Lecturer in Food Studies
University of California Los Angeles
United States

Lecturer in Food Studies - Decolonizing French Food through Literature and Film

Job #JPF05640
  • L&S Undergraduate Education - EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES

Recruitment Period

Open June 26th, 2020 through Sunday, Jul 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The UCLA Food Studies Program unit seeks a lecturer for Fall 2020 to teach an upper division undergraduate course in the Food Studies program. Given the interdisciplinary and evolving nature of the field, Food Studies at UCLA is looking for our instructors to represent multiple perspectives, and we encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply.

The Food Studies 187 course will explore the culinary traditions in France that are deeply rooted in legacies of colonialism. In order to “decolonize” French food, this seminar turns to literature and film, as well as archival documents such as advertisements, maps, and cookbooks, and engages with theoretical perspectives from postcolonial and food studies, feminism, and critical race and gender studies. Students will examine materials from across the French-speaking world—from Haiti, Guadeloupe, and Martinique in the Caribbean; to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean; from the Vietnamese diaspora in France, Canada, and the United States; to North, Central, and West Africa. Students will analyze questions such as, “In what ways do writers and filmmakers use food to interrogate the human, environmental, and cultural toll that French colonialism has taken on the world? How do their references to food demonstrate the complex cultural creations, exchanges, and asymmetries that have arisen from legacies of colonialism?” through discussions that will focus on literature and film, but will also take into account perspectives from the fields of history, anthropology, and biology.

UCLA has a diverse student population in one of the more diverse cities in the nation; we particularly seek candidates who have taught similarly diverse students in a major research university.

Required Qualifications:
• An earned advanced degree from an accredited university
• College-level teaching experience
• Knowledge and training in food-related history, specifically French food, French Literature, or related fields
• Experience in teaching writing and composition

Preferred Qualifications:
• At least three years of college-level teaching experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Must be capable of delivering high-quality instruction to a diverse student body
• Knowledge of popular media

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Proposed Syllabus
• Statement of teaching
• Names and contact information of two references

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Proposed syllabus
Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

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