Assistant Professor: French and Italian Studies

San Diego, California
Aug 10, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of European Studies at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in French and Italian studies, to start in August 2018. Research specialization is open, though fields of particular interest include pre-20th century studies with a focus on history of ideas, science and technology, biopolitics, material and visual culture, or other relevant areas. We seek a dynamic colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand the competencies of our department and contribute to fostering innovative collaborations with faculty in the College of Arts and Letters and other units on campus.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be able to teach across the undergraduate curriculum in French and Italian, as well as the graduate curriculum in French.  The faculty member may also teach in the European Studies undergraduate program. The faculty member is expected to participate in department and university service and to contribute to curricular development.

Required Qualifications: Applicant must have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field no later than December 31, 2017.  Native or near-native fluency in French and Italian and excellent knowledge of English. A record of scholarly research with evidence of participation in professional growth activities consistent with experience in the field combined with a strong research program.  Ability and willingness to teach courses in French at all levels of the curriculum (graduate and undergraduate). Ability and willingness to teach courses in Italian at all levels of the curriculum (undergraduate). Ability and willingness to engage actively in departmental and university service. Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Preferred qualification:  Ability and willingness to teach pre-20th century topics in undergraduate courses in French and Italian and in graduate courses in French.

Desired Qualifications: Previous experience in the U.S. university system. Ability and willingness to direct a language program and to serve as undergraduate/graduate advisor. Ability to contribute to undergraduate and graduate program revision. Ability and willingness to develop innovative interdisciplinary courses. Ability and willingness to teach interdisciplinary courses in European Studies.

The ideal candidate should have a track record of teaching college-level courses in both French and Italian. The faculty member would be expected to contribute to graduate-level teaching in French in his or her area(s) of research interest. In addition, the new hire should expect to serve on master’s thesis or exam committees.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate’s doctoral degree be earned by December 31, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: Review of application materials will begin October 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio at All additional inquiries should be addressed to:

Edith Benkov, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, French and Italian Search Committee

Department of European Studies

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego CA 92182-7704

About the European Studies Department at SDSU: The Department of European Studies is one of the few integrated, interdisciplinary European Studies departments in the United States. It takes a comprehensive and transnational approach to the study of Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean, and Europe’s diasporic and postcolonial communities around the world. The department offers a number of distinct degree programs: B.A. degrees in European Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Russian and Russian and Central European Studies; minors in European Studies, French, German, Italian, Russian, and the Master’s degree in French.

Each program combines intensive language training with the study of Europe’s diverse societies and cultures. Students typically graduate with a strong command of one or more foreign languages and a solid understanding of the complexities of contemporary Europe—essential skills both for successful careers with an international focus and for advanced degree programs in a broad variety of fields, including, for example, international business, law, international relations, journalism, and cultural studies. For more information, visit:

About the College of Arts and Letters: The College of Arts and Letters (CAL), established in 1969, is now the largest College at SDSU.  CAL offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences and is home to 18 Academic Departments, 7 Interdisciplinary Programs, and 23 Centers and Institutes. Its programs explore the dynamics of human experiences, personal identities, cultural and cross-cultural expressions and practices, and philosophical beliefs regarding human life and existence. As a community of learners, students deepen their understanding of history and prehistory, literatures, languages, religions, gender, ethnicity, class and race, and social and political actions. Our faculty are highly qualified, recognized experts in their disciplines, who make excellence in teaching, as well as research their priority.

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About San Diego State University: San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. Overall, San Diego State students can choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 76 master’s programs and 23 doctoral degree programs.

SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in terms of ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon students of color. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is establishing itself as one of the leading public research universities. It is classified as a "research-high" institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Research funding has more than doubled from a decade ago. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.

EO-1083 Mandated Reporter Statement: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Background Check Statement: A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

EEO Statement: SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.