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Visiting Assistant Professor in French

Washington and Lee University
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Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Department of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a one-year renewable Visiting Assistant Professor position in French (beginning July 1, 2024). The area of specialization is open. Teaching responsibilities include French language and literature courses from the intermediate to the advanced seminar levels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach advanced courses in their area of expertise.

W&L is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the country and Romance Languages is one of the largest departments in the College. Our Department is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strives to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the department and its curriculum. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Together with a clear vision for diversity and inclusion work, we especially encourage applicants with a dynamic and communicative teaching style, strong command of language teaching pedagogies, and familiarity with ACTFL proficiency assessment standards. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to scholarly research and publishing. The teaching load is 6 courses for the one-year appointment, which will be spread across the 13-week fall term, the 13-week winter term, and the 4-week spring term. The teaching assignments will include language courses, introductory courses on literature and culture, and upper-level courses on topics of interest.


  • ABD or Ph.D. in French by start date (July 1, 2024) 
  • Strong oral and written communication in English and French (native or near-native in each) 
  • Ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity of the College 

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin March 4. The position will remain open until filled. To be considered, applicants will submit the following materials through the Interfolio portal at

  • a cover letter describing the candidate's teaching interests and philosophy, scholarship, and experience in diversity and inclusion work 
  • curriculum vitae 
  • transcripts 

Candidates who advance to the second round of review will be asked to submit additionally:

  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • two sample syllabi of courses: one intermediate-advanced course (but not a language course) and one advanced-level course (topic or seminar)

The first round of interviews will be conducted via Zoom followed by a campus visit for finalists to give a teaching demo, a research talk, and meet with the Dean of the College, faculty, and students. For more information, please contact Professor Stephen P. McCormick at

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