Instructor in French and the Core Curriculum

Position Overview

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures at Butler University invites applications for a full-time instructor (2-year position) in French and the Core Curriculum.

Applicants should be prepared to teach French courses at all levels and courses in the Global and Historical Studies area of the core curriculum (See We are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and scholarship focus on North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and/or Europe.

Ideal candidates will have native or near-native fluency in French and in English. They will demonstrate dedication to teaching, have a history of implementing engaged-learning and inclusive pedagogies, and demonstrate a commitment to supporting students from historically underrepresented and marginalized religious, racial-ethnic, national, and class groups. They will show interest in contributing to building an inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population. Inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy is expected at Butler University.  

The successful candidate will teach two undergraduate French courses and two Global and Historical Studies course sections each semester. Global and Historical Studies seeks to help students recognize the role of human interactions in shaping diverse identities and inequalities; to develop knowledge about historical moments, peoples, and places; and to better understand the relationship between the past and the present. This is a teaching-oriented position with no research expectations and a 4/4 load.

This faculty member could choose to affiliate with the International Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; African Studies, and/or Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies interdisciplinary programs.

Applicants should have earned a master’s degree (doctorate preferred) in French, Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature or African Studies before August 1, 2024.  

Direct search inquiries to Eloïse Sureau (, chair of the search committee. 


  • a cover letter that summarizes the applicant’s teaching philosophy and pedagogical approaches
  • commitment to inclusive, evidence-based teaching, and intersections between their research and teaching
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a list of courses taught;
  • and a list of 3 references, including name, title and contact information.

Review of applications will begin March 18th, but the position will remain open until filled. 

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide additional materials such as sample syllabi, descriptions of course activities or assignments, evaluations of teaching. Final round candidates will need to provide official transcripts and will be asked to consent to background checks. The successful candidate will start August 2024, subject to final budgetary approval.

Please note that Butler University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.


Our department is committed to a rigorous interdisciplinary approach to teaching that encourages student interest in languages, cultures, societies, and literatures.  We seek candidates whose previous work and life experiences prepare them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff. Thus, we strongly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and intercultural development in a work environment and be eager to contribute to inclusion efforts on campus.

About Butler University

Founded in 1855 by an abolitionist, Butler University was one of the first to admit people of color and the second in the nation to admit women on an equal basis with men. The country’s first chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, a sorority for African-American women, was founded on the Butler campus in 1922. Located on a 300-acre campus, Butler is situated within a historic Indianapolis neighborhood just minutes from downtown. Indianapolis is the 17th largest city in the United States with a metropolitan-area made up of a diverse population of more than 1.9 million, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and quality hospitals and schools.

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for ”best undergraduate teaching” and as a ”most innovative school,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, the capital and cultural center of the state ( 

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Similar searches: Full-time, 4-year college or university, Lecturer/instructor, French, Language teaching, Indiana