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Hope College

Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Holland, Michigan 49423

Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies (tenure track)

Hope College seeks an ABD or a Ph.D instructor to fill a tenure track position as a Generalist in the field of Francophone Studies with an emphasis on culture and literature and with a secondary specialty that connects to the arts and/or social sciences such as film studies. Training and experience in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning will enhance an applicant's standing. Native or near native fluency in French and English are expected. Duties will include teaching all levels of French language courses, from the first-year level to 400-level seminars on the Francophone Experience in the Language Department as well as contributing to the General Education curriculum teaching load. Six four-credit courses per year. Strong candidates will demonstrate a record of excellent teaching and scholarship, and a commitment to the liberal arts in the context of the historic Christian faith. 



About Hope College


Hope College is a strong co-educational, undergraduate, residential, Christian liberal arts college of 3,300 students from 45 states and 35 different countries. Hope's beautiful and well-maintained campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan. Proudly affiliated with the Reformed Church of America since its founding in 1866, the College is known for its ecumenical Christian atmosphere. 

Hope is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship, and for providing professional preparation and life-changing experiences in a friendly and welcoming community. The College has consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and is featured in Colleges that Change Lives. Key to Hope's success is its rare combination of rigorous academic programs and a community life grounded in a relevant, inviting, and vibrant Christian faith. Reflecting that success, Hope is experiencing its third consecutive year of record enrollments.

Hope College is listed among the 40 schools highlighted in Loren Pope’s book, Colleges that Change Lives. The following excerpt conveys well the institutional ethos: me on friend\'s roof.jpg
"Every school in this book runs on the power of student-professor relationship; there’s simply no other way for a college to do the life changing work of mentoring and teaching students. But at Hope, more than anywhere else, students mention how much their professors care about them as people, not just as mini academics."
On Hope’s Global French Studies Program:
Our French courses have the reputation of being challenging: students who take our courses not only learn the language well—our overseas colleagues in Nantes, Rennes, Paris, and Nice comment on our students’ excellent preparation—but work hard. Thus, students taking Global French Studies at Hope, and those who major and minor in the language, are a dedicated and select group. Our students:


  • earn a high number of all-campus and senior awards each year;

  • contribute research projects in high numbers each spring to the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and present papers at the annual conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters as well as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR);

  • participate actively in study abroad programs each year;

  • are awarded, upon graduation, French Government Assistantships each year and are selected for the Peace Corps. They are also awarded Fulbrights. In the spring of 2014, one student won a very competitive Fulbright teaching assistantship to France (only six such positions are awarded annually to France), and another won a Fulbright Research Award to Cameroon.

Currently we offer:




  • A major in combination with majors in Business Management, Dance, History (with an emphasis on French History or on Francophone History), Art History, Communication, Education, and International Studies. tableronde1.jpg

  • A French House Practicum for students residing at the French House.

  • A Global French Honors Program, which challenges majors to attain a wider knowledge and a deeper understanding than is required for the major, in terms of reading, writing, and thinking about Global French cultures, history, literature, and the arts.

  • A Global French-Speaking Culture and Society Minor with the option of a May-June internship at the Nibakure Children’s Village in Rwanda or the option of French-Arabic Studies minor which allows students to study in Morocco or Tunisia.

  • A co-curricular program of speakers; a French Film Festival, started in January 2014, and a series of French films at the French House where we regularly host crepes soirees and other French events.

  • An annual French Newsletter distributed to the administration, prospective and current students and alumni.

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Applications are accepted online at www.hope.edu/employment/faculty. As part of the online application, candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation emailed directly from references to jobs@hope.edu. Application materials will be accepted until November 1, 2014.


Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.


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