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University of St Andrews - Lectureship (Assistant Professorship) in RussianEdit

  • School of Modern Languages
  • Salary: £37,756-£46,400 per annum
  • Start: 1 August 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter
  • The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint to a Lectureship in Russian from 1 August 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.  You will be expected to hold 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 literature and culture.
  • Further detailed information about the School of Modern Languages can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/modlangs/.  
  • Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Claire Whitehead, Head of Russian, e-mail:cew12@st-andrews.ac.uk, tel 01334 462952, and/or Professor Will Fowler, Head of School of Modern Languages, e-mail:  langshos@st-andrews.ac.uk, tel. 01334 462964
  • Please quote ref:  SB4786
  • Closing Date:  21 March 2014
  • Further Particulars:  SB4786AC FPs.doc
    • Maybe my brain is addled from writing too many job applications, but I'm finding this one difficult to follow. I see that they want a C.V. and a cover letter, and contact info for 3 recommenders. Can you tell if they want a writing sample? Are any of you sending one in? 
    • Typically UK applications only want the documents they ask for specifically. If St. Andrews want a writing sample, they are likely to ask for one when candidates are shortlisted, same as with letters of reference.
    • Thanks! 
    • Any news on this one?  Writing samples requested etc? Thanks.
  • Invitation for campus interview (4/9) x2
  • Offer made and accepted (5/6). Word o' mouth.

American University of Central Asia - Assistant Professor of Russian Language, Literature, and CultureEdit

  • Applicants should meet the following requirements: PhD in Russian Literature/Culture/Language (ABD candidates accepted); Knowledge of the distinctive features of the American educational system; University or high school teaching experience.
  • AUCA is a university in the American Liberal Arts tradition located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  Bishkek is a lovely, primarily Russian-speaking city, and AUCA pays a salary that allows faculty to live quite comfortably.  The positions advertised are ideal for dual career academic families, as we can generally find teaching opportunities in the university for academic spouses.  Teaching load is comparable to that of an American liberal arts college.  AUCA is an ideal place to build a teaching career for a few years.
  • Please send a CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy (not more than 1000 words), sample syllabi, and two Letters of Reference (scanned copies are acceptable) to Galina L. Gorborukova, Chair of General Education Department at wisdom20gg@gmail.com and copy the Office of Human Resources at  human_resources@mail.auca.kg by February 15, 2014.
  • -- ANYONE applied there? They complain about a rapid turnover of hires: they come and stay only for a semester at "an ideal place to build a teaching career for a few years" Do you  know what is the problem? I see this job posting for the last 3 years.

Cambridge University - Lectureship (Assistant Professorship) in Pre-Modern East Slavic CultureEdit

  • The Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time, permanent University Lecturer in Pre-Modern East Slavic Culture, from 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Candidates will normally have a PhD in a relevant field, a strong record of research and publication (or clear evidence of potential publication) in any area of Pre-Modern East Slavic culture, and a particular focus on and interest in Ukraine.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to take primary responsibility for Departmental undergraduate teaching in Pre-Modern East Slavic cultures across a broad chronological range, to contribute to the teaching of the Ukrainian and/or the Russian language, and to supervise postgraduate students at masters and doctoral level. The language of instruction is English. The successful candidate will also be expected to play an active role in supporting and developing the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme of academic and cultural activities, and to undertake departmental and faculty administrative duties as required.
  • Further information on the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is available at www.mml.cam.ac.uk/. For more detailed information on the Department of Slavonic Studies see www.mml.cam.ac.uk/slavonic/. For more information on the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme see www.CambridgeUkrainianStudies.org.
  • For a link to the job advertisement, see http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/2537/. Further particulars of the post are available athttp://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/jobs. The pensionable salary is currently £37,382 to £47,314. The appointment is to the retiring age, subject to a probationary period (normally of five years).
  • Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies, Dr Chris Ward, (+44) (0)1223 760817; cew23@cam.ac.uk. Applications should be sent to the Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, or by email to jobs@mml.cam.ac.uk. Applications are to arrive no later than the closing date of 17:00 on Tuesday 17 December 2013
  •  Invitation for shortlisted interview in Cambridge.  (1/10/14)
  • Interviews were two weeks ago.  Still no word, which is unusual for the UK system. *Anybody hear anything? (3/11/14)
  • Offer made on the interview day, but haven't heard whether it has been officially accepted.
  • Thanks for this info. 
  • Rejection letter via email.  (3/19/14)

Central Washington University Assistant Professor of Russian LanguageEdit

  • The Department of World Languages at Central Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Russian language. The ideal candidate will be able to teach all levels of undergraduate Russian language and culture, as well as courses in the candidate’s area(s) of specialization. The candidate will advise undergraduate students, serve on department, college, and university committees, and demonstrate a commitment to scholarly activity. As part of a small, multi-language department, the candidate will serve in a leadership role for Russian programs.
  • Required Qualifications: Ph.D. or A.B.D. in Russian (Must have Ph.D. by date of hire 09/16/2014), Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English, Experience or interest in developing and teaching online courses
  • Preferred Qualifications: University-level teaching experience, Experience working with a diverse student population
  • To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:
  • A letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Transcripts (for the highest degree obtained); and
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree.
  • For more information, please contact: Dr. Joshua Nelson, Search Committee Chair, Central Washington University, Department of World Languages, email: nelsonj@cwu.edu, office: (509) 963-1768. Please contact Human Resources at AskHr@cwu.edu or (509) 963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the online application process.
  • Screening date: 11/30/2013.
  • FYI: when you go to submit the website seems to want you to upload your letters of recommendation as if they were just another document like your CV.  There doesn't seem to be a place to submit Interfolio email addresses or anything like that.
  • I've written to both the dept chair and HR about this; I'll post whatever answer they give.
  • The copy of the job announcement that I first saw asked recs to be sent to wlang_dept@cwu.edu. I just uploaded a letter to the site saying that that's what I did.
  • HR said to send hard copies to the Chair; the Chair said to have recs emailed to him at his email address (listed above).  I did both.  These folks do NOT seem to have their act together.
  • Thanks! 
  • Request for skype interview (phone) 1/21/14 (x2 - except 1/23)
  • Rejection 2/25
  • If you don't mind me prying, was that rejection after an interview? => No, I never heard anything from them until the rejection.
  • Rejection 2/22

Colgate University - Assistant Professor of RussianEdit

  • Colgate University seeks an Assistant Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies for a tenure-track position beginning fall semester 2014. The candidate is expected to have completed a PhD in Russian language and literature or cultural studies prior to or shortly after the date of hire. Fluency in Russian and English is a given, along with a dynamic teaching presence in language and non-language courses. A strong background in Central Asia or the Caucasus is highly desirable; twenty-first century is a plus. The successful candidate will join a strongly interdisciplinary and collaborative Russian Studies program with colleagues in Literature, Anthropology, History, Geography, and Political Science. Teaching duties will involve five courses a year. These will typically include all levels of language, literature and/or culture, and at least one course within Colgate's Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.
  • Please submit a letter of application and C.V., via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3418. Also arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation electronically through AJO, at least one of which should address language teaching. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Colgate is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the University's educational mission. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at http://www.upstatenyherc.org.
    • Request for Skype interview (phone) 12/10 (x 4)
    • Campus visit invitations extended (heard from friend)  1/10
    • Job offered and accepted (word of mouth) 2/24.
    • Rejection letter (email) 3/5. (x2)

Harvard University - Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and CultureEdit

  • The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian literature and culture. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2014. The tenure-track professor will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester, and will be expected to share in the administrative and advising duties of faculty in the Department as well as to participate broadly in the academic culture of the university. Expertise in poetry and the ability to teach poetry are preferred, but in other respects the fields of expertise required for the position are open. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AATSEEL conference in Chicago in January 2014.
  • PhD in Russian Literature or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Russian and fluency in English are required, as is demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.
  • Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu), no later than December 2, 2013: 1. Cover letter; 2. Curriculum Vitae; 3. Teaching statement; 4. Research statement; 5. Names and contact information of 3-5 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.
  • Contact info: Professor Justin Weir, Search Committee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Barker Center 377, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
  • Contact email: Judith Klasson, klasson@fas.harvard.edu
  • Acknowledgement that materials were reviewed but did not make the short list. (x8)
  • Hmm.  I've received nothing (besides original confirmation of application submission).  Anyone else in the dark? (12/16) same here (12/16)--I submitted my application late (was told that would be ok).
  • I've received nothing either as of 12:53 on 12/16. And I submitted my application (barely) on time.
  • could someone indicate the "from" email address of the message referred to above (or some other feature of the email that will cause it to turn up in a search)? My inbox is in chaos and I can only locate messages through the search funtion. Many thanks.
  • Sure thing! The email is from Justin Weir, weir@fas.harvard.edu.
  • Mine came from Judith Klasson, klasson@fas.harvard.edu.
  • Invitation to interview at AATSEEL by email, 12/17
  • rejection (email): Good luck to those invited to an interview!
  • Possible job talks on Feb and March events calendar. http://slavic.fas.harvard.edu/calendar?month=2014-02&type=month
  • Any updates on offer made? (just curious!!) -- heard of offer made and accepted (4/2)

Indiana University - Associate or Assistant Professor of Polish Literature and CultureEdit

