Director of Latin American Studies
University of Texas Austin
United States


Subject to budget availability, The University of Texas at Austin has opened a national and international search for Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). The Director will also serve as a key member of the leadership team of the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, an innovative partnership established nearly a decade ago that pairs the abundant scholarly resources of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection with the teaching and research focus of LLILAS. The Institute is a Title VI National Resource Center encompassing 160 faculty associates, eight joint faculty members, a dynamic student program, and a vibrant intellectual community. The unparalleled Benson Collection is one of the largest and finest library and archival collections in the world dedicated to the history, culture, arts and sciences of Latin American, Latina/o and Black diaspora communities. The LLILAS Benson partnership engages in collaborative programs of research and teaching, digital scholarship, and public engagement that make Latin American studies and collections at The University of Texas a high University priority and world-renowned. The Director of LLILAS will provide intellectual leadership and vision for our academic programs, will assume principal responsibility for LLILAS administration and will represent LLILAS to its diverse local, national and international publics. For more information on LLILAS, Benson and The University of Texas, please visit:


Candidates should have a documented record of excellence in scholarly activity, commensurate with Full Professor status in a leading department; demonstrated leadership abilities and strong administrative experience in an academic, library, or comparable setting; and experience or interest in donor cultivation and stewardship. The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts. Field of expertise will determine the faculty member’s home department. A demonstrated ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. The holder of this position will be expected to teach at least one course each semester.   Expected start date is Fall 2021.

The University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EO employer and will conduct a background check on the successful candidate. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.  (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 Rules)

Application Instructions

Applications are submitted via Interfolio ( ) and should include a cover letter, current vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, and names and contact information for a minimum of three references. Applicants are also encouraged to discuss in their cover letter or a separate statement their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion through their research, teaching and/or service. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position, please contact Raúl Madrid, Search Committee Chair and Harold C. and Alice T. Nowlin Regents Professor in Liberal Arts (

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