University of Connecticut, Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Position ID:UConn-Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages-497546 [#24923, 497546]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and French
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: French
Comparative Literature
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/05/26, finished 2023/08/16, listed until 2023/06/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (LCL) at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and French. The successful candidate will be able to teach courses on French film (film history and film genres), French literature (survey course), and the French colonial empire taught in English as well as courses in 19th-, 20th-, and 21st- French and Francophone literature and culture taught in French.  This is a nine-month, non-tenure track appointment with a teaching load of seven courses per academic year. Candidates must have their Ph.D. in French, Film Studies, Comparative Literature, or a related field in hand by the time of appointment (August 23, 2023). Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. 

Literatures, Cultures, and Languages is a vital department of more than 40 professors who serve our core mission — reaching out with languages, cultures, and literatures to achieve a deeper engagement with the world. This is an exciting time for LCL. In the last few years, we have added major and minor programs in Chinese, Arabic, and Islamic Studies to our long-standing programs in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, French, German, Italian, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and Spanish Studies. Additional languages taught in LCL include Persian, Irish, Korean, Modern Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, and American Sign Language. We are developing an across-the-humanities translation project aimed at producing publishable translations in collaboration with the Departments of Philosophy and History. LCL also offers exciting dual-degree programs in professional fields that provide opportunities for academic study and prestigious internships in different parts of the world. Our MA and Ph.D. programs support more than 50 full-time graduate students and teaching assistants and offer concentrations in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (which includes Chinese), French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, Spanish Studies, and Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies. Our department is deeply committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and we work together to build a community that supports all of its members.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Ph.D. in French, Film Studies, Comparative Literature, or a related field by time of appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Native or near-native fluency in English and French.
  • Experience teaching in a college or university.
  • Interest in teaching large lecture courses.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and mentoring a diverse student population.


  • Experience teaching large lecture courses on French film and literature in English.
  • Interest in program building.


This is a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. Course load 3/4 or 4/3 with possible repeats. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The term of the appointment is one year.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Three (3) letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, applicants should apply by June 15, 2023. If you have questions or need further information you may contact Dr. Valerie Saugera via email at   

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

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All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages
Oak Hall East SSHB Room 207
365 Fairfield Way U-1057
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269