  • The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University, Bloomington, announces a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position in Polish literature and culture, starting fall semester 2014.
  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand, experience teaching North American college and university students, and an active, established research program suitable for a Research I institution. Competitive candidates will be comfortable teaching both large undergraduate courses and specialized graduate seminars. Interdisciplinary and comparative portfolios are especially welcome. The successful candidate should have native or near-native English and Polish; administrative experience is also a plus. Standard teaching load is two courses per semester. 
  • Current plans are to interview candidates at the 2013 ASEEES conference in Boston, after which a short list of candidates will be invited to the Bloomington campus for visits. Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation electronically via https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Search Committee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, BH 502, Bloomington, IN 47405-7103; iuslavic@indiana.edu, subject line: Polish-literature position. Preference given to applications submitted by November 1, 2013, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.
  • Has anyone on this forum applied for this position? I was wondering what your impressions were.
  • this is an internal hire

Portland State University - Assistant or Associate Professor of RussianEdit

  • The Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Russian to begin September 16, 2014. The candidate should show evidence of strong scholarship, with expertise in Russian Language, Literature and Cultural Studies. The new Assistant or Associate Professor will join full-time and part-time colleagues in teaching undergraduate Russian at all levels, will teach literature courses in English translation, will advise Russian majors and undergraduate students. Members of the Department are expected to participate in the governance of the department and the university, to be active in teaching and in community outreach and to be productive scholars within their own area of academic interest.
  • Essential Duties and Responsibilities• Teach undergraduate language, literature and culture courses at all levels in Russian and in English • Participate in the design, delivery and administration of the PSU Russian Flagship Program • Provide undergraduate advising • Develop and support community partnerships • Assist in extracurricular student activities • Perform service for the Department, College and University as required
  • Key Cultural Competencies• Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences• Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds • Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting with a willingness to change for continual improvement • Adhere to all of PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct
  • Required Qualifications • Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment or expected within first term of appointment • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service • Native or near-native proficiency in English and in Russian • Familiarity with proficiency-oriented language instruction 
  • Compensation: Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or one dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools.
  • To Apply: The deadline for receipt of applications is December 16, 2013. Interviews will be conducted at AATSEEL, January 9-12, 2014. Your application should include a: 1. Letter of Interest 2. C.V. 3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy 4. Three letters of recommendation (your referees may submit letters of recommendation as email attachments to: wlldept@pdx.edu). Mail all other required application materials (1-3) to: Russian Search Committee, Portland State University, Department of World Languages and Literatures, PO Box 751 (WLL), Portland OR 97207-0751
    • There is also an Interfolio account associated with this application.
    • Does anyone know if the abovementioned "Interfolio account" is an official/acceptable option for applying online? 
    • The only option on the interfolio account is snail mail, so it gets mailed to them either way.
    • Invitation for Skype interview 12/13 (x2)
    • Does anyone know why the interviews are scheduled before the deadline? 
    • Re: Last post: I'm wondering the same thing. And why Skype rather than AATSEEL interviews, as indicated in the ad?
    • Sometimes you plan on going to AATSEEL and then all of a sudden you realize that you don't really want to go. Most of us can relate to that. x2
    • Anybody hear anything from them after their deadline?
    • Has anyone heard anything about campus visits? 1/16
    • Yes. I hear (from my non-Slavicist friends at this institution) that there are some, next week I believe?
    • Thanks for letting us know!
    • offer made and accepted (word of mouth)
    • Kind rejection via phone call 3/19.  Position went to prominent senior scholar.

Princeton University - Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and LiteraturesEdit

  • The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of Princeton University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Russian literature and culture to begin September 1, 2014. We are looking for an imaginative and energetic scholar with broad interests and the ability to teach a variety of courses. Candidates for the position must have native or near-native command of both Russian and English. Field of specialization is open. Applications, due 1 December 2013, should include a cover letter, a cv, three letters of recommendation, a graduate transcript, and an article-length writing sample. For candidates who do not yet have a Ph.D., the recommendation of the principal advisor must include precise information on the present status of the dissertation and the likelihood of completion by summer 2014. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AATSEEL conference in Chicago in January 2014.
  • The candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in a range of subjects and to produce excellent scholarship in his/her areas of specialization. The teaching load is two courses per semester.
  • Apply here
  • Has anyone been contacted? (12/19)
  • I haven't heard anything at all (12/19, 4:54 pm).
  • Rejection letter by email 12/20 (x1)
  • Anyone get an invitation? I haven't heard anything yet. (12/20) x3
  • If I've learned anything from my first year on the job market, it's that no news is... no news.
  • Rejection letter by email 12/21.  110 applicants, 15 chosen for interviews at AATSEEL. (x5)
  • Has anyone actually been contacted for an interview? 
  • Anyone still not been notified, either way? (12/22)
  • I haven't heard anything. (12/22) x2
  • Invitation to interview at AATSEEL by email (12/23). x5
  • I know I'm asking the wrong people -- but if I haven't received a rejection, does it mean I'm still in the running? (12/23, 11 pm)
  • I'm no expert, but I've heard that search committees will usually have a back-up list, another 5 candidates or so they can contact to interview in case they don't like any of the 15 they meet at AATSEEL. Maybe you're one of those 5 (or so)? It would mean you're still in the running, but the odds are long. But the odds are long for all of us, frankly.   --> Thank you, kind soul who bothered to respond in this reassuring manner on Christmas eve/day!
  • 1/13. Invitation for campus interview (email). (x2)
  • 2/21. Just received an extremely kind rejection letter. Which means someone has been offered and accepted the position. Congratulations! And it's another year on the job market for me... 
  • Confirmation on offer made and accepted, 3/10

Texas A&M - Assistant Professor of Transnational StudiesEdit

  • The Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University announces an entry-level assistant professor tenure-track position in the area of Transnational Studies.
  • Candidates must be prepared to teach a variety of courses in our large, interdisciplinary International Studies degree program that combines humanities-based research with the social sciences. The department is also home to modern language majors (French, German, Russian) and minors (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian). 
  • Preference will be given to candidates: credentialed to teach culture and/or language courses in any two of the modern language programs in the department; with demonstrated commitment to cross-border, comparative, and interdisciplinary research and teaching; and with scholarly research and publication appropriate to a research-oriented department and university. PhD required by date of appointment.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the MLA Convention in Chicago. Applicants should forward a letter of application and complete dossier with curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Robert R. Shandley, Department Head, Department of International Studies, Texas A&M University, 4215 TAMU, 102 Academic Building, College Station, TX 77843-4215. Email submission is acceptable: r-shandley@tamu.edu. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.
  • request for MLA interview (Dec 11)

University of Arizona - Assistant Professor of Russian SLA and PedagogyEdit

  • The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 2014. The candidate should be a Russianist with a specialization in language pedagogy or applied linguistics (second language acquisition). 
  • The candidate will contribute to the department's mission by engaging students through excellence in teaching and contributing to research-based learning initiatives; expanding and supporting community and business partnerships; and contributing to fostering and maintaining interdisciplinary synergies across colleges and units. 
  • Ph.D. in Russian or Second Language Acquisition by August 1, 2014. 
  • For details and to apply online, go to www.UACareers.com/53763. Review begins 12/10/13 and continues until filled.
  • Does anyone have news on this job?
  • The search committee was supposed to meet in mid-January. They were on a break until then.
  • Any more news?  It has been a month since they met.
  • Campus interviews (3) began Feb. 20
  • Any update on this job? Did they finalize this search? (3/20/14)
  • Offer made and accepted
  • Has anyone recevied a rejection letter? (5/12)

