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Tenure-Track Jobs Edit

Brigham Young University (UT) - TT Assistant Professor of RussianEdit

This is a full-time, tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor of Russian with a research interest in Russian language, literature, culture or linguistics. The ability and willingness to teach all levels of Russian language are required, and a strong background in language teaching methodology and a focus on proficiency are desirable.  Candidates must demonstrate evidence of an active research agenda, teaching excellence and native or near-native fluency in Russian. The PhD degree must be in hand by the start of the appointment in fall 2015. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and official transcripts to: Dr. Grant H. Lundberg, Department of German and Russian, 3112 JFSB, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602 

Direct inquiries to: grant_lundberg@byu.edu or to: germ-slav@byu.edu. The application deadline is Friday, 24 October 2014

BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

UPDATES:

  • Rejection received via mail (11/25) x 4
  • They are serious about hiring a member of the church for this position. Good luck to you guys! 
  • Rejection received (1/26) x 2
  • campus visits have been offered to 2 selected applicants (both have already visited)
  • Rejection and hire confirmed (4/1)

Brown University (RI) - TT Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies (Modern Russian Lit.)Edit

The Department of Slavic Studies at Brown University announces a tenure-track assistant professorship of Modern Russian literature and culture, with special emphasis on Soviet and post-Soviet periods, beginning July 1, 2015. Area of secondary specialization open, but preference may be given to candidates with additional expertise in visual studies (art, cinema, etc.). Knowledge of another Slavic cultural tradition is a plus. Interest in interdisciplinary collaboration expected. Demonstrated strength in research and publication and excellence in teaching required. Ph.D. must be earned by time of appointment. The candidate must be able to teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in 20th- and 21st-century Russian literature and culture, and upper-level Russian-language courses as needed. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English required.

Candidates should provide a letter of application, a dissertation abstract, a current CV, one writing sample of scholarly work (30 pp. maximum), a teaching portfolio, and three confidential letters of recommendation. All materials are to be submitted via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/25311) by November 1, 2014. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at MLA in Vancouver, January 8-11, 2015.

UPDATES:

  • [14/11/2014] Brown has changed the deadline for this job application: the new deadline is now December 1, 2014. Any ideas as to the reasons for this?
  • Hard to imagine they didn't get enough applications.
  • My guess: they realized there is no way they are going to have enough time to collect, read, and evaluate the applications until after classes are over. So they put it off until December.   
  • ...and extended the deadline so they would have more applications to read? Yep, that's it.
  • Has anyone heard re. interviews? [12/14/2014]
  • Called about Skype/MLA interview. [12/15/2014] (x3)
  • Called about interview at AATSEEL [12/16/2014]
  • Called about interview at AATSEEL [12/17/2014]
  • Received letter (12/16), dated Dec. 10, that they hope to choose finalists by late December and will be in touch with those selected at that time.  x2
  • ^ this doesn't make sense since they are conducting interviews at MLA/AATSEEL.
  • By "finalists," do they really mean the three or so candidates they'll invite to campus? Makes no sense indeed, given that first-round interviews aren't till January. 
  • I didn't receive either email. Not quite sure what to make of it. (x3)
  • Received letter (12/18), dated Dec. 11, that they hope to choose finalists by late December and will be in touch.
  • Received letter dated Dec. 16 saying the above.  Very confusing, especially since they've had all my documents since mid-October.
  • Does anyone interviewed at AATSEEL have a sense of their timeline? I forgot to ask before I left. Thanks.
  • ^By the end of January or so I think
  • That's good to know, thank you.
  • Anyone know why Brown is taking so long or if they are still interviewing? (1/21)
  • still nothing?
  • heard through the grapevine that they invited candidates to campus
  • No candidates were selected. Search will possibly be renewed.  (4/7) x2 (letter)
  • ^ I'm curious: was this a snail mail communication and were those who received the letter finalists?  I did not receive anything after an AATSEEL interview. Thanks.
  • ^Rejection came via snail mail to my department mailing address.  I was not a finalist.
  • Thanks for clarifying. This search certainly was one of the odder ones.

College of Charleston (SC) - TT Asst. Professor of Russian (Generalist)Edit

Assistant Professor of Russian, generalist in Russian Studies to teach undergraduates at all levels. 3/3 course load. Ph.D., collegiate teaching experience, a coherent and cohesive research program with promise for future production.

Position begins August 2015, full benefits and competitive salary. Strong command of Russian and English required; at least two years of full time teaching experience preferred. Additional duties may include, but are not restricted to, participating in department and college functions; advising students and clubs; occasional directing of summer and semester study abroad programs in Russian.

We seek an enthusiastic teacher dedicated to teaching and working with undergraduate students in our growing Russian program.

To apply, please submit the following documents: (1) a letter of application detailing experience/preparation; (2) CV; (3) statement of teaching philosophy; (4) three recent letters of recommendation; (5) unofficial transcripts via Interfolio. Please apply via Interfolio ByCommittee.

Applicant contact: Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro.

Applications must be received by November 1, 2014. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered. Preliminary interviews conducted from Charleston via Skype. To learn more about the College of Charleston, visit http;//www.cofc.edu; for German & Slavic Studies, visit http://german.cofc.edu.

http://jobs.cofc.edu:80/postings/3308

UPDATES:

Has anyone submitted their application yet? How do we apply via Interfolio without an Interfolio link?  Am I missing something? I'm new to this process. Thanks in advance!

  • http://apply.interfolio.com/26568
  • Request for skype interview (email) (12/2) X 4
  • Any updates or follow-up after the Skype interviews? I haven't heard anything.
  • If I understood correctly, they're planning on contacting finalists some time before Christmas. So in the next week or so.
  • On-campus interview invite via email 12/15
    • Congratulations and good luck! x2
    • Just curious is this ^ two people invited to campus, or two wishing them good luck?
    • Two people wishing good luck! 
  • Any news on this position? (1/13/15)
  • I believe they are in the process of scheduling campus visits.
  • Grapevine: offer made and accepted (2/13). Many congratulations!!!
  • Hire confirmed (2/16)

College of Wooster (OH) - TT Assistant Professor of Russian StudiesEdit

Tenure-track position in Russian language, literature, and culture. Ph.D. required. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English required. Area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with cross-disciplinary interests (e.g., a secondary field in film or visual culture, comparative literature, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, theatre and performance studies, Eastern European studies, Central Asian or Caucasus studies, Eurasian studies, border studies, environmental studies, international relations). Participation in the College’s interdisciplinary programs, including First-Year Seminar, is expected. The teaching load is 5.5 courses per year, which includes language and literature/culture courses, as well as advising of junior and senior major theses. Submit letter of application, C.V., 3 letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of 2 syllabi (1 language and 1 culture course), and copies of graduate transcripts through Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/26570). Review of materials will begin November 1, 2014. Preliminary interviews will be held at MLA/AATSEEL in Vancouver.

UPDATES:

Skype interview request received  x8

  • Skype interviews are meant to "help the Committee decide on a slate of candidates to interview at the MLA/ATSEEL Convention in Vancouver." 

