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Broadening the Intellectual and Cultural Horizons of Students

Foreign Language study is central to the mission of The University of Memphis to educate its students for a diverse and global society. With today's levels of foreign trade, tourism, international business, and international relations, knowledge of other languages and an understanding of other cultures is a must. Our Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers not only basic language instruction, but also offers advanced work in foreign literatures, linguistics, culture, civilization, and business.

Which languages can you study here?

You have a choice of eleven! Instruction is offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Students may complete a major with a single-language concentration in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish, or a two or three-language concentration combining any of the following: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

You can also create a minor in a particular language to enhance a major in such fields as Political Science, Business, History, Anthropology, Art History, English, and International Studies—among others! Check our four-year plans here.

What other opportunities can you enjoy in the University of Memphis Department of Foreign Languages?

  • Study Abroad: Semester, full-year and summer abroad programs for academic credit
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  • Weekly foreign language conversation tables
  • Language clubs and international film festivals
  • Award-winning teaching and research faculty, many of them native speakers
  • Assisting with the annual language fair competition for high school students
  • Excellent preparation for an International MBA degree here or elsewhere
  • Eligibility for the Mary Pettus Thomas Scholarship for foreign language majors
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    INSTRUCTOR OF CLASSICS/LATIN/ITALIAN:

    The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Memphis seeking applications for a non-tenure track Instructor position in Classics/Latin/Italian starting August 2016 pending availability of funds.

    Requirements: M.A. degree in Classics or Italian; native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English; successful teaching experience in lower and upper-division courses as demonstrated by recent student and supervisor evaluations. The successful candidate will teach 4 or 5 courses per semester in Classics, Latin and/or Italian. Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter (clearly outlining educational background, teaching experience and research interests), curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcript, recent student evaluations from calendar year 2015, and three email addresses for reference providers. Candidates should go to https://workforum.memphis.edu to submit all application materials. Review of applications will begin May 17, 2016. If you require additional information, please contact Dr. Cosetta Gaudenzi (cgaudenz@memphis.edu). The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution, is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.

    INSTRUCTOR OF FRENCH:

    The Department of Foreign Languages at The University of Memphis invites applicants for a one-year, non-tenure track French instructor position starting August 2016 pending availability of funds. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in French in hand or near completion with a specialization in Francophone literature and culture, native or near-native proficiency in French and English, and demonstrate a strong aptitude and commitment to teach language courses. Applicants must upload an application letter indicating their teaching skills, a curriculum vitae, an unofficial transcript, the email addresses for three references who have agreed to submit letters of recommendation on the candidate's behalf, and recent student evaluations (2015) at http://workforum.memphis.edu. Deadline: May 17, 2016. If additional information is required, contact Prof. Denis D. Grélé at ddgrele@memphis.edu. The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution, is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.

    INSTRUCTOR OF GERMAN:

    The Department of Foreign Languages at The University of Memphis invites applicants for a one-year, non-tenure track German instructor starting August 2016 pending availability of funds.
    Required:
    a) M.A. degree in German in hand by August 2016;
    b) Native or near-native proficiency in German and English;
    c) Teaching experience in lower-division courses using communicative approach and technology in the classroom;
    d) Recent student-evaluations (2015)
    e) Unofficial transcript;
    f) Curriculum vitae;
    g) Application letter describing teaching skills and teaching experience at the college level;
    h) Three recent letters of recommendation (Email addresses must be submitted for three reference providers. Workforum system will send an email to the reference provider giving them instructions to submit the letter).
    The successful candidates will teach up to five courses per semester. Applicants must upload requirements d through h and the email addresses for three reference providers whom you have contacted to submit letters of reference at https://workforum.memphis.edu. Deadline for submission of all documents: May 17, 2016. If you require additional information, contact Professor Heike Polster at hpolster@memphis.edu. The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution, is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.

    INSTRUCTOR OF JAPANESE:

    The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Memphis invites applicants for a one-year, non-tenure track Japanese instructorship position starting August 2016 pending availability of funds. M.A. in Japanese or language pedagogy required, native or near-native fluency in Japanese. Successful teaching experience in lower and upper-division courses as demonstrated by recent student and supervisor evaluations. The successful candidates will teach five courses per semester and also participate in departmental activities. Willingness to lead our summer Study Abroad program. Applicants must upload an application letter indicating their teaching skills, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcript, the email addresses for three references whom you have contacted to submit letters of recommendation, and recent student evaluations (2015) at http://workforum.memphis.edu. Deadline: May 17, 2016. If you require additional information, contact Dr. Yuki Matsuda at ymatsuda@memphis.edu. The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution, is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.

    INSTRUCTORS OF SPANISH:

    The Department of Foreign Languages at The University of Memphis invites applicants for two Spanish one-year, non-tenure track instructors starting August 2016.

    Required:
    a) M.A. degree in Spanish in hand by August 2016;
    b) Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English;
    c) Extensive teaching experience in lower-division courses using communicative approach and technology in the classroom;
    d) Ability and commitment to lead our summer Study Abroad program;
    e) Recent student-evaluation from calendar year 2015;
    f) Unofficial transcript;
    g) Curriculum vitae;
    h) Application letter describing teaching skills and teaching experience at the college level;
    i) Three recent letters of recommendation (Email addresses must be submitted for three reference providers. Workforum system will send an email to the reference provider giving them instructions to submit the letter).

    The successful candidates will teach five courses per semester. Applicants must upload requirements e through h and the email addresses for three reference providers whom you have contacted to submit letters of reference at http://workforum.memphis.edu. Deadline for submission of all documents: May 17, 2016. If you require additional information, contact Professor Francisco Vivar at fvivar@memphis.edu. The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution, is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.