U of British Columbia - Assistant Professor of Slavic StudiesEdit

  • Assistant Professor, Slavic Studies - Slavic literature and culture; Russian literature
  • The Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (CENES) at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver campus invites applications for a tenure-track appointment, effective July 1, 2014, at the rank of Assistant Professor with an academic qualification in Slavic literature and culture. The area of expertise is open, but a research emphasis and a commitment to teach Russian and Slavic literature (in English) are required.
  • The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. (or expect to have successfully defended prior to July 1, 2014) and have demonstrated accomplishments in scholarship. S/he is expected to show a genuine interest to teach in a thriving cross-cultural program currently comprising course offerings in Russian and Polish as well as comparative approaches to the literary cultures of central, eastern and northern Europe (i.e., SLAV and CENS courses). The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching and provide evidence of teaching effectiveness at the university level. S/he is expected to engage in curriculum and program development, to conduct scholarly research leading to publication, to engage in undergraduate and graduate student supervision, and to contribute to service. Candidates must have native or near-native fluency in Russian. The programs, faculty research interests and general activities of the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies are found at www.cenes.ubc.ca
  • Applications must include a letter of application, a current CV containing full contact information, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample or an example of published research (in English). Application materials must be submitted online to http://facultycareers.ubc.ca/16805 and in paper by November 1, 2013.
  • In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be forwarded to the Head of Department, Dr. Gaby Pailer. Referees are asked to submit their signed letters of reference by the same deadline via email to cenes.reception(at)ubc.ca or by regular mail to: Dr. Gaby Pailer, Head, Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, University of British Columbia, Buchanan Tower 222 - 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1, Canada.
  • The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
  • UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
  • Anyone know anything about this search? Long silence. (x4)
  • Canadian universitites are often slower, 1.5-2 months wait is not atypical
  • Anything? Anybody?
  • I say inside hire.
  • I agree, but also fascinating as the inside candidate on the website doesn't seem to fit the profile advertised in the job announcement.
  • I take back what I said about it being an inside hire. Just got an invitation for a campus interview. Email. (1/13). x2
  • Wow, so there were no first-round/Skype interviews?  Just right to campus?
    • Yup
    • Interesting.  Congrats to you!
    • Anybody know if an offer has been made? If so, please put me out of my waiting misery!
    • I had a campus interview, and I haven't heard yet either. Which means one of two things: either they've already extended an offer to a third candidate, and they are waiting for him/her to accept. Or they are still making up their minds. They said they would get in touch with us "in the middle of February," so it can't be long now... 
    • Hello, all- 3rd on-campus candidate here (there are 4 of us total, I think, incl. the current VAP). Haven't heard anything (today is 2/25). So: either it's gone to the VAP, or they haven't made an offer yet. They told me at my interview that it'd be last week, but maybe they are late? If either of you have news, please update, and I'll do the same! Good luck to us all.
    • Hello third candidate! I'm betting they are still deciding, then... I got the impression when I visited that the committee was going to have a hard time reaching a consensus.
    • Hello all--yes, they mentioned there are 4 of us, and it did seem they might have trouble deciding. Thanks for planning to update if you hear anything; I'll do the same. Best wishes to you both (and to #4)!
    • Couldn't take the suspense--I emailed to ask for an update, and was told they have not yet made an offer, but hope to do so in the next several days.
    • Thanks for the update! x2 :)
    • heard they made an offer (grapevine 3/5)
    • Thank goodness. I had waited all I could wait. And thanks for letting us know! x2
    • Don't know what happened with the original offer, but offer made (email 3/19)
    • Congratulations!! Thanks :)
    • Offer accepted 3/25
    • Congratulations yet again, then! I wish you the absolute best of luck. It's a beautiful city!   

University of Kentucky - Assistant Professor of RussianEdit

  • Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Russian to begin August 2014. The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches.
  • Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2014. We seek candidates who can teach all levels of Russian language, courses in 20th/21st-century Russian literature, culture, and film, as well as participate in the implementation of an innovative new Russian Studies major. Active participation in the academic life of the Department is also expected. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Qualifications include a PhD in Slavic Studies with a focus on 20th/21st-century Russian literary, film, or cultural studies, knowledge of current language pedagogy, successful experience in teaching Russian, a robust research program, and native or near-native fluency in English and Russian. We offer a competitive salary and health benefits package.
  • Only electronic applications will be accepted. Applicants should send a letter of application, a CV, a research statement, a teaching portfolio, writing samples, and three letters of recommendation to: [Job Information via Interfolio]. Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 December 2013. Applications will be acknowledged. Review of applications will begin December 15 with preliminary interviews conducted via Skype in early January 2014. 
  • Request for Skype interview 12/12 ( x3)
  • Campus interview invitation 12/19 (x1)
  • Rejection letter (by email) 12/19 (x2)
  • Rejection letter (by email) 12/20x3
  • Offer made 2/21
  • Offer accepted 2/27.  Position filled.
  • Many congratulations to the new professor! (x2)

University of Virginia - Assistant Professor, Late Byzantine WorldEdit

  • The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, which is supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The focus of this hire will be in the area of comparative cultures and contested cultural space in the late-Byzantine world, 11th-15th centuries CE. The geo-cultural terrain of this hire will span the Orthodox Christian world and the Islamic East, from the Balkans to the Urals, from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea basin. Broad areas of specialization may include:
    • - multi-cultural intersections (Eastern Orthodox and Islam); - migration and cultural assimilation (including Slavic, Mongol, and/or Turkish);- imagined geographies in the late-Byzantine world.
  • Expertise in digital humanities is preferred. The successful candidate will teach two courses per semester (graduate and undergraduate) in various fields within the candidate's areas of specialization, and provide service to the University and professional organizations. Candidates must also demonstrate strong potential to interact productively across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The incumbent may hold a joint appointment in two departments, which may include, but are not limited to, Slavic, Art, and Religious Studies.
  • The appointment start date will begin August 25, 2014. Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2014 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.
  • To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0612638 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article- or chapter-length scholarship of not more than 10,000 words (Attach to Writing Sample 1). Three letters of recommendation are required. Please have reference letter writers email letters directly to eec3c@virginia.edu. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013 and priority will be given to applications received by that date. Please direct questions about the position to Edith W. Clowes, Chair, Late Byzantine World Search Committee, clowes@virginia.edu. Questions regarding the online application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to: Anne Zook rz@virginia.edu (434) 924-6683
  • anyone heard anything (Dec 20)?
  • Not yet.  From what I've been able to gather, they want somebody that does Slavic and Turkish in the Balkans in the 11th-14th centuries.  You know, that thriving specialization.
  • Thanks for the info. Did you mean that they have someone specific in mind or just that they are looking for Slavic/Turkish in the Balkans? Sounds like they should have called the search "Ottoman," not "Byzantine".
  • I haven't got the impression that the post was written for anyone specific (though I could be wrong), but it is odd that they would include the term "Byzantine world" and not seem to want a scholar that works on the Byzantines.  A very confusing job post, in my opinion.
  • Just cross-checked this post on the "European History 2013-2014" Wiki.  According to that page, a request for Skype interview was sent out the first week of December, and an invitation for an on-campus interview was sent on 12/30.  
  • On campus interviews are happening over the next few weeks. Three candidates at least.
  • Just out of curiosity, did they ever explain what sort of scholar they're really looking for?  Was it Slavic-Turkic?  Did Byzantists make the cut?  
  • Through the UVA grapevine I've heard that they have (precisely) 3 candidates. I believe that one of them is a Byzantist? I will report back if I find out anything more certain.
  • Nondescript rejection letter from HR.  Heart-warming.  (3/12/14)

Visiting PositionsEdit

Cambridge University – Fixed-Term Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Polish StudiesEdit

  • The Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a full-time Temporary Lecturer in Polish from 1 September 2014. This is a new post, funded for four years, as part of a pilot scheme to establish Polish Studies in the Department. The language of instruction is English.
  • Candidates will normally have a PhD in a relevant field, a strong record of research and publication (or clear evidence of potential publication) in any area of Polish Studies. Candidates will possess a native- or near-native command of Polish and English, and will be able to demonstrate an ability to develop and deliver teaching at a University level. The successful candidate will be strongly motivated to play a leading role in working towards the establishment and growth of the subject at all levels, and to undertake departmental and faculty administrative duties as required.
  • Further information on the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is available at www.mml.cam.ac.uk/. For more detailed information on the Department of Slavonic Studies see www.mml.cam.ac.uk/slavonic/.
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.
  • Further particulars of the post are available at http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/jobs. The pensionable salary is currently £37,756 to £47,787. The appointment will run from 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2018, subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of two years. The post is based in the city of Cambridge.
  • Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies, Dr Chris Ward, (+44) (0)1223 760817; cew23@cam.ac.uk. Applications should be sent to the Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, or by email to jobs@mml.cam.ac.uk. Applications are to arrive no later than the closing date of 12:00 noon on Friday 4th April 2014. Applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, the names and contact details of THREE referees and a completed form CHRIS/6 (Parts 1 and 3 only, available from www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/). Applicants must ensure that all three references are received by the Secretary to the Appointments Committee by the closing date. Applications should also include, in print or in electronic form, ONE published article or ONE chapter-length specimen of research. Please quote vacancy reference GR02675 in any correspondence. If there are any enquiries regarding this process please telephone the Personnel Administrator, Adam Cooley, on +44(0)1223 760810.
  • It is expected that short-listed candidates will be invited for interview in Cambridge in May.
  • Please quote reference GR02675 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
  • The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
  • The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Cambridge University – Temporary Lecturer in Russian History and CultureEdit

  • Applications are invited for the post of Temporary Lecturer in Russian History and Culture
  • This is a fixed-term post, funded by the Philip Leverhulme Trust, to provide temporary cover in respect of the research leave of a member of the Department of Slavonic Studies. The period of employment will be for two years from 1 September 2014, subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of one year.
  • The successful candidate will be required to give lectures on Russian history of the 19th and 20th centuries, to assist in undergraduate examining, and to undertake Departmental administrative duties as necessary. The ability to contribute to the Department's courses in Russian literature and culture of the same period, and to teach the Russian language, will be an advantage. The post is based at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, in the city of Cambridge.
  • Salary will be £37,756 per annum for a University Lecturer (point 49 of the University's pay scale). The post-holder will be entitled to join the Universities Superannuation Pension Scheme.
  • Further particulars of the post are available at www.mml.cam.ac.uk/faculty/jobs
  • Applicants will normally have a PhD and a strong record of research and publication (or clear evidence of potential publication) in a relevant field.
  • Applications should consist of: (i) a completed CHRIS/6 form (available at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6; (ii) a covering letter; (iii) a detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications; (iv) a statement of research interests; (v) names and contact details of two referees; and (vi) one recent sample of your research (e.g. a journal article or dissertation chapter, either published or unpublished). Applications should be sent to the Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, or by email to jobs@mml.cam.ac.uk, to arrive no later than the closing date of 12:00 noon on Friday 4th April 2014. Applicants must also ensure that both references are received by the Secretary to the Appointments Committee by the same date.
  • Informal inquiries may be addressed to the Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies, Dr Chris Ward (cew23@cam.ac.uk). On questions of procedure, contact the Personnel Administrator, Adam Cooley (adc62@cam.ac.uk). Please quote Vacancy No. GR02801 in any correspondence.Please quote reference GR02801 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
  • - Anyone heard anything?

