The Department of French and Italian in the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures ( SILLC) at the University of Arizona is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor of French with an area of specialization in Caribbean studies. We are looking for a dynamic, interdisciplinary scholar and excellent teacher in the area of Francophone Caribbean culture. The successful candidate’s research profile should be interdisciplinary and approach the Caribbean from a global perspective and might include work on contemporary cultural expression (poetry, music, novels/narrative fiction, film/media studies, theater, popular/folk forms) and/or work on slavery/plantation culture (historical, sociological). It is preferred that the candidate’s research and teaching expertise intersect with one or more of these areas: transatlantic studies, archipelagic studies, digital humanities. The successful candidate will teach graduate-level courses in French as well as upper-division undergraduate language, literature, and cultural studies courses in French and general-education courses in English in face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line 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 strong potential for research and publication, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and commitment to mentoring undergraduates and graduate students. Near-native proficiency in English and French is required. Ph.D. in French or French/Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature, or a related field must be in hand by the time of the appointment. This is a benefits-eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2018.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ ASUNAUtuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain an active research and publication agenda.
  • Teach two courses per semester based on departmental needs. The candidate will be qualified and expected to teach French courses in language, literature, and culture for the undergraduate major and graduate courses for the Masters in French as well as lecture courses in English for the General Education program.
  • Engage in service through committee work and outreach; participate in the Arizona in Paris summer program on a rotating basis.
  • Faculty are expected to contribute actively to University of Arizona initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students including those from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in French/Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature (or a closely related field) in hand by August 1, 2018.
  • Excellent record of college-level teaching, including demonstrated ability to teach courses in French.
  • Native or near-native fluency in French and English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent, interdisciplinary research in the field of Francophone Caribbean studies.
  • Demonstrated excellence with online/hybrid teaching; facility with multimedia technology, and an aptitude for teaching large lecture courses.
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body.
  • Interest and/or experience with digital humanities.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of excellent teaching.

Assistant ProfessorTenure Information
Tenure-Eligible (TE)


Benefits Eligible
Yes – Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay

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

Special Instructions Summary
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2017.

Candidates are asked to submit (all in English unless otherwise noted):
1. Cover Letter, which must address philosophy of teaching, as well as current and future research, and include contributions to diversity and inclusiveness.
2. CV
3. Writing Sample (Save as ONE PDF FILE – Two writing samples, in either French or English. Samples may be published papers or dissertation chapters)
4. Teaching Evaluations (from the past three years, if available)

Please note: You will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references within your application. At least one of these letters should speak directly to your teaching ability. The three references you list will receive an email upon the successful submission of your application. This email will ask your references to provide a letter of reference for you by December 11, 2017.

Diversity Statement
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. 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 perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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.