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Arizona State University (AZ) - Honors/Open Field/Open Rank (Renewable/Non TT)[]

Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University invites applications for a renewable multi-year position in the core Honors faculty. Barrett Honors Faculty Fellows are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers with competitive salaries and generous benefits.

The main teaching responsibility rests on a rigorous two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Event, in which students examine diverse intellectual traditions from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.

Arizona State University as an institution is committed to accessibility and excellence. Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of their high school class.

We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate teaching excellence, including experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2016; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.

Qualifications: A PhD in any academic field that adds richness to our college. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing and leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired. We welcome applications from candidates whose teaching and scholarly activities address the diversity of our student population and seek a diverse candidate pool.

Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching; (4) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in the first semester of The Human Event (HON 171), and a schedule of readings for that course. Further information on this course can be found at Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at

  • Application review will begin at 5:00pm on February 4, 2016.

Bowdoin College (ME) - Tenured / Full Professor in Russian[]

Bowdoin College invites nominations and applications for a senior appointment in Russian language, literature, and culture, to begin July 1, 2016. The appointment will be made at the level of tenured associate or full professor commensurate with experience. The area of specialization is open; however, candidates should note that the College values interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching and supports a number of interdisciplinary academic programs. Bowdoin recently received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support an innovative, collaborative pilot project with the Slavic Department at Yale University. The successful candidate will contribute to the leadership of this project. Candidates should demonstrate notable scholarly achievement, a creative research agenda, and a strong commitment to teaching in a diverse liberal arts community. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English, the ability to and interest in teaching all levels of Russian language, and a strong background in language pedagogy and program building are expected. In addition to chairing the Russian Department, the successful candidate will teach two courses per semester, advise students, and supervise honors and independent studies.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation may be requested at a later stage in the search process. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to the search chair at


  • Skype interview 10.19.15
  • Additional materials requested 10.20.15
  • Official rejection (email) 11.10.15

Brown University (RI) - TT Asst. Professor - Modern Russian Lit.[]

The Department of Slavic Studies at Brown University announces a tenure-track assistant professorship of Modern Russian literature and culture, with special emphasis on Soviet and post-Soviet periods, beginning July 1, 2016.  Area of secondary specialization open, but preference may be given to candidates with additional expertise in visual studies (art, cinema, etc.). Knowledge of another Slavic cultural tradition is a plus.  Interest in interdisciplinary collaboration expected. Demonstrated strength in research and publication and excellence in teaching required. Ph.D. by time of appointment. Will teach wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in 20th- and 21st-century Russian literature and culture, and upper-level Russian-language courses as needed. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English required.  Candidates should provide a letter of application, a dissertation abstract, a current CV, one writing sample of scholarly work (30 pp. maximum), a teaching portfolio, and three confidential letters of recommendation. All materials are to be submitted via Interfolio ( by November 15, 2015.  Brown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • offer made and accepted (grapevine) 3/31
  • Invitation for campus interview (email) (1/5) x2 (email 1/12)
  • Has anyone else heard from them regarding campus visits? (1/6)
  • Invitation for Skype interview (9/12) x2
  • Invitation for Skype interview (12.10)
  • Anyone know if they will also be conducting interviews at AATSEEL?
  • These extra html tags are driving me nuts. And I didn't even apply for this position. (12.17) (Looks like the li tags hadn't been wrapped in tags signaling that there was a list, like ol or ul; 12.19) --> Fixed.

Carnegie Mellon University (PA) - Assistant Professor of Russian Studies[]

The Department of Modern Languages invites applications for an assistant professor, tenure-track position in Russian Studies beginning in August 2016.  Successful candidates must have an earned Ph.D., demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, and expertise in one or more of the following areas: technology-enhanced learning, learning sciences, digital humanities, language assessment, translation studies, literary and cultural studies, global studies, transnational studies.  Candidates should have advanced-level proficiency in Russian, interest in teaching a full range of courses in the curriculum, and experience in culture-driven, content-based, communicatively-oriented instruction. Teaching load is 2+2.

Applications will be accepted online through Interfolio and should arrive not later than October 30, 2015. Applicants should use the link below to submit a letter of application (indicating, among other things, any professional conferences they plan to attend between November 2015 and January 2016), resume, statements of teaching, research, and curricular interests, and three (3) letters of recommendation.  Representative publications, not to be returned, may also be included.  Carnegie Mellon University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application URL:


  • Does anyone know what they mean by a statement of curricular interests? I've never heard of such a thing before.
  • I called and asked about it.  This sort of statement is more typical of job posts in the sciences, which makes sense given CM's reputation.  They said curricular interests are the courses one has taught/is prepared to teach/want to teach.  I was told I could include this info in my teaching statement and then upload a blank document for the "curricular interests" part.  
  • Has anyone been invited to interview at ASEEES yet? Nothing here.
  • Not me yet (11/11) — Not that I think I'm so great I'll necessarily get an interview, but I'd hope that I'd get a little warning at least before heading off to Philadelphia.
  • It's a European Studies department, so my guess is that they're planning to hold interviews at MLA/AATSEEL.
  • Request for Skype Interview (11/19) x 3.
  • I gather there will be no AATSEEL interviews? --I think that is a safe assumption.
  • Request for Skype interview (11/23) x2.
  • Did anyone ask about the timetable for sending out on-campus invites?
  • They said by the end of the month.
  • Invitation for campus visit (email) (12/23)
  • Has anyone else heard from them? --> Nope. But they staggered invitiations for the Skype interviews, so it is possible they are doing the same thing with the on-campus invites. 
  • Rejection (snail mail) (12/30)
  • All three campus visits have been scheduled. (1/8)

City University New York (CUNY) TT/Tenured Assistant Associate or Full Professor[]

The Division of Russian and Slavic Studies of the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies of Hunter College, City University of New York, invites applications for a tenure track/tenured position at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor to teach Russian language and literature beginning in Fall 2016. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses in 19th , 20th, and 21st -century Russian literature and culture, both in Russian and English, as well as upper-level Russian-language courses as needed. The position also involves thesis advising for Russian majors and minors and other Hunter College students, as well as an active role in extracurricular student activities.  The successful candidate will share responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.


For Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Ph.D. by time of appointment. Area of secondary specialization is open, but preference may be given to candidates with expertise in translation studies and comparative literature. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English is required. Demonstrated strength in research and publication and excellence in teaching are required. The department values collegiality and a commitment to service to the program, department, college, and university.

COMPENSATION: Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. CUNY offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to its faculty, covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should provide a letter of application, a current CV, one writing sample of scholarly work (30 pp. maximum), and three confidential letters of recommendation.

Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the application instructions. Please have your resume or curriculum vitae and cover letter with names and contact information of 3 professional references available to attach into the application before you begin. The resume, cover letter and any other required documents must be uploaded as ONE document. The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format. Incomplete application packages will not be considered.

CLOSING DATE: January 25, 2016 and continue until an appropriate candidate is found.

  • Has anyone heard from them? (2/10)
  • Nothing here (2/10)
  • Invitation for Skype interview in March (email, 2/23) x4

Columbia University (NY) - TT Asst. Professor - Russian Lit. and Culture[]

The Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian literature and culture. We seek excellence and creativity in teaching and scholarship. Specialization is open, but we welcome the ability to teach courses on the twentieth or twenty-first century and engage with a related discipline (arts, film and media, cultural and gender studies, comparative literature, social sciences). Beyond Teaching in the field of specialization, the successful candidate will teach two courses a year in Columbia's Core Curriculum, typically Literature Humanities.

All applications must be submitted through Columbia University's Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS): Applications must include (a) curriculum vitae, (b) cover letter, (c) statement of teaching philosophy, (d) three letters of recommendation, which will be solicited from the RAPS site, (e) writing sample, and (f) statement of research (40 pp maximum).

RAPS will accommodate uploads of a maximum of two (2) megabytes in size. Before uploading documents, applicants first will be asked to input a name and valid email address for each reference provider. The applicant may enable RAPS to generate an automatic email to the reference provider, politely requesting a letter of reference and offering a secure link to the RAPS website where a letter can be conveniently uploaded.

After completing the "Provide References" screens, the applicant will come to the "Attach Documents" screen and will be asked to upload into RAPS the required application materials listed above. The completion of the application process in RAPS is indicated by a confirmation number, which the applicant should retain.

Interviews will take place at the ASEEES convention in Philadelphia on November 19, 20, and 21. Review of applications will begin on October 5.


  • Received email saying search would be cancelled and restarted due to administrative errors outside of the department's control. Required documents for new search include: (a) curriculum vitae (b) cover letter describing research and experience, (c) teaching portfolio d) writing sample (40 pp maximum), and (e) three letters of recommendation
  • I thought the 40-page statement of research sounded fishy! (9/23)
  • I submitted materials for this position and have not received an email about the search cancellation.  Anybody know the details?
  • The application requirements have now been updated as listed above (at the RAPS site and in a message on SEELANGS). The date application review begins, and other information, still seem to be the same.
  • Anyone else have problems uploading the Teaching Portfolio? My PDF seems to be too large. Suggestions?  Thanks!
  • Invitation to interview at ASEEES (email 11/6) x 7
  • To those who were interviewed at ASEEES: was anyone told (or did anyone ask about ) their timeline? Thanks. (Wish I'd asked!)
  • Request for supplementary reading samples (12/04).
  • you mean writing samples? or syllabi or something? (12/06)
  • Writing samples.
  • Hm. Was anyone else asked for supplementary materials?------>Nope.
  • I asked and was told that the decision on who to invite for campus visits will be made at either the last faculty meeting of this semester or the first one of next semester. (12/06)<------Thank you for asking!
  • Does anyone know if they had their last department meeting and/or if finalists have been decided upon? Thanks.
  • They are still deciding.
  • Thanks to the person who has added this last post, and good luck to all! x3
  • Campus visit scheduled (and the email said that 3 people were invited) (12/22) x 2
  • Offer accepted 3/4 (very reliable grapevine)

McGill University (CAN: QC) - TT Assistant Professor in Russian and German Cinema Studies[]

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) at McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a primary area of specialization in Russian and German Cinema Studies and a secondary area of expertise in Russian and German Literature and Culture. It is expected that the candidate will contribute to other LLC initiatives and programs, especially in the area of European Studies and to the interdisciplinary program in World Cinemas. Candidates must demonstrate competitive research and publication records, substantial teaching experience, and strong potential for collaborative research and program development across media, disciplines, and cultures. Native or near-native fluency in English, German, and Russian is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand or be very near completion. The teaching assignment will be 12 credits (4 courses) per academic year and should include a range of courses covering German, Russian, and European cinema, film theory, and literature and culture at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Information about the Department, its programs, and courses may be found at The appointment begins August 1, 2016. Inquiries about this position can be sent to

Complete applications, including a cover letter describing the candidate's interest in the position, fit with the department, and linguistic competences, a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample (20-30 pages) must be submitted online at URL, no later than November 15, 2015. Three referees should upload their letters of recommendation at the same site. Application materials should be addressed to Professor José R. Jouve-Martín, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

MLA JIL 10/2/15


  • - campus visits scheduled for late January

Portland State University (OR) - Asst. Professor of Russian[]

The Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Russian to begin September 16, 2016. The candidate should show evidence of strong scholarship and a background in Russian language, literature and culture. The new Assistant Professor will join tenured colleagues, non-tenure-track instructors, and graduate teaching assistants in teaching Russian, will develop and teach courses in his/her field of expertise at all levels, and will advise Russian majors, minors and certificate students. Members of the department are expected to participate in the governance of the department, college and the university, to be active in teaching and in community outreach and to be productive scholars within their own area of academic interest.