College of the Holy CrossEdit

  • Holy Cross invites applications for a visiting full-time faculty appointment in the field of Russian language, literature and/or culture for the 2014-2015 academic year to begin in August. The teaching load for this position is three courses each semester, with emphasis on language instruction at all levels. The successful candidate should demonstrate effective and innovative approaches in proficiency-based teaching and the use of technology in the classroom. The candidate will also teach one content course in English designed to pique student interest, enrich existing program offerings and engage with interdisciplinary programs on the departmental and college level. The successful candidate will join a lively Russian program and should demonstrate interest in helping his/her colleagues maintain the growth and visibility of Russian on campus and in the Worcester community.
  • Qualifications: fluency or near native fluency in Russian and high level of English proficiency; experience in teaching all levels of language courses, with emphasis on advanced or accelerated learning; experience teaching courses in English in the area or art, literature or culture. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching in the United States. Ph.D. or ABD required at time of appointment. Visiting Full-time faculty are eligible for conference travel support and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits.
  • The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically.  Please submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vita, a statement on teaching philosophy and interest, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Ph.D. preferred), and two letters of recommendation, one sample syllabus for a course that you’ve taught, or would like to teach, on Russian literature and culture, and a link to a teaching video to http://apply.interfolio.com/24682.
  • Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2014 and continue until the position has been filled.

College of William & Mary - Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian StudiesEdit

  • 2014-15 #F0653W Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian Studies
  • The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at the College of William and Mary invites applications for a one year, non-tenure-track visiting faculty position that will begin August 10, 2014. We seek an experienced teacher/scholar with the ability to attract, motivate, retain, and mentor students. The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective teacher and will have a [3-3] teaching load. The contract is renewable annually for up to five years.  Salary is $40,000.
  • Required: A Ph.D. with specialization in Russian Language, Literature and/or Culture by the time of appointment (August 10, 2014). Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English is required. The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate Language, Literature and Culture teaching, including Russian language courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. The candidate must also have experience in teaching Russian literature and culture courses in English.
  • Preferred: Area of specialization is open; however, preferred qualifications are 19th century literature, experience in leading study abroad programs in Russia, and the ability to teach courses which might be cross-listed with existing interdisciplinary programs such as Gender Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program and/or Film and Media Studies Program. The candidate will teach an advanced topics course in his or her specialization area.
  • Candidate must apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu. Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, a sample syllabus for a course the candidate has taught, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by us with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference. 
  • For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, FEBRUARY 15, 2014. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed. All three letters of reference must be received by the review date for the application to be considered complete.
  • Information on the degree programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures may be found at http://www.wm.edu/as/modernlanguages/index.php
  • Skype interview 3/3 (x2)

Columbia University - Visiting Professorship in East Central European StudiesEdit

  • Columbia University invites applications for the István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies for one semester (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2014-2015. The professorship, commemorating Professor Deák's legacy of excellence in research and teaching, is open to senior scholars with active interest and accomplishments in East and Central European studies.
  • The visiting professor will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. The visitor is expected to give one public lecture and participate in the academic life of the University, whose interests in East and Central European studies are well represented on campus by the East Central European Center, the Blinken European Institute, and the Harriman Institute. 
  • Minimum qualifications: Masters Degree in a relevant discipline. Distinction in research and teaching in the field of East and Central European Studies. 
  • Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.
  • Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
  • Special Instructions to applicants: All applications must be made through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Using RAPS, applicants can upload the following required materials : a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant's current research interests. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size).
  • For inquiries about the position please contact Alan Timberlake, at2205@columbia.edu.
  • For questions about the RAPS application process please contact David Eisenberg, de2205@columbia.edu
  • Required applicant documents for Upload: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, List of References, Writing, Sample/Publication 1
  • To apply, go to: http://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58163

Columbia University Visiting Faculty in Ukrainian StudiesEdit

  • Description: Columbia University invites applications for a visiting appointment in Ukrainian studies to be filled at the rank of assistant, associate, or full visiting professor for one semester (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2014-2015. Rank commensurate with experience. The minimum degree required for this position is a Master’s; Ph.D. or equivalent is preferred. History is the preferred area of research and teaching specialization, but literary/philological studies and other areas will also be considered. The visiting faculty member will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses: a course of broad interest for upper-level undergraduates and a second course for graduate students. The visitor is expected to give one public lecture and to participate in the academic life of the University, including as an affiliate of the Harriman Institute.
  • Minimum qualifications: Master's Degree. Candidates for visiting professor should be widely recognized for their distinction and professional accomplishment. Candidates for visiting associate professor should possess a demonstrated record of professional achievement and show great promise for attaining distinction in their fields of specialization. Candidates for visiting assistant professor should be beginning a career of independent professional accomplishment, having completed successfully their graduate training. Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent preferred for all ranks. 
  • Application deadline: 01-15-2014
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: All applications must be made through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Using RAPS, applicants can upload the following required materials : a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; past teaching evaluations, if available; and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant's current research interests. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size).
  • For inquiries about the position please contact Prof. Kimberly Marten at km2225@columbia.edu.
  • For questions about the RAPS application process, please contact David Eisenberg at de2205@columbia.edu.

CU-Boulder - VAP of Russian StudiesEdit

  • The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a two-year visiting instructor or visiting assistant professor of Russian Studies, to begin August 2014
  • Primary specialization in 19th c. Russian literature and culture; desired secondary specialization in Russian Cinema or Silver Age. Experience with teaching language expected. The successful candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary major in Russian Studies. Applicants must have a PhD in Russian or a related field, native or near-native command of Russian and English, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research. Advanced ABD will be considered; degree must be completed by August 2014.
  • A letter of application, cv, writing sample, sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically at https://www.jobsatcu.com, posting F00757. Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2013. Interviews will be held at the November ASEEES convention in Boston and/or by Skype.
  • 10/30 - request for interview at ASEEES (email) x7
  • Question: did anyone hear what their timeline is? 
  • 12/7 - Has anyone been contacted after the first round of interviews at ASEEES?
  • 12/8 - Not me. x7
  • 12/9 - Invitation for campus visit (by phone)

2/21- Rejection (email) saying search had been completed.

KENYON COLLEGE. MELLON POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE.Edit

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Kenyon College is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Russian for the academic year 2014-15.  The fellowship is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The successful candidate will teach a total of three Russian language and/or literature courses during the period of appointment.

Eligibility: Applicants who have received the Ph.D. degree within the past five years are eligible to apply. Applicants must, without exception, have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by May 30, 2014 to be appointed to the position. A complete application includes cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a list of three references. For application instructions (online only), visit http://employment.kenyon.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  EOE.

--Request for Skype interview (email, 4/8)

--Heard through grapevine of campus interview in late April.

--Heard through grapevine of offer made and accepted (4/29).

Notre Dame. Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist of Russian.Edit

  • The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame is seeking to fill a two-year position for a Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist of Russian beginning in Fall 2014. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Russian, training in foreign language pedagogy, and experience teaching language at a variety of levels as well as literature. Near-native proficiency in both Russian and English is required. The successful candidate will teach three courses per semester, including two sections of Beginning Russian, and will organize and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities.
  • Review of applications will begin April 15 and continue until the position is filled.  Please send a letter of application, CV, and three letters of reference to:

David Gasperetti, Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, 318 O'Shaughnessy Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556

  • Materials may be sent electronically to al.grl.1@nd.edu. The University of Notre Dame, an international Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity educator and employer with strong institutional and academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at http://www.nd.edu.

--"Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist" Is it just me or does the title of this position make you all chuckle too?

  • Honestly, I've just been trying to figure out what it means. An almost Assistant Professor? A specialized professional? A professional professor (but not really)? 
  • Professional Specialist Faculty are the equivalent of lecturers at Notre Dame.
  • Sounds like a translation from German.

- Received an email that my materials are under review (4/23) x 2

- Has anyone received an update about this job?

- Invitation to interview (email, 5/21). x 5

-Rejection (email, 6/11) "made an offer to another candidate and it has been accepted"

Ohio State: VAPEdit

  • Accepting applications for a VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR for the 2014/15 academic year.
  • The Ohio State University Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures seeks a highly qualified visiting assistant professor whose primary duties will include teaching Russian, Polish, and/or Central European literature, culture and/or media studies.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures or equivalent.  Evidence of teaching excellence at US or Canadian institutions of higher learning is essential.  Expertise in Digital Humanities a plus.  The position is full-time, with benefits and a competitive salary. Teaching load is four courses per year.
  • The Department is currently in its 50th year, with faculty and lecturers who specialize in Russian, Polish, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Albanian languages as well as literary, cultural, and film studies, Slavic linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.  With a world-class library of Slavic and other titles, a Title VI-supported Center for Slavic and East European Studies, and a Research Center for Medieval Slavic Studies all located on the Columbus, Ohio campus, Ohio State offers wonderful opportunities for teaching and research.
  • The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.  We welcome applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Ohio State is also an NSF ADVANCE Institution.
  • Candidates should submit a letter of application, C.V., sample syllabi and the names of three references as electronic attachments via email with subject line Slavic Search to chair of search committee, Prof. Angela Brintlinger (brintlinger.3@osu.edu).  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
    • 3/19. Acknowledgment that application was received. Said they would be in touch about their time line.
    • 4/1 (no joke!). Akhowledgment that application was received. Said they were currently reviewing files and hoped to be in touch with candidates they wished to interview in the next several weeks.
    • 3/20 (posting this belatedly): Received an email saying that the review of applications would begin April 7th and that they would "be in touch soon after" if they wanted to conduct a Skype interview. 
    • Heard through the grapevine that the position had been filled (4/25)
    • 5/9 Rejection (email).