Does anyone know if this is an inside hire? They have a VAP whose interests are very similar to the job description.

  • I've heard through the grapevine that it isn't an inside hire. That doesn't mean, of course, that the current VAP isn't a very strong contender. But I think they are looking seriously at other candidates as well. 
  • Request for in-person interview at MLA (email) (12/11) x7
  • Anyone remember the timeline for this one?
  • Yes... they said that it would be a while, maybe early or mid-February, before they schedule campus visits.

Campus invite 1/18 x2

  • Rejection letter with hire confirmed (email) (4/21)

Davidson College (NC) - TT Assistant Professor of Russian StudiesEdit

The Russian Studies Department at Davidson College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college near Charlotte, North Carolina, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Russian Studies, beginning August 1, 2015 (Ph.D. in hand preferred by 31 July 2015). We seek a gifted language instructor with an active and promising research agenda, a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students, and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of Russian Studies on campus as well as ongoing transdisciplinary collaboration with Davidson’s programs in Theatre, Global Literary Theory, and Writing. Teaching load is 4 courses in the first year, 5 courses annually thereafter, including one first-year seminar in the Writing Program. Area of specialization is open. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is required.

To apply, please visit http://jobs.davidson.edu to submit a cover letter, c.v., copy of your graduate school transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Completed applications received by October 10th will be guaranteed full consideration. We will be conducting interviews at the ASEEES meeting in San Antonio in November. Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission.

UPDATES:

  • Request for interview at ASEEES (10/17) x 7
  • Anyone hear re. campus visit?
  • Didn't they say that campus interviews were supposed to happen this week? I think we can assume that they've already chosen/invited their finalists. 
  • Rejection (email) 12/2: campus invites have been issued. (x4)
  • Bummer. Thanks for the update, you two. I haven't received a rejection yet, but assume it's coming.
  • Rejection (email) 12/20: offer made and accepted (x2)
  • Wait--did they hire two people? If so, double congrats!
    • I wish! I believe both were rejections sent to the finalists.
    • Just got my rejection email, too. At least it was a nice rejection email... 

East Carolina University (NC) - TT Assistant Professor, Russian Language and CultureEdit

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Russian language and culture, beginning August 17, 2015. Area of specialization is open. PhD or equivalent is required by August 1, 2015. Advanced ABD may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor, but degree must be conferred by December 31, 2015.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct interdisciplinary research, teach Russian language at all levels, offer large enrollment humanities courses taught in English (face-to-face and/or online) and collaborate with faculty from Social Sciences and Fine Arts departments within the interdisciplinary program in Russian Studies (http://www.ecu.edu/russian). Candidates with an interest in grant writing and developing cross-cultural curriculum related to 20th and 21st Century Russian literature and film, visual culture, media/global studies, cultural studies and/or digital humanities are encouraged to apply.

Selected faculty member should demonstrate commitment to teaching, research and service to the university, community and profession. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Screening will begin December 23, 2014 and continue until position is filled. Official transcript required upon employment.

Qualifications: Area of specialization is open. PhD or equivalent is required by August 1, 2015. Advanced ABD may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor, but degree must be conferred by December 31, 2015. Near-native fluency in Russian and English is preferred. To apply, complete a candidate profile and submit a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample online at http://www.jobs.ecu.edu. Also, arrange for three current, confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to: Chair, Russian Tenure-Track Search Committee, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, East Carolina University, 3324 Bate Building, Main Stop 556, Greenville, NC 27858. East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Visit this job posting at http://ecu.peopleadmin.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=76697

MLA JIL 12/05/14

UPDATES:

Has anyone heard from East Carolina?

Nope, total radio silence as of 1/17.

Not surprised. A deadline of December 23rd was pretty random. I can't imagine anyone looking at job materials over the holidays. Our department was a ghost town that week.

  • Request for Skype Interview (email) (1/23) x3
  • Invitation to campus (email) (1/31) x2
  • Someone has been offered the job and accepted the position--congratulations!
  • My congratulations, as well! I thought the department was absolutely lovely. 
  • Congrats to the hire as well.  It would be nice if the school actually did send a rejection letter to those who had campus interviews though...
  • Seriously. 

Harvard University - TT Asst. Professor, Polish Language and CultureEdit

Harvard University - TT Asst. Professor, Polish Language and Culture

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Polish literature and culture. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2015. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester (including survey courses, broadly conceived, in Polish literature). We are seeking an energetic colleague who will be committed to building our program in Polish studies, and who will share in the Department's administrative and advising duties as well as participating broadly in the academic culture of the university.

Candidates may specialize in any area of Polish literature and culture, including prose, poetry, film, theory, the performing arts, and visual culture. Expertise in Central and East European studies, including Jewish studies, is welcome, as is knowledge of another Slavic language and literature. We also welcome broader interdisciplinary interests in fields such as folklore and mythology, comparative literature, art history, intellectual history, political and social theory, or women's studies.

Qualifications: PhD in Polish Literature or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Polish and fluency in English are required, as is demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5724), no later than November 15, 2014:

1. Cover letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Teaching statement 4. Research statement 5. Names and contact information of 3 references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted) 6. Sample of scholarship, approximately 25 pp.

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information: Professor Justin Weir, Search Committee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact Email: Judith Klasson, klasson@fas.harvard.edu

UPDATES:

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - TT/Tenured Position in Russian LiteratureEdit

Russian Literature - Expertise in modern Russian literature and culture, focusing on the 19th-21th centuries 

http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/templates/publications_details.php?cat=5298&incat=&page=0&act=large&pos=8&tui=5298

Only candidates with Ph.D. will be considered.

Responsibilities include teaching required and elective courses in candidate’s field(s) of specialization (at the B.A.
and M.A. degree levels) and related disciplines. The main language of instruction is Hebrew. Successful
candidates are expected to conduct independent and original research at the highest academic level, demonstrate
academic leadership, apply for Israeli and international research grants, and cooperate with other researchers
within the Faculty of Humanities and other Faculties.

Candidates are requested to apply in writing to: Professor Dror Wahrman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

Applicants should provide: (1) Cover letter (2) Confirmation of receipt of degree (3) Curriculum Vitae (Please use – CV form: http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/upload/_FILE_1410770171.doc )
(4) Current list of publications (Please use - List of Publication form: http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/upload/_FILE_1410857699.doc )
(5) 2-3 page statement of research plans + a statement of teaching plans (6) Teaching evaluations (if available, from the past three years)
(7) Two representative publications (8) Letters of recommendation from only three referees sent directly by the recommender

Complete applications must be submitted by 2 November 2014.
This announcement is not an obligation to accept candidates in any or all fields.

Applications submitted not according to this specifications will not be considered. In addition, Candidates must
mail a hard copy of the documents listed above.

Mailing address: Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel

For additional information please contact the Office of Academic Personnel at
02-5883720 or email: mayabe@savion.huji.ac.il

Rank to be determined according to the candidate's qualifications.

