Assistant Professor 17th or 18th Century Literature, Culture, and Philosophy of France

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INTRODUCTION 

The Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at the University of Connecticut seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with a primary research and teaching focus on the seventeenth- or eighteenth-century literature, culture, and philosophy of France, with a secondary interest in the Mediterranean and beyond as contact zones. The ideal candidate will specialize in the literary forms and the aesthetics, ideas, methods, discourses, and interactions that contributed to remapping models for understanding the world, politics, science, discovery, and religion in the Early Modern world and the Enlightenment period. The candidate will also preferably have a secondary focus on Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Spanish, or Italian, with a demonstrated scholarly facility in one of those languages. Their research portfolio should explore trans-cultural exchanges and confrontations within the Mediterranean world and beyond, but from the perspectives of commentators participating in French debates and writing in French. 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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 the impact of transcultural exchanges, on forms, discourses, epistemologies, and practices and their impacts on aesthetics, discourses, notions of truth, belief, and politics in the Early Modern world and the Enlightenment period.
  • An ability to teach courses in seventeenth- and/or eighteenth-century, on the fictional, discursive, rhetorical, or poetic forms and/or the epistemological and philosophical debates leading up to and through the French Enlightenment.
  • 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 in French.

PREFERED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A strong knowledge of Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Spanish, Italian, or another relevant research language.
  • Experience in teaching and/or mentoring first-generation and non-traditional college students.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

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 qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23730 and submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter that addresses the criteria for the position, including research and teaching interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Committee 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 (tetiana.ouzounov@uconn.edu 860-486-3313).

It is preferred that applications are received by December 20, 2022, 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 http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

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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