Assistant Professor in Francophone Studies
French, Francophone & Italian
The Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies at the University of Kansas invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in any area of global Francophone literature and culture with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, or the Maghreb to begin 8/18/2023. This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment. We are especially interested in candidates whose research is interdisciplinary in nature and who could collaborate fruitfully with colleagues in other programs, including but not limited to the Department of African and African American Studies, the Kansas African Studies Center, the Institute for Research in Digital Humanities, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Francophone Studies; native or near-native fluency in French; record of excellence in teaching college-level courses; evidence or promise of a successful research program; ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators; willingness to direct or co-direct the Paris Summer Language Institute program.
The University of Kansas is located in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 100,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.
About the College
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness, houses a vibrant university wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding on relationships with centers and entities including the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional and local levels, and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in French and Francophone studies. Load is 4 courses per academic year, a 2:2 load.
Teach outreach courses taught in English.
Hold regular office hours for students.
Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
Mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research.
Maintain an active and productive research program.
Publish monograph and articles or comparable number of articles for tenure.
Publish in peer reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Give presentations at professional conferences.
Serve on committees at the departmental, College, and University levels as opportunities arise.
Participate in professional service.
Participate in departmental meetings.
Serve periodically as director or co-director of the Paris Summer Language Institute.
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at: http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights
Ph.D. in French & Francophone Studies is expected by the start date of the appointment.
Native or near-native language ability in both French and English.
Demonstrated Excellence in teaching French language and culture in a university.
Willingness to direct or co-direct the Summer Language Institute Program in Paris.
Contact Information to Applicants
Chair Bruce Hayes
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete information and to apply online go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23578BR. A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research agenda; (4) teaching portfolio (this should include two complete sets of student evaluations, a sample syllabus, and a teaching statement/philosophy); and (5) the names, email and contact information for three professional references. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI initiatives within the required application materials provided.
Application review will begin November 7, 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.