UPDATES:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY) - TT Asst. Professor, Russian Language and CultureEdit

The Russian Area Studies Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges announces a tenure-track position in Russian Language and Culture at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in Fall 2015. We especially welcome candidates from underrepresented groups, candidates who have experience with diverse populations, and candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Responsibilities include teaching all levels of Russian language, culture courses (in English), and general-education courses such as first-year-seminars; contributing to the development of the curriculum, including a new capstone course; academic advising; participating in the Russian Area Studies Program's extracurricular activities (Russian table, language competitions, and others); leading summer programs in Russia (in alternation with other program faculty); and service to the program and to the institution.

Requirements: native or near-native fluency in Russian and English, PhD in Russian (in hand by July 1, 2015), demonstrated experience and ability in Russian language teaching and the teaching of courses in translation, familiarity with teaching and mentoring American undergraduates, and experience working in effectively in diverse environments. Preference will be given to candidates whose credentials would enhance our offerings in the cultures of the non-majority peoples of the Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and/or Russian Federation.

Initial applications should be made electronically. Send a letter of interest and c.v. to David J. Galloway, Search Committee Chair, c/o Dorothy Vogt, Academic Department Coordinator, vogt@hws.edu, or via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/25883). The application deadline is October 15, 2014. After an initial review, additional materials will be requested from selected applicants, some of whom may be invited to in-person interviews at the 2015 AATSEEL conference. EOE

UPDATES:

  • Anyone heard anything yet? (11/15) - not me (11/15)
  • Rejection email (11/19) x 7
  • Email interview request (11/21)x6

Has anyone not received a rejection, nor invitation?

  • I haven't received rejection/invitation. (x2) Any thoughts on what that may be about?
  • It could mean you're in a reserve pool in case all the first round of candidates are unsatisfactory. 
  • Email invitation for AATSEEL interview and request for additional materials. 12/1.

Said that should be issuing campus invites late January at earliest.

  • Invitation to campus (via email) 1/28
  • Rejection letter (via email), hire confirmed (3/11)

Kenyon College (OH) - TT Asst. Professor of RussianEdit

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Kenyon College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Russian beginning August 2015. A Ph. D. in hand and native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English are required. Specialization open, but an ability to teach all levels of Russian language, literature, and culture courses is expected. Evidence of successful undergraduate teaching experience in the US and a proven commitment to scholarship are essential.

Applications must be received by November 1, 2014. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference. For application instructions (online only), visit http://employment.kenyon.edu. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Kenyon College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph. D. in hand and native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English are required.

UPDATES:

Any news on this one?

  • Invitation to interview at AATSEEL (12/2) x 3
  • Invitation to campus (1/20)
  • Rejection letter -- hire confirmed (3/11)

Lawrence University (WI) - TT Assistant Professor in RussianEdit

Lawrence University’s Russian Department invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track) with an expected start date of September 1, 2015.  The successful applicant should demonstrate excellence in teaching both language and culture, and provide evidence of both scholarly accomplishment and a serious scholarly agenda.  We seek someone with native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English, and PhD in hand by August 2015. Field of specialization is open, but we are looking for someone comfortable teaching courses in both 19th and 20th century Russian literature and culture, and who will complement and add to existing course offerings.  Interest in contemporary Russian literature and culture is welcomed.  Applicants who could contribute to one or more of Lawrence’s Interdisciplinary Areas (e.g. Film Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies) should indicate this interest.

Duties include teaching courses in the Russian language at all levels, as well as English-language courses on Russian culture; teaching load is two courses per trimester.  We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in differentiated instruction, including teaching students at different levels of proficiency in the same advanced course. Other duties include advising students, the redesign of the Russian Studies major, and the assessment of department curriculum.  All Lawrence faculty members are expected to participate periodically in Lawrence’s Freshman Studies program.

Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music, known for the quality of both its classroom and tutorial education, research opportunities for undergraduates, and faculty of teacher/scholars and teacher/artists. Founded in 1847, Lawrence is a community of 1,500 intellectually curious students that bring a diversity of experience and thought from nearly every state and 50 countries outside the U.S.

Lawrence has a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of its faculty — a commitment recently ratified by an all-faculty vote. We especially encourage qualified candidates from diverse communities constituted by race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation to apply to our position.  Candidates are encouraged to read more about Lawrence at https://lawrencecareers.silkroad.com/lawrenceuniversity/About_Us.html and to address in their letters of application the ways in which they could contribute to Lawrence’s institutional mission and goals.  This website also includes informational resources about the University and the surrounding community.

Interested applicants should apply online and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans at https://lawrencecareers.silkroad.com. Applicants should also have three letters of reference sent tosearch_russian@lawrence.edu

Electronic submission of application materials is preferred. Review of applications to begin immediately; for full consideration, all materials should be submitted by October 31, 2014.

First-round interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES conference in San Antonio, TX (November 20-23).  Candidates unable to attend the conference may request an interview via Skype.  Please direct such requests, and any questions, to peter.j.thomas@lawrence.edu.

UPDATES:

  • Request for interview at ASEEES (11/14) x4
  • Anyone heard about campus visits? Were they supposed to contact the candidates this past week, ending December 12?
  • My understanding was that it was this coming week.
  • Invitation for campus interview received 12/24
  • Offer made and accepted (03/02)

New York University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor, 20th c. Russian LiteratureEdit

The Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor from scholars whose work focuses on 20th-century Russian literature. Specialization in Modernism and/or poetry particularly desirable; other areas of specialization welcome as well. Position is to begin September 1, 2015, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching and departmental service; teaching load is two courses per semester. Must have the PhD in hand by September 1, 2015.

Applicants should apply online by submitting a c.v., a letter of application, three references, and a short writing sample such as an article or chapter via the Department of Russian & Slavic web site: http://russianslavic.as.nyu.edu/page/facultysearches. [EDIT: incorrect link.  Correct application link is https://www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp.]

We will begin reviewing applications by October 1, 2014; the deadline for applications is October 17, 2014. First-round interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES conference in San Antonio, TX (November 20-23).

UPDATES:

Has anyone heard anything about this job? (11/2)

  • - Not me (11/4)
  • Request for interview at ASEEES (11/05) x 3
  • Rejection email (11/07) x 5
  • Invitation to campus (12/10) 
  • Position filled (word of mouth). 

Ohio State University (OH) - TT Asst. Professor, Russian and Translation StudiesEdit

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures is seeking a candidate for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Translation Studies. Viable candidates should have a background in the theory or practice of translation, a record of work as a published translator (or interpreter), and/or experience in translation pedagogy and academic programs focused on translation. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate excellent Russian language skills, as well as experience teaching in a North American academic setting. Expertise in an additional language (Asian, Germanic, Romance, or Slavic) is also highly desirable. The position would require the candidate to offer courses in Russian language, culture, or literature as well as in his or her area of specialization. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. Qualifications: Viable candidates should have a background in the theory or practice of translation, a record of work as a published translator (or interpreter), and/or experience in translation pedagogy and academic programs focused on translation. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate excellent Russian language skills, as well as experience teaching in a North American academic setting. Expertise in an additional language (Asian, Germanic, Romance, or Slavic) is also highly desirable. The position would require the candidate to offer courses in Russian language, culture, or literature as well as in his or her area of specialization. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, at least one sample translation together with the source text, and three letters of reference. Inquiries may be directed to Helena Goscilo, Chair of Search Committee, at goscilo@gmail.com.

