Assistant Professor

The Department of French seeks to appoint an Assistant professor in the field of Caribbean and/or African francophone literature and culture. The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of the literature, thought and culture associated with one or both regions. A research focus on the twentieth and/or twenty-first centuries is preferred. Expertise in subfields including ecocriticism, film, new media, digital humanities, theater and performance, critical theory/philosophy or gender and sexuality studies is highly desirable.


The search committee will consider candidates with a PhD in disciplines other than French literature, but fluency in French is required. The PhD must be conferred by July 1, 2024.


The tenure-track professor will usually teach four courses a year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses required for Columbia’s Core Curriculum. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to student advising and participation in departmental initiatives are crucial.


All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials:

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Teaching statement (describing teaching philosophy, experience, and practices)

4. Research statement

5. Statement describing past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

6. Names and contact information of 3 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted.

Applications received by Sunday, October 15th will receive full consideration.


Contact information:

Madeleine Dobie, Chair of the Search Committee:

Julie Stevens, Department Administrator:


Columbia is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.  


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