Assistant Professor in Early Modern French Studies, Fall 2024

Position Description

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Tennessee flagship campus in Knoxville is seeking applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in early modern French studies, with a focus on the 18th century, to begin August 1, 2024. To broaden our programs, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the field, such as Transatlantic studies, diaspora studies, medical humanities, and/or environmental humanities, are especially welcome. Expertise in theater is also desirable.


Candidates should demonstrate their record of, or high potential for excellence in the following areas:

  • Research commensurate to the expectations of an R-1 institution, through a coherent research program producing peer-reviewed publications;
  • Teaching across the undergraduate (upper division) and graduate (MA and PhD) levels (2-2 teaching load), through teaching record, philosophy, evaluations, and/or potential contributions to the French curriculum at UTK;
  • Service contributions to department, university, and/or profession

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a land-grant university and values engaged forms of research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and service, and considers evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants.

Additionally, the Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

In addition to addressing their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may describe how they would help promote students’ access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship/creative activities.

Minimum Qualifications PhD in French or related field is required by time of appointment. Native or near-native proficiency in French and English is essential.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample, as well as arrange to have three letters of reference sent to

Additional materials may be requested from interviewees. Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Matthew Brauer (

About UTK and Knoxville. Founded in 1794 and one of the oldest public universities in the country, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the flagship campus of the UT system and the state’s only public Carnegie Doctoral: Very High Research Activity university, enrolling more than 30,000 students. Of particular interest to candidates for this position may be UTK’s nationally-recognized Department of Theater, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Humanities Center.

Campus is adjacent to downtown Knoxville, in the heart of a lively mid-sized city with a metro area population of 850,000 that offers convenient urban and rural living settings, diverse cultural opportunities, varied nightlife, active neighborhoods, and eclectic shopping and restaurants, combined with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, and neighboring cities like Atlanta, Nashville, and Asheville. For more information, visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 EJ. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or

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