Review of applications will begin on 25 September 2014, and we encourage submission before that date. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4493

UPDATES:

  • Email invitation for Skype interview (11/3)
  • Just out of curiousity, is this search still happening? (2/3)
    • I interviewed and have not heard anything back. (2/4) x2
    • Through the grapewine: they scheduled on-campus visits (2/18)
  • Offer made and accepted (3/11)

Stanford University (CA) - TT Advanced Asst. or Assoc. Professor of Slavic Languages and LiteraturesEdit

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford University is seeking applications for an advanced assistant or tenured associate professor in the primary area of Russian literature and culture, to begin September 1, 2015. The area of specialization is open; candidates with a secondary interest and/or training in other disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarly publication, including a monograph, as well as excellence in teaching. They should combine a significant research specialization with competence in all periods of Russian literature and culture in order to teach a broad range of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as contributing to collaborative research and teaching initiatives within and beyond the department. Near-native fluency in Russian and English is required. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures belongs to the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, an innovative consortium of departments that collaborate on curricular and research initiatives.

All applications materials must be submitted online via http://www.AcademicJobsOnline.org. Junior applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, three confidential letters of recommendation, writing sample, and a brief statement of research interests (no more than three pages). Applicants who already have tenure are not asked to submit the letters of recommendation. For full consideration, please transmit all materials by November 1, 2014.

UPDATES:

  • Rejection email (11/25) x 3
  • Invitation for Skype interview (11/24) x 2
  • Rejection email after interview (12/21)
  • Word of mouth: offer made and accepted (2/20)

United States Air Force Academy (CO) - Assistant Professor of Russian (#15-13DFF)Edit

The Foreign Language Department anticipates filling a full-time Assistant Professor of Russian teaching position. The anticipated start date for this position is May 18, 2015. This appointment is for three years only and moving expenses are authorized for members who reside outside of the local area only. Termination date will be June 30, 2018. Successful candidates will demonstrate the potential for teaching excellence, academic service, sustained intellectual contributions, and will have native or near native Russian language skills.

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in Russian, Russian Literature, Russian History, and/or Russian Socio-Cultural/Political Studies, and/or Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, and/or Foreign Language Education with emphasis in Russian is required.

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is located just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. USAFA is an undergraduate institution which awards the Bachelor of Science degree as part of its mission to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead in the United States Air Force and in service to our nation. Faculty applications are invited from candidates who can contribute to this mission by interacting with cadets, both in and out of the classroom. Applications are invited from candidates with strong interests in teaching and developing undergraduate courses. Facility with computers and advanced technology to enhance education is desirable. The Academy faculty is an integrated group of military and civilian educators. The student body consists of approximately 4,000 men and women representing every state and several foreign countries. The curriculum includes core academic and professional courses, and 31 disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors.

Requirements: The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply: Go to http://www.usajobs.gov. Type in “USAF Academy” in the “Where” box and click on “Search Jobs.” Then scroll down until you locate this position. Finalists may be invited to interview and demonstrate classroom instruction at USAFA. Applications must be received by January 5, 2015. U. S. citizenship required. The U.S. Air Force Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. The Air Force believes that diversity is essential to accomplishing its mission. The Air Force Academy highly values individuals who have a demonstrated ability to work successfully with and help develop individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. For the Air Force, diversity encompasses: personal life experiences, geographic background, socioeconomic background, cultural knowledge, educational background, work background, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical/spiritual perspectives, age, race, ethnicity, and gender.

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University of California, Berkeley (CA) - TT Assistant Professor in Modern Russian LiteratureEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time faculty position at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track) in modern Russian literature with an expected start date of July 1, 2015.

The Department seeks candidates whose primary specialization is in twentieth century Russian literature and culture (the long twentieth century: 1890s to the present). Interest in late-Soviet and post-Soviet literature and culture is welcomed. Interdisciplinary interests and ability to teach courses in other historical periods are preferred.

Basic qualification: the completion of all Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) requirements except the dissertation by the time of application.

A completed Ph.D. or equivalent is required by the appointment's start date.

Additional qualifications: demonstrated research, teaching, and administrative ability; near native competence in Russian and English.

Duties include teaching, research, and service.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Applications must be received by November 3, 2014. Please direct questions to issahr@berkeley.edu.

Interviews will be conducted at the annual conference of the AATSEEL, January 8-11, 2015, in Vancouver, Canada. Applicants invited for interviews will be notified in advance.

Apply at: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00521

UPDATES:

  • Am I right in assuming that interview invitations have been sent out by now? Please share your news...
  • Not necessarily. Princeton sent out its AATSEEL interview invitations at the end of December last year... 
  • 12/14/14: Has anyone received an interview invite?
  • Rejection email 12/16 x1 12/17 x2 12/18 x1 12/28 x2 12/29 x1 1/3 x2
  • Invitation to AATSEEL interview via email 12/16
  • Through the grapevine: campus visits in progress (2/3)
  • no finalist selected; position may be reopened next year (3/23)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) -- TT Asst./Assoc. ProfessorEdit

The UCLA Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure) of Russian literature, beginning July 1, 2015. We are looking for applicants with Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, possessing native or near-native fluency in Russian and English. The area of specialization is open, but a strong research profile in Russian literature of the Realist period (1840s-1890s) would be particularly welcome, coupled with interdisciplinary interests in such areas as East European and Eurasian cultures, cinema, the visual arts, music, digital humanities and translation studies. Dynamic teaching skills are essential; instructional responsibilities include both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as dissertation supervision. Dossiers should include a cover letter describing research and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation; these should be submitted electronically via UCLA’s Academic Recruit site: http://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/jpf00580. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AATSEEL Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia in early January, 2015. Applicants wishing to be considered for interviews at the convention should submit their dossiers no later than November 20 and instruct recommenders to do so as well. The closing date for all applications is December 31, 2014. Address all inquiries about the application process to Jasmine Lin at slavic@humnet.ucla.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of its commitment to serve the people of California, maintain the highest standards of excellence, and offer its students varied perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age or protected veteran status.

UPDATES:

  • It doesn't say so in the ad, but when you go to upload the application, you will be asked to upload separate research and teaching statements as well.
  • The description on the Academic Recruit site says the research and teaching statements can be integrated into your cover letter. But in the application itself, there are separate "required" links for research and teaching statements. Does anyone know whether the system will let you apply without uploading research and teaching statements?
  • The system won't let you, but the wonderfully helpful Jasmine Lin will. When you're done uploading your cover letter and c.v., just email her at jasmine@humnet.ucla.edu, and she will manually mark your application as "complete."  
  • Request for interview in Vancouver (email) (11/25) x5
  • Invitation to campus (email) (1/17) X2
  • position filled (through the grapevine) (4/6)
    • Rejection letter with hire confirmed (email) (5/5)

University of Chicago (IL) - TT Asst. Professor, Comparatist (19th-20th c. German and Russian Lit)Edit

The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to appoint a comparatist specializing in novel and film, with particular emphasis on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German and Russian literature and culture, but with a broad historical, cultural, and interdisciplinary range. Interest in rhetoric and narratology desirable. This entry-level Assistant Professor position is expected to begin Autumn Quarter 2015. Conferral of PhD by June 30, 2015 is required.

