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Assistant Professor, French and Italian TE

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Foreign Languages and Literatures

Posting Number: req17710

Department: French and Italian

Location: Main Campus

Address: 1512 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85719 USA

Position Highlights

The Department of French and Italian in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure eligible position beginning in August 2024 at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of French Cultural Studies with an emphasis on the contemporary period (from WWII through the present).  Area of specialization is open, but we are looking for someone who will bring a new dimension and expertise to our program, as well as help us recruit and increase our number of undergraduate French majors. Areas of particular interest include but are not limited to: France and/in Europe, fashion, food studies, Bandes dessinees, French for professional purposes, social justice, music, experimental humanities (digital, environmental, urban, or public humanities), political history, social movements, media theory and media studies, film and visual culture, minority studies, (applied) linguacultural studies.  

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate (upper-division undergraduate language, literature, and cultural studies) and graduate-level courses in French and general-education courses in English in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. The new hire will also have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We seek candidates with a strong publication record or potential, demonstrated excellence in teaching, willingness to develop and teach courses in the University´s General Education curriculum, and to actively recruit undergraduate French majors and graduate students. Candidates should provide evidence of scholarly achievement or significant scholarly potential, and evidence of teaching excellence, including in French language classes. Native or Near-native proficiency in English and French is required. Ph.D. in French or French/Francophone Studies or a related field must be in hand by the time of the appointment. 

In order to foster active and meaningful in-person engagement with our students and build community within the department and college, we require tenure eligible faculty members to establish their primary residence within the Tucson, Arizona area, as this is an in-person position.

Review of candidates will begin on December 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2023.

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Duties & Responsibilities

and Responsibilities

  • Teach
    four courses a year, including graduate and undergraduate courses in the candidate's
    particular area of interest.
  • Contribute
    to curriculum development.
  • Keep an
    active research agenda and record of publication commensurate with a
    research-intensive institution.
  • Contribute
    to University initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive
    excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students including
    those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Assist
    in recruiting French majors and minors.
  • Contribute
    to departmental, college, and university service.
  • Participate
    in Departmental and College-wide activities such as Convocation, Welcome
    Back receptions, Homecoming, Commencement, and the
    Tucson Humanities Festival.

Skills, & Abilities

  • Robust
    research skills.
  • Demonstrated
    student-centered pedagogical knowledge; ability to serve the 21st-century
    educational needs of a diverse student population.
  • Superior
    communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability
    to teach several French graduate and undergraduate courses.
  • Demonstrated
    interest in recruiting undergraduate French majors and minors and graduate students.
  • Demonstrated interest and potential in teaching in person, hybrid, and online.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in French, French/Francophone
    Studies or related field in
    hand at time of appointment.
  • Native
    or near native proficiency in French and English.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level, including French language classes.
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement or significant scholarly potential aligned with a Research 1 university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of successfully recruiting undergraduate French majors, publication, experience teaching courses in Contemporary French/Francophone Studies, and working with first generation college students.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Tenure-Eligible (TE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Lindsey Fera

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please upload 5 required documents for full consideration (please do not type directly into the application system).

  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Cover letter.
  • Writing sample in French.
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy.
  • One-page statement of recruitment of undergraduate majors philosophy.

  • Within a few business days after submitting your application you will receive an email asking you to provide contact information for 3 references (do NOT click the "Submit" button until you have added all 3 references using the plus "+" sign button). Your references will then be requested to upload a letter of reference into the system. Once the 3 reference letters have been uploaded, the application will be considered complete. Full consideration will be given to complete applications.

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    At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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