Duties and Responsibilities: • Teach language, literature, film and culture courses across a broad spectrum at all levels, from beginning to graduate (Master’s), including literature in translation and interdisciplinary general education courses. • Advise Russian majors, minors and certificate students. • Make scholarly contributions to research field. • Provide service to the department, college and university, and support community partnerships. • Write grant applications. • Take an active role in extracurricular student activities and the Russian Flagship Program.

All applicants must apply online.

Your application must include the following: Letter of Interest (Cover Letter), CV, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be submitted and uploaded directly from the recommenders through our online application system.

Submit all required materials by December 1, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Review will begin on December 1 and continue until finalists are identified. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by Skype.



  • I got rejection letter on 12/04.
  • Has anyone else heard from them?
  • I haven't heard anything. Just interested: was the rejection sent via email or snail mail? (Nice of them to send an actual rejection, by the way!)
  • Nothing here (12/09) x3
  • Invitation for Skype interview (12/09)x2 (email)
  • Anyone else in the "didn't get an interview request or a rejection" category? I spoke to a colleague who is not on the wiki, and she received an (emailed) rejection letter, so it was definitely more than one person. Any theories?  ---> I haven't heard anything either x3 (12/13)
  • If you haven't received either an invitation to interview or a rejection, it probably means that you are on the "long list"; if none (or not enough) of the candidates they interview proves satisfactory, they may give you a call. It's sort of like being on a waiting list, except no one will tell you you're on it.
  • Email invitation for campus interview (1/19) 
  • Rejection (e-mail) (1/26) x2
  • Position filled (email) (3/8)

Princeton University (NJ) - TT Asst. Professor of Russian[]

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 in September 1, 2016. We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic scholar with a broad range of interests. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses and to produce excellent scholarship in his/her areas of specialization. The teaching load is two courses per semester in addition to advising and service.

Candidates for the position must have native or near-native command of both Russian and English. Field of specialization is open. Applications, due December 1, 2015, 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 2016. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AATSEEL conference in Austin in January 2016.

Apply at:


  • Rejection (email) 12/18 x5
  • Invitation to interview at AATSEEL (email) 12/18 x2
  • Invitation for campus visit (email) 1/15

Princeton University (NJ) - Tenured Professor of Russian[]

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of Princeton University invites applications for a tenured professor position in Russian literature and culture to begin in September 1, 2016. We are looking for an imaginative and energetic scholar with a broad research profile that will complement and extend the interests of the present faculty. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, to advise dissertations and undergraduate theses, and to do administrative work. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, a cv, as well as a list of three scholars who would be prepared to supply a letter of recommendation. Campus interviews will take place as early as mid-October, 2015.

Online App. Form:


  • Does anyone know if there has been any movement on this search? Thanks.
  • They extended an offer. 

University of Nebraska (NE) - Assistant Professor of Practice in Russian (Non-TT)[]

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of Russian, including Business Russian and courses on Russian literature and culture, and to develop and choose materials that contribute to a successful basic language program. The candidate must also have experience with instructional technology.

Minimum Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Russian or a related field, evidence of excellence in teaching, and near native fluency in Russian and English.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants who will have their degree in hand by August 2016.

To apply for this position, please go to, requisition F_150177 and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Form. In addition, please submit electronically a letter of application, a transcript, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio to Shannon Parry (, the search committee assistant. The files must either be in Microsoft Word or pdf formats.

Application Review Date: (To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date): 10/12/2015

Planned Hire Date: 08/15/2016



  • 11/11 Request for Skype interview

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - TT Assistant Professor - Twentieth-c. Russian Literature and Culture[]

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) with expertise in twentieth-century Russian literature and culture, to begin July 1, 2016. Preference will be given to candidates with additional expertise in such areas as Central European studies, history, literary theory, digital humanities, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, theater studies, visual studies, and/or musicology. Demonstrated strength in research and publication and excellence in teaching required. Ph.D. must be earned by time of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English required. Please submit applications online at: Include a cover letter describing research and teaching experience, a CV, teaching philosophy statement, and contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the ASEEES Convention in Philadelphia, in November, 2015.


  • Request for additional materials (10/23)
  • Request for recommendations (10/23)
  • Interview request (11/6) x 2
  • Have more people been invited to the interview? - Yes, they have been interviewing.
  • Invitation for campus visit, email (12/6)
  • Received an e-mail that the search is cancelled (2/10)

University of Texas at Austin (TX) - TT Assistant / Associate Professor of Slavic Literature and Culture[]

The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor with tenure, with an anticipated start in the fall semester 2016. We invite applications from scholars specializing in the literature and culture of the regions of ​former Yugoslavia, Poland, and/​or Czech Republic/Slovakia (in this order of preference).

Candidates must have native or near native command of the respective Slavic language and be qualified to teach it at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Teaching duties will include a two course per semester load, consisting of one language course and one content/culture course. The selected candidate will be expected to exhibit a commitment to service to the department, center, college, and university; to do some administrative work; to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; to direct graduate research; to direct dissertations, MA reports and honor theses; and to publish actively. Salary is based upon qualifications and experience. Ph.D. in a related field is required.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a scholarly writing sample of no more than 30 pages to Professor Mary Neuburger, Chair, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, via Interfolio ( If you do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create one prior to applying for the position, assistance available from Interfolio's Customer Support - or call (877) 997-8807.

Deadline for applications is November 1, 2015 and finalists will be interviewed at the MLA/ATSEEL in Austin in January 2016. The University of Texas at Austin is an AA/EEO employer, and requires all expected hires to undergo a criminal background check.

