Assistant Professor, African Francophone Studies, Department of French and Italian

The Department of French and Italian at the University of Colorado invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in the area of African Francophone Studies (literature, culture and society). The Department is interested in hiring an innovative junior scholar who could complement and enhance the department’s current move to augment its existing expertise in literary studies with broader cultural and social areas of focus in the Francophone world. The position is targeted toward specialists in African Francophone Studies, but the areas of focus could include colonial/postcolonial and empire studies, Mediterranean Studies, visual and popular cultures, Francophone African diaspora, with other subfields and topics also welcomed.

The position is full-time, tenure-track, with a 2/2 teaching load, with teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level (MA, PhD). Besides a strong profile in research, we expect the candidate also to engage in service to the University. Start-up funds (for computer, library acquisitions, etc.) are provided, as well as summer research support following the first year.

A Ph.D. in French Language, literature or other relevant fields (History, Comparative Literature, etc.) by Aug. 1, 2015 is required, along with native or near-native fluency in French, and the ability to teach at least the basic undergraduate French literature survey course (French 3120, 19th-21st centuries, normally taken by Juniors).

Applications are accepted electronically at:, posting # F01688, and must include:

1) A letter of application, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines the candidate’s qualifications.

2) A current curriculum vitae/resume with names and contact information for three referees.

3) Three letters of support submitted separately by professional references.

4) A writing sample (in French or English).

5) Current transcripts. (Note: The candidate who is selected and accepts the job will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of a transcript or diploma copy).

6) An abstract of the dissertation.

Consideration of applications will begin on Nov. 17, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews for the position will be conducted at the MLA Convention, January 8-11, 2015, in Vancouver, BC. Alternate interview arrangements can be made if absolutely necessary for candidates unable to attend the convention.

Questions may be directed to: (Valerio Ferme, Chair, Department of French and Italian, Campus Box 238, University of Colorado).

Salary is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. For additional information about the University of Colorado Boulder, go to:

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

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