Assistant Professor of French

  Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Xavier University is part of the 500-year-old Jesuit Catholic tradition of academic excellence in the liberal arts and is strongly committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These values are central to our mission. We strive for a climate of respect and inclusiveness that welcomes and supports members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, is committed unreservedly to open and free inquiry, and deliberately seeks out multiple perspectives.

The Department of Classics and Modern Languages at Xavier University invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies. The position carries a 3/3 load for those who maintain an active research agenda.

We especially encourage scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: transnational and multicultural France with a focus on the Middle Eastern and North African diaspora; Francophone literatures and cultures of the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or the Caribbean; Critical European Cultural Studies.

Candidates should demonstrate strong interdisciplinary interests and the ability to participate effectively in interdisciplinary programs affiliated with other departments within the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates should demonstrate the interest and ability to collaborate effectively with other departmental and interdisciplinary programs as we continue to grow our burgeoning program.

Enthusiasm for teaching language and culture at all levels of the curriculum and passion for teaching in a liberal arts environment are essential. The successful candidate will combine the basic qualifications of a generalist with their research specialization. Ph.D. in French, Comparative Literature, or a closely related field; ABD candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates with degree in hand prior to their initial appointment. All candidates must have native or near-native fluency in both French and English, and should demonstrate promise for outstanding teaching and mentoring in the areas of language, literature, and culture.

Xavier has a strong commitment to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates who are equally committed to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences and to creating an inclusive environment in the classroom and university setting. Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to DEIB through working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to our mission of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences and interests in their cover letters and statements of teaching philosophy.


Xavier’s urban location in Cincinnati allows faculty to work with community partners to develop engaged learning and internship opportunities. Xavier is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as well as the Big East.

Please submit a letter of application, c.v., graduate transcripts, and a statement of teaching philosophy to Three, confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to Review of applications will begin November 21, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Interviews of select, qualified applicants will be conducted via Zoom.


Please direct requests for additional information to the Search Committee Chair, Jamie H. Trnka, .

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