JOB: Instructor of Francophone African Literature & Culture at the University of Chicago

Instructor of Francophone African Literature & Culture
Romance Languages and Literature
University of Chicago

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago seeks a specialist in Francophone literature and culture of Africa and the African diaspora of the 20th and 21st centuries for an initial two-year appointment expected to begin July 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Additional expertise in theater and performance, film, Atlantic and/or Caribbean studies, gender studies, and/or post-colonial studies is welcome.

The ability to work in languages besides French is highly desirable, as we expect the successful candidate to collaborate with faculty within and beyond our department. A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the faculty in Romance Languages & Literatures and across the Humanities Division, and we therefore welcome applicants from groups historically underrepresented in academia, such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Successful candidates will be appointed as Provost Fellows with an initial two-year faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment. Provost Fellows will teach one class/year, receive research support, and will participate in programming designed to help support them in their transition to Assistant Professor. Provost Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor at the end of their two-year term.

Candidates are required to have the PhD in hand, and no more than two years of postdoctoral experience, by the start of the appointment. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website,, by October 15, 2017.

Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that addresses current research, future plans for research, teaching experience and philosophy, and planned contributions to intellectual life
at the University; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement that describes the applicant's prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic research, teaching, and
service; 4) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 5) three letters of reference.

Position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

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