  • Anyone heard any news on this? I would hope that they'd let us know soon if they'll be doing interviews at ATSEEEL. (Well, and so that I could return to being frantic about other things — like finishing my dissertation.) x 2
  • Are there any news on this one? Perhaps they've cancelled the search? 
  • Heard via the grapevine that preliminary interviews have been scheduled for AATSEEL.
  • ^ Thanks for the update. I figured they would have had to by now, but hadn't heard of anyone who got an interview or seen anything on here. Oh well!
  • This is very odd. I know a number of objectively excellent applicants with PhD's from highly-regarded schools  and with relevant publications who fit almost perfectly to this job description but who did not even receive initial interviews. The wiki has also been strangely silent... 
  • interviewed at aatseel x 2

Vanderbilt University (TN) - Assistant or Associate Professor in Modern Russian and/or Eastern European Studies[]

Vanderbilt University is seeking a scholar in modern Russian, Soviet and/or Eastern European Studies. The successful candidate will join a vibrant, cross-disciplinary community of scholars in European studies and will teach two courses per semester. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, teaching evaluations (if available), and three letters of recommendation electronically to Academic Jobs Online ( by December 10, 2015. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Helmut Walser Smith, Chair of the Search Committee (


  • I realize that this is very late in the game (the application is due tomorrow!), but does anyone have a handle on what this department does/whether or not this position is suitable for a candidate with a background in language pedagogy/literary studies? It looks like there is a Russian department at Vanderbilt but that the faculty are not cross-listed. Is this an area studies job? If any of you  know anything, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could share your findings. (And best of luck to all of my fellow sufferers!)
  • I found this very confusing too. Judging from the other faculty, it looks to me like an area studies job that could include literature. Also, the academicjobsonline link lists the closing date as Dec. 18, if that helps.
  • Heard through the grapevine that this is an inside hire. (01/08)
  • Contacted for Skype interview (1/28) x2

Vassar College (NY) - TT Assistant Professor of Russian Studies[]

The Department of Russian Studies at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning fall semester 2016.

Candidates with completed PhDs will have priority; ABDs nearing dissertation defense will be considered. Candidates must demonstrate strong scholarly potential, a record of successful teaching, and near-native or native proficiency in both Russian and English. Field of specialization is open. Expertise and teaching experience in 19th or 20th century Russian literature, together with a solid background in cultural history is crucial, as is an established record of excellence in teaching beginning and intermediate language and the ability to teach advanced language courses, including senior seminars conducted in Russian. Potential for contributing to the College’s diverse multidisciplinary programs is highly desirable. Familiarity with on-location programs in Russia is a plus. Support for and participation in the Department’s rich co-curricular program is expected. Teaching load in the first year is four courses; in subsequent years it 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 to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV, a graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), at least three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

Review of applications will begin on November 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will take place at the AATSEEL conference in Austin on January 9 and 10, 2016.

MLA JIL 10/2/15


  • Does anyone know if this is an inside hire?  The department has not one, but two visiting assistant professors already on staff.  Thanks.
  • AATSEEL interview request (by email) (12/21) x 6
  • Any news? (02/17) - Nothing yet. x2
  • Have campus interviews already been scheduled? (03/04)

Wake Forest University - TT Assistant Professor of Russian[]

The Department of German and Russian invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Russian.

Start date: Fall 2016

Duties: Teach all levels of Russian language, literature and culture. Preferred area of specialization is 19th or 20th century literature and culture. Knowledge of other Slavic languages is encouraged. Teaching load is 3/2.

Qualifications: Ph.D. required by May 2016. Candidate must have a proven record of excellence in teaching, active research agenda, commitment to mentoring students, proven strategies for recruiting students and program development. Native or near native fluency in Russian required.

Salary and benefits are competitive.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2015.

Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy (No teaching portfolios, please) via email to: Tara Ogletree (

Three Letters of Recommendation should be mailed to: Department of German and Russian, Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7353, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Interviews will be held at the MLA.

MLA JIL 10/16/15


  • Invitation for interview at the MLA via email (12/18) x4
  • Email rejection (12/28) x 2
  • Email rejection after interview (1/13)
  • Email invitation for campus interview in February (1/19) x2
  • Offer accepted (3/16).

Non-Tenure Track, Visiting and Temporary Positions[]

Portland State University (OR) - 1 yr. Position[]

The Russian Program at PSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for a one-year full-time position teaching undergraduate Russian language.

The position is for the academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) beginning September 16, 2016, and is renewable. Informational interviews will be conducted by Skype or phone.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-- Teach 36 credits of undergraduate Russian language and culture courses according to the needs of the program
-- Be responsible for first and second-year Russian language instruction
-- Maintain regular office hours
-- Participate on program, departmental, college and/or university committees as assigned by the Chair and/or Section Head, and regularly attend faculty meetings

Minimum Qualifications:

-- Masters degree or equivalent in Russian language, literature, linguistics or related field
-- Experience teaching Russian at the college level
-- Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English

Preferred Qualifications

-- ACTFL OPI training
-- Experience with and affinity for team teaching
-- Experience working with heritage speakers of Russian

To Apply

All applicants must apply online at

Submit all required materials by February 2, 2016 to be assured of consideration.

Review will begin on February 2, 2016.


  • - Rejection letter via email (03/08)

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan) - Russian Instructor[]


Department: World Languages and Literatures, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Dates of employment: May 23-July 15, 2016

POSITION SUMMARY: Nazarbayev University seeks to appoint three instructors to teach intensive Russian classes to international students during a 6-week summer intensive program. The program will provide beginning, intermediate, and advanced Russian courses in an intensive format in a situation of partial language immersion. Under the supervision of the program coordinator and the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Russian instructors will be expected to teach four hours per day during a five-day working week using a communicative, content-based approach and contribute to the day-to-day operations of the program.

Nazarbayev University will provide, in addition to a competitive salary, tickets from your home destination to Astana and back (subject to the 10% flat tax rate), housing, and visa support.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Deliver four hours of language instruction per day, Monday through Friday. In consultation with the program coordinator, develop a comprehensive course syllabus including course description, course goals and objectives, and assessment criteria. Prepare daily lessons and provide instruction based on the principles of communicative language teaching, content-based instruction, and authentic materials use. Keep track of student progress by using appropriate formative and summative assessment tools. Keep program coordinator actively informed of student progress, hold regular office hours, and work closely with student tutors to assess student needs for support outside the classroom. Attend daily and weekly program faculty meetings. Provide peer support to other faculty members as necessary. Collaborate with the program coordinator, fellow instructors, and student tutors to establish relevant co-curricular activities for students. Help promote co-curricular activities and participate in co-curricular activities as necessary.

