each campus, one of whom shall be a Department Chair or Coordinator of his/her designated replacement. The second representative shall be nominated and elected by faculty members who teach foreign languages. If a representative cannot attend a meeting, the campus may send an alternate.

2. Membership for elected representatives of the Council shall be for two (2) academic years.

3. On campuses where languages are taught in only one department all Council representatives shall be elected from that department.

4. On campuses where languages are taught in more than one department, the departments involved, through consultation, shall decide how the two campus representatives are to be distributed among the departments. Once this distribution has been determined, representatives shall then be elected.

Article V: Officers of the Foreign Language Council

1. The officers of the Foreign Language Council shall be:
Representative-at-large (North)
Representative-at-large (South)

2. The officers shall be elected by the membership of the Council. The President and Vice-President shall be elected in odd-numbered years and the two Representatives-at-large in even-numbered years. The term of office shall be three (3) years for the Secretary/Treasurer and two (2) for all other officers. The term of office for each officer shall normally begin with the close of the spring meeting. In the event of special elections to fill vacated offices, the officer shall assume his/her duties immediately upon election. At least one of the Representatives-at-large shall be faculty member from a language other than French, German, and Spanish.

3. A Nominating Committee of five members shall be elected from the Council membership at the fall meeting and shall serve for two years. The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations from the membership, and shall prepare a slate of nominees. Any Council member may be nominated by petition signed by five voting members of the Council and submitted to the Nominating Committee. Nominations shall close no later than six weeks before the spring meeting.

4. Election of officers shall be conducted by mail ballot. Ballots shall be distributed by the Secretary immediately upon the close of nominations, and shall be returned by mail and postmarked no later than ten (10) days prior to the spring meeting. Each Council representative shall receive one (1) ballot. If no nominations are received or fewer than one-half of the current membership voted by mail prior to the meeting, officers may be nominated and elected from the floor at the spring meeting.

5. The President shall preside over all meetings of the Council and Executive Committee, and direct the affairs of the organization.

6. The Vice-President shall carry out duties assigned to him/her by the President, and shall preside in the absence of the President.

7. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep accurate records of the membership and proceedings of the organization, and shall have custody of these records. The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all Council funds, shall keep an accurate record of these funds, and shall prepare an annual financial report. The fiscal year shall be the academic year.

8. The Representatives-at large shall serve as a liaison between the Executive Committee and campuses, and shall facilitate the planning of the agenda for Council meetings.

9. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice-President shall assume that office through the current academic year. Any other vacancy among the officers shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Committee until the next regular election.

Article VI: Recall of Officers

1. If an officer does not carry out his/her duties, and by such neglect places the work of the Council in jeopardy, he/she shall be notified by the Executive Committee about the initiation of the recall process.

2. At least 25% of the voting membership shall be required to initiate the recall process. A signed written petition shall be sent to the Executive Committee.

3. Two-thirds (2/3) of the total membership of the Council shall be required to vote in favor of the removal of an officer to complete the recall.

Article VII: Operation of the Council

1. The Executive Committee of the Council shall be composed of the five elected officers, plus the (non-voting) immediate past president. The Executive Committee shall set the agenda for meetings, manage the budget and conduct the affairs of the organization.

2. The President in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint such additional committees and their chairs as needed to conduct the affairs of the organization.

3. The Council shall hold two (2) meetings annually one in the fall and one in the spring.

4. Additional meetings may be called by the Executive Committee, or by written petition from the majority of the membership to the Executive Committee.

5. A quorum shall exist when a majority of the campuses are represented at a meeting.

Article VIII Fiscal Affairs

1. Changes in the amount of the annual dues shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and voted on by the Council at the fall or spring meeting. The annual dues for the Council shall be by campus. Dues shall be collected by the Secretary/Treasurer.

2. A registration fee for each meeting may be required of each Council member attending the meeting.

Article IX: Amendments to the Constitution

1. Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed at any meeting or by written petition to the Executive Committee by at least 25% of the membership.

