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Assistant Professor of French

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title

Assistant Professor of French

About the University

Western Washington University is a public four-year institution with competitive admissions.  WWU consists of seven undergraduate colleges plus the Graduate School, with a total enrollment of approximately 15,500.  Western is located in Bellingham, a city of approximately 87,000.  Situated between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, in an area of scenic beauty and extensive cultural opportunities, WWU offers easy access to major research libraries, both directly and through our library’s extensive interlibrary loan system.

About the Department

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is home to 35 faculty members, from 13 different countries, 20 of whom are in tenure-line positions. We offer majors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as minors in Russian, Latin, Greek, and Classical Studies. Faculty teach at all levels of an undergraduate program, serving an increasingly diverse student body, and are expected to conduct research and participate in service opportunities. Several department faculty participate in such interdepartmental programs as Canadian-American Studies, East Asian Studies, the Honors Program, and Linguistics.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences support Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University is inviting applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 2019. We are seeking a teacher-scholar with expertise in one of the following fields to teach a broad spectrum of French language and content courses in the undergraduate curriculum:

-Francophone Caribbean literatures and/or cultures

-Francophone Sub-Saharan literatures and/or cultures

-Medieval and/or Early Modern (including 17th-century) French literature and culture

Additional responsibilities include: Standard quarter-system teaching assignment; exemplary teaching; active program of scholarly activity; service to the French section and to the Department through a range of activities. The position requires a strong commitment to teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in French/Francophone Studies by time of appointment, with a focus on one of the following areas:
    -Francophone Sub-Saharan literatures and/or cultures
    -Francophone Caribbean literatures and/or cultures
    -Medieval and/or Early Modern (including 17th-century) French literature and culture
  • Native or near-native French and English fluency
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching
  • Ability to teach French language at all levels of the curriculum as well as content courses in literature and culture
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship and a dynamic research agenda
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, including a demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD with a focus on French and/or Francophone Cultural Studies


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted via WWU’s electronic application system (PageUp) at Candidates should upload (1) a letter of application describing teaching philosophy and research plans, as well as addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a separate statement that addresses your ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues, and your commitment to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students (max. length one page), (4) graduate school transcripts, (5) a sampling of teaching evaluations, and (6) the names of three references, one of whom must address the candidate’s teaching effectiveness. 

Confidential letter of recommendation requests will be sent out from our online application system.

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications begins November 15, 2018; position is open until filled.  

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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