Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) invites applications for a three-year visiting position at the rank of Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies to begin in August 2022. We seek a specialist in pre-revolutionary French Studies. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach courses in Francophone North African Studies.  Rhodes College believes that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as an institution, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Furthermore, Rhodes College is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty. Applicants should hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in French Studies or a closely related field by July 2022.  Duties of the position include teaching courses at all levels of the undergraduate French curriculum. The teaching distribution is 3-3, including introductory and intermediate language courses, and advanced literature and culture courses for majors and minors. The applicant should be able to translate their current scholarship into the liberal arts classroom and demonstrate successful teaching experience. Native or near-native fluency in French is required. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as Jewish, Islamic, and Middle East Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Film and Media Studies, among others.   

Rhodes is a nationally ranked residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and honor among ourselves. Our students live and learn on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, located in the heart of Memphis, an economic, medical, and culturally diverse center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area. 


Rhodes College prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment.  We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and anti-discrimination.  (

Please apply online at A complete application will include 1) a cover letter that addresses the strengths the candidate will bring as a teacher and scholar to a liberal arts college environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information for three references; 4) a separate statement that addresses how your teaching, scholarship, and/or service will contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion as one of its core values. Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. Rhodes College requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 with exceptions for medical or religious reasons, which will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants should hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in French Studies or a closely related field by July 2022.

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