2. An amendment to the Constitution shall be adopted when two thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Council vote in favor of it.

3. Voting will be by mail, the schedule and procedures of which shall be determined by the Executive Committee.

Article X: Representation from the Chancellor's Office and the Academic Senate of the CSU

The Foreign Language Council may invite to Council meetings, the Chancellor of the CSU and the Chairman of the Academic Senate of the CSU, or their designated representatives, to serve as ex-officio, non-voting members.

This Constitution was ratified by the voting membership of the Foreign Language Council at its April 24, 1987 meeting in Los Angeles, California

It was amended on October 23, 1998.




October 3, 2008

WHEREAS all freshmen must have completed at least two years of high school foreign language study or its equivalent to enter the CSU; and

WHEREAS transfer students may not have met the minimum freshman requirements and are therefore disadvantaged; and

WHEREAS two years of high school foreign language study is generally considered to be the equivalent of one year of college work; and

WHEREAS the notion of "value added" by the Bachelors degree assumes that students build on previously acquired skills; and

WHEREAS the Access to Excellence statement of the CSU includes as an indicator of excellence  "an increase from entry to graduation in the extent to which CSU students gain and improve global understanding and foreign language skills so they  can compete in the global economy and participate  in a global society;”

Therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the Foreign Language Council urge the Chancellor's Office to require that all students earning a Bachelors degree from the CSU have coursework in a foreign language that exceeds the freshman entrance requirement so that they may truly have a "value added" experience;

And be it further resolved that this resolution be distributed to the Provosts in all twenty-three universities in the CSU system.




October 3, 2008

WHEREAS we, The California State University Foreign Language Council, believe that contact hours correlate with language acquisition and the amount of material one can cover in a semester, and

WHEREAS articulation agreements between California Community Colleges and the CSU system (Lower Division Transfer Pattern (LDTP)) require that transfer language classes meet minimum requirements of 4 semester units per course, and

WHEREAS the CSU Academic Senate has passed a resolution to assist with articulation between CSU campuses that utilizes LDTP course descriptors for CSU to CSU transfers and these protocols call for second-year Spanish courses to be a minimum of 4 units each, (

WHEREAS we believe intra-CSU transfer students should not have to repeat a lower division language course taken at another CSU before advancing to upper division courses at a different campus, and

WHEREAS we believe that study abroad in universities and colleges is an extremely valuable experience for our students and generally assumes a certain number of units of coursework in the target language, and

WHEREAS most commercially published textbooks assume 4 or 5 hours a week of contact time for a full year to complete a course,

Therefore, be it

RESOLVED that The California State University Foreign Language Council recommend that first-year language courses meet a minimum of four hours per week. This recommendation will not necessarily apply to heritage speaker classes and conversation classes.





April 16, 2004

WHEREAS, the California State University is dedicated to the serving the needs of the community and its diverse populations, and

WHEREAS, the population of California, with its ties to communities and countries throughout the world, is in a key position to foster cultural understanding and political and economic connections, and

WHEREAS, linguistic diversity is a key element in understanding the many cultures in California and the world, and

WHEREAS, the diversity of language offerings is threatened in many of our schools and universities, and an October 2003 report by the National Association of State Boards of Education warns that foreign language programs risk becoming a "lost curriculum," and

WHEREAS, the current situation in the world exemplifies the danger that arises when cultures are unable to communicate with and understand each other, and

WHEREAS, it is not always easy to predict which languages will be economically or geopolitically important to our nation in the future, and

WHEREAS, developing proficiency in the language and culture of a country requires many years of study,

Therefore, be it

RESOLVED that The California State University Foreign Language Council declare the diversity of language offerings in university departments to be a crucial aspect of the mission of the California State University, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Council enjoin its member departments to maintain diversity of language offerings with financial and programmatic support, and be it further

RESOLVED that the Council vehemently oppose any attempt to eliminate programs on the basis of temporary budgetary problems, misconceptions about the nature of linguistic and cultural study in our departments, or unwillingness to support the necessary diversity of our programs, and be it further

RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Charles Reed, Chancellor of the California State University, as well as the Academic Vice Presidents and Deans of the appropriate colleges at all twenty-three California State University campuses.



