Adjunct Faculty – 20th-Century French History-Paris 12e

Nom du programme/ université/Program or University Name : CISPF - CIEE Paris Study Center

Intitulé du poste/Job Title : Adjunct Faculty - 20th-Century French History

Nature du poste/Job Type : Teaching

Lieu du poste/Location : Paris 12e

Type de contrat : CDD or Independent Contractor

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Founded in 1947, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) sees it as its primary missions to humanize international relations and foster peace through international education and exchange programs that promote intercultural understanding.

A nonprofit, non-governmental study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, CIEE sponsors a wide variety of opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experiences and helps people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

The CIEE Paris Center opened in 1973. Today, the center hosts a variety of programs, including Open Campus Block (OCB), Liberal Arts, Business and Culture and Semester in Paris every term. Our study center is located in the 12th arrondissement between Gare de Lyon and the Viaduc des Arts/Promenade plantée.


We are now looking for faculty to teach a course titled 20th-Century French History:

- The teaching assignment involves 1 section of approx. 15 students in our intensive, 6-week Summer in Paris program.
This section, taught in English, will meet on an intensive schedule (2h30-long classes meeting 3 times a week--M Tu Th--for a total of 40h). The first class will take place on Thursday, June 27; the last class, on Thursday, August 1. This section will meet from 9am to 11:30am.

CIEE uses the learning management system Canvas for its study programs. Our courses involve active student learning, skill development and experiential learning activities (site visits, attending events, guest speakers, round table discussions).

Please find the course description and the learning objectives below:


Course Description 

This course provides an overview of French politics and society in the 20th century. Specific topics include the First World War, the Front Populaire, the Nazi occupation and the Liberation of France, the Fourth Republic, the Algerian war, decolonization, May 1968, the role of intellectuals in French culture, immigration and a multi-ethnic France. Such cultural sites as the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Museum of the Army, the Museum of the History of Immigration and the many war memorials in the greater Paris area will accompany students in their study of France’s recent history.


Learning Objectives

    • Gain an overview of French history that will enable them to make much more sense of their environment here, and of what they read and hear about in the media, as well as of certain conversations with French people they meet.
    • Relate the country’s contemporary social cleavages and political controversies to the evolution of its recent history.
    • Gain a better understanding of France’s geopolitical role and ambitions.
    • Deepen their historical thinking skills as they revise concepts of causation, contingency, periodization, objectivity, interpretation, narrativity, etc.


Skills :


- A high level of fluency in English (beyond the subject matter to be taught)



- Prior experience with teaching, both face-to-face and online

- Familiarity with U.S. higher education, especially when it comes to grading standards and everyday communication with diverse student audiences

- Interest in pedagogy and methodology, as well as experimenting with new teaching techniques and approaches

- Excellent interpersonal skills such as listening, fostering classroom discussion, articulating lectures with more open activity formats, and enthusiasm about course materials

- Previous experience with online Learning Management Systems such as Canvas in a teaching or professional setting

- Interest in addressing students with diverse backgrounds and levels of familiarity on the subject, and getting them to collaborate

- Resourcefulness and creativity with the organization of site visits or guest speaker interventions in the course's learning sequence, and generally with learning outside the classroom.


Qualifications :

Highest degree in the field (ABD status is acceptable for doctoral candidates).


Other :

Legal permission to work in France is a condition sine qua non (CIEE does not sponsor visas).


Conditions :

We can work both through short-term contracts (CDD) and billing from freelancers. The gross hourly rate is 86 euros (+22% for self-employed lecturers, with additional VAT billing possible). It includes an onboarding online training, course design and preparation, course management, teaching and assessment/grading.

If you meet the requirements above and check several of the preferences, or for further inquiries, please contact the Academic Director for the CIEE Paris Center, Franck Le Gac (


Required Documents :

CV and cover letter, preferably in English.


Contact :

CIEE Paris Study Center's Academic Director, Franck Le Gac ( Please copy the Academic Team on any message (