Assistant Professor, 20th and 21st Century French Literature and Ideas


The Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at the University of Connecticut seeks to hire an Assistant Professor fluent in the literature, theory, and culture of metropolitan France. Candidates should be conversant in the major trends of twentieth-century French ideas, and the grand narratives, theoretical traditions, and debates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Research foci could include evolving notions about the frontiers between fiction and non-fiction; art, media, film, or literary genres; the ecologies of intellectual production in France and between France and what emerged as the Francophone World; or the broad theme of utopian/dystopian futures. A secondary field in the Caribbean, the regions of East Asia, Africa, or Quebec would be an asset. Our candidate will have a vision for advancing our undergraduate and graduate programs both within the French and Francophone Program and in the context of a trans-disciplinary, multi-lingual department in which there are many occasions for collaboration and exchange. The teaching load is 2/2, including undergraduate survey and upper-level courses and graduate seminars in the area of specialization.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • A Ph.D. or international equivalent, in a related field by start date. 
  • Potential for a strong record of refereed publications.
  • Strong research potential, especially focusing on genre, media, cinema, aesthetics, or projects in 20th and 21st century France that revolved around social projection and experimentation as well as the new forms that these assumed.
  • Evidence of potential for inclusive excellence in teaching, and a deep commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion through their pedagogical, academic, and/or research programs.
  • Aptitude for teaching introductory undergraduate lecture courses, including large lectures.
  • Aptitude for teaching graduate classes, mentoring graduate students from diverse backgrounds and educational traditions.
  • Native or near-native level French.


  • A secondary field in the Caribbean, the regions of East Asia, Africa, or Quebec.
  • Experience teaching and/or mentoring first-generation and non-traditional college students.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter that addresses the criteria for the position, including research and teaching interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Sample journal article or chapter
  • The names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to write in support of your application if requested

For search related inquiries, please contact Tetiana Ouzounov, Educational Coordinator at the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (, 860-486-3313).

It is preferred that applications are received by January 17, 2023, and evaluation of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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