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES: Native of near-native proficiency in Russian and English. Excellent teaching and interpersonal communication skills. Familiarity with communicative and content-based teaching practices and use of authentic materials. Proven dedication to excellence in language teaching.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: M.A., ABD, or Ph.D. in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language, SLA with focus on Russian, Slavic Languages and Literatures, or a comparable degree in a related field. 2+ years of previous language teaching experience in the target language strongly preferred, as well as experience working with English-speaking students. Previous experience teaching in intensive program preferred. Previous experience with content- and/or project-based instruction strongly preferred. Knowledge of or experience with ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines strongly preferred

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION: To apply, send the following materials by email to Victoria Thorstensson ( 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV/resume, 3) sample teaching evaluations, and 4) sample teaching materials and syllabi (no more than 10 pages). Please, convert all attachments to pdfs, and indicate “Application for Russian Instructor Position” in the subject line.

Applications are due: March 15, 2016


St Andrews University, Scotland, 5-month Teaching Fellowship in Russian[]

Salary - £31,656 - £32,600 per annum, pro rata 

Start Date: 25 January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter, Fixed Term: 5 months

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a full time Teaching Fellow in Russian for a period of 5 months from 25 January 2016 – 23 June 2016. You will be expected to hold a PhD or to be close to completion of a PhD, and should possess native or near-native language skills in Russian and English. Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist interest in any area of Russian studies, and a preference may be given to applicants able to teach Russian language classes at an advanced level.

View the vacancy online Further detailed information about the School of Modern Languages can be found at

Informal enquiries can be directed to:  Dr Emily Finer, Head of Russian, e-mail:,  Tel: 01334 462951, or Professor Will Fowler, Head of School, e-mail:,  Tel: 01334 462964.

Applications are particularly welcome from women who are under-represented in Arts posts at the University.  You can find out more about Equality and Diversity at .

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;

Closing Date: 4 January 2016.


Boston University (MA) - Renewable Lectureship in Russian[]

Boston University’s Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature invites applications for a renewable full-time lecturer in Russian (appointment begins July 1, 2016).

Responsibilities will include serving as Head of BU’s Russian Language program, with the responsibility for expanding our curriculum; attracting new students; teaching all levels of Russian language and collaborating with faculty in other languages and in related fields across campus.

Requirements include an MA (at minimum); native or near-native command of Russian and English; commitment to a proficiency-based communicative curriculum; demonstrated excellence in college-level Russian language teaching; leadership and administrative ability; familiarity with the North American higher education system; and experience using technology in the language classroom.

At Boston University the successful candidate will join a growing and vibrant community of scholars of Russia and of the world’s languages, literatures, and cultures. The position is a professional career track with possibility of growth. Please submit a letter of application, CV, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi, and a link to a teaching video to Three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted as well. Teaching DVD’s (in lieu of online videos) or any recommendation letters that cannot be sent electronically may be sent to Russian Lecturer Search, Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Additional materials will be requested subsequently from top candidates. Preference given to applications received by November 2, 2015.

Boston University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Colby College (ME) - 1 yr. Position[]

The History Department at Colby College invites applications for a one-year replacement position for a visiting assistant professor in Russian and Soviet history, to begin September 1, 2016.

We seek a scholar with a PhD or ABD in history and demonstrated teaching and research interests in Russian and/or Soviet history. The candidate will teach five courses including two survey courses (one in Imperial Russian history, one in Soviet history), a course on the Russian Revolution as part of the college “Arts and Humanities” Theme for 2016-17, and two other courses that might explore such themes as ethnicity, race, and nation; science and technology; sexuality and gender; or monarchy, autocracy, and totalitarianism. Ability to teach a topical intensive writing course for first-year students is an advantage.

Please send letter of application, CV, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, titles and/or syllabi of proposed courses, and evidence of teaching ability to:
Professor Paul Josephson, Chair,
Russian History Search Committee,
Colby College,
Waterville, ME 04901

in electronic form (pdf) to:

Review of applications will begin December 31, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted by Skype in late January.

For more information about the College, please visit our website:


University of Chicago (IL) - Lecturer[]

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago invites applications for a full-time, one- to three-year renewable appointment as Lecturer beginning July 1, 2016.

The primary duties include teaching a minimum of six courses per year, primarily in first and second year Russian. A background in current pedagogical theory and second-language acquisition is required.

The candidate may be asked to assume the administrative position of Departmental Language Coordinator. This position is supplementary to a regular appointment as Lecturer and independent of it; it is for a concurrent term, renewable, and carries an additional salary supplement. The duties of Language Coordinator include developing, overseeing and coordinating the Department’s language program, which currently offers Russian, Czech, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Polish. In addition, the Coordinator will be closely involved in hiring, training, and supervising other instructors.

If needed, the Language Coordinator should be able to teach a one-quarter course on the pedagogy of Slavic languages in order to prepare graduate students to teach in the department.

The position is open to candidates who will have completed an advanced degree (at least MA, preferably PhD) by June 30, 2016, have native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English, and have experience in an American university setting. Knowledge of one or more other Slavic languages, especially Czech, would be advantageous but is not required.

To apply for this position please visit the University of Chicago Academic Career

Opportunities website, and select requisition #02864, and upload your curriculum vitae, a teaching statement or portfolio (which should address how your teaching would strike a balance between teaching grammar and communicative skills, as well as teaching evaluations if available), and the names and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2015.

Application deadline: All application materials, including reference letters, must be uploaded by 11:59 PM CST on December 9, 2015. Only complete applications will be considered.

The position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

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

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request.


  • - has anyone heard any news from them?
  • Email request for Skype interview (12/22) X 2 

University of New Mexico (NM) - Lecturer III of Russian[]

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at the University of New Mexico is seeking to fill a Lecturer III position in Russian beginning in August 2016. The Russian Program at the University of New Mexico is a small and vibrant program within the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures that offers the only BA degree in Russian in the state of New Mexico. The main emphasis is on language proficiency and exposure to the major developments in classical and contemporary Russian culture. The successful candidate will contribute to the pedagogical goals of a department seeking to strengthen its offerings in critical languages and in the internationalization of our campus and programs. We currently have a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Russian with whom this Lecturer will work closely in enhancing course offerings in Russian and in strengthening the Russian program.

