Assistant Professor - 936029

Assistant Professor 

East Carolina University            
Vacancy #: 936029
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with qualifications
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview

East Carolina University (ECU,, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is committed to being a national model for student success, regional transformation, and public service. Through education, research, health care, community engagement, cultural enrichment and more, ECU enhances the quality of life for our students, our state, and our world, and is launching an exciting strategic plan for 2023-2023, Future Focused – Innovation Driven. ECU enrolls around 28,000 students annually, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate or professional degrees. ECU is classified as an R2-Doctoral/Research Intensive University and is located in Greenville, NC (est. pop. 90,000). Greenville is a vibrant, growing, and diverse community that offers a college-town atmosphere, a temperate climate, and outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities along with an affordable cost of living.

The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences ( is home to sixteen academic departments, several interdisciplinary research centers, and a number of inter- and multi-disciplinary programs ( including Ethnic Studies, International Studies, Religious Studies and African and African American Studies (AAAS). The comparative nature of these programs encourages faculty collaboration and provides students with opportunities to focus on coursework and research and creative activity to facilitate their international and global interests. The College is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures ( is a diverse, research-active, and collegial unit that offers a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures with eight concentration areas: French, French Education, German, German Education, Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Studies Education, Global Studies and Classical Studies; minors in French, German, and Hispanic Studies; as well as a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies. The department embraces the literatures, linguistics, and cultures associated with the languages in our unit. Faculty routinely collaborate with colleagues throughout the university on discipline-based research, community-engaged research, creative activity, academic programming, and co- and extra-curricular activities. Frequent partners include Public Health, History, Marriage and Family Therapy, and multiple areas in the College of Education, as well as the Honors College, the Office of Global Affairs, and local nonprofits addressing needs in the community. Faculty leaders from the department direct the University’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), which aims to develop students’ intercultural competence. Featuring a variety of faculty-led study abroad programs in Latin America and Europe, the Department is interested in pursuing other such opportunities in Africa or the Caribbean. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is committed to fulfilling ECU’s Strategic Plan vision to foster an inclusive environment that welcomes a broad representation of persons and perspectives.

Job Duties        

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2024. We seek candidates in French and Francophone Studies with an active scholarly agenda in the literatures and cultures of the French-speaking African diaspora in one or more of the following areas: Caribbean, Mediterranean, or Indian Ocean, including the diaspora in France and Europe or in transnational and transcultural studies. Candidates will conduct research rooted in the 20th and/or 21st centuries and in one or more transdisciplinary field(s), including, but not limited to, visual studies, environmental studies, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, or performance studies. The successful candidate will be expected to generate high quality (in content and style) publications which reveal consistent research efforts.

We also seek candidates with potential for or demonstrated excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate language, literature, and culture courses in the French program, general-education courses in English in the Global Studies program, and core and concentration courses for the African and African American Studies program. New courses may be developed and all courses may be taught in face-to-face, hybrid, and/or online formats.

The successful candidate also will play an active role in student recruitment to programs of study within the department and to the African and African American Studies program. Further service to the university, community, and profession is expected

Minimum Education/Experience

Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in French Language and Literature or a closely related field is required. However, ABD candidates may be considered. For ABD candidates, initial appointment will be at the probationary-term rank of Assistant Professor. ABD candidates must have the terminal degree conferred prior to first reappointment.

Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Native or near-native fluency in French and English is required.


Special Instructions to Applicant

Application materials should be submitted online at using the position number 936029.

Required application materials include:

  1. A cover letter indicating interest in the position
  2. A Curriculum Vitae
  3. A writing sample in English

Candidates should also supply contact information for 3 current references. Letters of recommendation will be obtained through the PeopleAdmin system utilizing the requested 3 current references the candidate adds. Official transcript is required upon employment.

Additional Instructions to Applicant       

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy #936029 to ECU Human Resources at

Eligibility for Employment        

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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