Assistant Professor of French Studies

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Wake Forest University’s Department of French Studies invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2020. Preferred field of research specialization: modern/contemporary French/Francophone literature and culture, particularly of the Caribbean or sub-Saharan Africa. We seek a dynamic and promising teacher-scholar whose research engages with diverse perspectives, topics, and/or populations and whose teaching will contribute to and enhance our vibrant curriculum in literature, culture, and language. We welcome applications from candidates, particularly those from underrepresented groups, who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and approaches.

The Department of French Studies is an undergraduate department with nine full-time faculty who teach courses at all levels of the curriculum. We are a collaborative group of colleagues who share a strong commitment to engaging students with the rich and varied perspectives of the Francophone world. Our department has a major and a minor, a concentration in French for Business, and well-established faculty-led study abroad programs in Tours (summer) and Dijon (semester). The Wake Forest undergraduate college is firmly committed to the humanities and offers a variety of opportunities for collaboration across campus. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer, and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

In accordance with the Wake Forest teacher-scholar model, excellence in research and teaching is expected. Teaching load is 2/2/3/2 over 4 semesters. Ph.D. conferred by time of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in French. Initial interviews with selected candidates will be conducted by video conference in early January.

Located in Winston-Salem, NC, Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution with 5,100 undergraduates and 3,200 professional and graduate students, and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Ranking among the top 30 national universities, it offers an intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and an active athletics community. For quick facts about the University, go to For quick facts on Winston-Salem, go to

Applicants should apply online at, submitting a cover letter addressed to Dr. Kendall Tarte, Chair, Department of French Studies and a CV. After initial review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete dossier. In your cover letter, please address your qualifications for the position described in paragraph 1 above. Deadline November 1, 2019.

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