Assistant Professor of French

Boulder, CO
Sep 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Description of Department:

The Department of French and Italian provides instruction in the languages, literature, cinema, and cultures of France, Italy, and other areas where these languages are spoken. We offer a wide selection of undergraduate courses, covering topics ranging from the Middle Ages to Italian-American culture and the Francophone literature of Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Our MA and PhD graduate programs in French are among the national leaders in successfully placing students in academic positions, and the highly productive research faculty provide expertise in all areas of French and Italian literature.

Overview of Job Duties:

The Department of French and Italian at the University of Colorado, Boulder, seeks an Assistant Professor in the field of Medieval and/or Early Modern Studies. The ideal candidate will have a degree in PhD in French or Comparative Literature medieval and/or Renaissance studies, enabling her/him to pursue research and to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels in both of the traditions covered by our unit, French and Italian.

Faculty will also perform service for the department and university. We thus aim to take advantage of a key feature of literary culture from the later Middle Ages on: namely, the highly international and cross-disciplinary character of European literary production, artistic expression, and philosophical, theological, and political thought throughout the medieval and Renaissance periods. Candidates should have native/near-native fluency in French and Italian in order to contribute to the department's French graduate and Italian undergraduate programs.

We are also particularly interested in scholars engaged in innovative cross-cultural and/or interdisciplinary research involving additional fields such as Mediterranean studies, visual studies, material studies, digital humanities, critical theory, etc., and who are enthusiastic about bringing such innovations into the classroom at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both French and English.

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Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in French or Comparative Literature medieval and/or Renaissance studies or equivalent, or ABD with completion no later than August 15, 2018; native/near native fluency in French and Italian.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Review of applications will begin on Monday, November 20, 2017; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10236 - French & Italian Dept

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 22, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Christopher Braider

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00735504