Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in French - Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (DMLL) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in French as an Assistant Professor starting in August 2024.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is the multicultural epicenter of the university. As a collective, it represents the traditions and languages of almost every corner of the planet: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.

DMLL is a vibrant and research-oriented department. It offers eleven language disciplines, with majors or minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese Studies, and Spanish. In addition, coursework or a minor is available in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. The department has also developed specialized language courses for the professions: health, business, law, engineering, and diplomacy. The department offers study-abroad programs in Cuba, France, Japan, Jordan, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Taiwan. DMLL is associated with interdisciplinary programs in World Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Ethnic, Jewish, and International Studies.

Case Western Reserve University is located in the University Circle cultural district of Cleveland, Ohio, home of the nationally top-ranked Cleveland Clinic, the internationally famous Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Within a five-mile radius of CWRU are the nation’s second-largest theater district, several professional sports teams, a wide range of musical, artistic, and culinary venues, recreational opportunities, and numerous diverse communities in which to live.

The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematical sciences. The College comprises 21 academic departments, 35 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and 270 faculty members. Students are encouraged to conduct research in their chosen or related fields within the College and in collaboration with nearby cultural institutions.


A PhD in French, French Studies, or World Literature or Comparative Studies with an expertise in French. The field within French and Francophone Studies is open.
Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by February 15, 2024, though applications will be accepted for the search until a final candidate is selected. Electronic applications are requested through the Interfolio site. Candidates should submit their applications through the University’s Interfolio portal at:

Please upload the following materials to the Interfolio site:

1) a cover letter (no longer than two pages)
2) updated curriculum vitae
3) three current letters of recommendation
4) a statement on research (two pages maximum)
5) a statement on teaching philosophy (one page)
6) a one–page diversity statement which describes how your research, teaching, and/or service might contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion within your scholarly field(s) and/or how you and/or your collaborative efforts may promote structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which your continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.
If you have any questions, please email Department Assistant, Desirée Perry (, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.