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Lecturer in French

Gonzaga University
Spokane, Washington State
$60,997 - $65,063: commensurate with education and experience
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2023

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The Modern Languages and Literature Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track, fixed-term Lecturer in French language and literature, with subspeciality in Italian language, for the fall 2023-spring 2024 academic year. Applications from candidates qualified to teach only French language and literature will be considered; preference will be given to applicants who can teach beginning Italian as well as lower and upper division French language and literature.

Teaching responsibilities include 24 credit annual course load. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach lower division language (beginning and intermediate French and beginning Italian); transition courses from lower to upper division French (advanced language, introduction to literature, film, or culture); and one or more upper division French seminars based on the candidate’s area of specialization and suited to the undergraduate level.

Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in French or closely related field with an open field of specialization in literature (18th century or later), Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Francophone Literature, or Language Acquisition.
• Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching in an undergraduate French program.
• Evidence of French, Italian, and English near-native/native proficiency.
• Evidence of inclusive, equity- and diversity-minded teaching practices.

Desired Qualifications:
• Evidence of competency to teach lower division Italian.
• Evidence of ability to offer a University core course in English.

Job Duties:
The Department is committed to an inclusive learning environment and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, colleagues should demonstrate, via teaching, research, and/or service, a strong commitment to Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic identity and mission which include issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. The successful colleague will demonstrate excellence in reflective, effective, and inclusive teaching of undergraduate French courses. Teaching responsibilities include a 24-credit annual course load across the breadth of the French program curriculum, from beginning and intermediate language courses to introductory-level upper-division courses to courses on specialized topics based on the candidate’s areas of expertise. The successful colleague will support and collaborate with the French Program coordinator in student recruitment and program development initiatives.

Who we are:
At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution.

For information on our mission, please visit:

Our diverse selection of benefits is part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for and meet the needs of our employees and their families. The University provides full-time employees in their first year: a PPO Medical plan administered by Premera Blue Cross, employer-paid dental programs through Delta Dental, vision coverage through VSP, employer-paid Life Insurance, and optional employee-paid Life Insurance through Lincoln Financial, TIAA 403(b) Retirement plan including free onsite financial planning and advising, Employee Assistance Program through Supportlinc, Zagfit Wellness program with access to GU’s onsite fitness center and Spokane Transit Authority (STA) bus passes. Additionally, full-time (40 hours per week) staff employees accrue 4 hours of sick time per pay period (pro-rated for less than 40 hours/week), vacation time starting at 5 hours per pay period (pro-rated for less than 40 hours/week) and 17 paid holidays. Additional benefits such as Long Term Disability and Tuition Waivers are available after the first year of employment.

Application Procedure:
To apply, please visit our website at, complete an online application, and submit: (1) a cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of language teaching philosophy that demonstrates your responsiveness to the academic and psychosocial needs of students from diverse backgrounds, including evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching in an undergraduate French program, (4) student evaluations from at least two different French courses, (5) unofficial copies of graduate school transcripts, (6) three letters of recommendation submitted separately by evaluator, (7) a statement on inclusive, equity-minded teaching with a focus on Gonzaga’s humanistic identity and mission.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Ben Semple, French Program Search Committee, For assistance with your online application, call 509-313-6733. Review of applications will begin June 12, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Gonzaga University sits adjacent to downtown Spokane, in the state of Washington, along the Spokane River. We exist on the historical lands of Salish speaking tribes in the Inland Northwest’s most metropolitan region. Spokane is Washington’s second largest city and is home to a diverse array of neighborhoods and shopping districts, with considerable variety in food and beverage amenities. We are a short distance from hiking, skiing, rafting, and climbing locations.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (509) 313-5996.

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