Tulane University--VAPEdit

  • Germanic & Slavic Studies, 305 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118. http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/german-slavic-studies/
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at Tulane University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Russian (non-tenure-track) beginning in Fall 2014. Candidate should be prepared to teach language at all levels and to offer literature and culture courses that accommodate both majors and non-majors. Teaching experience in film and/or gender studies a plus. 3/3 course load. Must have Ph.D. by time of appointment.
  • Send cover letter, CV, and a list of three references as email attachments to ger-sla@tulane.edu by April 7. We will contact selected applicants for a statement of teaching philosophy and their letters of reference (at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability).
  • Review of applications will begin April 7 and continue until position is filled.
  • Tulane University is an EEO/AA employer. Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
    • Request for teaching philosophy, syllabus, and reference letters (email, 4/2)x6
    • Request for Skype interview (phone, 4/11)
    • Anyone else get an interview? I got something along the lines of "we received your materials. Thanks for your interest." Was that supposed to be a rejection?
    • I posted about the skype interview above. Was told in interview (4/16) they would get back to me in a week or so.
    • Thanks for replying. Good luck!
    • Emailed secretary with an inquiry about my application's status last night; received an email reply this morning, saying "the committee has made a decision with another candidate." (4/22)
    • Received very kind voicemail from search committee that offer had been made to a different candidate (4/23).
    • Sigh. New Orleans... you are always just out of reach...

University of Arizona - Visiting Assistant Professor of RussianEdit

  • The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona invites applications for an Adjunct Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor (non tenure-track) in Russian literature and culture for the Spring 2014 semester beginning on January 6, 2014.
  • Responsibilities include: Teaching two courses, for example, a large undergraduate Russian culture course as part of the department’s General Education offerings, and a co-convened undergraduate/graduate 20th century literature course taught in Russian and English with readings in Russian. Participating in service for the department as needed.
  • Preferred qualifications: A PhD in Russian or related field will hold the position of Visiting Assistant Professor. Experience in teaching North American undergraduates and graduates and supervising teaching assistants. Evidence of excellence in college-level teaching. Evidence of teaching in large, general education classrooms.
  • Minimum qualifications: MA in Russian 

University of Kansas: VAP in Russian LiteratureEdit

  • The University of Kansas seeks to fill a visiting assistant professor position in Russian literature expected to begin as early as August 18, 2014; areas of specialization are open, but the successful candidate should be able to teach survey courses in 19th and 20th century Russian Literature. This appointment is a non-tenure track, term appointment initially for the 2014-2015 academic year and renewable for one additional academic year, subject to satisfactory performance and departmental needs.  Duties will include teaching a 3/3 course load. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active research.  Required qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD in Russian literature is expected by the start date of the appointment; specialization in Russian literature, subfield open; a promising research program in a field of Russian literature; demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level; and, native or near-native command of Russian and English.
  • For a complete announcement, and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu and click “Search Faculty Jobs”; then search openings by “Russian Literature.” A complete, electronic application will include (1) letter of application describing experience and accomplishments; (2) record of education and experience as noted in CV; (3) contact information for three professional references. Questions may be directed to Assoc. Prof. Stephen M. Dickey, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, 785-864-2357; SMD@KU.EDU.  Initial review of applications will begin on April 15, 2014 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.  KU is an EO/AAE.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.
  • Invitation to interview via skype (email). 4/29.
  • Request to have recommendations emailed and invitation to interview via skype (email). 4/30 x2
  • Has anyone actually scheduled their interview yet?
  • Just scheduled mine this morning (5/2)
  • Ah, good! There was promise of a doodle, but it never appeared...
  • Does anyone know if they are doing campus interviews? (5/9)
  • Request for second skype interview (due to odd scheduling, only 2 members of search committee were present at first interview), email, 5/10
  • Offer made (phone, 5/13) and declined (5/15)


University of New Mexico -- Visiting Assistant Professor of RussianEdit

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at the University of New Mexico is seeking to fill a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Russian beginning in August 2014.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the teaching of undergraduate courses in Russian language, literature, and culture with opportunities to teach on the graduate level in our cultural studies program. The area of specialization within Russian culture and literature is open. We are looking for a candidate with a solid grounding in classical Russian/Soviet literature but also familiar with contemporary cultural developments. These may include the intersections of literature with other fields such as film or media studies; gender and sexuality; translation studies; or connections between literature and other issues within contemporary Russian society.</li></li>

Language instruction is part of the teaching load, and the successful candidate will be familiar with proficiency-based teaching and using technology in the classroom. The successful candidate will work with her/his colleagues to grow the Russian undergraduate program and Russian major at UNM. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high degree of excellence in teaching and scholarship and exhibit potential to contribute to the intellectual life of the Department and the University.

This position requires: A Ph.D. in a field of Russian language and/or culture in hand by 1 August 2014. Native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English are required.Experience teaching at the college/university level (at least one year) is expected.

We would prefer a candidate who can provide: (1) evidence of scholarly expertise in contemporary Russian culture, modern or contemporary Russian literature, or classical Russian literature; (2) evidence of successful involvement with curriculum planning and extracurricular student activities; and (3) evidence of excellence in teaching of language AND literature/culture at a North American university and of use of best pedagogical practices in these areas.

For best consideration, applications should be received by 04/26/2014  

Required Documents:

1.)In the cover letter please address the applicant's qualifications for the position and a description of the applicant's teaching interests and experience.
2.) A current curriculum Vitae
3.) List of References: full contact information for three references.
4.) Other: Two syllabi: One for a lower-division language course and another for a literature or culture course in English.
5.) Please have three letters of recommendation sent via post directly to: Professor Lorenzo Garcia, Chair of the Russian VAP Search Committee, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, MSC 03 2080, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 EMAILED LETTERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Inquiries can be addressed to Lorenzo F. Garcia, Chair of Search Committee, e-mail: lfgarcia@unm.edu  

Apply online: unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=77040

  • Invitation for Skype interview. Email. (4/28)x3
  • Invitation for campus interview. Phone (5/2)
  • Offer made (phone, 5/13) and accepted (5/15)

Vassar College Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of RussianEdit

The Department of Russian Studies at Vassar College is looking for candidates to fill a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor / Instructor position starting in the 2014/15 academic year. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference.

PhD (or equivalent) or ABD required. Primary duties include teaching Russian language, with a possibility to offer courses in literature and culture. A strong record in teaching language at the undergraduate level is essential, as is willingness to make vigorous contributions to the extra-curricular program. The position is full-time, with benefits and а competitive salary. Teaching load is five courses per year.

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2450 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. The city of Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and from convenient commuter rail access to New York City.

To apply, please visit http://employment.vassar.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51552 to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should submit a letter of application, C.V., unofficial graduate school transcript (for ABDs), and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin December 11, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held at the annual AATSEEL conference in Chicago.

12/26 - request for interview at AATSEEL (email) (x5)
2/20-Rejection (email) saying search has been closed (I had an interview at AATSEEL) x2.

Other JobsEdit

Arizona State University - Instructor of RussianEdit

Arizona State University seeks an instructor of advanced Russian to teach small groups in an intensive setting in the Washington, DC, area. Candidates must have a master's degree or higher in second-language acquisition, linguistics,  or a closely related field; possess native or near-native proficiency in Russian; be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States; and have documented experience teaching Russian to adults. Preference will go to candidates who have taught in intensive language programs and to candidates with experience teaching Russian above the intermediate level. Successful candidates will teach full time from mid-January until early March, 2014. This is an ongoing opportunity. Successful instructors may be invited back to teach subsequent sessions. Applications must be received by November 18, 2013. Candidates should send a letter in English explaining their interest in and qualifications for a short-term, intensive advanced Russian program; a CV; contact information for two references–one of whom should be able to comment on the applicant’s teaching experience; and student evaluation results, if available. Materials should be sent to melikiancenter@asu.edu  or to “Russian DC Search Committee, Melikian Center, PO Box 874202, Tempe, AZ, 85287-4202.”

