Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor of French & Second Language Acquisition

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Position:  The Department of Classical and Modern Languages is seeking applicants for one non-tenure track faculty position to start August 2021. This position is a full-time, nine-month appointment with additional summer teaching responsibilities on a separate contract.  Academic rank will be commensurate with experience and credentials. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who aspire to a position at a public liberal arts and sciences institution where teaching high-ability undergraduates is the primary mission.    

The successful candidate will provide classroom instruction in undergraduate and graduate French courses for Master of Arts in Education (MAE) students, majors, minors, and non-majors, and teach one undergraduate course per semester in Second Language Teaching.  There are also opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of the University.  The successful candidate will serve as the liaison between the French program and the Truman Education Department.           

The position requires a PhD in French or a closely related field, together with expertise in second language acquisition and foreign language pedagogy, completed by the August start date.  ABD will be considered.            

Applicants will be evaluated on academic qualifications; teaching philosophy, experience, and background; commitment to student development in the liberal arts and sciences; demonstrated success in student-centered teaching of undergraduate French courses; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; and compatibility with the department’s needs.

Program:  The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, a unit of the School of Arts & Letters, has twenty-seven full-time faculty members—three in French—and approximately 150 undergraduate majors.  The departments offer BA degrees in Classics and Modern Language, with specializations in French, German, Russian, and Spanish.  The department also offers twelve minors, including French, French Minor in Translation and the French Minor for the Professions.  The French program sponsors an active chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, and contributes to United Speakers, a student organization dedicated to providing service to area Congolese and Hispanic communities.  

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at kirksvillechamber.com.  

Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred, http://employment.truman.edu/.  Application materials may be submitted to hrstaff@truman.edu or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to student development; contact information for at least three references; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Dan Doman, ddoman@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.


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