Assistant Professor of French Studies

The Department of French Studies at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2022.  We seek an innovative and experienced teacher specializing in pre-1900 literature and cultures. The successful candidate’s research and teaching should situate France and French culture in a transnational framework. Candidates with interdisciplinary approaches encompassing new media, data sciences, and/or environmental humanities are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in French or Francophone Studies or a directly related field by the time of appointment, native or near-native fluency in French and English, and experience with current practices for teaching French as a second language. Successful candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts, participate in the development of the French undergraduate curriculum, and engage in the cultural, academic, and scholarly life of the department. Candidates from groups underrepresented in literary and cultural studies are encouraged to apply.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here:  The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of French Studies may be found at

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity/inclusion statement, statement of teaching philosophy, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Finalists may be asked for additional materials.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021. 

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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