2021-2022 Faculty Fellows Program: Assistant Adjunct Professor

Published: February 9, 2021
UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Application Deadline: Friday, March 12, 2021


The goals of the Faculty Fellows Program are:

  • to provide a small number of new Department of Spanish & Portuguese PhD graduates with appointments that offer mentored training and experience to design and conduct instructional courses and research;
  • to provide high-quality teaching of undergraduate courses to help accommodate areas of high demand, expand, and/or enhance our course offerings.

Faculty Fellows (official payroll title: Assistant Adjunct Professor) must be recent PhDs who demonstrate promise of excellence in both research and teaching, as well as a commitment to fostering diversity. Successful candidates must have satisfied one of the two options below:

    • Received their PhD between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (the last day before the beginning date of the appointment)


    • Advanced to candidacy, be in the final stages of writing their dissertations, and have plans to complete all requirements for the degree by the appointment date of July 1, 2021.

Fellows cannot be appointed and placed on payroll until the dissertation is filed. A copy of the “Certificate of Completion” will be required before the appointment date of July 1, 2021.

The number of Assistant Adjunct Professors to be awarded each year in the Faculty Fellows Program will depend on available funding.


First and foremost, candidates will be selected for their promise as excellent teachers and scholars, and their commitment to fostering diversity. This postdoctoral program is intended for UCLA Spanish & Portuguese PhD graduates with the prospect of pursuing academic careers at leading research universities. Also important will be considerations of time-to-degree: preference will be given to candidates who have completed or will complete their dissertations within the normative six-year time frame. Candidates must present evidence that they have been actively applying for employment. The advisor’s letter of recommendation should also include information about the candidate’s search for an academic job.

Selection will also be based on the candidates’ ability to assist in meeting critical departmental needs in undergraduate teaching.

Finally, selection will be based on the plan for mentoring the nominee. Faculty Fellows must be assigned at least one faculty mentor for teaching activities and at least one faculty mentor for research activities; in some cases, the same faculty person might fill both mentoring functions. As part of the mentoring dimension of these appointments, individuals and mentors are encouraged to propose innovative teaching assignments intended to enrich undergraduate education.


Appointments are effective for the academic year from July 1 to June 30. The service period for the

appointment is the beginning of the Fall Quarter to the end of the Spring Quarter. Initial appointment as a Faculty Fellow is for one year. Fellows may apply for one additional year, based on department needs, but preference will be given to students newly coming into the program. Consistent with other non-Senate appointments, appointments will be made on a year-to-year basis, subject to renewal within the established limitations of the program.

Most appointments will involve teaching 3-5 undergraduate courses. Both the percent time of appointment and the actual courses assigned will vary according to the needs of the department and available funding.


As an important part of the selection process and since the activities of the Faculty Fellow involves mentorship in research, teaching, and fostering diversity, candidates and their mentors should outline clear goals to be achieved during the year of the program. Examples include expanding work on the dissertation to publish into a book more quickly or the acceptance of a portion of the dissertation, or other research materials, by a refereed journal.

The mentor will also work closely with the Faculty Fellow in developing course syllabi and with issues which may arise related to teaching.


The appointment will have the official title of Assistant Adjunct Professor (Title Code 3278). The current annual gross salary at 100% time is $66,100 (paid over 12 months at $5,508.33/month). The salary is subject to range adjustments (when applicable), but appointees are not eligible for merit increases due to the length of the fellowship.

The dissertation must be filed before June 11 and a copy of the “Certificate of Completion” must be submitted prior to the start of the appointment for the fellowship to take effect.

Faculty Fellows will have access to research and/or teaching supplies up to $500 per year. Such funding cannot be used for equipment such as laptops, iPads, cameras, external drives, printers, etc. In addition, Faculty Fellows will receive support for airfare and hotel stay at the MLA Conference or another conference of their choice in a relevant field for up to $1,000. The serious pursuit of permanent academic employment should be considered one of the primary “duties” of the Faculty Fellows.


Appointees at 100% will be provided Health and Welfare benefits. This includes full medical insurance (dental and vision), basic life insurance, employer paid disability, and other benefits.

These titles do not accrue vacation or sick leave. Please refer to the Academic Personnel Manual for further information. The University provides administrative holidays as set forth annually in the University calendar. Appointees are also eligible for all University privileges, such as library access, parking permits, access to recreational sports facilities, and so forth.


Applications will only be accepted through the job posting on UCLA Academic Recruit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06167 (Job #JPF06167). You will need to create an applicant profile and submit the following information in the areas provided in the system.

  1. Cover letter from the candidate that provides:
    • A summary assessment of their qualifications and promise for excellence in research, teaching, and commitment to fostering diversity; proposed teaching and research programs (research proposal); and mentoring plan;
    • A statement of expected completion date of the PhD and total time since advancement to candidacy.
  1. Letter(s) of Reference from proposed teaching and research mentor(s) that:
    • Evaluates the candidate’s teaching and research qualifications, commitment to fostering diversity, proposed teaching activities, research proposal, and promise for the future;
    • Describes detailed plans for mentoring the candidate during the year of the program;
    • Includes a brief note from the dissertation advisor certifying the expected completion date;
    • Includes a brief note certifying that the candidate is actively seeking employment.
  1. Candidate’s proposed syllabus for an undergraduate upper-division course together with a statement of other courses the candidate is prepared to teach.
  2. Candidate’s proposed research plan during the fellow’s program year (one-page).
  3. Candidate’s curriculum vitae, including actual or projected PhD completion date and publications.
  4. Candidate’s bibliography (if available).
  5. Candidate’s writing sample (published or unpublished).
  6. Candidate’s teaching evaluations from the last three courses taught.
Application submission deadline through UCLA Academic Recruit is 1:59pm on Friday, March 12, 2021.


For questions regarding the program, please contact Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Advisor Gloria Tovar at gtovar@humnet.ucla.edu.


For questions regarding the application, UC Recruit, and benefits, please contact Spanish & Portuguese Academic Personnel Officer Ana Ramirez at anaramirez@humnet.ucla.edu.