French Tenure Track Assistant Professor

The Department of Romance Languages at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in French at the level of Assistant Professor. The position offers to a candidate committed to undergraduate liberal arts education the opportunity to teach in a content-based curriculum enhanced by a January term abroad, a languages-across-the-curriculum program, and interdisciplinary studies. Teaching responsibilities include all levels of French language and major-level courses in the literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world. We seek candidates with expertise in pre-1900 literatures and cultures. We are particularly interested in candidates who focus on France in its global context, with approaches such as critical race studies, gender studies, Atlantic or Mediterranean studies, and visual culture.


Demonstrated experience with second language acquisition (SLA) enhanced by innovative uses of new technologies is required. The person hired is expected to pursue high quality scholarly activity and contribute to the life of the department and the college. Required qualifications: Ph.D. in French completed by September 1, 2023; native or near-native fluency in French; evidence or clear promise of scholarship and potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level; commitment to equity and inclusion; interest in teaching off-campus courses.

About the Department:

French at St. Olaf is a dynamic program focused on content-based learning and French as a global language at all levels. This commitment is evident in faculty members’ involvement in study abroad and interdisciplinary student research. Many of our courses center non-European Francophone voices and issues of race and gender. For more information about the department, visit


At St. Olaf, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply:

A complete application includes:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Diversity statement (200-500 word limit): Describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible. 
4. Statement of teaching philosophy: Describe your conception of teaching and learning and how your approach is exemplified in the classroom, in other contact with students, and in curricular considerations. (1000 word limit)
5. Statement of research and interest: Describe your current and anticipated research program including the potential for undergraduate involvement and publication. (1000 word limit)
6. The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will receive fullest consideration. Finalist interviews are expected in February 2023. Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Maria Vendetti, Search Committee Chair, at

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire. 

St. Olaf College requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the CDC. A reasonable accommodation may apply because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief. Compliance with St. Olaf's COVID-19 policy is a condition of employment. Under current guidelines, "up to date" means two boosters for people 50+ and one booster for most people under age 50. If and when this guidance changes, employees will be required to get additional boosters as indicated by CDC guidelines.

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