Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

The French and Francophone Studies Department at Hobart and William Smith invites applications for a one year Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies to teach French language, culture, and literature classes to begin July 1, 2021. Language acquisition courses (advanced grammar, conversation, and writing) will represent a significant amount of teaching responsibilities. A candidate who has a demonstrable record of research and teaching on topics relating to literature, film, race, and culture in one or many countries of Francophone Africa will be preferred. The teaching load will be 3-2.


PhD is preferred but ABDs will be considered. Recent Ph.D.s and those from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have native or near-native proficiency in French and English, and demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to teaching excellence at a liberal arts institution. We encourage applications from individuals who are sensitive to the issues of ethnic diversity in their teaching and can serve as role models for students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The ideal candidate will also engage issues of equality and diversity within the field.


Candidates should submit a current CV, a letter of application, concise statements of teaching and research philosophies, a diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio: Review of applications will begin April 21, 2021 and continue until position is filled.

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Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,300, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission. 


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