April 16, 2004

The current budget crisis in the state of California has been used on some campuses as a justification for raising course enrollment limits in various disciplines. The CSU Foreign Language Council, mindful of the Supplemental Budget Language that directs campuses to spare instruction wherever possible, strongly opposes any outside pressure on departments to raise enrollments.

Modern language pedagogy stresses the communicative approach, wherein students spend the vast majority of classtime conversing on topics relevant to their interests and skill levels. The linguistic elements and cultural input that form the basis of this communication are thus practiced and internalized under the supervision and with the guidance and corrections of the instructor.

Students in communicative language classes often work in pairs or groups, which makes the instructor's interaction with individual students even more crucial. The instructor's responsibilities in this mode of instruction include correct modeling of the linguistic elements being practiced as well as individual and group correction. Furthermore, instructors must work with students to develop critical thinking skills necessary to interpret cultural values and institutions. An excessive number of students in the class seriously diminishes each student's learning experience.

The longstanding benchmark enrollments for our courses reflect sound pedagogical practices that produce the desired learning outcomes. These benchmarks cannot be set aside without proper consultation, and must be modified only with the input of the faculty who best know their own discipline and the pedagogical expectations to which they are held.

Although we acknowledge the difficult budgetary situation, the need for cost-cutting cannot be allowed to undermine the quality of instruction. Increasing course enrollments in language courses is not merely an additional burden for the teacher; far more importantly, it prevents the students from experiencing sufficient meaningful practice in the language and results in a dangerous shift in the nature of the learning experience.



HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY invites applications for a full-time academic year Visiting Faculty position in French and Francophone African Anti-Colonial Studies for academic year 2014/15. An earned Ph.D., or equivalent, in French and Francophone Studies or related field from an accredited college or university is required at time of appointment. Specialization in Francophone Africa, including life experience and a second language from Francophone Africa, is preferred. Instructional assignments may include: courses in French language and Francophone culture levels I-VI; French, North-, and West-African literatures, cultures and cinema; conversation; and an off-campus Francophone retreat with students. Position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than April 2, 2014. Early response is encouraged. To review full vacancy announcement and to apply, please visit: HSU is a EO/Title IX/ADA Employer.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO, a Premier Metropolitan University, the Campus of Choice for Student, Faculty, Staff, and the Community announces a TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN CHINESE (MANDARIN). Department of Foreign Languages, Beginning Fall Semester 2014California State University, Sacramento invites applications from individuals interested in joining our dynamic and growing faculty.  With a current student population of about 28,000, Sacramento State, the capital University, is one of the larger campuses in the 23-campus California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the nation.  The University is organized around eight colleges. There are approximately 1,700 faculty who provide programs of instruction leading towards bachelor’s degrees in 60 disciplines and Master’s degrees in 40 disciplines, two joint doctoral programs, and one independent doctoral program.  Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a population of approximately 2 million.  Sacramento, a city and county with a very diverse population, was identified by Time Magazine in 2002 as “America’s most integrated city.”  As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous setting for premier academic programs.  As a major metropolitan university, Sacramento State is committed to providing leadership in addressing significant regional needs and to enriching our liberal arts tradition.  The proximity of Sacramento State to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research, internships, and employment. Minimum / Required Qualifications  Education:  A terminal degree, normally being an earned doctorate, in Chinese language (or an equivalent that prepares holder to teach Chinese (Mandarin) as a foreign language) is required.   Scholarly specialization is open; generalist acceptable.  Special Knowledge and Abilities, and Experience:  Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching language in a cultural context as well as a willingness to work with interdisciplinary Asian Studies program. A successful California State University, Sacramento faculty member promotes the values celebrated by a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university.  At Sacramento State, the quality of the education we provide is our top priority.  In addition to contributing positively to teaching and learning, faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community.  Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity.  In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population.  Preferred / Desired Qualifications  Candidates who are able to work effectively with a diverse student body as well as promote diversity are strongly desired. Preference given to candidates with native or near-native fluency in an additional language taught in the Department; as well as demonstrated leadership experience (e.g. department chair, program coordinator, or program adviser) and/or experience in preparation of high school language teachers. Interest (with experience) in building and enhancing the Chinese minor is a plus as well as experience with language-learning technologies including distance learning.  Assignment  Primary teaching responsibilities include Elementary, Intermediate, and Upper Division language, literature and culture courses.  In addition to teaching, assignment will include advising and mentoring students, engaging in scholarly and professional activities, and providing service to the institution and to the community.  Appointment  This is a tenure-track position where the rank upon appointment is open. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and professional experience.  Application Procedure  Review of applications will begin January 17, 2014; position open until filled.  Candidates should submit a letter of application addressing qualifications for the position; a current curriculum vita; a statement of teaching interests; evidence of teaching effectiveness; and the names of three recent professional references with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Submit application materials to:  Chinese Search Committee  Department of Foreign Languages  California State University, Sacramento 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6087   Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.  California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.  The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.  CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK  This position may be designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check.  The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.  In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Sacramento has made crime reporting statistics available online at .  Reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sacramento State, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, during the last three years, are included.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other safety matters.  Print copies are available in the Library, and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO, a Premier Metropolitan University, the Campus of Choice for Student, Faculty, Staff, and the Community announces a FACULTY POSITION IN SPANISH. Department of Foreign Languages, Beginning Fall Semester 2014MINIMUM / REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS      A terminal degree in Peninsular or Latin American literatureis required.   Scholarly specialization within these areas is open, generalist acceptable. Primary teaching responsibilities include elementary, intermediate, and upper-division language, literature, and culture courses, as well as graduate seminars in literature and culture.     Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching language and culture at all levels of the Spanish language curriculum, and must have native or near-native fluency in both Spanish and English.  · PREFERRED / DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (if any) Experience with language-learning technologies and translation is a plus.     Preference given to candidates with demonstrated leadership experience  (e.g. department chair, program coordinator, or program adviser) and/or experience in preparation of language teachers.     Candidates who are able to work effectively with a diverse student body as well as promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired. · ASSIGNMENT / DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  teaching, advising and mentoring students,  engaging in scholarly and professional activities,  providing service to campus and the community   ·  APPOINTMENT Rank:  Assistant/Associate Starting Date: August 2014   ·   APPLICATION PROCEDURE [what to submit & to whom & when to submit] letter of application addressing qualifications for the position,  current curriculum vitae;  statement of teaching interests;  evidence of teaching effectiveness  names of three references with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses  To whom:
Spanish Search Committee, Department of Foreign Languages  California State University, Sacramento 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6087.  For full consideration, applications must be received by January 17, 2014; position open until filled.  

