Assistant Professor of French & Francophone Studies (tenure-track)


The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 2021. We are seeking a  teacher-scholar whose research and teaching interests focus on 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies. Fields of expertise may include Postcolonial Francophone Studies, Sub-Saharan and/or Caribbean Literatures and Cultures. French/Francophone Theater and Performance Studies, French Cultural Studies. A secondary specialization and interest in second language acquisition, and/or translation/ interpretation is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to teach language and culture courses at all levels of the curriculum with the ability to teach a combination of language (all levels), foundational courses (composition, advanced writing…), interdisciplinary courses in English for the Core Curriculum and upper-level courses in French/Francophone cultures and other such courses that will advance the department’s efforts to promote global competence in the Jesuit model of education. Familiarity with current language pedagogies and the ACTFL Guidelines are highly desirable. Responsibilities will also include language coordination at the elementary and intermediate levels.

The successful candidate will have a commitment to strengthening the French Program (including active recruitment of French majors and minors),  the desire to participate actively in department-wide initiatives; and the ability to build curricular connections with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Sociology, Communication, Ethnic Studies … etc.)

The following are required of all candidates:

  • Ph.D. in French, or closely related field: specialization in 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies 
  • ABD considered: Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment (ABDs selected for a zoom interview must provide evidence of potential to complete degree by time of appointment). 
  • Secondary expertise and/or experience in second language acquisition.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a rigorous and sustainable research agenda and ability to integrate research and teaching
  • Experience with communicatively-oriented, proficiency and Standards-based language instruction and assessment.
  • Native or near native proficiency (oral & written production and comprehension) skills in French and English
  • Evidence of creativity in curriculum innovation
  • Ability to develop and teach courses outside of their area of expertise
  • Ability and desire to build curricular connections and engage in course development with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.) 
  • Ability to promote diversity within curriculum (esp. with respect to traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups) and departmental extracurricular activities (cultural events, outreach, etc.) 
  • Solid proficiency with digital technologies and social media as they relate to teaching, research and service
  • Ability to serve as a mentor to students, especially those of diverse backgrounds 
  • Demonstrate interest and potential in mentoring undergraduates in research and/or internships 
  • Ability and interest in enhancing students’ learning experience outside of the classroom, including organizing cultural events, academic presentations, etc.
  • Willingness and skills to contribute significantly to program and departmental growth and diversification, and to take on and be effective in important faculty leadership roles in the near and far term 
  • Demonstrate understanding and support of the University’s Jesuit mission 
  • Demonstrate potential to contribute to one or more departmental, College, or University priorities, or connection to SCU Centers of Distinction (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
  • Ability to work in a collegial and collaborative manner with department and university colleagues to help address priorities and achieve goals


  • Success in teaching lower and upper-division courses in French language and culture
  • Interest in teaching French for the Professions types of courses.
  • Experience in program development 
  • Commitment to student recruitment and retention
  • The successful candidate will be willing and/or able to teach in a hybrid or remote modality

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Teach courses as assigned which may include elementary through advanced courses in language and culture as well as Core courses in English.  Teaching load is 7-courses (over 3 quarters) per year with one course reduction for scholarship, and an additional reduction in first year of tenure track). Design creative learning experiences, provide students timely feedback, measure student learning outcomes within the context of departmental and Core objectives, and submit grades by the designated deadline. Maintain regular office hours at times reasonably convenient to students. Serve as an advisor and mentor to students.
  • Develop and sustain a rigorous scholarship agenda and superior scholarly profile: produce a body of high quality scholarship that is validated (i.e. peer reviewed) and disseminated to publics beyond the University, that demonstrates a high level of academic expertise (e.g. research, criticism, (re)analysis, (re)interpretation, and creative expression, etc.), and that makes an original contribution to the candidate’s area of research and teaching.
  • Develop new courses and build curricular connections with other disciplines (e.g. STEM, Business, Political Science, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, etc.) and SCU Centers of Distinction (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics).
  • Keep abreast of innovations and best practices in the disciplinary field and in second language pedagogy.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in creative efforts to enhance students’ learning experience outside of the classroom, including organizing cultural events, academic presentations, etc.
  • Engage in meaningful and useful service that promotes department, college and university strategic goals and priorities, commensurate to rank.

Deadline extended:  10/08/20



Please submit the following materials through the hiring portal at:

  • Letter of application, including a statement/ information regarding:
    • applicant’s teaching philosophy, research plan (including how they foster intradepartmental and/or interdepartmental connections), and experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities.
    • applicant’s vision for promoting student interest in French Studies.
    • the applicant’s commitment to the Jesuit model of educating the whole person. 
    • how the applicant meets other required and desirable qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial, with official available upon request)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two additional references to be available upon request) - SEE NOTE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (small portfolio of sample syllabi, faculty evaluations and student teaching evaluations from most recent position)
  • A representative sample of scholarship, e.g. an in-press or published article, dissertation chapter, etc.
  • Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to provide a videotaped teaching demonstration from one of his/her classes.




Work Authorization:
A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

EEO Statement
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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