For full consideration all application materials should be received by September 22, 2014. The following materials must be received before an application is considered completed: 1) A cover letter and curriculum vitae to be sent online through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website at http://tinyurl.com/murlmrl, posting #53591. 2) A copy of the cover letter and curriculum vitae, a dissertation abstract, and a chapter-length writing sample to be mailed to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 3) Three recommendation letters to be sent separately by the recommenders to Rose Watson orwatson@uchicago.edu. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

https://apply.interfolio.com/26002

MLA JIL 09/12/14

UPDATES:

University of Glasgow (UK) - Lecturer (Asst Professor) in Russian Edit

Job Purpose: To undertake high-quality research and research supervision, to make an active and high level contribution in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Russian, and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

To develop and sustain individual / joint research projects of international standard and demonstrable in the School, Centre or relevant Unit of Assessment and to pursue and secure external funding for the same through successful grant applications to Research Councils and other funding bodies. 

  • To contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Unit of Assessment, School and College, including maintaining a track record of high quality publications and demonstrable impact.
  • To participate fully in the School, College and University’s research culture and to attend and participate in appropriate research seminars/conferences.
  • To be responsible for the supervision and training of postgraduate, Masters and doctoral students and to ensure their effective development in line with University and (where relevant) funder guidelines
  • To participate in the design, review, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities in accordance with the School’s programmes, including the delivery and development of cross teaching and employability initiatives.
  • To participate fully in the assessment process (using a variety of methods and techniques) and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning.
  • To undertake School/College level administration as directed and supported by the Head of School or VP Head of College.
  • To work effectively in co-operation with colleagues in the School, College and University as a whole. 
  • To provide student support at College level, normally through acting as an adviser.
  • To develop research and where appropriate teaching initiatives, which support the School and College Knowledge Exchange agendas.
  • To engage in professional development as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision. http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_180610_en.pdf
  • To teach Russian to undergraduate and / or postgraduate students and to contribute either to cross-School teaching in Comparative Literature or Translation Studies, or to cross-College teaching on Russian society and cultural studies.

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £33,242 - £37,394 per annum. Interviews and presentations for this position are likely to be held on 23 October 2014. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies. The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career. Information on the programme can be found on our website at:  http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/staff/all/pay/earlycareerdev/  New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AJN257/lecturer-in-russian/ Ref: A60100; Closing date: 5th October 2014

UPDATES:

  • The post says interviews will be held 23 October.  Has anybody heard anything?
  • Rejection letter received 10/24 x 4

University of Southern California (CA) - Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and LiteraturesEdit

The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant professor in the area of 19th and/or 20th-century Russian literature. In addition to Ph.D. by August 2015 and significant scholarly potential, native or near-native fluency in Russian is required. The successful applicant will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, including courses in the University's general education program.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/29577 Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly writing, and the names of three individuals who can be contacted by USC for references.

In order to receive full consideration materials should be submitted no later than November 1, 2014. The department expects to conduct preliminary interviews at the ASEEES convention in San Antonio, Texas in November 2014 and the AATSEEL convention in Vancouver, British Columbia in January 2015.

UPDATES:

  • FYI: The cover letter, CV, and writing sample are all supposed to be one PDF.  Happy formatting!
  • Anyone hear anything about this one?  Are you they still planning on conducting interviews at ASEEES?  Bueller?
  • Request, by email, for an interview at either ASEEES or AATSEEL (11/12) x3
  • Did anyone ask when they would get back to us? Wondering if they're really planning a second round of interviews at AATSEEL.
  • No... I should've asked, but didn't. Was too busy feeling anxious. 
  • Yes, they are planning on interviews at AATSEEL.
  • Anybody hear if they've invited people to campus??
  • They are still in the process of interviewing people via Skype who couldn't attend AATSEEL. (1/19)
  • Any idea about when this process will end? Or are they still planning to conduct preliminary interviews at the ACLA? (Sigh.)
  • Invitation to campus (email) (1/26) x2 (1/30)
  • Congrats! When you're on campus, ask when USC last granted tenure to an assistant professor in Slavic, and why. Your mind will be blown.  But it will show how aenemic the department is.  Five professors and one assistant professor. And at least a half dozen departed, assistant professors in the last twenty years.
    • Offer accepted (3/23).
    • Rejection with hire confirmed (3/31).

University of Toronto (CAN) - TT Assistant/Associate Professor in Russian Poetry and Historical Poetics Edit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant or Associate Professor appointment in 18th and early 19th century Russian Poetry and Historical Poetics, beginning July 1, 20t5. 

The successful candidate must have a PhD. at the time of application. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and in English is required. Candidates must have a record of excellent scholarly achievement and promise, and evidence of excellence in teaching. The successful candidate must show significant achievement in research and publications in 18th and early 19th century Russian poetry and historical poetica, as well as extensive experience designing and teaching Russian language, literature, and culture courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must have North American teaching experience. The appointee will be expected to teach Russian language, literature, and culture courses at all levels. A documented interest in comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary research and curriculum development is considered a strong asset. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by selecting the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a sample of academic writing, and a statement outlining current and future research interests. 

If you have questions about this position, please Contact Professor Donna Orwin at: donna.orwin@utoronto.ca

All application materials should be submitted online by June 19, 2014.  Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.  Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the department via e-maíl lo Toni Eyre at t.eyre@utoronto.ca by June 19, 2014. 

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Williams College (MA) - TT Asst. Professor of RussianEdit

The Department of German & Russian invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Russian (tenure-track) beginning July 1, 2015. Qualified candidates must be able to teach Russian language at all levels, Russian literature and culture, and Comparative Literature. While the area of specialization is open, the department has particular interest in candidates who can offer cross-disciplinary courses in the humanities and social sciences that address Russia and Eurasia more broadly, so that they not only support but also expand the department’s existing curriculum. Native or near-native proficiency in the language is required; the Ph.D. should be in hand by the date of appointment. The teaching load is four semester courses per year plus a January course every other year. Application deadline: December 1, 2014. Preliminary interviews will be held at the MLA/ATSEEL conferences in Vancouver in January 2015. For initial application, submit cover letter, CV, 3-4 letters of reference, 2 sample syllabi (for 1 Russian language and 1 literature course), and graduate school transcripts. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired.

All materials should be addressed to Julie A. Cassiday, Chair, Department of German & Russian, and must be submitted through Interfolio. Fax and e-mail applications will not be accepted. All queries should be directed to Julie.A.Cassiday@williams.edu. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check (further information available at http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/).

