JOB: Assistant Professor – Black Studies and French or Spanish – Providence College


The Department of Foreign Language Studies and the Black Studies Program at Providence College invite applications for a full-time joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position in French or Spanish beginning Fall 2021. Candidates must possess a PhD in French, Spanish or closely related fields from an accredited institution. We invite applicants trained in race, race relations, ethnicity, gender, and Black Atlantic history, with particular expertise in Postcolonial Studies and African and/or Franco- or Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean literatures and cultures, intersectionality and/or community engagement. The tenure line would be located in the Department of Foreign Language Studies, with a 50% teaching and 50% service obligation to Black Studies. Qualified applicants would demonstrate an established record of scholarly publication, show commitment to student-centered, interactive pedagogy, and publicly engaged scholarship, as well as effective mentoring of our increasingly diverse student body. 

We are seeking to hire someone with the interest and expertise to teach foundational courses in the Black Studies Program, courses in her/his/their area of study (i.e. intellectual traditions, Afrodiasporic identities, Race and Gender in Latin American and/or the Francophone Caribbean) as well as language courses at all levels. As our student body, particularly within Foreign Language Studies and Black Studies, grows increasingly diverse, we have a strong preference for candidates with interests in student-centered pedagogical and mentoring practices. Moreover, as students of color and their allies have demanded in college and university protests across the nation, Providence College supports the students’ desire to hire faculty who demonstrate a deep commitment to and proven ability in supporting the success of students from historically marginalized economic, social, and cultural groups. The course load is 3-3 with the option for a one semester pre-tenure research leave after three years of service as a member of the Ordinary Faculty. 

Qualifications: PhD in French and Francophone Studies or Spanish by the time of the appointment; a commitment to scholarly research and publication is essential; native or near-native fluency in French or Spanish is required, and applicants must have their dissertation in hand at the time of appointment.

Requirements: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, a separate one-page statement on how you envision teaching the Introduction to Black Studies course, graduate transcripts, and three (3) letters of recommendation. Application information is available on the College’s web site at: deadline for applications is November 20, 2020. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. We will invite selected candidates for an initial virtual interview in Mid-December. Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Monica Simal, Search Committee Chair, Department of Foreign Language Studies, Providence College, Providence, RI, 02918,

Providence College is a Roman Catholic four-year liberal arts institution conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars and seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its Mission. Providence College is committed to upholding an academic culture and campus community that attracts and supports the development of a diverse faculty reflecting the global environment in which we live and work. As such, a pillar of Providence College’s Strategic Plan for Diversity involves “intentionally recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are drawn to, and supportive of, the mission of the College, and who have demonstrated a commitment to the human flourishing of each member of the campus community.” To review the strategic plan, please visit An AA/EOE, the College especially encourages applications from women and persons of color.