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Assistant Professor, Francophone Studies

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Massachusetts, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 25, 2018

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, Francophone Studies

University of Massachusetts Lowell



The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Francophone Studies (literature, culture, film, and society) with an open specialization.


The department is interested in hiring an innovative and dynamic scholar who will develop a focus in the Francophone world within our French program. We are seeking candidates with a generalist profile and expertise in various areas of Francophone Studies who can teach language courses as well as more general undergraduate literature and culture courses. Area of specialization is open and could include colonial/postcolonial studies, Francophone African diaspora of the Caribbean, the Black Atlantic, and other related fields. Other subfields and topics are welcomed. The standard load ranges from 3-3 to 2-1 depending on the Faculty member's research productivity. Salary is commensurate with experience, and start-up funds are provided.


Qualified candidates should have a clear and active research agenda, demonstrate excellence in research as well as a strong record of publications. Teaching load includes elementary French courses (levels 1-4) and advanced French and Francophone courses taken by our majors and minors at the undergraduate level as needed. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a commitment to help to strengthen the French program by creating new courses as needed and engage actively in service activities for the department, college, and university. Native or near-native fluency in French and English is a requirement.


The Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) is housed within the University's College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS). The College is the largest unit of the University, with 11 academic departments and close to 200 full-time faculty members.  FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring over 60 new faculty members, achieving a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary graduate programs. The Department of WLC currently trains undergraduate majors as well as a significant number of students who either minor in a language and its culture or who choose Languages as a concentration through the Bachelor in Liberal Arts degree. Our students can choose between one of the four options within the major: French, French and Spanish, Italian and Spanish, and Spanish. Besides the BA in World Languages, the department of WLC serves the College of Fine Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) by scheduling and delivering the language requirement courses for all majors with a language requirement. Our Department offers nine minors including Asian Studies, Arabic Studies, Film Studies, French, and German. WLC works closely with the Office of Study Abroad and International Experiences to promote and support study abroad and internship opportunities not only among our Modern Language majors and minors but also for all students in our College and University.


The Department of WLC currently includes fourteen full-time faculty members with expertise in the various languages offered (Arabic, Cambodian (Khmer), Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish). All full-time faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service according to their rank (visiting lecturers, teaching professors, tenure-track, tenured). During the past years, the tenure-track and tenured faculty have published several single-authored books as well as a variety of scholarly articles, review essays, book chapters, translations, and edited collections. The faculty also work with local schools, community organizations, professional and language organizations to advance the study of languages at UMass Lowell. Faculty members have won many grants and fellowships.


The appointment is scheduled to begin September 1st, 2019. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • An earned Ph.D. in French or Francophone Studies with a focus on Language, Literature or Cinema is required at the time of application
  • Native or near-native fluency in French and English
  • At least two years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level (beyond graduate assistantship) required at the time of application
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of complete applications will begin in October 2018 and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.   


To apply, please submit the documents below to:


Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy – should include teaching interests and objectives
  • Research Statement
  • Research Publications (writing sample)
  • Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals (writing sample)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence – should include syllabus or course description and summary of class evaluations
  • Names and contact information for three professional references will be required at the time of application. References will be contacted before the campus interview



The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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