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The Department of Romance Languages seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in any area of global Francophone literature and culture. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in modern and contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, or the Maghreb, although expertise in earlier periods is also welcome. We are especially interested in candidates whose research is interdisciplinary in nature and who could collaborate fruitfully with colleagues in other departments and programs at Penn, including Africana Studies, English, Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.


The teaching distribution for this position is two courses per semester. Candidates will be expected to teach courses from intermediate-level surveys covering a broad chronological and geographic range to upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in Francophone literature and culture. Native or near-native fluency in French is required. The ability to develop and teach courses that would expand our current offerings and be of interest to the broader Penn community, such as French for the medical professions, would be a plus.


The appointment will begin on July 1, 2022, and candidates are expected to have the Ph.D. in hand by that date. Applications must be submitted online via Penn’s Interfolio system (LINK), and should include a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample in French or English (20-25 pages), research and teaching statements, and three confidential letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications is October 29, 2021.


The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and the Department of Romance Languages is committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence ( We seek talented faculty, students and staff who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Underrepresented minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply, and candidates will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs (


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