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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 657588
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Romance And Classical Studies 10004746
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Faculty, Education/Training, Union

Working/Functional Title

Romance languages Instructor/Asst. Professor

Position Summary

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies seeks applications for a pool of qualified fixed-term instructors to teach courses in French, Italian, Latin, or Portuguese. The position can be part-time or full-time and varies by semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may not be needed in some semesters. Position is renewable and contingent upon funding and performance. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching lower and/or upper division courses, based on qualifications, in one of the languages listed above;
  • Holding office hours;
  • Preparing course materials;
  • Grading assignments;
  • Following course policies and guidelines;
  • Attending all workshops and meetings required for the class;
  • Preparing syllabi.

Appointments are initially for one year or one semester, depending on scheduling needs, but may be renewed based on funding and performance. 

Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. 

Required Degree

Doctorate -French, Italian, Latin, or Portuguese, or related field.

Minimum Requirements

  • M.A. or equivalent in French, Italian, Latin, or Portuguese, or related field. 
  • Native or near native proficiency in that language and English or advanced knowledge in the case of Latin. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, or related field.

Required Application Materials

  • a cover letter;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • statement of teaching/research philosophy that highlights candidate's alignment with some of our desired qualifications;
  • diversity statement, including any experience mentoring diverse students or faculty, or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence;
  • names and email addresses of 3 potential referees;
  • recent teaching evaluations from at least 3 courses, including student ratings and comments. 

Special Instructions

Review of applications will be ongoing. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website For more information, contact Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Anne Violin-Wigent, Department of Romance and Classical Studies at 

Applications will be reviewed as needed.


Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas and encourages candidates from underrepresented groups. We favor candidates who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ distinctive educational objectives, which promote interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and values diversity and inclusion as essential to achieving excellence.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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