Position: Romance Languages - French

The Department of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in French beginning in fall 2015 at the assistant professor level. The Department seeks a candidate well-versed in both hexagonal and North African literature and culture of the 19th and/or 20th/21st centuries. Interest in cinema and/or media studies welcomed. Promise of ongoing scholarly engagement and proven success in teaching are expected. The normal teaching expectation is four courses per year, which will include language courses and upper-level seminars in the candidate’s field of specialty. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in French. Ph.D. expected upon beginning appointment.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit letter of application, C.V., evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. teaching evaluations), and the names of three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 31.

A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of our college.

Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs. Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty. For further information about the College please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu

Official Job Posting

Thank you for your interest in joining our program. We are a thriving department with typically ten to twenty French majors and Romance Languages majors (who combine the study of French with Italian or Spanish) in each graduating class. Many of our students double major with another discipline, ranging across the academy. Our majors study away for a year or a semester in France or French-speaking Africa, choosing among a diverse group of programs run by other institutions. They go on to a wide range of careers in fields such as teaching, non-profit work, international business, law, and government.

The French program includes course offerings from beginning language through upper-level seminars in literature and culture and seeks to engage students with the diversity of French-speaking cultures at every level. We all teach two courses each semester. All of our 1000- and 2000-level courses are capped at 18 students and our upper-level seminars at 16. A typical teaching year for a member of the French section may include one introductory or intermediate French course (FREN 1101 through 2204), an Advanced French course (FREN 2305), a course in our Introduction to Literatures or Introduction to Cultures series (FREN 2407 through 2411), and an upper-level seminar in our own area of specialization. While we share common curricular goals at each course level, instructors have great freedom in the design of their individual courses. Upper-level seminars provide an exciting opportunity each year to link teaching to current research and to explore new interests. We encourage you to explore our curriculum page for a complete layout of our course offerings and progression, as well as a description of our major and minor requirements. In addition, we each occasionally lead individual senior majors in self-designed independent study in the fall semester that typically leads to an Honors Project in the spring, supervised by an individual faculty member with a committee drawn from the entire department. We have an active French club that brings together francophone students and students of French and sponsors regular events throughout the year. We benefit from talents and energy of two French-speaking teaching fellows who contribute extensively to the life of our program by teaching weekly conversation sections, leading the French table, and organizing events.

Our students are talented, bright, motivated, and diverse. In terms of its admissions requirements, Bowdoin is one of the most selective colleges in the country. The College has a need-blind admissions policy, allowing it to admit students without regard to their financial resources, and offering generous support for students from less-privileged backgrounds in the form of grants. Our Admissions Office also engages in an energetic outreach program that seeks future Bowdoin students in high schools across the country. These efforts have allowed Bowdoin to achieve significant levels of racial, religious, economic, and geographic diversity, further contributing to the intellectual and cultural vitality of our student community.

We are thankful to make our home at the College as members of the dynamic and friendly Romance Languages Department. We enjoy daily exchanges with our colleagues in Italian and Spanish that enrich our teaching and research. We work closely as a department on common issues and goals while maintaining a certain degree of independence in the operation of our programs.

Bowdoin offers its faculty excellent resources. Our library's collection in literature of French expression is strong and its ordering policy generous. We have quick and easy access to the resources of a large network of New England libraries through a consortium arrangement and beyond through interlibrary loan. Our Language Media Center boasts an extensive foreign film library and the collections of the acclaimed Bowdoin College Museum of Art are available to faculty for integration into their courses. Our Information Technology Department provides excellent daily support and grants for faculty initiatives involving technology.  The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good facilitates faculty initiatives for community-based teaching and research.

One of the great benefits of teaching at Bowdoin is the opportunity for collaboration with students and colleagues across the campus. Many of our courses are cross-listed in other departments or programs, and they draw students from a wide variety of majors. Our relatively small campus setting affords numerous occasions to engage with faculty in other disciplines— encounters that enrich our teaching, our research, and our general intellectual lives. The College offers many further possibilities for such intellectual nourishment, for instance by providing considerable opportunities to fund outside lecturers, and encouraging collaboration with colleagues both on campus and at nearby Bates and Colby colleges. The College also offers funding for major symposia. For example, "Caribbean Interorality in the New Millenium," a 2-day symposium, took place at Bowdoin in October 2012.

Scholarship and teaching are valued equally at Bowdoin. Faculty are expected to excel at both and are provided with substantial opportunities for financial support in these endeavors. We all have active and productive research agendas and significant professional engagements. Small class sizes and the 2/2 teaching load help make this possible. In addition, Bowdoin provides annual funds for faculty travel as well as competitive funds for research, travel and course development. A junior faculty sabbatical leave program also grants faculty leave from teaching to pursue in-depth research, usually during the fourth year of employment. This affords an opportunity to make significant strides in research and publication prior to tenure. The College has recently instituted generous post-tenure sabbatical policies as well, creating a new opportunity for sabbatical leave in the second year after tenure and compressing the time between sabbaticals to every sixth year (i.e. after five years of teaching service).

The Location

Bowdoin is located on a beautiful 110-acre campus in Brunswick, Maine a town of 20,000 that serves as the gateway to the mid-coast region. Brunswick and surrounding communities feature a welcoming environment for raising families, as well as an array of cultural resources, including galleries, theaters, independent bookstores and restaurants. Several other colleges are nearby (Bates, Colby, and the University of Southern Maine), adding to the region's cultural offerings. The area is also known for its great natural beauty, with beaches, shoreline, forests, and mountains a short drive (or in some cases even a short bike ride) away.

One-half hour south is Portland, Maine, the state's largest metropolis (75,000) and its cultural mecca. Portland is a lively city with theatre companies, art galleries, bookstores, a symphony, and an art museum. It has also achieved widespread recognition as a home of talented chefs, and features an astonishing array of restaurants serving an equally broad range of cuisine. In recent years, Portland has become an increasingly diverse community, with residents originating from Sénégal, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, and other nations, greatly enriching the city.

Boston is a relatively easy day trip away. It can be reached by car, bus or Amtrak Downeaster train from Brunswick in roughly two and a half hours. The bus stops on the Bowdoin campus and the train station is an easy walk.

For trips somewhat farther afield, we generally make use of the Portland Jetport, which has direct flights to many northeastern and mid Atlantic states. New York City is particularly well-served, with numerous flight options to all three of the city's airports. For international flights, Concord Coach Lines provides direct service to Logan Airport in Boston from the Portland bus station and the Bowdoin campus when classes are in session.

Bowdoin College is committed to equality through affirmative action and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.