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UCEAP Faculty Director, Spain 2019-21

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Two-Year Term
Administrative Appointment

Through international academic experiences, the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) inspires students to explore and transform their lives, UC, and the world. Since 1962, UCEAP ( has served as the UC systemwide international exchange program. Serving all UC campuses, UCEAP continues its support of the University of California’s mission through academic instruction and exchange relationships around the world. UCEAP is active in over 40 countries and currently enrolls over 5,000 students annually with 120 international partners and over 1,500 international students study on UC campuses as reciprocity students each year. More than 550 UC faculty have served as Faculty Directors, Visiting Professors and program instructors.

Reporting to UCEAP’s Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director, and in close collaboration with the Regional Directors in UCEAP’s Systemwide Office in Goleta, CA, the UC Faculty Director oversees UCEAP’s programs abroad, represents the University of California to host universities, and at some sites work with third-party providers responsible for various program elements. UC Faculty Directors must fulfill academic and administrative functions, including oversight of student safety, security and conduct. The UC Faculty Director oversees student academic issues, arranges or supervises independent study projects and internships, manages host university relations, and is available to the Study Center staff members for consult on student welfare issues, including safety and security.

The UC Faculty Director in Spain oversees host university relations, office and program administration, and non-routine student academic and welfare issues in the programs listed above. The directorship can be demanding at times, requiring strong administrative skills.

The immersion programs at Barcelona universities, Complutense University of Madrid, and the University of Granada begin with intensive language programs (ILP) arranged by their respective Study Centers and conducted at the host universities. Following the ILP, students enroll principally in regular partner-institution courses, although the Study Centers arrange for some support courses at all four institutions. Most all instruction is in Spanish. There is a semester option available to students who cannot stay for an entire year. At the Autònoma, Complutense and the University of Granada, students who successfully complete the fall semester may extend their participation to the spring semester.

A preparatory summer program is open at the University of Cádiz to students who have been selected for the Fall-semester or year-long immersion programs. The program runs for four weeks immediately preceding the ILP programs and is designed to impart knowledge of Spain’s academic culture and reinforce language skills and specialized vocabulary.

Semester options are available at Carlos III University. One program is offered by the Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos within the larger university. These courses are designed for upper-division students with a working knowledge of Spanish; the focus is on Spain’s history and contemporary place in the world. Students who complete the Estudios Hispánicos program during the fall may extend their participation into regular university courses during the spring semester. The immersion option for spring semester is also open to application directly from California and has attracted a growing number of students in recent years.

Fall and spring semester options are also available at the University of Córdoba where students enroll in a Language and Culture program designed by UCEAP for UC students. All students must have one year of university-level Spanish in order to attend this program. Students who complete the Fall Semester program in Córdoba may extend their participation to the Hispanic Studies program at Carlos III in the Spring or to the University of Granada in the Spring. In addition, UCEAP has added a winter quarter option to students with beginning Spanish ability that runs concurrently with the early weeks of the spring semester.

A program in International Business Economics at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona offers an immersion possibility with instruction in English. The UPF is a quarter-based campus and UC students may attend the program for winter quarter, spring quarter, or winter plus spring. While instruction for this program is in English, the classes are also offered to Spanish students.

A fall semester program called Contemporary Spain runs in Madrid during the fall semester. The program offers Spanish language instruction and a short list of multi-disciplinary classes designed by UC faculty and taught by local professors in English. This program is hosted by the UC Center in Madrid and receives the operation support of Accent International.

UCEAP offers another Language and Culture Program during the summer in Madrid for students with beginning-level Spanish. The program runs for seven weeks, and is also hosted by the UC Center with operational support of Accent International.

An additional summer program takes place at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, designed for international students with most instruction in English. The program will comprise two consecutive three-week sessions.

UC ladder-rank faculty and lecturers SOE are invited to apply. Demonstrated campus service to UCEAP is desirable.

November 15, 2017

July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021

Concurrent with Term of Appointment. Residence location in Spain—Barcelona or Madrid—to be determined.

The Director obtains her/his own housing of choice.

