Assistant Professor of French, Amherst College

14 September, 2015

Amherst College

Department of French, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst MA 01002-5000


Assistant Professor of French


Full-time, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor, with primary research interests in seventeenth- and/or eighteenth-century French theater, to begin on July 1, 2016.  Secondary research interests in any combination of the following are highly desirable: history, cultural studies, literary theory, film studies.  An interest in teaching “French theater in performance” as a means of developing students’ advanced-level oral skills in French is also highly desirable. 


Amherst College is an undergraduate liberal-arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.  The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.  Today, nearly one quarter of Amherst’s students consists of Pell Grant recipients, and many more are first-generation students; nearly half of our students are non-immigrant minorities.  Given Amherst’s mission and the composition of its student body, we seek applicants who are interested in working in a multicultural environment, in mentoring a diverse student body, and/or who have a record of teaching a diverse student population. 


The teaching load is two courses per semester. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of active research, teaching excellence, and native or near-native fluency in French.  Writing samples of no more than twenty-five pages will be requested of all candidates who are interviewed.  Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015, and continue until position is filled.   Candidates should submit electronically to  an application letter (addressed to “Professor Paul Rockwell, Chair, Department of French”), curriculum vitae, and three confidential letters of recommendation.


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