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH College of Liberal Arts Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures LOTE – Single Subject Credential Program Position: Part-Time Lecturer Effective Date: August 19, 2013 – December 24, 2013 (Fall semester) January 21, 2014 – May 23, 2014 (Spring semester) Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience Minimum Qualifications Appropriate terminal degree in a discipline represented among the languages and departments of the LOTE program (French, German, Italian, Spanish) Evidence of expertise, successful experience, and currency in K-16 teaching of languages other than English (LOTE), including curriculum development, instruction and assessment Demonstrated potential for effective teaching at the university level appropriate to the assignment Commitment to and/or expertise in educating an ethnically and culturally diverse student population Minimum of 3 years of K-12 teaching experience or equivalent Currently or previously held clear single subject credential or equivalent in the subject area Desired/Preferred Qualifications PhD (ABD) in a discipline represented among the languages of the LOTE program Experience with baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate teacher preparation in languages other than English, including currency in teacher preparation theory, research, and practice Ability to lead to lead a LOTE program comprised of several languages housed in different departments Demonstrated experience with current online systems (BlackBoard, D2L, Online student management systems, etc.) and teaching in hybrid format Duties 6 units for the following duties: Assume a wide range of responsibilities associated with leading the LOTE program, including: coordinate the LOTE program (6 languages); represent the LOTE program in the Single Subject Credential program; serve as main liaison and point person with the CCTC; serve as the principal adviser to LOTE program students; coordinate scheduling and assignment of instructors in LOTE program courses; place students teachers; develop and maintain links between the LOTE program and the K-12 language teaching community; coordinate application and admissions review of subject matter competency requests; identify school sites for early field work and student teaching; Possibly teach 3 units of an introductory and subject-specific methods course in LOTE The Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures at California State University, Long Beach is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. California State University, Long Beach is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Required Documentation Letter of application indicating the specialized area(s) Resume or curriculum vitae, including a current email address Three current letters of recommendation (within the last 3 years, at least two of which must be from an off-campus reference) Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree Finalist will be required to submit signed SC-1 form and official transcript Application Deadline Position open until filled (or recruitment cancelled); Review of applications begins on July 26, 2013 Application, required documentation, and/or request for information should be addressed to: Dr. Markus Muller, Chair Dept. of RGRLL AS-309 California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd. MS 2009 Long Beach, CA 90840-2009 562/985-2670 or 562/985-4318 CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political affiliation, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH  College of Liberal Arts  Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures  Tenure Track Position Opening  Recruitment #: 2102  Position: Assistant Professor of Spanish with a Specialization in 19th - and 20th- Century Peninsular Literature  Effective Date: August 18, 2014 (Fall semester)  Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience  Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Spanish or related field or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2014.  Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English  Research and publication record commensurate with rank  Commitment to and/or expertise in educating a diverse student population  Desired/Preferred  Qualifications: Specialization in 19th- and 20th-Century Peninsular literature and culture  or related field  Experience or strong commitment to working in a foreign language department serving M.A. students, majors and minors in several languages  Experience teaching Spanish language, literature, and culture courses at the graduate (M.A.) and undergraduate levels  Publications in area of desired specialization or related field  Experience and interest in the use of technology and the development of hybrid or online courses  Background or experience in translation and/or multilingualism studies  Ability to teach another language offered by the department  Duties: Teach courses appropriate to disciplinary expertise and to the specific academic assignment: language and survey courses at the upper-division level; develop and teach courses in the area of specialization for the B.A. and the M.A. programs;  Maintain an active research program and profile;  Undertake grant writing and development projects that promote the departmental mission;  Collaborate in assessment planning and implementation;  Advance the department’s educational and research mission through curricular initiatives;  Collaborate with coordinator of the teacher credential program (Single Subject Program in Languages Other Than English);  Enhance departmental profile throughout the University and the Long Beach community;  Provide service to department, college, university and community committees as appropriate.  The Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures at California State University, Long Beach is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. California State University, Long Beach is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Required Documentation: Letter of application addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications,  Curriculum Vitae (including current email address and phone numbers),  copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree, and  list of three to five current letters of recommendation.  Finalists will also be required to submit a signed SC-1 form, three to five letters of recommendation (if not already submitted) and an official transcript.  Evidence of successful teaching (such as teaching evaluations or portfolio);  Sample publication.  Applications and required documentation should be submitted through:  AcademicJobsOnline (  Requests for information should be addressed to:  Cerise Dragicevich, Administrative Support Coordinator  California State University Long Beach  Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures  1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-2009  (562) 985-4318  APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications to begin November 15, 2013  Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)  CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, political affiliation, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

