Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in French Studies

College: College of Arts

Department: School of Languages and Literatures

Date Posted: February 17, 2023
Deadline: March 17, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #23-09

Position Description:

The French Studies program in the School of Languages and Literatures invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to commence on 1 July 2023.

Housed in the School of Languages and Literatures, the faculty member will assume responsibility for teaching 4 courses per year (typically 2 in Fall and 2 in Winter) in the French Studies program. The faculty member will be expected to contribute to the life of the French section and the School more broadly. They will also be encouraged to forge connections with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph.



  1. PhD in Arts/Humanities, in hand at time of application;
  2. native/near native proficiency in French;
  3. a record of excellence in both teaching and research commensurate with level;
  4. teaching experience at the undergraduate level.


  1. PhD in French;
  2. Experience in one or more of the following fields: critical studies in improvisation, intermediality, adaptation, storytelling, performance studies, community-engaged scholarship;
  3. Experience in teaching in French. Expertise in Experiential Learning is considered an asset;
  4. The ability to function in English, as well as experience in teaching at the Graduate studies level.

The French program offers both undergraduate programs in French (Major and Minor) and an M.A. in French Studies. The French Studies program is part of the School of Languages and Literatures which is comprised of 19 regular faculty members and offers several undergraduate degree programs, including a B.A. in French Studies, Classical Studies, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, as well as minors in Italian and German. The School offers three different M.A. programs: French Studies, European Studies and Latin-American and Caribbean Studies.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

The deadline to apply for this position is March 17, 2023. Interested applicants should submit the following materials electronically by email (preferably as a single PDF file):

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness)
  • Sample of published research (maximum 20 pages)
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Statement (1 page)
  • Candidates should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately

Please send application materials to:

Angelina Candotti
Administrative Assistant
School of Languages and Literatures
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Email: candotti@uoguelph.ca

For other queries, please contact:

Stéphanie Nutting, Associate Professor
Chair, French Studies Hiring Committee
Email: snutting@uoguelph.ca

Screening of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit: School of Languages and Literatures. Salary for this position depends on qualifications and experience in accordance with the Collective Agreement terms.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

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