Visiting Assistant Professor of French


The Section of French and Francophone Studies, in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College, invites applications for a three-year position at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor of French.

We seek a scholar working in French Studies in Medieval up to 19th-century with preferred specialization in one of the following areas : medical humanities, ecocriticism, or environmental studies to offer two undergraduate courses per semester at all levels of French (language, literatures, cultures) for the French and Francophone Studies program.

The successful candidate will have experience teaching in a student-centered environment, will demonstrate a commitment to strengthening the program (including active recruitment of French majors and minors), and will participate in cross-curricular connections. This position is outside the tenure stream and will begin in Fall 2021.

Benefits package and salary competitive.


Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, with an expertise in Medieval up to 19th-century French studies, and a preferred specialization in one of the following areas: medical humanities, ecocriticism, or environmental studies.

Fluency or near fluency in French and English required.

The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative and effective teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate-level in French and proficiency in the use of technologies for the language classroom. Collaborative and team-teaching. A knowledge of proficiency-based assessment, ACTFL standards is a plus.

Application Instructions

Applications are due on or before December 4, 2020. Please submit a curriculum-vitae, cover letter, teaching portfolio (including teaching philosophy, teacher evaluations, 3 sample syllabi), and three letters of recommendation (at least one of them should address teaching performance) online at Interfolio The position will remain open until filled.

Please address any questions you may have to Sue McCarthy, Administrative Assistant,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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