Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of French
The Williams College Romance Languages Department welcomes
applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of French,
whose appointment will begin on July 1, 2022. We seek candidates
with a record of outstanding teaching in French language who have
scholarly expertise in French and/or Francophone literatures and
cultures before 1800. We are particularly eager to meet candidates
whose intellectual work centers on one or more of the following:
intersectional approaches to race and ethnicity, environmental
studies and ecocriticism, science and technology, digital and media
studies, performance studies, or transnational studies. We invite
applications from candidates whose scholarship takes French and/or
Francophone Studies in new and exciting directions, and whose
teaching finds innovative and dynamic ways of translating these
fields of study to undergraduate students.
The college and department value teaching and research equally, and
will expect the new colleague to contribute to the vitality of our
vibrant French program, via dynamic courses, inspiring research,
and extracurricular programming. For more on French at Williams,
visit our website at: https://french.williams.edu.
The department is especially interested in candidates who can
contribute to the rich intellectual life of a campus comprising
colleagues and students from widely diverse backgrounds. Candidates
from groups that are underrepresented in academia are particularly
encouraged to apply.
The teaching load is 2-2, plus a January course every other year:
the successful candidate will teach 2 courses in French language
and 2 courses in pre-1800 French and/or Francophone literature and
culture, in the candidate’s areas of specialization. We are thus
seeking outstanding teachers with demonstrated experience teaching
French language, especially at the intermediate level. Candidates
must also have demonstrated experience (and/or innovative and
concrete course ideas) for teaching advanced-level courses in
literature and culture, in their areas of specialization.
Candidates should have native or near-native fluency in French, and
hold a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature, or in Comparative
Literature (with a specialization in French and/or Francophone
Studies), with their Ph.D. in hand by August 2022.
Applications are due no later than November 15, 2021, and must
include a cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of recommendation (at
least one of which addresses the candidate’s promise as a teacher).
In the cover letter, candidates should speak in detail about their
scholarship, teaching experience, and ability to create inclusive
classrooms for a diverse student population representing a wide
range of races, ethnicities, religions, classes, genders, and
sexualities. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. All
materials should be addressed to Professor Brian Martin (Chair) and
must be submitted through Interfolio.
The search committee plans to conduct Zoom interviews with 12-15
semi-finalists in January. Candidates selected for these interviews
will be asked to submit 2 syllabi before the interview: one for a
language course, and one for a literature or culture course in
their field(s). During the 30-minute interview, candidates will be
asked to discuss: their experience teaching French language (at the
beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, but especially at the
intermediate level); their teaching of literature and culture
courses in their fields (that they’ve offered and/or hope to offer
at Williams); and their research agenda. The interviews will be
conducted in English and French. Candidates should also be prepared
to elaborate on their approaches to working with both students and
colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Finalist interviews (campus visits) will be conducted in February.
Three or four candidates will be invited to campus for three-day
in-person visits that will include:
• One sample class in French language, at the intermediate level
(the equivalent of our French 103 or French 104). For more
information, see https://catalog.williams.edu/rlfr.
• A research colloquium, for which candidates will be asked to
pre-circulate a paper of no more than 30 pages for participants to
read beforehand. During the colloquium, the candidate will
summarize and contextualize the paper (15 minutes), before devoting
the majority of time to leading discussion (45 minutes). This
colloquium is an opportunity for candidates both to share their
scholarly research and to demonstrate how they would teach an
advanced literature or culture course in their field. The
colloquium will include faculty and students in Romance Languages,
and other faculty members whose interests overlap with those of the
• An interview with the college’s interdisciplinary Committee on
Appointments and Promotions (CAP), whose members will have read the
candidate’s materials before the interview, and will ask
substantive questions about teaching and research.
• Conversations with members of the Romance Languages Department
and French Student Advisory Committee.
Following the campus visits, the department hopes to make an offer
in March 2022.
If the COVID-19 pandemic makes in-person campus visits impossible,
we will organize virtual campus visits (with the same events and
timetable detailed above) on Zoom.
All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a
July 1, 2022
11:59 pm ET on November 15, 2021
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