Teaching Assistant Professor of French

The Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures (MCLL) invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor of French. This is a 9-month non-tenure track position contingent upon availability of funding.

MCLL promotes the learning of language, literature, and culture so that students are prepared to engage in a multilingual, culturally diverse, global community. Our courses have both intrinsic and practical value for students and represent the backbone of the liberal arts educational mission of the university. We offer majors and minors in Classical Studies, French, German Studies, Norwegian, Spanish, and International Studies.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

The successful candidate will contribute to French and MCLL through teaching and service to the program, department, college, university, and community. We are seeking a generalist in French literature and culture; the area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will help grow our first-year French language sequences, contribute to curricular development and assessment, and enhance ongoing recruitment and retention strategies for the major and minor. The standard course load is 4/3. The successful candidate will be assigned 93% effort to teaching language and topics courses on all levels of instruction and engage in service and community outreach (7%).

UND and the College of Arts & Sciences value diverse perspectives and seek applicants who are committed to helping students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Required Competencies:
Native or near-native fluency in French and English
Demonstrated ability to teach effectively French language and content courses, embrace new pedagogies, and inspire students
Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English
Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students
Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues
Minimum Requirements
Earned M.A. in French language, literature, cultural studies or related field by August 15, 2023
Experience teaching college-level French language courses
Experience building and teaching online courses
Successful completion of criminal history records check
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. This position does not support visa sponsorship for continued employment. Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in French language, literature, cultural studies or related field by August 15, 2023
Record of excellence in teaching demonstrated through teaching evaluations and statement of teaching philosophy
Experience with community outreach and recruitment

To Apply:
To assure full consideration, applications must be received by May 14, 2023 and include the following materials:

Follow this link: https://careers.und.edu/jobs/teaching-assistant-professor-of-french-grand-forks-north-dakota-united-states

Letter of application
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of teaching philosophy
Evidence of teaching excellence (recommendation directly addressing teaching, peer observations, teaching award nominations, student evaluations, etc.)
Three letters of recommendation, including references’ name and contact information
Position is open until filled.

Questions can be directed to the department chair, Dr. Melissa Gjellstad, at melissa.gjellstad@und.edu.

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