Assistant Professor of French with Specialization in Nineteenth- and Twentieth -Century French Liter

The Romance Languages Department of Washington and Lee University (W&L) invites applications for a tenure-track position in French at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2022. We seek candidates with specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literatures and culture who also have preparation or experience in teaching French language and culture for Business. The successful candidate will join the W&L French program as it explores new curricular directions that link French with secondary areas of study and internships abroad. As a part of this effort, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop and teach a four-week Spring Term course either on campus or in a Francophone country of their choice. The new member will actively participate in the French program's vibrant community outside the classroom, helping plan language and culture events with our World Language Teaching Assistant and the Francophone Student Organization.

W&L is ranked in the top twelve liberal arts institutions and Romance Languages is one of the largest departments in the College. The Department is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strives to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the department and its curriculum. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia. Together with a clear vision for diversity and inclusion work, we especially encourage applicants with a dynamic and communicative teaching style, strong command of language teaching pedagogies, and familiarity with ACTFL proficiency assessment standards. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to scholarly research and publishing. The teaching load is 5 courses per year plus one four-week Spring Term course every other year. The teaching assignment will include language courses, introductory courses on literature and culture, and an occasional upper-level course on a topic of interest.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.



Only candidates with native or near-native fluency in French will be considered, and the successful candidate will have a PhD at the time of hiring. ABD candidates who can articulate a plan for immediate completion will be considered.



Application Instructions

to be considered, applicants should submit the following materials through the Interfolio portal:


  • a cover letter describing the candidate's teaching interests and philosophy, scholarship, and experience in diversity and inclusion work.
  • curriculum vitae
  • a list of three references
  • two sample syllabi of courses (one lower-level the second upper-level).

Review of files will begin at the application deadline on November 15, 2021. Semi-finalists will be asked to supply three confidential letters of recommendation and a writing sample before Zoom interviews to be held between December 13 and December 31. On-campus interviews for finalists are planned for sometime between January 15 and February 15, 2022. We anticipate the search will conclude by the end of March 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 

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