Barnard College - Lecturer in RussianEdit

  • The Slavic Department of Barnard College invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline in Russian language beginning July 1, 2014.  This is a full-time two-year term appointment.  Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester in Russian language/culture. Minimum qualifications are a Master's Degree or equivalent in Russian or a related field.  Native or near native proficiency in Russian and English.  Other criteria include, but are not limited to, experience in using instructional technology, expertise and interest in language pedagogy, dedication to teaching. Applicants should submit a cover letter, current CV, and list of three references.  It is the candidate's responsibility to request letters of recommendation and have them submitted.  Optional materials include a statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample or publication of no more than twenty-five pages.  All materials should be submitted to Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Chair, Slavic Department, 226 Milbank, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.  Material may be submitted by email to slavsearch@barnard.edu.  Only applications received by December 9, 2013 will be guaranteed consideration.
  • Turns out that there is also an Interfolio account associated with this application.  
  • Email invitation to interview at AATSEEL (12/17) x3
  • Email invitation for campus visit (1/26)
  • Has anyone received a rejection after AATSEEL? I haven't heard anything as of 2/16...
  • Offer made and accepted (word of mouth, 4/4)

Bates College - Lecturer in German and RussianEdit

The Department of German and Russian Studies at Bates College invites applications for a three-year lectureship in Russian and German, beginning August 1, 2014. Teaching load consists of three courses per year, including courses in both Russian and German language and culture. Candidates should have near-native abilities in Russian and German, experience teaching language and culture courses, and a minimum of a Masters degree. Candidates who are ABD or have earned a PhD are encouraged to apply. Bates College and the Department of German and Russian Studies are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply; the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Review of applications begins December 2 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit all requested materials electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at academicservices@bates.edu. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample syllabus. Also arrange to have three letters of recommendation, which address your experience in teaching both Russian and German, in PDF format to the same address. The search committee may request additional materials after the initial review of candidates. Please include your last name and R2075 in the subject line of the submission. 

  • email invitation to interview 1/6

Baylor University - Regular Lecturer in RussianEdit

QUALIFICATIONS: M.A., native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English, and proven excellence in undergraduate teaching. Experience in a Russian-speaking country preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To teach primarily elementary and intermediate Russian language courses. The successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership in extracurricular activities for students and to participate in other service activities as assigned.

RANK AND SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be submitted by October 15, 2013.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and transcripts.Include names, addresses, and phone numbers of three individuals from whom you have requested letters of recommendation to: Dr. Ann McGlashan, Search Committee Chair, Baylor University Department of Modern Foreign Languages One Bear Place # 97390 Waco, Texas 76798. Materials may be submitted electronically to: Ann_Westbrook@baylor.edu .

  • - Had a phone interview shortly after the deadine. Never heard back from them after that.

Bryn-Mawr College - Lecturer in RussianEdit

The Department of Russian at Bryn Mawr College invites applications for a full-time continuing non-tenure-track position to begin August 1, 2014, in Russian language and culture. Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in a Russian-related field by the August 1, 2014, start date and should have experience and a commitment to innovation in the teaching of Russian at all levels. Specialized knowledge in areas of Russian culture (e.g., folklore, contemporary culture) and classroom technology is highly desirable, as is the proven ability to administer federal grants. Candidates must possess native or near-native command of both Russian and English.

Submit as a single pdf document a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching philosophy by November 1, 2013, to the Department of Russian Search Committee, russian_search@brynmawr.edu . In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent via email.

  • It doesn't say this in the directions, but when you send in the emailed application, you should get a response with a link to an online application as well.
  • request for an interview via Skype (email) 11/27 x2
  • Invitation for campus visit (by phone) 1/6 x2
  • Rejection (snail mail) 3/31.

Dickinson College Visiting Instructor of RussianEdit

The Department of Russian at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA invites applications for a one-year, non-renewable full time position as a Visiting Instructor of Russian. Start date: July 1, 2014.

Qualifications: PhD by the time of appointment preferred, ABD considered. Native or near native fluency in English and Russian. We expect scholarly commitment, relevant experience in, and a strong dedication to teaching Russian language and culture at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Expertise in Russian literature, preferably 19th or 20th century Russian novel is required. Applicants with a sub-specialty in theater will also be considered. Ideal candidate should exhibit a willingness to participate creatively in the many functions of the department, such as the Russian Club, the Russian film series, and the Russian table. Teaching load is five courses per year.</span>

  • Closing Date: 3/1/14
  • 4/1 - Request for Skype interview x2
  • 4/25 - offer made and accepted

Harvard University - Preceptor in RussianEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for up to two positions as Preceptor in Russian Language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2014 with teaching beginning in Fall Semester 2014. The preceptor(s) will participate in both team-teaching and independent-teaching assignments as part of the Russian Language Program at all levels and be involved with coordination and training of graduate student teaching fellows. The preceptor(s) will work with the Director of the Slavic Language Program to develop courses and materials in Russian language and assist with recruitment of students and expanding interest in the Russian language program. An interest in furthering broader Slavic Language Program goals is highly desirable, including an interest in second-language acquisition research and the establishment of a new Harvard eight-week summer study abroad program in Russia. Preceptorships at Harvard are for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, curricular need, and divisional dean approval.  Interviews will be held at the AATSEEL conference in January.

  • The successful applicant should have experience in teaching Russian, language program and curriculum development, student advising and recruitment, materials design, teaching with technology, and have native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.  A PhD or equivalent graduate training is preferred. 
  • Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5198).  Review of applications will begin December 9, 2013, and candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by that date: 1. Cover letter; 2. Curriculum Vitae; 3. A brief teaching statement and a sample of teaching materials and syllabi; 4. Names and contact information of at least three references who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. (Letters should be submitted on the ARIeS portal and your application will be complete only when at least three letters have been submitted.)
  • Email invitation to interview at AATSEEL (12/17).
  • Offers made and accepted. (Word of mouth, 4/10.)

New York University - Lecturer in RussianEdit

The Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at New York University invites applications for the position of Russian Language Lecturer beginning Fall 2014. This is a full-time three-year position as Lecturer, with renewal after the first year contingent upon a satisfactory performance review. Renewal for further three-year terms thereafter is also possible, contingent upon satisfactory performance reviews and budgetary approval. Teaching load is six courses per year.

The ideal candidate should hold an MA, PhD, or the equivalent in Russian Language and/or Literature/Culture. We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative instructor with a strong interest in language pedagogy and demonstrated excellence in teaching different levels of Russian language; experience in teaching literature/culture courses is also welcome. Complete proficiency in Russian and English is required, as is familiarity with contemporary instructional technologies.

Submit as a single pdf document a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and teaching philosophy by November 1, 2013, to the Department of Russian & Slavic Studies Search Committee at leydi.ortiz@nyu.edu. In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to this same email address.

Applicants may also choose to submit the following additional documents (again, in pdf form via email): teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, and assignments.

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2013. First-round interviews will be conducted at the AATSEEL conference in Chicago, January 9-12, 2014.

  • Rejection (email) 11/22. x2
  • Request for an interview (email) 11/8 (x3)
  • Anyone else didn't receive anything? 12/3
  • Would anybody tell me please where this ad was published? Haven't seen it on either AATSEEL, or HIgherEd, or MLA websites. Thank you!
  • It was posted on SEELANGS, if I remember correctly.  If you're not subscribed, I recommend it
  • I was a finalist and received a rejection letter (3/3). This means that the search is concluded.
  • Offer made 3/10. Turned down 3/18. Best of luck to the remaining candidates -- NYU has a wonderful department and good people.
  • Offer made (3/10) and accepted (3/14).

Penn State University - Lecturer in RussianEdit

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) invites applications for a full-time lectureship position (non tenure-track) in Russian, for up to a 3-year term to begin in Fall 2014 with possibility of renewal. Responsibilities include teaching Russian language courses at all levels as well as undergraduate Russian literature and culture courses taught in Russian and English including a large-enrollment online Russian culture course taught in English. Teaching experience in the US is highly desirable. Teaching load is 3-3. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in English and Russian and hold at least a Master’s degree in Russian or related field, Ph.D. preferable. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits.

Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae electronically at the following website:www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch/.  Please have three letters of recommendation (under separate cover) sent to Bonnie Rossman (bjr19@psu.edu). For more information on our program, please consult  http://german.la.psu.edu/slavic/index.shtml

Review of applications begins on November 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Request (phone) for interview at AATSEEL 12/8 (x2).
  • Invitation for campus visit (phone, email)
  • Rejection (I had a campus visit)
  • Rejection 3/5.  I had a conference interview but no campus visit.  I also heard through the grapevine that the position had been filled.  

UC-Davis Lecturer in Russian FilmEdit

The Department of German and Russian at the University of California-Davis is seeking a Lecturer to teach “Russian 129: History of Russian Film” for spring quarter 2014 (April 1-June 30, 2014). Salary will be based on education and years of teaching experience. Applications from ABDs are welcome.  

To apply, please visit: </span>https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00217

University of Chicago Lecturer in RussianEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The University of Chicago invites applications for a full-time lectureship in the Russian language. 

A Master's degree is required, Ph.D. is preferred, preferably in Russian/Slavic linguistics or second language teaching. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and experience teaching Russian at all levels are required. The minimum teaching load is six courses per year (over three quarters) with a maximum teaching load of nine courses per year. 

The position will involve some course administration and curriculum development. Candidates should have experience with instructional technology, current methods of foreign language instruction, and dedication to teaching.

The initial appointment will be for two years, beginning 1 September 2014, with the possibility of renewal.

Review of applications will begin on December 20, 2013; candidates meeting this deadline will be given the opportunity of a preliminary interview at the AATSEEL conference held in Chicago on January 10-11. 

Applications will be open until the position is filled or until March 1, 2014, whichever comes first.