Position Begins: July 1, 2015

Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Apply Online at http://apply.interfolio.com/25695

UPDATES:

  • Does anybody know if they are still planning to interview in Vancouver? 
  • Request for an interview at AATSEEL x 7 (12/16)
  • Campus invite 1/16 x 4
  • Rejection letter: Hire confirmed (2/26)

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term AppointmentsEdit

Colby College (ME) - Faculty Fellow in Russian (1-year)Edit

The Russian Program in the Department of German and Russian at Colby College seeks to fill a one-year sabbatical replacement position for 2015-2016, beginning on September 1, 2015.  Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered; must have native or near-native fluency in Russian and evidence of scholarly accomplishment. The successful candidate will have a record of excellence in teaching Russian language. The four-course load is likely to include second-year Russian (RU127, RU128) a combined intermediate-advanced course (RU325/425) and possibly a 20th/21st cc. cultural studies topic in English.  We seek an individual committed to undergraduate teaching and ready to be actively involved in extracurricular programming.  For more information, see: http://web.colby.edu/russian

Applicants should submit all requested materials electronically, in PDF format, to russiansearch@colby.edu. Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and complete teaching evaluations from your most recent courses. Include your last name and Russian Search in the subject line. Deadline for receipt of materials is January 30, 2015. For further information, please contact Arne Koch, Department Chair (akoch@colby.edu).

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. For more information about the College, please visit our website: http://www.colby.edu

UPDATES:

  • Skype interview request via email 2/9. (3x)
  • Grapevine: position filled [4/8]

DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) - Assistant Professor of RussianEdit

One-year appointment, with possibility of renewal for a full-time assistant professor of Russian (Ph.D. preferred, but ABD possible) to teach all levels of language, literature, and culture at a liberal arts college. Proficiency-based teaching and excellent fluency in Russian and English required.

We are looking for someone to actively work with the Russian language program and the interdisciplinary Russian Studies program at DePauw, and to be a program builder for both. DePauw University, a premier liberal-arts college of 2400 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ration, has a large number of students who participate in international curricular activities. Rank and salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and scholarly interests, and three confidential letters of reference to:
Alejandro Puga,
Department of Modern Languages
DePauw University
Greencastle, IN 46135

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE. Women and members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Updates:

Lafayette College (Easton, PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and East European Studies (1 Year)Edit

Lafayette College invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in the Russian and East European Studies (REES) Program for the 2015-16 academic year. The person hired will teach three courses per semester ranging across different departments and interdisciplinary programs at Lafayette, with the exact mix of courses depending on curricular needs and the expertise of the successful candidate. We will expect the successful candidate to teach courses in Russian literature, but we are also interested in candidates whose teaching and scholarship intersect with the Film and Media Studies or International Affairs programs. Candidates capable of supporting other interdisciplinary programs, such as Jewish Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies, are also encouraged to apply.  

Applicants should send a letter of application that includes a discussion of the courses the applicant can teach, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference via the online application system at http://apply.interfolio.com/27898 by January 15, 2015. Questions regarding this position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Joshua Sanborn, at sanbornj@lafayette.edu.

Located about 70 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia, Lafayette is a highly selective private undergraduate college with an enrollment of 2400.  Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff.  All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.  Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

UPDATES:

  • Request for additional materials and skype interview in mid-late February (email) (2/4) x 3
  • Rejection via email. Hired confirmed. (4/14)

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) - INSTRUCTOR OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGEEdit

The Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick) invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track position as Instructor of Russian Language in the Russian and East European Program, effective Fall 2015. We seek a talented and dynamic instructor to foster the growth of the Russian language program at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Teaching load 3+3, plus service to the Russian program. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Possibilities for renewal are contingent upon demonstrated teaching effectiveness in all courses assigned, as well as the continuing needs of the program. For more information about the program see http://reell.rutgers.edu.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English. Evidence of successful teaching experience required; experience teaching both non-heritage and heritage speakers strongly preferred.

Applicants should submit cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/27900 to Professor Michael Levine, Chair, Department of Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures, 172 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014.

UPDATES:

  • Request for skype interview 12/23 (x2)
  • Request for campus visit in mid-March 02/10
  • Rejection via email (05/05)

Sewanee:  University of the South - Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian (3-year)Edit

Sewanee: The University of the South invites applications for a three-year visiting position (with the possibility of renewal) in Russian language and literature, to begin in fall 2015.  Teaching load is three courses per semester. Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment desired; ABD considered.  We seek a dynamic, energetic colleague with native or near-native fluency in Russian and English, demonstrated scholarly promise, and strong evidence of effectiveness in teaching.  Interest in and ability to contribute to interdisciplinary programs is highly desirable, as is willingness to assist in planning co-curricular and extracurricular activities essential to our flourishing Russian program.  Please visit our website, russian.sewanee.edu, for more information about the department.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference by February 15 to Faculty Hiring at http://www2.sewanee.edu/printservices/faculty_hiring.

The university comprises a highly regarded College of the Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology.  It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau within 90 miles of Nashville and 45 miles of Chattanooga. Sewanee: The University of the South is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse campus environment.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity educational institution and welcome all qualified applicants without regard to their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

UPDATES:

  • Skype Interview request via email 2/19. (x2)
  • Rejection email: hire confirmed (2/28).

St. Olaf College (MN) - Term Position in Russian Language (1 Year) Edit

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college in Northfield Minnesota, invites applications for a one-year, full-time (1.0 FTE) position in Russian language, beginning August 15, 2015 (with potential for a subsequent appointment). Candidates should have earned their Ph.D. by August 15, 2015.

We seek a gifted and enthusiastic language instructor, a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students, and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of Russian Studies on. Teaching load is six courses with three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the spring semester. We are on a 4-1-4 calendar and there will be no teaching during the January term. Candidates will teach language courses from beginning through our fourth-year language capstone course. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is absolutely required.

Duties also involve frequent contact with students outside the classroom in recruiting and mentoring. Faculty members are expected to participate fully in department and college activities being available to students, and assisting in college and department functions, such as the Russian House and various Russian activities.

All applications are submitted online at http://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/jobs/. A complete application includes: 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Graduate School Transcript (copy/unofficial is acceptable for initial application) 4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy 5. Writing Sample 6. Names and email addresses for three references that have agreed to provide letters of recommendation (St. Olaf will solicit letters directly from references as soon as the application is submitted).

Completed applications received by October 10th will be guaranteed full consideration. We will be conducting preliminary interviews over Vidyo.

General inquiries may be sent to Dr. Marc Robinson, Chair of the Department of Russian, at robinso@stolaf.edu.

UPDATES:

  • Contacted through email about interview next week over Vidyo (10/22/14)x2
  • Has anybody been contacted about the second round?
  • Just received an email stating that "due to schedules and various circumstances" it will be a while until we hear from them, but that it "in no way means that we (multiple) are out of the running." Not sure what this means... I know that they're dealing with one candidate at a time for this position (in other words, not bringing out the 3-4 candidates to campus and then deciding). I am wondering if they went ahead and contacted their first choice... Anyone else's thoughts/experiences? 11/5/14
  • I was on the receiving end of the same email, and I agree with your interpretation. 11/5
  • Heard through grapevine that position has been filled. 11/24.
  • Bummer. That email they sent out congratulating us on "making it to the final round" was very confusing/misleading.
  • rejection email; position officially filled. (12/1)

Tufts University (MA) - Russian Lecturer/Language Coordinator, Full-Time 2015-2016Edit

The Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures at Tufts University invites applications for a Full-time Lecturer position in Russian Language and Literature for the 2015-2016 academic year with possibility for renewal. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Requirements: PhD in Russian; native or near-native fluency in Russian and English; preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience in designing and teaching both Russian language and literature courses at the college level in the U.S.

