Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), (Non-European) Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), (Non-European) Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies

University of Alberta



ART Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Competition No. - A107351892
Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

Location: Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Francophone Literary and Cultural Studies, pertaining to areas outside of Europe in any period. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2024.

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will advance research, contribute leadership, and join the teaching team in the French program. They will teach French as a second language from beginner's to upper-level content courses. There are also opportunities to teach in English in other areas in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

We welcome applications from scholars with literary and cultural expertise in a wide variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, including but not limited to literature, translation studies, media studies, popular culture studies, and film studies. Priority will be given to qualified applicants who are Black, First Nations (status, non-status, treaty or non-treaty), Metis, Inuit, Alaskan Native or Native American, or People of colour. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letter.


The successful candidate must have the ability to conduct independent and/or cooperative research, develop viable and productive research programs, and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, including language courses in French and content courses in their area of expertise in French or English. In addition, the successful candidate will build a solid link to Francophone communities in Alberta. They will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the Department, Faculty, the University, and/or to the broader community. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have:





  • a Ph.D. in French studies or a related field or be ABD with a strong expectation of completing the Ph.D. before the start date;
    native or near-native proficiency in French;
  • evidence of an active research program demonstrated through research publications, conference presentations, and clear plans for future development;
  • evidence of successful teaching and mentorship, as appropriate for candidate's stage of career;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to contribute to the Department's commitments to diversity, community service learning, and community-engaged research. Experience teaching French as a second language, while not required, is an asset.

    Department Summary:

    The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) is a multilingual multidisciplinary unit in the Faculty of Arts. The Department's history goes back over 111 years and is closely intertwined with the foundation of the University of Alberta. MLCS is strongly committed to excellence in the research and teaching of literatures, cultures and languages and has a rich array of specialists in applied linguistics, cultural studies, folklore, language and literature. Our wide variety of academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD), encourage cultural literacy and multilingual proficiency.

    Our department is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in research and teaching, and we particularly welcome applications from members from equity-denied groups.

    Working for the University of Alberta:

    The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for over a decade.

    Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross-section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

    Edmonton, a city with a metropolitan area of nearly 1.5 million people, is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Canada and has the second-largest Indigenous population and the fourth-largest Black population of any Canadian city. The Canadian prairies are the second most densely populated Black region in Canada. Moreover, Black people as a demographic are growing faster in Alberta than in any other region apart from central Canada. Nearly 10% of Edmonton's population is of South Asian origin and 16% of East and Southeast Asian origin, with growing numbers of Edmontonians of Filipino, Latin American, and Middle Eastern heritage. The Edmonton public school system offers bilingual education for children in French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), and American Sign Language. amiskwaciy Academy offers Cree as a high school credit and has started an Aboriginal study course in junior high school.

    Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, the homeland of the Metis and the traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students from different Nations.

    In 2022, the University's Indigenous Strategic Plan was implemented, reflecting an important step in our institution's commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education and research, addressing the historical legacy of the Indian Residential School System and Canada's colonial history in a meaningful and lasting way. The University of Alberta has a robust and growing number of Indigenous scholars and houses the Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place signature area. The Faculty of Arts has created the Arts Working Group for Indigenous Initiatives (AWGII) in light of the continuing responsibilities and benefits that flow from our presence in a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples. This is part of our commitment to participating in respectful relations amongst all people and is a response to the 94 calls to Action detailed in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

    How to Apply

    To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate's profile and explains how they can contribute to MLCS (submit under Cover Letter);
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) that includes a list of publications, conference presentations, and teaching experience, as well as the names of three referees (submit under Curriculum Vitae);
  • Research statement (1-2 pages) that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”);
  • 2 writing samples from recent research publications or presentations, one in English and one in French (submit as one document under “List of Publications”);
  • Teaching dossier that includes a statement regarding the applicant's approach to teaching, evidence of or potential for teaching effectiveness, such as awards, student feedback, and peer or supervisor evaluations, and one previously taught course outline (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests").

    Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Inquiries about this position can be addressed to the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Dr. Victoria Ruetalo, at (using “Francophone position 2024” as the email's subject).

    The committee will begin reviewing files on November 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

    As part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, the university must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. To ensure we remain in compliance with these regulations, please include the appropriate statement in your application "I am a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident" or "I am not a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident".

    How to Apply

    Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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    The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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