Assistant Professor in French with spec. Francophone Africa

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In Fall 2022, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Global Languages and Cultures will welcome a tenure track faculty member as part of the Africana Studies cluster. This position will join faculty in the departments of English, history, global languages and cultures, philosophy, and religious studies who focus on Africana Studies. The person hired to this position will conduct scholarship, teach existing courses, develop new courses for the Africana Studies minor, and help shape the new major. This person will have an affiliation with the Race and Ethnic Studies program and may also contribute to other interdisciplinary programs. For more information about our cohort hires, please visit

We are seeking one tenure-track assistant professor in French or related field, with a specialization in Francophone Africa and/or the Francophone African Diaspora/the Caribbean. Must be able to teach both French language and culture courses and interdisciplinary Francophone African Studies courses at all undergraduate levels. We seek a teacher-scholar prepared to contribute to the growth and development of the French program as well as the Africana Studies minor in the Race and Ethnic Studies program. Responsibilities include maintaining an active agenda of research and scholarship leading to publication; teaching three courses per semester, including undergraduate language courses in French and interdisciplinary courses in English related to Francophone Africa and/or the Francophone African Diaspora; and contributing to the department, university, and profession through service.

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures offers instruction in eight languages as well as majors and minors in French, German and Spanish, and minors in Italian, Arabic and Chinese. The department currently has seven tenure-line faculty and five lecturers. For more information about the Department, please visit

At the University of Dayton, we are looking for new faculty whose passion aligns with our mission. If a focus on meaningful research that advances the common good, exploration and implementation of innovative teaching approaches, shaping the next generation of individuals who are interested in African Studies and French and Francophone language and cultures, and engagement in impactful service opportunities sounds appealing . . .

Then apply today!

Minimum qualifications:

  • ABD nearing completion in French, Francophone Studies, or a related field or a foreign equivalent degree
  • Promise of excellence in:
    • research in the field of French or Francophone Studies, with an emphasis on Francophone Africa
    • teaching and developing courses and programming in French language and Francophone African literatures and cultures at the college level
  • Experience as instructor of record in teaching French language courses
  • Written fluency in English and French
  • Candidates who meet the above qualifications must also demonstrate oral fluency, which will be assessed during the initial interview.

A complete application consists of: a cover letter that addresses all the minimum and any applicable preferred qualifications met for the position, curriculum vitae, demonstrated excellence in teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer/supervisor evaluative reports on teaching), 500 words describing your approach to teaching a French language course, one sample syllabus, a statement of research, unofficial transcripts of graduate work or foreign equivalent degree, and contact information for three references who will be contacted later in the search process. If the PhD is not complete, a letter from your advisor indicating progress towards completion will be required. Application deadline is November 15, 2021 at 11:55 PM EST.

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The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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