Responsibilities include coordinating the Russian language program and teaching five courses over the year, including language courses at various levels and some literature courses in translation.

To apply, please submit a letter of application and a CV, and have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted directly by their authors. All materials must be submitted via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/29091. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Vida Johnson, Director, Russian Program, at vida.johnson@tufts.edu

Review of applications will begin March 27, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

UPDATES:

  • Request for Skype interview (4/13)
  • Rejection & hire confirmed (05/08)
  • Is the offer made and accepted?
  • Position officially filled.

University of Calgary (Canada) - Instructor of Russian (2-year limited term)Edit

The Department of Linguistics, Languages and Culture at the University of Calgary seeks to fill a two-year limited-term instructor position in Russian literature, language and culture, beginning July 1, 2015.

The primary responsibility of the successful candidate is to teach Russian languages as well as core and specialized literature and culture courses.  The incumbent will also be expected to organize extra-curricular events on campus and within the broader community with the goal to sustain a vibrant Russian program.  Service to the department, faculty and University is also expected.

We are seeking applicants who possess a PhD in Russian Studies or equivalent and demonstrate native or near-native knowledge of Russian and English language.  Candidates not yet in the possession of their PhD, must demonstrate a strong indication by their supervisor regarding the anticipated date of their defense. The incumbent will demonstrate teaching excellence by presenting an outstanding record of teaching effectiveness, proof of educational innovation, experience with developing undergraduate curricula and advising of students. Experience with teaching at a North American university is preferred. An additional specialization, such as film or translation studies, is considered an asset.

The Department of Linguistics, Languages and Culture, a newly formed unit whose faculty research and teach Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Russian languages and cultures as well as Linguistics, is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We believe that a solid grounding in our languages is essential to the completion of our major and minor courses of study. For more information about the Department, please visit http://llc.ucalgary.ca/.

Applicants should send: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and arrange for three letters of recommendation be sent directly to:
Dr. Olga Mladenova, Department Head
Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
E-mail: llc@ucalgary.ca

The application deadline is January 21, 2015. Electronic applications are preferred.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following questions: Are you legally entitled to work in Canada (Yes/No) and are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.

UPDATES:

  • Invitation to campus (phone) (2/6)

University of Leeds (UK) - Teaching Fellow in Russian Studies (Fixed Term)Edit

The University of Leeds is seeking to recruit a teaching fellow in Russian Studies, fixed-term for 18 months, commencing 1 January 2015.

With native or near-native command (or equivalent) of Russian and an excellent command and extensive knowledge of the English language, you will cover undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Russian. You will convene and teach a wide variety of modules across all levels of the undergraduate programme, including Russian language, culture and society.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Sarah Hudspith, s.f.hudspith@leeds.ac.uk Full details are available here: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?id=448&forced=1

UPDATES:

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) - Lecturer in Russian LanguageEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Russian language instructor, beginning Fall 2015. This is a full-time, one-year position as Lecturer A, with the possibility of renewal for up to an additional two years, contingent upon a satisfactory performance review and approval of the Dean. Teaching load is six courses per year and includes four language seminars and two literature/culture courses. The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in Russian Language and/or Literature/Culture (ABDs will be considered). We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative instructor who has demonstrated excellence in teaching different levels of Russian language as well as introductory literature/culture courses. Complete fluency in Russian and English is required; as is familiarity with contemporary instructional technologies.
Applicants should apply online at: http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/544</span>
Please submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement; and contact information for a minimum of three individuals who have agreed to provide a recommendation letter. The University will contact the referees with instructions on how to submit their letters. We also encourage the applicants to upload three additional documents if available: 1) teaching evaluations, 2) sample syllabi, assignments, and 3) assessments, and evidence of professional development.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html)

Updates: 

  • offer made & accepted (grapevine)

University of St Andrews (UK) - Teaching Fellow in Russian Studies (Fixed Term)Edit

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a full time Teaching Fellow in Russian for a period of 11 months from 15 August 2015 – 14 July 2016. You will be expected to hold a PhD or to be close to completion of a PhD, and should possess native or near-native language skills in Russian and English. Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist interest in any area of Russian studies, and a preference may be given to applicants able to teach Russian language classes at an advanced level.

Further detailed information about the School of Modern Languages can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/.

Informal enquiries can be directed to: Dr Claire Whitehead, Head of Russian, e-mail: russianhod@st-andrews.ac.uk, Tel: 01334 462951, or Professor Will Fowler, Head of School, e-mail: langshos@st-andrews.ac.uk, Tel: 01334 462964.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter; http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

Please quote ref:  SB1042

Further Particulars: SB1042AO FPs.pdf

Updates:

Vanderbilt University - Lecturer in Russian, to begin Fall 2015Edit

The Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a one-year Lecturer position. Specialization is open, but applicants with expertise in nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture will be given particular consideration.

The successful candidate must have experience in teaching Russian language, literature, and culture at all levels. The teaching load is three courses per semester, which includes both language courses taught in Russian and courses on Russian literature and culture taught in English. Ability to teach a freshman writing seminar is a plus. The position requires native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English and a Ph.D. in hand by August 1, 2015. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, an official graduate school transcript, and three letters of recommendation by April 20, 2015. All materials should be submitted via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/29333).

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

UPDATES:

  • Generic Interfolio rejection (05/21)

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15 Edit

Kibitzing - Opinions, Rumors, and ChitchatEdit

What a bizarre deadline for that Toronto job.

As I read it, the Toronto job is clearly an inside hire. Weird timing, tailored description, associate professors in the running. They know whom they want.

Is Davidson an inside hire? The job description almost exactly matches the qualifications of one of the two professors listed on the department website.

Davidson is very likely to make their current VAP tenure track.

Crud!

What about Williams?  Is it an inside hire as well?  Again, there is a visiting assistant professor already on staff.

In my experience, there's at least an 80% chance that any college with a current VAP will hire that VAP for the tenure line. We can only hope that he/she is a twentieth-century scholar who will leave for one of the many, many twentieth-century jobs. x2

Can any of you answer this question?: If I'm a VAP applying for jobs, should I use the letterhead from the department where I am currently employed, or the letterhead from the department where I received my degree? At this stage, I'd rather tie my identity to my alma mater than to the place I've only been for a couple months and am applying to leave--but is this normal practice?

  • Letterhead from your current department. If it makes you feel better I wouldn't worry about it at all 1) they'll look at your cv and know your history one way or another and 2) it shows you were able to get a job at a different institution after graduation, which is a definite plus.

