Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies

The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in French at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests that focus on Caribbean studies, though all areas of global Francophone studies such as the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa and/or Québec will be considered.  We especially welcome applicants whose interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching agenda includes Black Francophone studies, transnational or Diaspora studies, post-colonialism, critical approaches to race and ethnicity, and/or immigration/refugee studies, and who can create new and dynamic undergraduate courses in these fields for an increasingly diverse student body.     


The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a central site on campus for the implementation of James Madison University’s internationalization efforts.  The College of Arts and Letters, intellectual home of humanities, social sciences, communication, and media programs at JMU, comprises ten academic departments, 269 full-time faculty, and several interdepartmental programs and centers.  Of note are the African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center, as well as the Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies Program, both housed in the College of Arts and Letters and serving as vibrant, interdisciplinary sites of scholarly and pedagogical innovation and exchange on campus. Opportunities for collaboration with these units abound. 


The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers 11 languages. It consists of 27 full-time faculty committed to fostering relationships between faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community. Our mission is to advance understanding, promote racial equity, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world. We promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as our department’s core values as we strive to be a welcoming community where global cultures, languages, and communities are celebrated. The faculty are active in professional fields at the national and international level and are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education.


Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking candidates prepared to teach language courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.  Teaching load is 3/3. 



Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of excellence in teaching French at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, as well as courses in Francophone literatures and cultures.  Applicants must have native or near native fluency in French and English. Secondary ability in Spanish is a plus. Experience or willingness to coordinate and teach lower-level French language courses is also desirable.  Familiarity with the use of multimedia technology in the classrooms is preferred.  

Candidates must demonstrate their potential to maintain an active scholarly research program. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required, although the department will consider exceptional applicants at the advanced dissertation stage. 


To learn more and to apply, go to and reference posting F1729, or visit Salary is commensurate with experience. Review of materials will commence December 1, 2021, with video interviews conducted shortly thereafter.  Campus visits in 2022. 


James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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