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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in French

Durham University - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Location: Durham
Salary: £33,797 to £49,553 (Grade 7 - Grade 8)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th January 2021
Closes: 15th February 2021
Job Ref: MLAC21-53

Responsible to: Head of School

Working arrangements: The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Open date: 8th January 2021

Closing date: 15th February 2021 at midnight

Preferred start date: Successful candidates will ideally be in post by 1st September 2021

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor (Teaching) in French. The appointment will be on the Teaching Track career path, and we invite applications from those with teaching expertise in French language and a record of high-quality pedagogical scholarship.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. At the forefront of our current activity is a programme of decolonisation, in which a commitment to antiracism is accompanied by a commitment to combating all forms of marginalisation in the workplace and classroom. Our goal is to decolonise the School of Modern Languages and Culture in all its aspects, including research and education. Details of our approach can be found at For more information, please visit our School pages at

French Studies in Durham is consistently highly ranked in the UK: it appears in the top five in major national league tables, contributing to Durham University’s top-20 placing for Arts and Humanities in the THE World Reputation Rankings 2020.

There is a team of six teaching-track colleagues and teaching specialists in French, whose pedagogical interests include the use of role-play in language teaching, and the assessment and support of the year abroad. A further 15 members of academic staff in French Studies are actively engaged in research and publication, part of an overall complement of over fifty research active staff in the School. Individual research expertise in French ranges from medieval and early modern studies to the contemporary and covers literature, cinema, theatre studies, political and critical theory, philosophy, cognitive methodologies, translation, post-colonialism, and gender studies. Further details can be found at and related web pages.

Applicants must demonstrate teaching excellence in the field of French language, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

While Grade 7 candidates may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria. The post will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period.

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