California State University, Fresno College of Arts and Humanities Modern and Classical Languages Vacancy # 12119 Mexican Literature Assistant Professor California State University, Fresno is an engaged University, we focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Available for Academic Year: 2014/2015. Fresno State has been recognized as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience. Instructional Level: Undergraduate and Graduate Position Summary:The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-division and graduate courses in Mexican literature and culture. All courses will be taught in Spanish. Courses may also include Advanced Conversation, Advanced Composition, Advanced Grammar, survey literature courses, Spanish-American literature, and colonial literature, and the course load is four courses per semester. The candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings, supervise and assist student research, and maintain a productive research agenda, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees, engaging in community service and outreach, advising students, and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. This position is part of a University-wide cohort hiring initiative in the area of Multiculturalism in the U.S., and as such, there are unique opportunities to pursue integrative research efforts, collaborative projects, and shared program/course developments within this cohort. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, and college. Overview:The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures offers bachelor's degrees in French and Spanish and a master's degree in Spanish. In addition, the Department offers credential programs in French and Spanish and also several minors: Classical Studies, French, German, and Spanish. We reach a wider population of University students through our General Education course offerings. The goal of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is to encourage multiculturalism and multilingualism in the Central Valley. This includes preparing students for communication in some of the important heritage languages of the San Joaquín Valley: Spanish, French, and Portuguese. The Master of Arts degree program in Spanish offers to its many students the opportunity to study with faculty who are active researchers with ambitious publishing and academic agendas. Taken as a whole, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is a collegial, dynamic and academically rich environment that makes substantial contributions to the University and California's Central Valley. Faculty Responsibilities:As educators, scholars, colleagues and community members faculty have a responsibility to uphold the standards and ethics called upon by the profession. Regular responsibilities include research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising students and engaging in service at all levels of the university. Required Education:An earned doctorate from an accredited institution or international equivalent in Spanish or a closely-related discipline such as Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, Trans-Atlantic Studies, etc. is preferred. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered; however, for continued employment the doctorate must be completed by 7/30/2015. Required Experience:Native or near-native ability in Spanish. The successful candidate must demonstrate a record of success in teaching excellence at the collegiate level. Furthermore, candidates must provide evidence of success in scholarly research on 20th and 21st century Mexican literature, and have the ability to continue this success as part of the tenure and retention process. The successful Job Opening 1 of 2 9/26/13 1:08 PM candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students of all genders from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in that area. For additional information on the University's commitment to diversity visit: Preferred Qualifications:Preferred candidates will also have the ability to teach graduate seminars in Spanish-American colonial literature. Application Procedures:To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 11/15/13. Complete an online application at and attach (1) cover letter outlining your interests in teaching and research; (2) current Curriculum Vitae listing contact information for three references not among letters of recommendation; (3) sample course syllabi; (4) copies of representative course evaluations. 4) Either attach or send directly to the Committee Chair three current letters of recommendation that address applicant's teaching and research abilities (dated within the last twelve months; not among references in C.V.); 5) unofficial graduate transcripts. In addition, finalists will be required to send official transcripts. Please note that materials will not be returned. Dr. Yolanda A. Doub, Search Committee Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, California State University, 5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB96, Fresno, CA 93740-8030. Email: Other Requirements:Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States. The Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department. The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site: Background Check:Necessary background investigations will be completed depending on the requirements of the position. Those could include, but are not limited to, processing of fingerprints through the Department of Justice and FBI, and degree and license verification. A conditional offer may be made based on the results of these verifications. Equal Employment Opportunity:All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.







Compiled by:  Patricia Miller, Director-
Barbara Ann Ward Language Center, CSU-Northridge
Spring 2007, from a variety of sources

Understanding access limitations

20% of the American population has a disability (the elderly included), that is approximately 55 million individuals.

