Assistant Professor of French, pre-1800

The Department of World Languages & Cultures at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track position in French at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2023 (contract begins July 1). French is a vibrant language section in WLC with collaborative faculty, a large number of majors and minors, and a direct connection to the thriving dual immersion program in Utah’s K–12 public schools.

We seek a dynamic scholar with an active research agenda and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will have broad expertise in French literature and culture, particularly before 1800. Primary specialization may include one or more of the following: the Middle Ages, 16th, 17th, and/or 18th centuries. Additional specialization in fields such as poetry, theater and performance studies, visual studies, New World studies, environmental studies or ecocriticism, gender studies, and popular culture are also welcome.

A diverse scholarly community stimulates innovation and educational excellence. The College of Humanities and the Department of World Languages & Cultures work to maintain a respectful, inclusive, and supportive environment where everyone can flourish. We are actively working to increase our diversity and to promote belonging and community for all. We value constructive input and welcome feedback from our community.

Native/near-native fluency in French and English is a prerequisite. The teaching load is two courses per semester (2-2) at the upper-division and graduate levels. Service commensurate with the position of assistant professor is expected. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in French, Comparative Literature, or a related field in hand by the time of appointment.

Complete applications will include a letter of application, a CV, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages, a teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted by October 31st. Applications MUST be submitted online at:  Questions may be addressed to Prof. Christopher Lewis, Chair of World Languages & Cultures (

Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship R1 research institution and a member of the Association of American Universities. The university emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. It serves over 34,000 students from across the U.S. and the world, with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation, and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant, major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities.

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