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Modern Languages and Literatures

Speak languages. Will travel.

Visit a medieval city and chat with the locals. Learn about biodiversity in Cost Rica and about the origin of German fairy tales. Take a course on Japanese manga. Read the novels of a Nobel laureate in the original texts. Travel through francophone Africa through its literature. Listen to the broadcast of your favorite La Liga team. Make friends. Learn about your heritage. Prepare for your future.

At the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures we offer courses in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. We strive to help you develop the cultural competence and the bilingual skillset that will set you apart as a globally aware professional.

Develop your second, third or fourth language while learning about translation, language acquisition, language and business, the cinema, cultural studies, digital humanities, gender studies, bilingualism, and the social aspects of language use.

Resources such as our Kawasaki Reading Room, Language Resource Center, the Language Lab, and the Global Classroom enable our students to have experiences that expand their worldview. Wherever you want to be in the world, we will help you get there.

How to Apply

Let curiosity move you to start your story at the College of Arts and Sciences. With over 30 majors in the college alone, specialized programs of study to match any interest area, the opportunity for hands-on experience through our nationally-acclaimed undergraduate research program, and a campus located at the heart of an innovative college city community of over 250,000 people, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers the ideal Big Ten collegiate experience for students at an affordable cost.

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New in 2016:

Assistant Professor of French: Francophone Literature and Culture

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures seeks a specialist in Francophone (African and Caribbean) literature and culture for a tenure track appointment in the department at the assistant professor level, beginning August 2016. Faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have a strong commitment to both scholarship and teaching. Thus, candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by August 2016; must show evidence of an active research program and of excellence in teaching; and native or near-native fluency in French and English. The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on Francophone literature and culture in French for majors, and in English for non-majors. Courses in French language and literature will be assigned as needed.

Interest in interdepartmental collaboration and interdisciplinary research in human rights, gender studies, global studies, and ethnic studies is desirable, as is experience or interest in the creation of study abroad programs in the Francophone world.

To be considered for the position, please go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_160008, and click on “Apply to this job.” In addition, please submit electronically a letter of application, a transcript, curriculum vitae, a writing sample of 15-30 pages, and three letters of reference to Ms. Shannon Parry (sparry3@unl.edu), the search committee assistant. The files must either be in Microsoft Word or pdf formats.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education. Salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2016, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Once a preliminary review of applications has been completed, candidates may be asked to submit a teaching portfolio. Initial interviews will be conducted by Skype. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

The Department incorporates eight major areas (Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish); it offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and has fellowships and teaching assistantships available to fund eligible graduate students. Faculty are active in a number of interdisciplinary instructional and research programs, including Women’s and Gender Studies, Judaic Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and a signature program in Digital Humanities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to and implement, with other faculty, the cultural/interdisciplinary focus of the Department.

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