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Position Number 1290
Posting Number F1729
Position Type Instructional Faculty – Full Time
Position Status Full Time
College/Division College of Arts and Letters
Department 100022 – Foreign Language Dept
Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience
Specify Range or Amount
Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No
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Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

General Information The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in French at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests that focus on Caribbean studies, though all areas of global Francophone studies such as the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa and/or Québec will be considered.  We especially welcome applicants whose interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching agenda includes Black Francophone studies, transnational or Diaspora studies, post-colonialism, critical approaches to race and ethnicity, and/or immigration/refugee studies, and who can create new and dynamic undergraduate courses in these fields for an increasingly diverse student body.


The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a central site on campus for the implementation of James Madison University’s internationalization efforts.  The College of Arts and Letters, intellectual home of humanities, social sciences, communication, and media programs at JMU, comprises ten academic departments, 269 full-time faculty, and several interdepartmental programs and centers.  Of note are the African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center, as well as the Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies Program, both housed in the College of Arts and Letters and serving as vibrant, interdisciplinary sites of scholarly and pedagogical innovation and exchange on campus. Opportunities for collaboration with these units abound.


The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers 11 languages. It consists of 27 full-time faculty committed to fostering relationships between faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community. Our mission is to advance understanding, promote racial equity, and drive change in pursuit of a more just world. We promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as our department’s core values as we strive to be a welcoming community where global cultures, languages, and communities are celebrated. The faculty are active in professional fields at the national and international level and are dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education.

Duties and Responsibilities We are seeking candidates prepared to teach language courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.  Teaching load is 3/3.
Qualifications Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of excellence in teaching French at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, as well as courses in Francophone literatures and cultures.  Applicants must have native or near native fluency in French and English. Secondary ability in Spanish is a plus. Experience or willingness to coordinate and teach lower-level French language courses is also desirable.  Familiarity with the use of multimedia technology in the classrooms is preferred.

Candidates must demonstrate their potential to maintain an active scholarly research program. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required, although the department will consider exceptional applicants at the advanced dissertation stage.

Conditions of Employment Per the Governor’s Executive Directive #18, new JMU employees upon hire must disclose to the University Health Center their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are required to be tested weekly.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.


Posting Date 10/11/2021
Beginning Review Date 12/01/2021
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2022
EEO Statement James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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Additional Posting Information Documents required for initial consideration:

  • a cover letter, which should speak to a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching as well as the candidate’s contributions or potential contributions to diversity within the classroom, College, and university
  • CV
  • 3-5 references
  • a diversity statement (Other Document #1)
  • sample syllabus for an advanced undergraduate course in Francophone studies (Other Document #2)

Review of materials will commence the first week of December, with video interviews conducted shortly thereafter.  Campus visits in 2022.

JMU’s Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document #1
  4. Other Document #2

Optional Documents


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