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Teaching Fellow of French and Francophone Studies

Widener University
United States, Pennsylvania, Chester
1 University Place (Show on map)
April 10, 2024

Widener University's College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Division invites applications for a one semester sabbatical replacement Teaching Fellow in French and Francophone Studies beginning in January 2023. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and a knowledge of current trends and research in their field(s). Teaching duties will include Elementary French II and Intermediate French II, both taught using the OER Francais Interactif and the videochat platform TalkAbroad. In addition, the successful candidate will teach a 300-level course in French on a topic related to Francophone literature to students majoring and minoring in French or taking the course as an elective for general education. The ability for this third course to contribute to racial-ethnic studies and/or gender studies would be welcomed.

The successful candidate will demonstrate experience teaching French as a foreign language in higher education in the United States. An M.A. or PhD in French and/or Francophone Studies is required with a preferred specialization in one of the following fields: West or Central African Francophone literature; or Caribbean Francophone literature.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:



  • Teaching; Coordination of co-curricular activities related to the French program.


Secondary responsibilities:



  • Advising


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required:



  • A demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education
  • Experience teaching French as a foreign language in the United States
  • MA or PhD French and/or Francophone Studies
  • Able to teach native or near native fluency in both French and English.


Preferred:



  • Prior experience in teaching literature in French at the undergraduate level
  • Extensive time living/working in West/Central Francophone Africa and/or the Francophone Caribbean.


Qualified candidates must complete the online application form at widener.edu/jobs. Please submit a letter of application, CV, transcripts, teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness as a single pdf. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent to . Review of complete applications will begin on November 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at

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