HOST UNIVERSITIES AND PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY STUDY CENTERS & APPROXIMATE CAPACITY (institutions subject to modification; actual number of students enrolled varies each year)

University of Barcelona – 10 Yearlong students, additional 30 Spring semester only
Autonomous University of Barcelona – 10 Yearlong students, 20 fall semester only, 20 summer students
Pompeu Fabra University – 35 Winter and Spring quarter students

Complutense University of Madrid – 10 Year-long students, additional 15 Fall semester only
Carlos III University of Madrid – 50 Fall Semester students; 50 Spring semester students
UC Center, Madrid -- 60 Summer students, 60 Fall semester students

University of Granada -- 10 Yearlong students, additional 20 students for Fall semester only
University of Córdoba -- 20 Fall semester students; 20 Spring semester students
University of Cádiz -- 30 Summer students preparing for the immersion programs

• Director - Fluent in Spanish
• Students - Intermediate to advanced Spanish (with the exceptions of the Madrid Summer Language and Culture Program, the Contemporary Spain Program, and the International Business Economics Program at the Pompeu Fabra)


  • Any, no preference -

UCEAP has three Study Centers in Spain. In Barcelona, the main Study Center is located in the Facultad de Letras of the University of Barcelona, with space for the director, a staff member and an intern. An additional staff works in the UCEAP office on the campus of the Autónoma.

In Madrid, the Study Center is located in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras in the Moncloa campus of the Complutense, with office space for the SCD and 1 staff member. There is also an office at Carlos III’s Getafe campus run by an additional staff person.

In Granada, the Study Center is located in the Colegio Mayor “Isabel la Católica” of the University of Granada. There is also an UCEAP Office at the University of Córdoba.

UCEAP maintains: two experienced staff in Barcelona, two experienced staff in Madrid, and two experienced staff in the Granada Center--one is located in Granada and one is located in Córdoba. The coordinator from the Córdoba office serves also in Cádiz during the month-long program. Each of the Study Centers also relies on part-time graduate student interns from the partner institutions. In both Granada and Córdoba, the programs rely on part-time host institution faculty to liaise with the UC Director and assist in day-to-day student advising.

A housing agency is contracted to arrange Carlos III homestays and the University of Córdoba organizes the homestays for Córdoba students. Accent organizes housing for the Madrid Summer and Contemporary Spain students, and students headed for Pompeu Fabra arrange their own housing via the internet before departing California. Students attending programs at the four immersion universities live in pre-arranged housing for the ILP and choose their own housing subsequently.

The programs at the Complutense, Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Granada, Carlos III and the Pompeu Fabra are based on reciprocal student exchange. The Reciprocity unit at the Universitywide Office of the Education Abroad Program maintains direct working relations with relevant staff at UCEAP’s exchange partners, but the Spain Director may be called upon to disseminate information on UC.

There is no teaching requirement.

Oversight of Study Centers and programs is to be undertaken using primarily remote means of communication such as email and Skype. Travel between the four locations will be periodic; Study Center staff manage the routine academic and administrative aspects of the local programs.

Familiarity with the Spanish university system and politics is strongly recommended. Given the size and complexity of the Spain programs, strong administrative skills are required.

The appointed Director must have excellent managerial skills including ability to delegate tasks effectively and to work effectively, efficiently, and collegially with a professional staff while concentrating her or his efforts on the academic programs and UC diplomatic relations and communications with partner universities.

The UC Faculty Director will also assist UCEAP and the campus UCEAP offices in recruiting students to the programs administered by the Study Center. This assistance may include developing information about the programs that will attract students, responding to applicants’ and advisers’ inquiries, and corresponding with students selected for the programs.

It is expected that the new UC Faculty Director will participate in conversations with the outgoing UC Faculty Director to ensure a smooth transition and obtain orientation by UCEAP prior to departure. During this orientation, the Director will meet the California staff who collaborate with their counterparts in Spain, and discuss with the Regional Director any particular plans or issues for the coming year that may require more of the Faculty Director’s attention. After the new Appointee is confirmed, the Regional Director will facilitate introductions and suggest an "overlap" consultation by email or Skype at mutually beneficial times.


Replacement Funds to Campus Department
Director remains on his/her home campus department payroll and continues to receive regular salary from the home department.