Popular Resource

  • Video: Keeping Web Accessibility in Mind
  • Video: Experiences of Students with Disabilities


ADA Section 508 - Basic timeline and overview

  • Added by Congress to Title V of the Rehabilitation Act in 1986
  • Local, State & Federal Agencies that procure, maintain and/or use Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) must provide equal access for all persons with disabilities
  • 1996 Department of Justice ruling makes it clear that ADA accessibility requirements apply to Internet resources.  (
  • Accessibility is a universal issue that involves all disciplines
  • Academic freedom VS statutory requirement

The major categories of disability types are:

  • Visual ~ Blindness, low vision, color-blindness
  •  Hearing ~ Deafness
  •  Motor ~ Inability to use a mouse, slow response time, limited fine motor control
  •  Cognitive ~ Learning disabilities, distractibility, and inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

Common WWW Access Hazards

  • Cannot see graphics because of visual impairments
  • Cannot hear audio because of hearing impairments
  • Slow Internet connections and modems will not allow for easy download of large files
  • Poorly constructed/organized sites with unclear directions make navigation precarious for ESL individuals and for those with learning disabilities.

Access Mindful Hardware and Software

  • Information delivery is dependant on appropriate Assistive Technology: ¨Screen Readers & Magnification Devices:
  • ¨Close captioning & Video Description = Software that allow to create captioning and decoding for the hearing impaired
  • ¨Adaptive keyboards or keyboards overlay= ¨Alternative Augmentative Communications devices with programmed menus that allow non-verbal individuals to ‘speak’ aloud by pressing buttons.

General Types of Assistive Technology (Computer Input and Output Devices) that may be used by an individual accessing the web

1.            Text to Speech (Output)  Microsoft
2.            Screen Readers Software (Output) IBM homepage
3.            Screen Enlargers (Output)
4.            Speech Synthesizers (Output)
5.            Voice Activated Control - Speech to Text (Input)
6.            Physical Input Devices: trackballs, mouth sticks, head wands, pencil grips and keyboards (Input)

Accessibility verification tools and support

  • WebAim– AIS Toolbar = Free software for checking web site accessibility: document structure, colors, HTML, CSS, links, images. You can obtain the Download from the Site of Web Accessibility Tools
  • HiSoftware – AccVerify/Repair = AccVerify is a software product from HiSoftware ( which is used to validate web pages for compliance with web accessibility guidelines such as Section 508c, or the W3C. AccVerify will review your web pages and generate reports which indicate where you have accessibility problems.  It also uses an Interviewer to assist you in making many of the visual checks required of your web pages.  A history can be kept of your accessibility reports so you can compare your current web page’s errors to those in the past. NOTE: A basic guide to using AccVerify/Repair software can be found at:
  • Color Contract/Color blindness check (Web Accessibility Tools Consortium): The Color Contrast Analyzer (CCA) is useful to help determine, in particular, the legibility of text on a web page and the legibility of image based representations of text. Assessing conformance with Checkpoint 2.2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and checkpoint1.0 of the WCAG requires that"foreground and background color combinations provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits, or when viewed on a black and white screen." Use the CCA to test color combinations against the W3C's suggested algorithms for determining "sufficient contrast"

[Added subsequent to the information above, courtesy of CLTA:]

"A World Awaits You: A Journal of Success in International Exchange for People with Disabilities" features Accessing Foreign Languages as its November 2007 Issue  November 6, 2007- While U.S. high school students with disabilities increasingly enroll in foreign language courses, they still lag behind their non-disabled peers. In the seventh online issue of A World Awaits You (AWAY), published by Mobility International USA and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, foreign language educators, English language instructors, disability providers and students with disabilities share their strategies of success in the foreign language classroom. This web-based, cross-disability journal describes successful experiences, lessons learned, and frequently asked questions such as:  What teaching strategies or classroom accommodations benefit students with learning, cognitive, hearing or vision disabilities? How can I use adaptive technology in learning a foreign language at home and abroad? What do I need to know about sign interpreting in a foreign language class? Why is it beneficial to learn a foreign language overseas and how do I manage once there? Are there opportunities for me to teach my native language overseas?  

To read this AWAY issue, go to:  For more information on how people with disabilities can participate in all types of international exchange programs, contact:  National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange Tel/TTY: (541) 343-1284 Fax:  (541) 343-6812 Email: Web: <>   The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA.




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