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Assistant Professor (French & Francophone Studies) - Department of World Languages & Cultures

Howard University
Washington D.C.
Posted Date
Oct 28, 2022

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Howard University

Department of World Languages and Cultures

The Department of World Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interests in French and Francophone Studies. A focus on race, ethnicity, African Diaspora studies, gender studies, minority languages, and urban literatures in the French, and Francophone studies is desirable. Candidates should be able to teach different levels of French. We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented students is highly desired.

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status within the next few years. It is a residential campus of approximately 13,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures consists of 25 faculty members, conducting pure and applied research with specializations in African Languages, Asian Languages, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Portuguese, and Hispanic Studies. It offers a BA in Spanish and minors in seven languages.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in French and Francophone Studies or a related field from an accredited institution. Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of assistant professor;
  • Effective communication and organizational skills; and
  • Evidence of successful grant writing experience.


Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;
  • Current curriculum vita;
  • Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans;
  • Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and
  • Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.


Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the Department, Dr. Leonard Muaka, and emailed to and a copy to Ms. Alesia Minor at  by November 4, 2022. Screening will begin November 24, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2023. Additional details and information can be found at

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.


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