The position will involve teaching a base load of twelve credits a semester. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in Russian language, and will develop and teach courses in classical and modern Russian culture in translation. He or she will interact with other language/literature/culture programs in the department. Salary and benefits are competitive. UNM has a progressive lecturer review and promotion program.

This position requires the following minimum qualifications: the completion of a Ph.D. with a specialization in Russian language/culture by August 1, 2016; native or near-native fluency in written and spoken Russian; native or near native fluency in written and spoken English; and evidence of teaching Russian language at a North American University.

We would prefer a candidate who can provide: 1. Evidence of excellence and professional development in the teaching of Russian language and culture; 2. Familiarity with best practices in Foreign Language Pedagogy, including the use of assessment tools; 3. Evidence of successful involvement with curricular and extracurricular student activities; 4. Evidence of ability and willingness to assist in the development of the Russian program; 5. Evidence of familiarity and use of new technologies in the classroom. 6.) A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Applications must be submitted online at These should include a cover letter addressing the applicant’s qualifications for the position and professional goals; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy; a list with full contact information for three references; and two syllabi: one sample syllabus for an undergraduate Russian language course and one sample syllabus for an undergraduate course on Russian culture to be taught in English.

In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent via post directly to: Professor Monica Cyrino, Chair of Lecturer III of Russian Search Committee, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures, MSC 03 2080, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. E-mailed letters will not be accepted. For best consideration, completed applications are due December 1, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.


  • Email request for Skype interview (2/4) x2
  • --> Did they say when the Skype interviews and/or campus interviews would happen?
  • The Skype interviews were 2/9 and 2/10. They didn't say anything to me about campus interviews.
  • Email rejection (2/9) x 2
  • Campus interviews are this week (grapevine, 2/22).

University of Pittsburgh--UCIS Postdoctoral Fellows in Russian & East European Studies --Deadline: 31 December 2015[]

The University of Pittsburgh is offering two postdoctoral fellowships—one in the arts and humanities, and one in the social sciences and professional disciplines—to begin in September 2016 for scholars whose work focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet regions of Eurasia. These fellowships are designed to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers while simultaneously building their teaching records.

The UCIS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Russian & East European Studies are for two years, renewable for an additional (third) year. Fellows will be expected to pursue their own scholarly work and participate in the academic and intellectual activities of UCIS and REES, as well as the department or professional school with which they are affiliated.

Each of the UCIS/REES Fellows will teach one course in the first year, two in the second year, and two in the third year if the fellowship is extended. The specific courses to be taught will be determined according to fellows’ interests and the needs of their departments and REES. However, it is anticipated that each fellow will co-teach the interdisciplinary REES capstone course, through which undergraduate students undertake a major research project as part of the REES certificate program requirements, at least once during the fellowship period. Fellows will also be expected to support the Center’s annual graduate and undergraduate student conferences and other Center outreach activities.

The annual stipend will be $40,000, plus benefits. The UCIS/REES Fellows are eligible to apply for REES Faculty Small Grants, up to $3,000 annually, to support their research agenda.

Eligibility: We invite applications from qualified candidates in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional disciplines who have received the PhD or final professional degree from a university other than the University of Pittsburgh no earlier than December 2013.  Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from their department chair or advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.  The fellowship may not begin before the candidate has actually received the PhD or equivalent final degree in a professional discipline. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose application is supported by an agreement from a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to serve as mentor for the candidate during the period of the fellowship.

Apply by December 31, 2015 online at submittable (


  • Any updates on this one? (2/22
  • Nothing yet (2/22)
  • Has anyone been contacted for Skype interviews? Or else? (3/01)
  • No contact here to invite/reject, although the deadline should have already passed. (3/02)
  • Sources say that they have already scheduled/conducted skype interviews with 3 finalists (3/7).
  • Email rejection (03/30/16)

University of Warsaw - Warsaw, Poland - Visiting Professor[]

The Dean of the Faculty of „Artes Liberales“, University of Warsaw in cooperation with the President of the Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc. invite applications for the position of the Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor. The position is co-sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc. and the University of Warsaw.

Founded in 1925, the Kosciuszko Foundation promotes closer ties between Poland and the United States through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges. It awards fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals, and artists, and promotes Polish culture in America.

The appointment will be for five months in the academic year 2016/17, either in Fall (from October 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017) or in Spring (from February 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017). The professorship is open to American senior scholars from U.S. universities with accomplishments in humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.

No knowledge of Polish is required. The visiting professor will be appointed in the Collegium Artes Liberales which is a part of the Faculty of ‘Artes Liberales’ and offers courses to all students of the University of Warsaw. The Collegium has developed a unique program inspired by the curricula of U.S. colleges of liberal arts and sciences and seeks to restore awareness of the affinities between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and to nurture creative thinking and civic responsibility.

The teaching load is 90 hours (3 courses) a semester (6 hours a week). Office hours - at least 2 hours a week. Courses will be taught in English. The appointee is expected to give at least two public lectures and participate in the academic life of the Collegium and the University. The visiting professor is expected to be in residence in the Warsaw area during the semester throughout the term of the professorship.


PhD in any discipline of the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences and a substantial research and teaching experience

Required documents

1. a letter of application,

2. curriculum vitae,

3. a copy of the PhD diploma,

4. two letters of reference.

The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the candidate prefers, short descriptions of possible courses which the candidate might teach, and a description of the candidate‘s current research interests.

The University of Warsaw offers competitive salary. Employment is for 5 months.

Accommodation is not provided and travel expenses are not covered by the University.