To apply for this position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website, https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu, and select requisition number 01977. Applicants must upload a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and sample syllabi. Applicants should have three letters of recommendation sent by email to slavic-department@uchicago.edu with the subject heading RUSSIAN LECTURER. 

  • Request for interview at AATSEEL conference -- email (12/24) (x2) 
  • re: previous entry. could you please specify the date? 
  • Had a Skype interview in mid-January (couldn't make it AATSEEL)
  • Rejection 3/7.  Search has been concluded.
  • Heard that offer made and accepted

University of Denver - Adjunct Instructor of RussianEdit

Adjunct Instructor of Russian, Spring 2014  Department of Languages and Literatures  Salary: $3000 per course  Work Schedule: Varies, appointment is for spring quarter 2014 Department Introduction: The Department of Languages and Literatures offers the following undergraduate programs: majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; minors in Classics, Japanese, and Chinese; beginning levels of study in Hebrew and Arabic. Study of Greek is also available on an individual basis.

Job Summary: The Russian Program in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver seeks to hire a skillful and dedicated instructor to teach one Elementary Russian Language course (Russ 1003) in the spring of 2014.  Russ 1003 is the last course in the three-quarter sequence, continuing from Russ 1001 (fall) and Russ 1002 (winter). Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching Russian language in the North American university setting.  Flexibility and ability to work well with other instructors teaching additional sections of the course are essential.

Required Qualifications:

  • MA or ABD in Russian or closely related field (e.g. Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis)
  • Experience Teaching Russian language at college or university level, with proven, professionally attested excellence and effectiveness. 
  • Native or native-equivalent command of both Russian and English.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Russian or closely related field (e.g. Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis). Experience teaching Elementary Russian at college or university level in a North American setting, with proven, professionally attested excellence and effectiveness.   Flexibility and ability to work well with other instructors teaching other sections of the course. Native or native-equivalent command of both Russian and English. Extended residence or extensive travel to Russia or other countries where the Russian language is widely used.

  • Special instructions to applicants: Please complete the online application at https://dujobs.silkroad.com/.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and evidence of excellent teaching at the college level. Only complete applications will be considered.  Deadline to apply is December 1, 2013.
  • Applicant Contact: Colleen Lucero, Assistant to the Chair, colleen.lucero@du.edu    

UIUC - Lecturer in Slavic LanguagesEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign invites applications for a Lecturer with a target start date of August 16, 2014. PhD in hand at the time of the appointment is required.  This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position, renewable each year based on enrollments and strong performance reviews. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

The successful applicant will teach advanced Russian language courses; courses for undergraduates and graduates in language pedagogy and Slavic linguistics (e.g., structure of Russian); and, depending on qualifications and departmental needs, intermediate-advanced language courses in one other Slavic Language (e.g., Polish) as well. Teaching assignment: 3/2 course load. Position also entails supervising the departments language program, which includes the following duties: select and order course materials for Russian, and oversee that process for other languages offered by the department; oversee preparation of course syllabi and tests; coordinate, supervise and train graduate teaching assistants and instructors in the language program in Slavic; manage and market enrollment; coordinate placement testing in Slavic; serve as department contact for Russian language study abroad; represent the Slavic language program at appropriate venues.

PhD in hand by the starting date of the appointment is required, as well as native or near native command of Russian and English; proficiency in a second Slavic language preferred. Preference will be given to degrees in Slavic linguistics, general linguistics, second language acquisition, or related field. Experience with instructional technology in language teaching, evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, including Russian language instruction, required; experience in program direction/supervision preferred.

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at https://jobs.illinois.edu and submit your application materials: application letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references. Referees will be contacted electronically upon submission of the application. Only electronic applications submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will be accepted.

To ensure full consideration, all required materials, including letters of reference, must be received no later than October 30, 2013. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information please contact slcl-hr@illinois.edu.

  • request for an interview (email) 11/16x2
  • Any updates for those who interviewed with them?  

University of Minnesota Teaching Specialist/Lecturer in RussianEdit

Duties/Responsibilities: The Program in Slavic Languages & Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota seeks candidates for a position in Russian. Responsibilities include: teaching six courses per year (three per semester) at the beginning and intermediate levels, and possibly advanced language or literature and culture courses; engaging in ongoing curriculum development; holding office hours to assist and advise students; performing some administrative duties.This is a 100%, nine-month position, annually renewable based on funding and performance, beginning August 25, 2014. Salary range is $39,000-$44,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits available.

Required/Preferred Qualifications: REQUIRED:- MA degree or foreign equivalent or ABD in Russian, Foreign Language Education, or a related field.- Two years of post-secondary teaching experience. - Native or near-native fluency in Russian & English. - Demonstration of commitment to quality teaching and program development. PREFERRED:- PhD degree or foreign equivalent in Russian, Foreign Language Education, or a related field- Experience teaching literature and/or culture courses.- Experience teaching American college- or university-level undergraduates.- Strong background (e.g., coursework, publications) in foreign language education, second language acquisition, proficiency-based teaching.- Interest in curriculum development. - Positive evaluations from students, peers, and/or supervisors. Applicants with an M.A. will be appointed as Teaching Specialists. Those with a Ph.D. will be appointed at the Lecturer level.

  • Application deadline March 1
  • Request for additional materials (4/4 by email x3)
  • Request for interview (5/8 by email)
  • Received a nice e-mail saying offers had been made to two candidates for two positions, and if they accept, the search will be officially over. Congratulations to those who got the offers! (6/25 by e-mail)

University of North Texas - Lecturer in RussianEdit

Full-time position to begin September 1, 2014 (classes begin 8/27/14). The position of Lecturer comes with full benefits and may be renewed annually based upon a favorable performance evaluation and the availability of funds. 

  • Duties: Teach four undergraduate courses in Russian language, literature and culture per semester. Active participation in Department activities and committees is expected. 
  • Qualifications: M.A. in Russian language, literature, or culture, or related field; native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English. College/university level teaching experience in Russian language is required. Experience teaching advanced level Russian language, literature and/or culture courses; experience with program coordination/supervision; evidence of commitment to departmental service and commitment to study abroad preferred.
  • Review of applications begins 11-03-2013
  • Submit: Curriculum Vita, Cover Letter, List of Names and Contact Information of Three References, Unofficial Academic Transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire), Summary of Teaching Evaluations, Statement of Teaching Philosophy 
  • A short list of candidates will be required to submit 3 letters of reference and provide a CD/DVD of a 50-minute teaching demonstration. 

University of Pennsylvania - Lecturer in RussianEdit

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Russian language instructor, beginning Fall 2014. 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/79.  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.
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning October 30, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Request for interview via skype (email, 11/26) x3
  • They said they should be getting back to candidates after the holidays.
  • Invitation for campus interview (email, 1/6)
  • Offer made (3/6). Accepted 3/18.

University of Rochester - Language CoordinatorEdit

The University of Rochester’s School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for the position of Language Coordinator. Under the supervision of the dean of Arts and Sciences, the Language Coordinator will work with faculty, department chairs, and program heads throughout the school to promote second-language acquisition. The School of Arts and Sciences currently offers fifteen languages and English as a second language; we will be incrementally adding five additional languages beginning in the fall semester of 2014.

The University of Rochester has vibrant programs in languages and cultures, and a significant portion of the undergraduate student body enrolls in languages even though there is no language requirement. The Language Coordinator will have a background in language pedagogy or second-language acquisition; will be qualified to teach elementary and intermediate courses in one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish; and will be able to work with programs offering classical Greek, Latin and American Sign Language. The Coordinator will be responsible for managing enrollments in first- and second-year language courses, working with faculty on student placement, observing and evaluating non-tenure-track instructors, assisting with the development of syllabi, delivering a pedagogy course and ongoing seminars for new teaching assistants, and helping to develop multilingual and multicultural awareness across campus. The Coordinator will also work with faculty and staff on the use of technology in second-language teaching and learning.

The successful candidate for this position will be an enthusiastic champion of the importance of language learning in a multicultural and global environment, and will have strong interpersonal and organizational skills. A master’s degree in a language and cultural tradition or language pedagogy is required; a PhD in a related area is strongly preferred. The Coordinator must also have college-level teaching experience, a background in theories of second-language acquisition, and expertise in multimedia and other technological approaches to language learning.

Online applications can be completed at  www.rochester.edu/fort/language

University of Texas at Austin - Lecturer in CzechEdit

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a one-year lecturer, with the possibility of renewal, beginning in fall 2014 through spring 2015. Applicants must specialize in Czech Studies and be qualified to teach Czech language at beginning and advanced levels. Teaching duties will include a 3 course per semester load, consisting of two Czech language courses and one content course focusing on Czech Studies. Additional duties will include a role in the development our Czech program and participation in outreach activities within the University and Czech émigré communities. A Ph.D. in hand is required. Salary is based upon qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to: Professor Mary Neuburger, Chair, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712. Priority will be given to applications that are filed by February 15, 2014. The University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EEO employer, and requires all expected hires to undergo a criminal background check.

Job posting can be viewed online at: https://facultyjobs.utexas.edu/employers/view_job.cfm?jobID=2272

  • Interview held (Skype) (3/3)

FellowshipsEdit

Amherst College Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian ArtEdit

Amherst’s Robert E. Keiter 1957 Fund for Postdoctoral Fellows, with matching funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports exceptionally promising young scholars for two years of half-time teaching (one course each semester) and half-time research at the College. As part of the Keiter Fellowship program, Amherst will appoint a postdoctoral fellow as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian Art for the academic years 2014-16. This Keiter Postdoctoral Fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment that is open only to those who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2014 and who have not already held a regular faculty appointment.

