Jul 052017

Academic unit: French
Category of appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Field of specialization: French Linguistics
Rank/Position title: Assistant Professor
Start date: January 1, 2018
Closing date for applications: August 31, 2017

About the position:

The Department of French invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary appointment in French linguistics at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning January 1, 2018.

The candidate will be expected to teach primarily undergraduate and graduate courses in French linguistics, with some occasional teaching assignment in the areas of research methodology and French-as-a-second-language. Teaching needs in French linguistics cover a comprehensive range of courses, from introduction to upper-year special topic seminars and, including foundation courses in a variety of subfields (such as syntax, semantics, morphology, sociolinguistics and linguistic analysis). In addition, the candidate will be expected to provide graduate supervision at the MA level, to actively engage in a program of research leading to significant peer-reviewed publications and to contribute meaningfully to the academic and administrative life of the Department.

The Department of French at Carleton University offers programs in French and French studies at the undergraduate and MA level, with a focus on French linguistics and French literary studies. Programs and courses respond to the academic needs of a predominantly English- speaking student population. The Department draws from linguistic expertise in the areas of sociolinguistics, phonetics, morphosyntax, language ecology and the study of French variation in general. Programs and courses build on an established tradition of approaching French studies from a North American perspective, and increasingly situate French studies in an expanded global context. The Department is committed to fostering a vibrant academic environment that can benefit student engagement and sustaining a strong collegial involvement in curriculum development.


The position requires a Ph.D. in French linguistics (to be completed by the time of the appointment). The successful candidate will demonstrate teaching excellence relevant to the position and a strong potential for developing and maintaining an innovative program of peer- reviewed research. Native or near-native fluency in both French and English is a requirement. Preferences will be given to candidates with a specialization likely to contribute to the department’s global and international focus on French Studies.

Application instructions:

The closing date for application is August 31, 2017. Applications must include the following in a single PDF document: a letter of intent, a CV, a sample of recent research, a concise dossier that includes written evidence of teaching effectiveness (minimally, teaching evaluations), and the contact information of three potential referees. The application should be sent electronically in PDF format (one document) to both Dr. Randall Gess, Assistant Chair, Department of French,
Carleton University (email: Randall.gess@carleton.ca) and Mrs. Marie-Eve Couture, Departmental Administrator (MarieEve.couture@carleton.ca).

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Join our intellectual and collaborative community of scholars. Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our University and the City of Ottawa, please visit www.carleton.ca/provost.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.