• UCEAP will provide the home campus with replacement funds in the total amount of $55,000 for each academic year (September through June) of the appointment term, prorated for an appointment fulfilled at less than the full term. The home department will provide instructions to UCEAP regarding the appropriate account to credit with those funds.

• Benefits are provided in accordance with applicable University policies and are administered by each UC campus. UCEAP does not reimburse the home campus for any costs related to benefits or sabbatical accrual.

Salary & Administrative Stipend
The UC Faculty Director remains on her or his home campus department payroll with continuation of regular salary for the duration of the appointment. UCEAP will provide an annual administrative stipend (payable in monthly increments) as follows: Associate Professor - $14,000 annually, Full Professor - $20,000 annually. The annual stipend will be prorated according to the actual number of service months as UC Faculty Director each Fiscal Year.


• Housing Allowance - based on actual housing costs, up to the allowance limit of 40% of the annual Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) rate from the US Department of State (DOS). The annual housing allowance will be determined based on published rates in April, prior the start of the appointment, and will remain the same for each year of the appointment.

• Post Allowance - (cost of goods adjustment), also based on 40% of the DOS annual rate, is provided to mitigate the costs of living abroad. The annual post allowance will be determined based on published rates in April, prior to the start of the appointment, and again in April, prior to the second fiscal year of the appointment.

• Education Allowance is provided at a rate of $3,000 per child, per academic year for children under the age of 18 who reside abroad for at least one year. The education subsidy will be prorated for residency of a partial academic year.

The housing and post allowances will be prorated according to the actual service months in-residence each fiscal year. All subsidies listed above are subject to US taxation
The housing and post allowances will be prorated according to the actual service months in-residence each fiscal year. All subsidies listed above are subject to US taxation.

UCEAP provides outbound and return airfare and transportation to and from the appointment letter departure and arrival destinations at lowest economy rate airfare per pre-approved UCEAP Travel quote for the UC Faculty Director and the UC Faculty Director’s spouse and children under 18 years of age who will reside abroad for a minimum of one-quarter, as applicable. These travel benefits will be provided only once during the Director’s two-year appointment term.

Visa/Residency Permit(s)
Costs to obtain or renew a visa/residency permit will be reimbursed by UCEAP (receipts are required). UCEAP does not process Visa applications.

Relocation and Removal Expenses
A removal subsidy (for actual shipping expenses, which include excess baggage fees) will be provided as follows:

For removal to host country: UCEAP will provide a maximum of up to $1,500 for the Director, up to $2,000 for two family members, or up to $2,500 for families of more than two, inclusive of spouse and/or children under 18 years of age.

For return removal to California: UCEAP will provide a maximum of up to $2,000 for the Director, up to $2,500 for two family members, or up to $3,000 for families of more than two, inclusive of spouse and/or children under 18 years of age.

Other Considerations
UC faculty and employees working abroad are advised that they may be required to file returns and pay taxes in the foreign country in which they are working. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations Directors may, in some cases, be eligible to exclude some earned income (earned while abroad) in calculating their US federal taxes each year. It is important for Directors and employees to fulfill their obligation to file and pay taxes according to the rules and regulations of both countries. To ensure tax compliance, UCEAP highly recommends seeking expert tax advice for an assignment abroad.

UCEAP does not reimburse the home campus for any costs related to health and welfare benefits or sabbatical accrual; please note that vacation time is not accrued during UCEAP service. Due to coverage limitations of some UC health insurance plans, Directors may choose to change health insurance plans for the period they reside abroad, affecting monthly premiums, deductibles and plan coverage. A campus Health Care Facilitator can provide more detailed information. UCEAP does not offer supplemental insurance coverage.

Business travel insurance coverage, including medical evacuation and/or repatriation services for Directors and traveling companions, is offered through UC

For questions about application and interview processes or terms of appointment, contact UCEAP Human Resources Director Bryna Bock For questions that are program-specific, contact UCEAP Regional Director Karen Mead For more information about UCEAP, visit

Please note: the application review process takes place in stages over the course of the full academic year, in accordance with UCEAP and UC Senate Committee on International Education (UCIE) search and selection protocol. Appointment decisions to be announced in July, 2018.

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Barcelona or Madrid, Spain

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