Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor of French and Spanish – Tenure Track

Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of French and Spanish starting in Fall 2019.

We are looking for a colleague with a strong teaching record in both cultural studies and language teaching, with research connecting the Francophone and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and wide expertise in communities of African descent in the Americas.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) field group and will collaborate with colleagues in other field groups to develop courses to strengthen Latin American Studies across the curriculum. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, as well as experience and interest in teaching language at all proficiency levels.

Candidates’ profiles should reflect humanities and/or social science perspectives on issues of contemporary relevance to Latin American Studies, and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and scholarship. Native or near-native proficiency in French and Spanish is required. Evidence of promise in scholarship and a PhD in French, Spanish, or a related field is required. Pitzer College has developed a nationally recognized community-based language learning approach that strengthens ties with neighboring communities, virtual communities, and study abroad sites. Thus, candidates with a teaching and research record and interests in the intersection of language, community engagement, study abroad experiences, and global/local issues offer a desired asset.

In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate‘s
responsibilities in teaching, curriculum, and program development will include:

  • Teaching a total of five courses per year as needed, both lower-division French and Spanish language courses, and upper-division courses in the area of Latin American and Caribbean Studies taught in French and/or Spanish;
  • Developing a standards-based communicative French language curriculum in close collaboration with the intercollegiate French program and contributing to the existing Spanish language and culture curriculum;
  • Participating in curricular design, development of pedagogical materials, professional development in proficiency-based language pedagogy and assessment;
  • Designing an integrated virtual community-based curricular component for French language students; and
  • Taking an active role in student advising and serving in college governance.

Collaboration is highly recommended with the Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies field group, the Gender and Feminist Studies program and the intercollegiate departments of Africana Studies and Latin American Studies.

The successful candidate may establish affiliations with one of several Intercollegiate Departments (Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies) and/or the Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research and Engagement. Pitzer College has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College’s distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility and the ethical implications of knowledge and action. Pitzer College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

A complete application will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, selected evidence of excellence in teaching and research, statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement and three letters of recommendation. Candidates should also submit a statement in which they address how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to the understanding of diversity at the College. The deadline for applications is October 5th 2018. Preliminary interviews will be held at the MLA convention in January 2019, and campus interviews will follow in early February 2019

Professional Recommendations
Contact information for three recommendation providers is required.
Applicants will be prompted to submit contact information for recommendation providers while completing the online application. Recommendation providers will be contacted via automated system email with a link and instructions for uploading letters following successful submission of the complete application.

Application Instructions and Deadline
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Special Instructions to Applicants

Pitzer College — a private, undergraduate, coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences — is consistently ranked among the best such colleges in the country. Located in Claremont, California, a city about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Pitzer is a member of The Claremont Colleges consortium and benefits from the shared resources of seven institutions.

Employment Requirements
Employment is contingent upon a candidate possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities to be able to successfully perform the essential duties of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities

Employment is also contingent upon new employees providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States. For positions requiring the use of a college-owned vehicle, employment is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the colleges’ automobile liability insurance. Final candidates in all staff positions will be required to undergo a background investigation; in addition some positions may require a physical lift test and pulmonary function test.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
Pitzer College adheres to both the letter and the spirit of Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs, and employment policies. Pitzer strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Safety Report: In compliance with applicable law, Pitzer College publishes an annual report containing statistical information concerning the occurrence of crime on campus and adjacent thereto, as well as policies and practices concerning security. A copy of this report is online at or by contacting The Claremont Colleges Department of Campus Safety: 251 E. Eleventh Street, Claremont, CA 91711-3947; (909) 621-8170.

Close Date: 10/05/2018