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Teaching Assistant Professor of French

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Teaching Assistant Professor of French
    Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
    Full-time Faculty
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          • $48,000 - $50,000 9-month contract, Exempt
          • 40 hours per week
          • 100% Remote Work Availability:No
          • Hybrid Work Availability:No
          Purpose of Position

          The Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures (MCLL) invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor of French. This is a 9-month non-tenure track position contingent upon availability of funding.

          MCLL promotes the learning of language, literature, and culture so that students are prepared to engage in a multilingual, culturally diverse, global community. Our courses have both intrinsic and practical value for students and represent the backbone of the liberal arts educational mission of the university. We offer majors and minors in Classical Studies, French, German Studies, Norwegian, Spanish, and International Studies.

          Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

          UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

          Duties & Responsibilities

          The successful candidate will contribute to French and MCLL through teaching and service to the program, department, college, university, and community. We are seeking a generalist in French literature and culture; the area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will help grow our first-year French language sequences, contribute to curricular development and assessment, and enhance ongoing recruitment and retention strategies for the major and minor. The standard course load is 4/3. The successful candidate will be assigned 93% effort to teaching language and topics courses on all levels of instruction and engage in service and community outreach (7%).

          UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

          Required Competencies
          • Native or near-native fluency in French and English
          • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively French language and content courses, embrace new pedagogies, and inspire students
          • Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English
          • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students
          • Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues
          Minimum Requirements
          • Earned M.A. in French language, literature, cultural studies or related field by August 15, 2023
          • Experience teaching college-level French language courses
          • Experience building and teaching online courses
          • Successful completion of criminal history records check

          In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment. Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire.

          Preferred Qualifications
          • Ph.D. in French language, literature, cultural studies or related field by August 15, 2023
          • Record of excellence in teaching demonstrated through teaching evaluations and statement of teaching philosophy
          • Experience with community outreach and recruitment
          To Apply

          To assure full consideration, applications must be received by May 14, 2023 and include the following materials:

          • Letter of application
          • Curriculum Vitae
          • Statement of teaching philosophy
          • Evidence of teaching excellence (recommendation directly addressing teaching, peer observations, teaching award nominations, student evaluations, etc.)
          • Three letters of recommendation, including references’ name and contact information

          Position is open until filled.

          Questions can be directed to the department chair, Dr. Melissa Gjellstad, at

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