Could this be right? Is the Wooster job 5 courses per year and typo, or is it in fact a 5/5 teaching load? Does anyone know?

I read it as a 3/2 teaching load with an addition of some sort of half credit course (some schools have those). But I could be wrong.

It means course loads of 3/2 and 3/3 in alternating years. This is based on a clarification I received regarding a similar .5 course load description for another job.

Regarding institutions with current VAPs, I'd give the institutions (and the VAPs) a little more credit for undertaking thorough searches for tenure-line positions. Just because someone is fortunate enough to have found a visiting position doesn't guarantee them the TT position, alas. Truly "inside" hires are, I think, rare. More typical is a wrenchingly challenging decision on the part of hiring committees. Best of luck to all!

What does Stanford mean by advanced TT?  Would a PhD in hand plus a postdoc count? 

  • I'm guessing they want someone who will be able to go up for tenure within a few years. Postdoc is, unfortunately, probably not what they're looking for. But you should still by all means apply because nobody not on the hiring committe really knows what they'll want.

Does anyone want to take a guess at how many people on the job market look at this wiki? Or what the norm is for number of people on the job market for Slavic is each year?

In past years, I have heard folks conjecture that 1/3 of the total applicants use this page.  I have also heard faculty say they received over 100 applications for an assistant professor tenure-track position. 

  • ^These numbers seem about right to me (having been on the hiring end of this a few times).

For those of you getting interviews, would you mind sharing where you are in your career (ABD, VAP, etc.)? I'm ABD and just striking out completely. => I'm in my third year out of grad school and have held a string of contingent positions ever since graduation.  Держись! --> I am getting some preliminary interviews and am in the same boat as the previous respondent (2 years after graduating, contingent jobs). --> It's tough out there for an ABD. Don't feel disheartened! This is only your first time round... it will get easier when you have the PhD in hand. --> I'm in my first year out of grad school and have 3 prelims so far for tenure-track positions, compared to none during the same time last year. It would seem that most departments these days are afraid of being stuck with someone who hasn't yet finished their PhD.--> Absolutely. I applied for jobs as an ABD last year and it was rough; one interviewer actually threatened to call my adviser and make sure I wasn't lying about when I would finish my dissertation. Didn't get that job...---> I am ABD, no accepted peer-reviewed articles yet, very good teaching record/experience though, first year on the market; being interviewed for three schools, all small liberal arts colleges. And I agree about the market this year: almost half of the TT positions I was eligible to apply for so far (around  ten) seem to be either inside hires or have very strong internal candidates. Best wishes to everyone!

I have a PhD in hand from a top program, a book contract with a major university press, several pubs, recs that I know are good, and I haven't landed a single preliminary interview.  Do I have permission to feel disheartened?

  • ^Yes, no, maybe: it's actually kind of a weird market this year. Not as open as it looks. 
  • ^Agreed: it seems like a lot of the job posting are looking for very specific things and/or might be inside hires.

Seriously annoying that apparently several places that said they were going to interview at AATSEEL haven't gotten back to anyone on the wiki yet, and today (12/15) is the last day to preregister for AATSEEL. What's an underemployed, underfunded person who needs a permanent job to do?

  • Don't register! Save yourself the cash. If you get an interview, show up for that interview, and spend the rest of the weekend out and about in Vancouver.
  • I second this.  In my experience, interviewers are accommodating if you are unable to attend the conference; they will interview you via Skype. 
  • Really? Almost everyone has told me that doing an interview over Skype puts you at a serious disadvantage. 
  • Not necessarily, Skype can be just as good as the real thing. It depends. Say you smell funny: then it's better!
  • I don't think you need to register, but I would definitely try to fly out there. Consider it an investment.
  • You're in good company if you don't find it reasonable to fly out there. The conference-interview system isn't really viable in the current context. It would make some sense if there was one central interview conference, but quite a few committees hold interviews at ASEEES, and moreover AATSEEL is currently the less prominent/large of the two conferences in our field and thus ends up being an add-on for those who already presented at the larger conference. Add in the fact that many of us are in poorly paid positions with little or no support for conference travel, and that the terrible job market means that many PhDs are on the market 3 to 5 years in a row, and it is no longer reasonable to expect candidates to spend easily $1000+ for flight and hotel to attend a half-hour interview for a job that they have maybe a 1 in 10 chance of getting. Many are in poorly paid visiting jobs that only leave a few hundred dollars available for extraneous expenses each month. We can't put candidates out into a terrible job market, cycle them through contingent positions that are increasingly exploitative in terms of workload, salary and support, and then expect those people to shoulder such a high cost just for a first-round interview. Whatever system made that a good "investment" is breaking down.  <--- Well stated. I have to say, though, that I was given the option to Skype (nevertheless, I was advised to go to Vancouver, if possible, because Skype supposedly puts one at a disadvantage).
  • Does anyone know what's going on with Berkeley? One invite and one rejection - I get that not everybody is on this site, but that seems weird to me. I haven't received either and am just curious...Happy holidays to everyone!
  • Any idea about Brown? Whatever THEY'RE doing seems really strange.
  • Since I've been on the job market, I hate January. x3
  • Thank you, x2 and x3. Somehow it makes it a little easier, knowing that I'm not the only one wallowing my month away. 
  • I agree with you too! But it's not just January, is it? My whole year seems to revolve around "the market."
  • The academic job market is such a painful experience.  Seriously, how many times do you roll the dice, knowing full well that the game is fixed?  I find that it is not necessarily the actual rejections that are so difficult--it is the torment of not knowing whether or not to keep trying.
  • Eh, for me the rejections are hard, too. Or rather, there are rejections and there are rejections. Rejection after a campus visit is always painful (because you can't pretend that they didn't get to know you: nope. You've been weighed on the scales and found wanting). Rejection after the first round doesn't bother me so much, unless I felt like I was a particularly good fit for the school and really nailed the interview. That's when I start doing online searches on how to turn a CV into a resume. 
  • Don't know if this is just a rumor but I heard that Berkeley and Brown did not hire their finalists. Anybody know what that's all about?
    • Failed searches are fairly common, I think, especially at elite universities that are hiring someone to replace a prominent senior scholar (it's not so easy to find the next Olga Matich). That being said, it seems like there were more failed searches than usual this year. What happened with UCLA and Wooster, for example? 
    • I think failed searches often reflect inter-departmental discord.  They can't come to a consensus, so they don't hire anybody.  
    • Wooster and UCLA both made hires this year; the people hired are just not updating the wiki seemingly. I've also heard this about the Berkeley and Brown searches, but haven't heard what happened in either case.
      • Ah, so that's it! Congratulations to the hires, then!
  • Has anyone heard anything (either official or through the grapevine) about Columbia's Harriman Institute postdoc? The initial call for applicants stated decisions would be made in February & there's been no communication since then.
    • Yes, I know someone who has accepted a postdoc from Harriman for next year.  
Has anyone so far received a rejection? 
^ Yes, I received my rejection email today (4/30). Congratulations to the new postdoc!
Has anyone heard anything about the Arizona positions?  (offers made & accepted (grapevine))

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