Visiting Assistant Professor in French

Visiting Assistant Professor in French 

The Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh ( invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of French with a specialization in Medieval or Renaissance Studies and one (or more) of our department’s four curricular and research networks: environment; film & media; gender & sexuality; nation/transnation ( We especially welcome applications from candidates who engage with gender and sexuality studies in and beyond contexts of Medieval or Renaissance Studies, including candidates able to teach undergraduate courses in French and Francophone thought on gender and sexuality. The teaching load is four courses per year at the undergraduate and graduate level. Pending budgetary approval, the position will begin in fall 2024 and is outside the tenure-track, with a one-year contract. 

Applicants must have an active research profile, demonstrated interest and proven proficiency in teaching, native or near-native fluency in French and English, the ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in curricular and experiential contexts, and PhD in hand at the time of appointment. PhD may be in any field.  

The Department of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh is a vibrant community of students and scholars hosting a French major and minor, a PhD in French, and a PhD in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French offered in conjunction with the Film and Media Studies Program. Italian and French faculty collaborate on research, curriculum, and programming initiatives across the two programs. Beyond the department, Pitt offers a rich environment for engagement with the many interdisciplinary programs and centers that inform our work, such as Critical European Culture Studies; Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Jewish Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; the European Studies Center; Film and Media Studies; the Global Studies Center; the Center for African Studies; as well as a robust Humanities Center, an Early Modern Worlds group, a World History Center, and various Digital Humanities initiatives. 

Please send complete dossier, including: curriculum vitae; a cover letter; article-length writing sample; graduate transcripts; teaching portfolio (containing a statement of teaching philosophy, two or more sample syllabi, two or three packets of student evaluations with student comments, sample assignments, and any other teaching materials applicants wish to include); contact information for three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation; and a diversity statement to Prof. John Walsh, Interim Chair, Department of French and Italian, on-line at 

The diversity statement should address your contributions to diversity through research, service and/or community engagement. Applicants should share how their past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct position questions to Prof. John Walsh at

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled. 



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