For inquiries about the position please contact:

Professor Piotr Wilczek, Director of the Collegium “Artes Liberales”

Submit all materials by email as PDF files to the following two addreses: and Letters of recommendation should be emailed separately by their authors to the same email addresses as scanned PDF files.

Dual citizens (United States and Poland) are not eligible. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Application deadline: January 31, 2016, 4:00 PM EST. All candidates will be informed about the results of their application by February 15, 2016.


University of North Carolina Wilmington (NC) - Lecturer[]

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Our powerful academic experience stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship in an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and in our doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership. Substantial research activity, combined with our hallmark teaching excellence and moderate size, advances distinctive student involvement in faculty scholarship. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, affordable access, global perspectives, and enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as health, education, the economy, the environment, marine and coastal issues, and the arts.

Position Title: Lecturer-Russian, German, ESL

Department: Foreign Languages & Literature - 32221

Vacancy Number: 16F-009

Position Number: 4205

Summary of Position: The position is a one-year renewable teaching lecturer. The lecturer will teach two classes per semester as assigned by the chair of World Languages & Cultures and two non-credit-bearing English as a Second Language courses per semester or equivalent as assigned by the director of ESL in the Office of International Programs. Equivalence to ESL course assignments involve administrative tasks in support of the ESL program including application intake, accreditation documentation, student recruitment and retention and assisting the director with hiring and training of instructors. The preferred start date is January 1, 2016.

Minimum Requirements: Applicants must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in Russian from an accredited university and must have at least 18 hours of graduate work in German. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and German essential. Additionally the applicants must experience in teaching ESL. Experience living, working or studying abroad is essential. Excellent command of the English language, written and oral, and effective interpersonal communication skills, including sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with people from numerous countries and cultures is a must.

Preferred Qualifications: At least two years’ experience in a college-level teaching environment. The successful candidate should have experience in curriculum creation, planning and implementation.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit: This is a joint appointment between the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Office of International Programs.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures of the University of North Carolina Wilmington department prepares students to acquire proficiency in world languages at all levels and enhance the students’ effective communication, creativity, critical thinking, greater awareness of the world’s peoples, and interpersonal skills, as well as their understanding of their own language.

College/School Information: The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately three quarters of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Position Type: Permanent

Job Posting Date: 09/28/2015

Priority Consideration Date: 10/30/2015

Priority Consideration Information: Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Address application documents to: Dr. Raymond Burt


Rice University - Part-time lecturer of Russian - Deadline Feb. 22, 2016[]

Rice University's Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication (CLIC) invites applications for a part-time appointment as Lecturer. This is a one-year, renewable appointment to begin 1 July 2016. Requirements: M.A., native or near-native ability in the Russian language, training in second language pedagogy, experience teaching at the U.S. university level, and demonstrated ability to develop innovative second language curricula. Experience with Study Abroad program development/implementation, competence to teach another language, and Ph. D. degree would be beneficial.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the implementation of an innovative, research-based curriculum; the development of a coherently articulated program of instruction across levels of competency; the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the syllabus and daily lessons; assisting with the development and administration of assessment instruments; and participation in professional development programs.

Salary will range from $7,000-9,000 per course and will be commensurate with the applicant's demonstrated ability to develop research-based, innovative second language curricula. The anticipated course load is one to two courses per semester. Rice offers good institutional support for professional development and state-of-the-art technological facilities are available. Rice University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Requirements: M.A., native or near-native ability in the Russian language, training in second language pedagogy, experience teaching at the U.S. university level, and demonstrated ability to develop innovative second language curricula. Experience with Study Abroad program development/implementation, competence to teach another language, and Ph. D. degree would be beneficial.


Please submit (1) a letter of application, clearly addressing the above position requirements, (2) a detailed, annotated lesson plan showcasing your ability to develop innovative pedagogical practices, (3) a 2-3 page CV, (4) transcript, (5) three letters of recommendation, (6) two of the latest teaching evaluations from students and (7) a sample syllabus of a relevant course. Applications without all seven items above will not be considered for review.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2016

Contact Information: CLIC Coordinator. Email:  (questions only)

Clemson University (SC) - Lecturer[]

The Department of Languages at Clemson University invites applications for a renewable full-time lecturer in Russian language and literature beginning August, 2016.

Responsibilities include coordinating the Russian language program, teaching language courses at all levels in addition to literature and culture courses in English. The course load is three courses per semester.

The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Russian or equivalent in Russian language or literature (though ABDs will be considered) and possess native or near native fluency in Russian. We are seeking a creative instructor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and familiar with contemporary instructional technologies.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, teaching statement along with a teaching portfolio including evaluations, sample syllabi, assessments and other evidence of instructional expertise to: Here. Applications completed by February 15, 2016 will receive full consideration.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


  • Email request to complete an additional form. (2/22) x4
  • Phone call request for a Skype interview (2/24)

University of Kansas (KS) - Lecturship (Czech)[]

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas seeks to fill part-time Lecturer positions in Czech language and Russian literature, expected to begin as early as August 18, 2016.

The Czech lecturer position will involve teaching one course per semester in Elementary or Intermediate Czech. Seeking a dynamic instructor with excellent teaching skills and familiarity with the North American education system. The successful candidate must have a native or near-native command of Czech and English and an intimate knowledge of Czech culture.

The Russian literature lecturer position will involve teaching introductory survey courses in Russian literature and culture to undergraduates.

Topics are open, and there may be an opportunity to teach seminars to advanced undergraduates and graduate students as well.

Individuals qualified to teach both Czech language and Russian literature may apply for both positions.

