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January

The Department of Modern Languages invites applications for an Associate Teaching Professor in the Portuguese Program, beginning August 2021. The successful candidate will teach all levels of undergraduate Portuguese and should be able to offer Lusophone literatures and cultural studies at the graduate level. A Ph.D. in Portuguese is required. Please click on the link for important information on the job position.

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Dr. Nicola Gavioli, Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese, co-edited volume 6 (second series) of the Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies. This special issue is dedicated to leading contemporary Portuguese novelist António Lobo Antunes. The Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies is one of the major academic journals in Portuguese studies published in the US. To access the Journal and its volumes, please click on the headline.

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February

Modern Languages is hiring an Associate Teaching Professor Position in Portuguese. The Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited on February 26th, at 11:00AM. Please click on the link for the Zoom meeting ID.

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Modern Languages is hiring a tenure track position in Spanish. The Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited on February 5th, February 10th, and February 22, all starting at 9:30AM.

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July

The Department of Modern Languages invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish (one-year renewable appointment). The position is part of our dual Spanish B.A. program offered collaboratively with Qingdao University, in Qingdao, China, and is housed in Qingdao. Application materials must be received by September 12, 2021. The start date is January 2022. Please click on the link for important information on the job position.

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August

FIU plans to hold the JLPT in 2021 on Sunday, December 5, 2021. Registration for the 2021 test will open on August 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM PDT and will close on September 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM PDT, or when all seats at all test sites are filled. For the complete details, please click on the News link.

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September

Dr. Renee Silverman gets awarded the Kimberly Green Faculty Fellowship

Dr. Renee Silverman has been awarded the Kimberly Green Faculty Fellowship to conduct archival research in Spain for book proposal. The fellowship assists in the advancement of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for foreign language and area/international studies and supports the development of a qualified pool of international experts with global competence designed to meet U.S. national needs.

Dr. Peter Machonis awarded the Kimberly Green Faculty Fellowship

Dr. Peter Machonis has been awarded the Kimberly Green Faculty Fellowship to travel to the Newberry Library for data acquisition from the Ayer and Graff collections in Chicago. The fellowship assists in the advancement of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for foreign language and area/international studies and supports the development of a qualified pool of international experts with global competence designed to meet U.S. national needs.

Dr. Santiago Juan Navarro awarded Provost Humanities Research Grant

Dr. Santiago Juan-Navarro has been awarded the Provost Humanities Research Grant in the amount of $4,000. These funds are meant as research support for Dr. Juan-Navarro’s Research Project “Film Production from the Cuban Diaspora.” This Humanities Research initiative is meant to incentivize Humanities faculty in their research efforts. Congratulations to Dr. Juan-Navarro on this award and on his excellence in research.

November

The Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the Portuguese Program, beginning August 2022. A Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian/Lusophone Studies is required and must be in-hand by August 12, 2022. We are seeking candidates with expertise in either Linguistics or Literature and Cultural Studies, with demonstrated interdisciplinary research interests. Please click the title for more information.

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Join Dr. Alberto Sosa-Cabanas in his new course which explores Cuba's cultural history through the discussion of topics such as: slavery, the emergence of Afro-Cuban culture, racial relations, and more!

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The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of France such as French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. Please click the link for more information.

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PhD Student, Habey Hechavarria, receives the Dissertation Evidence Acquisition Fellowship Award

Congratulations to our PhD student, Habey Hechavarria, recipient of the Dissertation Year Fellowship Award (DYF) for Spring and Summer 2022! The Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) provides support to highly-qualified FIU doctoral students during the writing phase of their dissertation. It is intended to facilitate the timely completion of high-quality manuscripts and dissertations.

PhD Student, Lydia Cerritos, awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship Award

Congratulations to our PhD student Lydia Cerritos recipient of the Dissertation Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship Award for Spring 2022! The Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) provides support to highly-qualified FIU doctoral students during the writing phase of their dissertation. It is intended to facilitate the timely completion of high-quality manuscripts and dissertations.

Coming in the Spring 2022: a hybrid course offered by the Department of Modern Languages on Tuesdays from 11am until 12:15pm. Taught by Instructor Jhonatan Baez, you will learn elements of Japanese society, identity, and patterns of thought throughout Japanese history. This course will explore this through the lens of tradition, modernization, internationalization, and cultural "cool!"

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December

Eliecer Jiménez Almeida, entering PhD. student, well-known director, and founder of Ikaik Films, was recently interviewed by Rialta Magazine for his directorial work on his independent films and documentaries: Usufructo (2010), Verdadero Beach (2012), La faz de las aguas (2012), Arte soy (2012) y Persona (2014). Click the link to read the full article!

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The Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese held the Fifth Annual AFTJ Bento Contest and 24 wonderful bento were submitted this year. We are proud to announce that 1st place was Ms. Stephania Marquez who is currently in Intermediate Japanese II (Professor Komura) at FIU and 2nd place was Ms. Misha Lozada from Miami Palmetto Senior High School (Professor Avello). Congratulations to both of the students!! Click for pictures of their creative bento!

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PhD student, Lydia Cerritos, received the Tinker Graduate Student Field Research Travel Grant

Congratulations to our PhD student Lydia Cerritos, recipient of the Tinker Graduate Student Field Research Travel Grant from the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) to conduct pre-dissertation research at the University of Costa Rica in the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central and UCR libraries. LACC’s Tinker Grant Program funds graduate student travel to any Spanish or Portuguese- speaking country in Latin America and the Caribbean to conduct pre-dissertation research.

Modern Languages is hiring an Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Brazilian/Lusophone Studies. The Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited on Monday 13th, at 10:00AM. Please click on the link for the Zoom meeting ID. Topic: First Search & Screen Committee-Public Meeting (Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Brazilian/Lusophone Studies) Time: Dec 13, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Japan Foundation has awarded a Salary Assistantship Grant to the Department of Modern Languages for Japanese Language Courses that will be utilized to cover parts of adjunct professors' salaries. Date: December 1st, 2021 Time: 11:00 AM-12:PM Location: Florida International University, Green Library, GL220. New Consul General of Japan in Miami, Kazuhiro Nakai delivered the check to Associate Dean Shlomi Dinar on behalf of Dr. John Stack.

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