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Aarhus University (Denmark) - Associate Professor - Russian StudiesEdit

We are seeking an innovative and dedicated person who will contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. We are particularly interested in applicants with broad cultural studies research profile in particular the Soviet and post-Soviet eras of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The successful candidate will join the Eastern European Studies programme, which cooperates closely with in European, International and a number of programmes in Area Studies that are part of the Department of Global Studies. While anchored in Eastern European Studies, we expect the successful applicant to teach and develop activities at a broader departmental level. Additional tasks include support of the programme’s and the department’s outreach strategy, especially regarding international organisations, universities and companies. The position also entails working to strengthen the language based area profile of the Department of Global Studies through international research.

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All applications must be made online and received by: 16.08.2017

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Harvard University (MA) - TT Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture and of Comparative LiteratureEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature seek to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian literature and culture with broad comparative interests. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester, including required and elective courses in Russian and comparative literature, as well as freshman seminars. We are seeking an energetic colleague who will be committed to building our programs in literature and the humanities, one ready to share in advising students as well as participating fully in the intellectual life of the university.

Candidates may specialize in any area of modern Russian literature and culture, including fiction, documentary prose, poetry, film, theory, the performing arts, and visual culture. Additional expertise in the literature, film, or visual arts of regions adjacent to Russia, particularly Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia, is welcome but by no means required, as are broader interdisciplinary interests in fields such as folklore and mythology, art history, intellectual history, women’s and gender studies, environmental humanities, and digital humanities.

Keywords: Assistant professor, faculty, tenure track, Russian, Slavic, literature, comparative literature, culture, digital humanities, environmental humanities, theory, Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, visual arts, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

Qualifications: Doctorate in Russian or Comparative Literature or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Russian and fluency in English are required. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and potential for innovative research are desired.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARieS portal ( Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 1, 2017:

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae
Teaching statement (approximately 500 words)
Research statement (approximately 500 words)
Names and contact information of 4 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated e-mail to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Four letters of recommendation are preferred, but the application can be considered complete when at least three letters have been received.
Sample of scholarship (10,000 word maximum)

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Macalester College (MN) - TT Asst. Professor - Russian StudiesEdit

The Department of Russian Studies at Macalester College announces an opening for a tenure-track position in Russian Studies, to begin in Fall 2018, at the rank of Assistant Professor (in an exceptional case, a more advanced appointment may be considered). Applicants should have a PhD at the time of appointment in the field of Russian history, culture, or related subjects and possess native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English. The successful candidate, whose tenure home would be in Russian Studies, would teach Russian language as well as courses that would cover Russia and the neighboring region historically. Scholarly promise, college teaching experience, an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of Russian Studies, strong interest in teaching language, and knowledge of current pedagogical methodologies are highly desirable.

The position entails teaching five courses per year, including two Russian language courses per year and three others, at least two of which can be cross-listed with the History department. We are looking for dynamic, broadly trained, theoretically informed scholar-teachers with training in historical inquiry, who are committed to the study of Russian history and culture as an integral part of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. The successful candidate will join Macalester’s Russian Studies faculty in active program building.

Submit electronic copies of a cover letter that addresses why you are interested in Macalester, a statement of teaching philosophy, CV, sample syllabi, and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Inquiries can be directed to James von Geldern at We will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017 and will interview at the ASEEES conference (Chicago, November 9-12, 2017) and via Skype.

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Vanderbilt University (TN) - TT Asst. Professor - Russian CultureEdit

The Department of German, Russian and East European Studies at Vanderbilt University invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian Culture to join our expanding interdisciplinary department, starting fall semester 2018. Ph.D. in hand no later than August 16, 2018. Candidates are expected to show strong dedication to research in more than one mode of inquiry that will result in a substantial publication record. This faculty member will participate in the undergraduate program on all levels of instruction, including the language program. The successful candidate must also be prepared to contribute to one of the many vibrant interdisciplinary initiatives at Vanderbilt, which include but are not limited to media and visual arts, law and society, digital humanities, and religious studies. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by October 1, 2017. Apply through Interfolio. Provide cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, research statement, and teaching portfolio. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES Convention in Chicago, IL, November 9-12, 2017 (and also by Skype if necessary).

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Wesleyan University (CT) - TT Assistant Professor - Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies ProgramEdit

Wesleyan University's Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018. Specialization is open, but we welcome the ability to teach courses on twentieth-century and contemporary Russian literature, culture, and society. Native or near-native fluency in Russian required. The appointment is in an interdisciplinary program and will require working with colleagues in political science, history, religion, and language and literature, so preference will be given to applicants with a proven commitment to interdisciplinarity. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field in hand by the time of appointment. The teaching load is 2/2. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that deeply values both scholarship and teaching, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, visit A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi, and student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. You will also be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted online at

Applications completed by September 15, 2017, will receive full consideration. Please contact Susanne Fusso at or 860-685-3123 if you have questions about the application process.


Non-Tenure Track, Visiting and Temporary PositionsEdit

Boston College (MA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Slavic StudiesEdit

Boston College seeks a candidate for a visiting position in the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, with strong training in Russian language and culture and specialization in Slavic Studies. Special consideration will be given to individuals with expertise in Polish, Czech, or Ukrainian. In addition to mastery of another Slavic language and broad knowledge of Slavic philology, cultural history, and language pedagogy, the successful candidate will possess native or near-native fluency in Russian and English, and demonstrate the ability to teach at a North American university and at all levels of instruction. The candidate will have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures by the time of appointment in July 2018. Evidence of academic achievements, substantial innovative research in area of specialization, and professional engagement with technology enhanced learning are desirable. The appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years, subject to review.

The candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses in Slavic language, culture and civilization and to coordinate the Department’s Slavic course offerings. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to curricular and extracurricular development, create interdisciplinary cross-listed courses, advise undergraduate majors and minors, and collaborate with departmental colleagues and other university units invested in Slavic, Russian, and East European Studies.

To receive full consideration for this position, a complete application including a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, evidence of teaching excellence, samples of syllabi and publications, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Maxim D. Shrayer via Interfolio. Please go to:

Interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES meeting in Chicago on 10-11 November 2017.

Deadline: October 1, 2017.



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

The Department of German and Russian at Williams College seeks to fill a one-year visiting faculty position in Russian, with four courses per year, with teaching to begin in the fall semester of 2018. Specialization is open. Ph.D. preferred. Native or near-native proficiency in the language is required. A passion for teaching is a must; specifically, the successful candidate will have significant language teaching experience, innovative ideas for upper-level courses in Russian, and a desire to work effectively, both inside and outside the classroom, with a student population that is broadly diverse. Our program is founded on close student-faculty interaction and strong mentoring, as well as vibrant scholarship. Application deadline: December 1, 2017. Application should include: CV, cover letter, and four reference letters; a writing sample and other materials will be solicited later. All materials should be addressed to Helga Druxes, Chair, Department of German & Russian, and must be submitted through Interfolio. Fax and email applications will not be accepted. All queries should be directed to Janneke van de Stadt at We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Position Begins: July 1, 2018

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

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