Université de Montpellier Graduate Assistant/Lecturer

The Department of Romance Studies sends a graduate student in French to the Université de Montpellier III for an academic year as part of an exchange.

Lectureship from Sept 1 through June 30, paying approximately 1150 euros per month for a 12-month period (first payment usually in early November). The work involved is generally in conjunction with English language courses, but it can also include American/British literature and civilization courses. Teaching responsibilities typically consist of working with discussion sections associated with an existing course taught by a UPV professor. The exact nature of these responsibilities will be made clear in meetings held at UPV after arrival.

After ROMS communicates the candidate’s selection to the UPV English Dept, the graduate student is responsible for contacting the latter regarding the necessary paperwork, for completing it, and for obtaining the appropriate visa in a timely manner prior to departure. It will also be the responsibility of the graduate student to pay the round-trip airfare to Montpellier (up to $1500) and to secure his or her own housing there, as well as to pay any fees associated with taking courses while there.

*Please note that candidates for this position must be native speakers of North American English (since the expectation is that the one who occupies the position will have grown up in the U.S. or Canada and be a representative of North American culture and language).

bruhnLiving in Montpellier was a wonderful experience on all levels, professional and personal. Obviously in terms of language skills living abroad is a very valuable experience, but I also benefited in terms of teaching and research. Teaching in another university system and teaching my native language instead of my second language helped me reflect on what I do here at UNC, as well as increasing my adaptability and confidence in the classroom. In terms of research, I was able to audit several literature classes at the university, and as I only worked three days a week I had lots of time for self-directed reading. Outside of the professional benefits, Montpellier is an incredible place to live—small enough not be overwhelming, but very vibrant with lots of music, art, and good food (not to mention delicious Languedoc wines). The nearby beaches are accessible by tram, there’s hiking in the area, and Montpellier is close to Italy and Spain, as well as many cities in France (Nîmes, Arles, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseilles, to name a few). If you’re considering applying for the exchange program my advice would be: n’hésitez pas!

Maury Bruhn

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 Graduate Assistant/Lecturer

The Department of Romance Studies sends a graduate student in French to the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 for an academic year as part of an exchange.

Lectureship from September through August, 1250 € per month after deductions for health insurance. Teaching will take the form of conversation classes with groups of fewer than 10 students. Class objectives will include improving fluency and comprehension, coaching for public speaking, vocabulary building and introducing students to diverse aspects of anglophone culture. Lecturers also help with the organization of exams. Lecturers are expected to produce all their own teaching materials, and participate in the creation of shared materials.

During the first two weeks in September a series of meetings will be organised to help lecturers with various aspects of settling into life in Paris, and with their work at the Sorbonne Nouvelle.

After ROMS communicates the candidate’s selection to the Paris 3 English Dept, the graduate student is responsible for contacting the latter regarding the necessary paperwork, for completing it, and for obtaining the appropriate visa in a timely manner prior to departure. ROMS will pay the round-trip airfare to Paris (up to $1500) and it will be the responsibility of the graduate student to secure his or her own housing there, as well as to pay any fees associated with taking courses while there.

*Please note that candidates for this position must be native speakers of American English (since the expectation is that the one who occupies the position will have grown up in the U.S. or Canada and be a representative of North American culture and language).