Fellowship in French Literature

Wadham College proposes to appoint a Fellow by Special Election in French Literature in the period 1530-1800. This is a fixed-term, non-renewable, four-year appointment from  September/October 2019.

Salary: £33,199 plus allowances

Application deadline: 12 noon on 13 May 2019

Wadham College proposes to appoint a Fellow by Special Election in French Literature in the period 1530-1800. This is a fixed-term, non-renewable, four-year appointment from 1 September 2019 (or 1 October 2019) until 31 August 2023, with the appointment held in the first year on a probationary basis. The post is funded by Wadham College and is designed to support the teaching and research development of an early career scholar. The Fellowship will provide an excellent opportunity for an academic at an early stage of their career to develop their teaching and research portfolio.

Main Duties and Responsibilities of the Fellow by Special Election in French

College teaching

The successful candidate will share responsibility for the teaching of French within Wadham College. In particular, the Fellow will be responsible for providing six hours a week of undergraduate tuition in Early Modern French Literature and in French Language at Wadham, averaged over three eight-week terms (the College allows tutors to ‘weight’ their hours, so the actual contact time will be less – down to 4hrs per week). The successful candidate will be expected to teach topics in Paper III (Short Texts) and Paper IV (French Narrative Fiction) to first-year students; topics in FHS Paper VII (Early Modern Literature 1530-1800) and Paper X (Early Modern Prescribed Authors 1530-1800) to second- and final-year students; and translation to various year groups. Further details of the French syllabus can be found at https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/access/content/group/modlang/general/handbooks/index.html 

The Fellow will also be expected to carry out the normal duties of a College Tutor, including: setting and marking collections (internal termly examinations), and, in collaboration with the College’s Tutorial Fellow in French, Dr Emily McLaughlin, assisting with undergraduate admissions and access initiatives, attending Tutorial Board meetings, and sharing responsibility for the pastoral care of undergraduate students reading French. 

College outreach

As part of its outreach activities the College is planning to develop a Summer School in Modern Languages for sixth formers each August (akin to those run in Classics for the last six years, Biology and Politics). The post-holder will be expected to be closely involved in the development and delivery of this programme, from Summer 2020, assisted by the College’s two outreach officers. [For examples of this work in other subjects within the College, see https://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/schools/teachers


The Fellow by Special Election will contribute to the research profile of Wadham College by engaging in independent, high-level research and scholarship in the field of French. Applicants should either have a doctorate in French, or have submitted their thesis and be awaiting their viva by the time of interview. The successful candidate will have or will be in the process of establishing a record of high-quality publications and will have clear plans for independent research to be undertaken during the tenure of the fellowship. 


In addition to administrative duties relating to the teaching responsibilities associated with the Fellowship, the post-holder will be expected to contribute to the administration of the College. They will be a member of the College’s Governing Body (subject to appointment as charity trustee) and will be expected to play an active part in the governance and administration of the College, including serving on College committees.