We invite applications from candidates whose work concerns Russian art history and visual culture in Russia. The ideal candidate will have both training in art history and broad knowledge of Russian language and culture. The Fellow will teach courses in English in the context of the Russian Department’s curriculum. For both teaching and research, the Fellow should expect to draw on the Whitney Collection of Russian Art at Amherst’s Mead Art Museum and the collection of artists’ books at the Amherst Center for Russian Culture. 

Applicants should submit electronically a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (to include a description of courses taught), one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages and one sample syllabus for a course appropriate for our department. Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by email attachment to Elizabeth Damon, Academic Department Coordinator, at ehdamon@amherst.edu.. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.

  • -- Has anyone heard anything about this position? -- They've sent an e-mail to say that three people have been invited for a campus interview. Presumably, a hire will be made from among those three.

College of William and Mary Postdoc in Russian and Post-Soviet StudiesEdit

The Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program of the College of William & Mary invites applications from recent Ph.D.s for the position of a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the humanities or social sciences. Russian and Post-Soviet Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on culture, history and politics of a vast region spanning from East-Central Europe to Siberia and Central Asia and is supported by faculty affiliates from several departments. 

The successful candidate will have a two-year appointment, a reduced three-course load per year, a salary of $50,000, and will also benefit from mentorship and research support. The qualifications are Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment (August 10, 2014), and a demonstrated interest in blending undergraduate teaching with research. An interest and expertise in European Studies will also be helpful.

For full consideration, application materials are due by January 15, 2014. Review of applications will begin at that time. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed. Application materials, including a letter of application, current CV, copies of significant publications, course syllabi, teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability, should be submitted electronically to the online recruitment system https://jobs.wm.edu. Please note that the system will prompt applicants for the contact information for their references. After submission of the application, those individuals will be contacted by us via email to submit letters of recommendation.

  • - So, does anyone know if they really want a Teaching Statement (as the online system asks for) or if that is an error? Have any of you submitted a Teaching Statement with this application (or plan to)? Thanks.(Jan 14)
  • -I plan to submit one.

-any news or sense of when we'll hear from them?  (I had a Skype interview on 2/14, haven't heard anything since then).

  • -Rejection via email 4/25.  Position has been filled. (x2)

Columbia University Harriman Institute PostdocsEdit

The Postdoctoral Fellows Program  enables junior scholars who have recently received the Ph.D. to spend an academic year at the Harriman Institute, working on the revision of their individual research and participating in the life of the Harriman Institute and Columbia. As members of the Columbia University, fellows receive access to a full range of resources, and the Institute makes every effort to provide desk space for all postdoctoral fellows.

The Harriman Institute has four types of postdoctoral fellowships: general (two positions), core project (two positions), the INTERACT Central Asia postdoc (one position), and the Ukrainian Studies postdoc (one semester-long position). Candidates should indicate which programs they are applying for in their cover letters. The Core Project is devoted to a specific theme each year; the core project for 2014-2015 is "Learning from Transition: From the Local to the Global."</span>

Eligibility for the 2014 competition is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between July 31, 2011 and June 30, 2014 and do not hold a tenure-track position. All fellows must have successfully defended and deposited their dissertations prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

Information on each program and application details are posted below. All applications are due by January 15.

2014-2015 General Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement 2014-2015 Core Project Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement 2014-2015 INTERACT Postdoctoral Research Scholar AnnouncementApplication form to be posted shortly 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ukrainian Studies Announcement

  • Any news? (2/19)
  • No news here (2/20)(3/09)(3/18)(4/8)
  • Told that final decisions will be made late March / early April (3/21)
  • Many thanks for the update. I was starting to wonder...
  • So...still nothing?
  • Nothing here (12 April)
  • I wouldn't hold out too much hope. I've heard vague rumors that these postdocs have already been awarded. Nothing confirmed, but... (14 April).
  • Final decisions have definitely already been made.  I wrote and asked last week, and got a response today saying decisions had been made and I'd been rejected.  So, I'm guessing that if you haven't been contacted, it's a no.
  • Offer made (28 April). And accepted (6 May).

Columbia University Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ukrainian StudiesEdit

The Harriman Institute invites applications for a post-doctoral research scholar in Ukrainian studies, for one semester (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2014-2015.   The scholar will teach one course of broad interest to upper level undergraduates and/or master’s degree students.  Eligibility is restricted to those who have received the Ph.D. between July 31, 2011 and June 30, 2014, and who do not hold a tenure-track position. The area of research and teaching specialization is open, but should be focused on some aspect of current Ukrainian life, politics, and/or international affairs.  The visitor is expected to give one public lecture and to participate in the academic life of the Harriman Institute.  The position comes with a stipend of $25,000.  This position is made possible by generous support of the Petro Jacyk Ukrainian Studies Fund.

To apply, candidates should send the following materials to Harriman Institute Associate Director Alla Rachkov (ar2052@columbia.edu), in a single PDF file by January 15, 2014: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; past teaching evaluations, if available; and a modest sample (article or book or dissertation chapter) of scholarship.  The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant’s current research interests.

Harvard University Davis Center FellowshipsEdit

Deadline: January 7, 2014

Online info session (register by writing to dcpdoc@fas.harvard.edu): Thursday, December 19, 2 p.m. EST 

The Davis Center Fellows Program brings together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. The program is coordinated by faculty from across Harvard University whose research interests include aspects of the selected theme. Professors Julie Buckler (Slavic Languages and Literature), Eve Blau (Graduate School of Design), and Kelly ONeill (History) will coordinate the 2014-2015 program.

The application for Mapping Cultural Space: Sites, Systems, and Practices across Eurasia is available at http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/research/individual-research/fellows-program/application.

  • 3/3: Received rejection letter (x2, 132 applicants for 6 positions)
  • snail mail?

Wake Forest University - Postdoc in RussianEdit

  • Postdoc Position in Russian. The Department of German and Russian invites applications for a two-year Postdoc position in Russian.
  • Start Date: Fall 2014
  • Duties: Teach one language course each semester, provide live-lab assistance, and attend conversation hours and other departmental activities for students. Preferred area of specialization is either Russian linguistics or Russian studies with an emphasis on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture.
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. is required by May 2014. Candidate must have a proven record of excellent teaching, active research agenda, commitment to mentoring students and program development, and commitment to active engagement with our students and our department. Native or near native fluency in Russian is required.
  • Application Deadline: December 6, 2013
  • Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy (NO teaching portfolios please) via email to: Tara Ogletree at ogletrtw@wfu.edu.
  • Three Letters of recommendation should be mailed to: Department of German and Russian, P. O. Box 7353, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109
  • This job also has an Interfolio account associated with it.
  • Request (email) for Skype interview in early January (12/20).
  • Offer made and accepted (2/10).

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14 Edit

Kibitzing - Opinions, Rumors, and ChitchatEdit

Anyone know who is chairing the search committee for Colgate? 

  • I don't know the answer to the previous question, but I'm wondering if anybody else noticed this proliferation of lecturer positions: a few of them don't seem too different in their requirements from regular tenure-track jobs, with more coursework. Seems like a new way to try and have it both ways: someone who'd be there long-term, but pay them less, have them teach more courses, and invest in them not at all.
  • Yes, definitely. Although, in fairness (?), I think the "lecturer" positions imply that the courseload will cnsist largely of language teaching.  Not that this is in any way fair, but it is certainly nothing new that institutions reserve the professorial/TT ranks for literature faculty and relegate language faculty to "lecturer" ranks. The idea being, I guess, that those teaching primarily language classes are less likely to produce the kind of scholarship (monographs) that traditionally leads to a successful tenure case.  I am not a fan of this two-tier system myself but it seems to be common across lang+lit departments.
  • Well, except that at least 4 of the 10 positions listed anove call for teaching literature and/or culture: i.e., these "lecturers" are patently not "just" "language faculty".
  • The casualiztion of academic labor has been noted and bemoaned for the last twenty years.  If you're not familiar with the process by which our profession is being marginalized, you might want to start with Frank Donahue's "The Last Professors." 
  • Well here's something I never thought I'd say: good year to be a medievalst in Slavic.
  • How many of us are native speakers and how many of us are near-native speakers?
  • I don't know about you, but I'm neither. My Russian is very good ("superior" according to the opi), but I still don't consider myself "near native." Anywhere except in job applications, of course.  
  • I couldn't agree more that "near native" is a worthless description of language skills.  But there it is staring back at me from my CV, as well...  

Were any interviews conducted in Russian this year? => Last year one of my interviews was entirely in Russian, one entirely in English, and the others a mix.  This year all my interviews were conducted in a mix of English and Russian, and the interview for the position I actually got also included (to my shock and horror) a few sentences in some of the other languages I have listed on my CV.

  • Almost every interview I had was in English with a very short section in Russian. The only exceptions were interviews for VAP positions (the only times anyone asked me about my research in Russian, or wanted me to speak for longer than, say, 4 minutes). So far no one has tried to speak to me in Polish, and thank goodness for that.

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