Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of French & Francophone

USA, Colorado, Denver
May 09, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The French and Francophone Studies program at the University of Denver pursues the study of the cultures and literatures of the French and Francophone world. French is spoken by millions of people on almost every continent (Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia), as well as several islands in Polynesia and in the Indian Ocean. These countries and territories have produced authors, artists, composers, and filmmakers of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as genders and ethnicities, who work in the medium of the French language. Each of these places has given expression to the unique ethos, values, world view, and traditions of its people. The inclusive mission of our program is to give voice and presence to the rich diversity, as well as the historical and socio-cultural challenges, of French and Francophone world communities.

Position Summary

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies; Francophone North America or Maghreb research emphasis preferred. Non-tenure track position, full benefits and 9-month contract. Position may be extended for an additional year, contingent on departmental need and funding. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence through their teaching, research, and service. Start date: Sept. 1, 2017. Position is open until filled, though applications received after May 31 are not guaranteed consideration. Teaching load is eight classes over three academic quarters, focusing primarily on introductory-level to early 3rd-year language courses, with the possibility of occasional teaching at a higher level.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Weekly office hours.
  • Some student advising.
  • Prompt replies to email communication from students and colleagues.
  • Participation in French meetings and departmental meetings.
  • Participation in department meetings and those of the French faculty.
  • Limited committee and other departmental service.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in French and Francophone Studies or related field (e.g., second-language acquisition) by Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Native-level or near-native fluency in French and English.
  • Experience teaching French language at the college or university level in the US with proven excellence and effectiveness.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or PhD in French and Francophone Studies or closely related field at the time of application.
  • Francophone North America or Maghreb research emphasis.
  • Two or more academic years (18 months) of teaching French to Anglophone students at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Proven experience incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies.

Work Schedule

To be coordinated with department chair.

Application deadline

Position is open until filled, though applications received after Wednesday, May 31, 2017 are not guaranteed consideration.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Ms. Ingrid Weyher at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of Application (Cover Letter)
  2. CV
  3. One page statement on how the candidate can contribute to DU's inclusive excellence (diversity, equity, and inclusion) mission (See
  4. One page statement on teaching philosophy.
  5. Evidence of excellence in undergraduate French language instruction, for instance: (a) recent and complete course evaluations; (b) a link to an unedited sample teaching video, preferably of a first- or second-year language class (maximum 15 minutes long); (c) sample syllabus and sample lesson plan.

PLEASE NOTE: The online application system is limited to uploading 5 files total. Please combine content (clearly labeled) if necessary to upload all required content.

In addition to the online application, two letters of recommendation and official transcript of graduate studies should be directly sent , subject: French & Francophone Std VTap Search or made available through Interfolio. Address for hard copy material:

French & Francophone Std VTaP Search Committee, c/o Ms. Ingrid WeyherDepartment of Languages & LiteraturesUniversity of DenverDenver, CO 80208-0931

PLEASE NOTE: For non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in applying and who will need immigration sponsorship for this position, please contact Marcy Cozzens, Manager of Recruiting Services at

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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