Initial review of applications for each position will begin March 30th, 2016 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to:  A complete online application includes a cover letter, c.v., a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references.  Candidates for the Czech position who advance to the interview stage will be asked to submit student evaluations (if available), sample syllabi for Elementary and Intermediate Czech, and sample teaching materials. Candidates for the Russian literature position who advance to the interview stage will be asked to submit student evaluations (if available), and a sample syllabus for a survey course of Russian literature

KU is an EO/AAE, full policy


University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI) - Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Fall 2016[]

The Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at the University of Wisconsin - Madison announces a one-semester position for a Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall 2016 to teach two courses: one advanced course in Russian language and literature (taught entirely in Russian to students beyond fourth-year Russian) and one course on Soviet literature in translation, with an optional discussion section in Russian. Active research agenda and readiness to perform service on departmental committees is expected. The successful candidate would need to be on campus by Monday, 29 August 2016, and classes begin on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

Ph.D. in hand strongly preferred; however, ABD applicants will be considered, in which case the title would be Lecturer. The applicant should have experience teaching Russian language and literature at a North American university, including at least two semesters' experience teaching Russian language and one semester's experience teaching Russian literature in translation. Native or near-native proficiency in both Russian and English is expected.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting 07/25/2016 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references by email to:

Professor Irina Shevelenko Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic<>


Vanderbilt University (TN) - Lecturer in Russian[]

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

The successful candidate must have experience in teaching Russian language, literature, and culture at all levels. The teaching load is three courses per semester, which includes both language courses taught in Russian and courses on Russian literature and culture taught in English. Ability to teach a freshman writing seminar is a plus. 

The position requires native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English and a Ph.D. in hand by August 1st, 2016. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, an official graduate school transcript, and three letters of recommendation by April 15, 2015. All materials should be submitted via Interfolio

Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Vanderbilt is an AA/EO employer and particularly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Posted on March 09, 2016.


Senior Positions[]

Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) - Chair, School of Modern Languages[]

The School of Modern Languages of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative Chair to lead a dynamic and innovative faculty team dedicated to redefining the study of language and culture for the 21st century.

The School is united around a vision of applied foreign language and cultural proficiency coupled with understanding of intercultural issues as crucial for careers. It draws on its unique setting as part of a premier technological university to deliver cutting-edge programs that focus on preparing students to participate in the global workforce through advanced communication skills, critical and creative thinking, intercultural understanding and professional competency in nine languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.

Part of Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the School offers an innovative B.S. degree in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (ALIS) as well as degrees in Global Economics and Modern Languages (GEML) and International Affairs and Modern Languages (IAML), and we look forward to a chair who will lead our efforts in designing an innovative Master’s program.

Twenty-three tenure-track faculty members and thirty non-tenure-track instructors provide administrative and instructional support to a growing number of majors, dual majors, and minors. Oversight of our academic programs requires a commitment to progressive education, international programs, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in the College and the Institute. For additional information, see

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree and a scholarly record that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. The individual should have demonstrated leadership, preferably in higher education; a proven aptitude for effective financial, academic, and personnel management; a keen interest in supporting faculty scholarship; a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; experience in strategic planning and fund-raising; and the ability to articulate the unit’s innovative programs within an Institute committed to expanding connections between the humanities, sciences and technology, and international education. Leaders with experience outside of academia, but knowledgeable about the academic enterprise, are also strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, candidates will send:

(1) a cover letter surveying their expertise for the position

(2) a curriculum vitae (including a list of five references),

(3) a concise leadership philosophy, all emailed as one single PDF,

Applications or nominations should be sent to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Start date for the position: July 1, 2016.



See Also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2015-16[]

Kibitzing - Opinions, Rumors, and Chitchat[]

  • Does Columbia really want a 40-pp research statement?  Do they mean 4 pp?
  • I interpreted that to be a research article/diss chapter of less than 40 pages. I was thinking of sending an article with my 1-2 page reserach statement attached.
  • Or perhaps the whole application packet (cover letter, CV, writing sample, etc) should be no more than 40 pages? 

Maybe someone can help solve this mystery.  There is a Russian position at Vassar mentioned here:

but it is not listed anywhere on the Vassar website. Is this a mistake? Thoughts?

  • It may be that they're planning to hire their current visiting professor, who has been there for a number of years now.
  • Vassar has now posted this position in the 10/2/15 MLA JIL: (also see above).

Is Vassar an internal hire?

Wouldn't it have been nice to get a PhD in a field that has something remotely resembling a job market? We wait another year for eight jobs to be posted. This is a special form of madness.  

  • I want to say that this year is worse than others, but I don't think it is. The market is terrible every year, all of the time. Even if one does land a tenure-track job, it's no guarantee. Tenure decisions are becoming increasingly arbitrary (or at least that's the way it looks from my corner...)
  • No one ever knows whether something is an internal hire or not. I've seen people "assured" of a job lose them and others retain them. It's never an easy decision.

Seems like an unusually small sample of candiates is participating in the Wiki this year. Judging from postings, one would conclude that committees are only interviewing one person per job.

There is a whole new generation of PhDs who are very active on social media and achieve much through social networking there; this wiki, as a result, is not as informative as it used to be, nor does it satisfy the same needs. If hiring committee members have been friends on Facebook with potential candidates for years (as has been the case in a few recent hires), much of the mystery about the process is disspelled on both sides. UPenn has certainly interviewed more people--just not the ones reading this wiki. I suggest you friend pronto any faculty members that you might think might be hiring... 

  • Of course more people have been interviewed. I saw more than one when I did. Not everyone uses this wiki to judge the number of people interviewed or accepted or whatever, but rather to know that SOMEONE has gotten information about a job. When so many positions don't let us know until much after a position is effectively closed, it's enough to know that one person has an interview to know that some of us don't. 
  • And your point is? Fewer people are updating the wiki this year,as I observed above, precisely because more information is available. And yet, you have almost desperate questions here like the one above ("Have more people been interviewed by UPenn?" --Yes, of course, more people have been interviewed but this person is expecting confirmation from the wiki!!! Also, I am not sure what positions that have been effectively closed have not been announced as closed to you (and other candidates)? 
  • Hey, let's be kind to one another this year. The job market is tough on everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope your day is full of mashed potatoes and pie. x2!! Happy TG!

Anyone know anything about the Brown job? I was a little surprised not to see it up here on the wiki at all.

  • Re: the Brown job, I just added it to the main list, but I'm not sure how to insert it in the table of contents at the top...

I noticed that no one posted Harriman Institute's call for postdocs this year