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Last year's page: Russian & Slavic 2011-2012

NEW PAGE for 2014: Russian & Slavic 2013-2014

Уважаемые коллеги! Добро пожаловать! The 2012-13 hiring season has arrived.

A few guidelines to keep things neat:

1. Please update the Wiki when you learn about new searches, canceled searches, notifications of interviews, campus interviews, and concluded searches/offers.

2. When adding new searches, please list the institution name in alphabetical order. If an institution is conducting more than one search in the field, list the university and the position name in parentheses beside it, creating two separate entries for updates. Use Header 3 so that the institution will show up in the Contents list below.

3. When updating the status of searches, please give the means by which you learned of the news and also the date, i.e., "Interview scheduled (phone), 12/15/12"; "Search cancelled (word of mouth), January, 2013"; "Rejection (mail), 3/17/13."

To market yourself and promote your CV to academics in the field, you can create a profile in Russian Studies section of Academic Room.


  • PhD in hand: 25
  • ABD: 13
  • Contemporary:
  • 20th century: 16
  • 19th century: 12
  • Pre-19th century: 1
  • Linguistics: 6
  • Polish Studies: 1
  • TOTAL: 34

I know this is a concern at least with some of us... Would you be interested in getting our numbers for the following categories:

How many people using this Wiki are

Male 1

Female 7

Native Russian speakers 4

Native English speakers 2

Other 1

Applicants from Tenure-track Positions

Applicants from Visiting Positions 2

Is this an attempt to rehash that awfully disturbing, insulting, closed-minded, sexist discussion from last year's wiki?  Because the only conclusion I drew from that was that the person driving that discussion could probably benefit from some therapy. X2

I didn't make the post asking for the demographics, but I agree that it would be interesting to see those numbers. What's so bad about knowing what we are up against? Anyone who thinks those categories aren't an issue in our field need therapy. 

Kibitzing - Opinions, Rumors, and Chitchat[]

(Nov 6.) Hawaii sure sounds nice. Re the Kenyon Mellon grant, I know someone who's done it and enjoyed it. After this academic year, they have three remaining years on the grant (with a max of two years available per hiree).

I wonder whether some of these jobs belong here. Chair in international studies? That doesn't even fit the field, never mind the level. Open-rank searches, ok, but searches for dept chairs and the like? A good number of us have PhDs, but how many of us using the wiki are at advanced levels of our careers? (x2)

Where did the discussion around Macalester go? Any good reason why it disappeared? (x2)

My question is why is the user at IP address deleting things right and left (including the Macalester discussion)? What is this, Soviet Russia?

--> 11/27 I remember the gist of what was written in the discussion under the Macalaster entry, so I'll go ahead and reinstate if from memory under that heading. Not sure why someone would want to delete it.

In Soviet Russia the things would delete the user at IP address!

That's easy to find out:  Somebody using Verizon Data Services in Princeton, NJ. Know a busybody at Princeton?


11/29  Here is what I was able to recover of the Macalaster discussion by going through the edit history:

I strongly suspect that the t-t job at Macalaster is an inside search. They've had the same VAP person there for the past 5-6 years; it wouldn't be a surprise if they finally managed to put together a t-t position and want to hire this person. Just speculating but do check out the department website. (seconded)

*Thanks for the heads-up above. The situation does seem suspicious.

*Agreed on the above. But one just never knows with these inside visiting positions. You have to go along with it, just in case. Not that I mean I'd like to wrestle any position away from a happy, productive visitor, but who knows, that person may be on the move & looking elsewhere too. (I only applied for the t-t job, and heard from them about an interview.) Whether widening the net to external candidates is a formality or not, I appreciated the seriousness with which they discussed their search process.

  • Yeah, there is obviously nothing wrong with wanting to make a permanent hire and to see the person who's been there as the top candidate (if that's what's going on). And one never knows for certain that this will end up happening. But one does wish that additional candidates in such cases knew of the possibility and weren't, as it happens in most of such cases, just strung along...

12/1 So, how are folks holding up this job season? I've had my ups and downs. The nature of the work is what keeps me going. Writing, teaching... And family. Though the field can be not particularly conducive to having one. Working and applying for jobs despite, rather than "because of."  You guys?

2/11 It's all very depressing.

2/12 Waiting is killing me.

2/13 I notice the Air Force Academy job isn't listed on this site. Did anyone else apply for that? => I also applied and got a confirmation of receipt email saying they hoped ot start contacting candidates by late February, although it could be pushed back. => Just got a rejection email on 5/29--position has apparently been filled. (x2)

2/26 Is it only me or do other people want to know who that mysterious "friend of mine" is? In my nightmares it is one and the same person snatching all these jobs away from me...


2/27 (to above) fortunately that person can only accept one job :)

3/22 Re. Williams VAP - Does anyone know: was last year's VAP a 1-year or a 2-year gig? Is their current VAP leaving, hence the new opening? 3/26 The Williams ad from last February read "two-year visiting position for 2013-15." (Oops -- that was this year's ad. My mistake. This could be an argument for leaving the ads on the wiki permanently...). 3/27. Huh. Weird, because they did have a new VAP hire in 2012-2013. 6/7 George Costanza on the job market: :)

Tenure Track Positions[]

Boston University Assistant Professor of Russian Literature[]

  • Deadline: Oct 19
  • 11/26 - request for additional materials x7
  • Bummer I didn't get one. Good luck to the 7 folks above. (x6)
  • 12/10 - invitation to interview in conjunction with MLA and ATSEEL (x5, by email)
  • 1/6 - invitation for a campus visit (phone call)
  • Three finalists invited to give talks in late Jan/ early Feb.
  • Final offer was made and accepted. 02/16
  • Received rejection letter confirming that position had been filled 3/8.  

Cambridge University Lecturership or Senior Lectureship[]

  • The Department of Slavonic Studies is seeking to appoint a University Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (depending on the experience of the applicant) in nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, from 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching and examining of undergraduate courses in Russian in the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos, and postgraduate courses in the MPhil in European Literature, in particular in the area of nineteenth-century literature, thought, and culture, and to have a record of, or clear potential for, internationally-excellent research in this field.The post-holder will be expected to play an active role in the development of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, to attract and supervise high-quality research students, and to contribute to the administration of the Department’s activities.
  • Candidates will normally hold a PhD in a relevant field, and to show outstanding achievement and/or potential in research and publication in the field of Russian Studies. A native or excellent near-native command of both Russian and English is essential. The ability to contribute to comparative teaching within the Faculty and experience of and/or aptitude for collaborative ventures (conference organisation, research project management, etc.) may be an advantage.
  • The closing date is 09 May 2013. Shortlisting is expected to take place w/c 13 May. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to give a presentation to a mixed group of graduate and undergraduate students and members of the Department and Faculty prior to interview. Presentations and interviews are expected to take place on 29 May 2013, subject to confirmation.
  • Applications should be sent to the Secretary of the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, UK, OR by e-mail to: If there are any enquiries regarding this process please telephone 01223 335034. Applications are to arrive no later than 09 May 2013. Applications should include a covering letter, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and a completed form CHRIS/6 (Parts 1 and 3 only, available from:, including the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should also include, in print or in electronic form, ONE article- or chapter-length research publication, whether extant or forthcoming. References must be received by the closing date.
  • Website:

Georgia Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Dec 10
  • Invitation to interview by Skype the week after AATSEEL (12/24) x7
  • They said they'd be getting in touch re. campus visits early this week. Did anyone hear from them today?  (1/22)
  • Still nothing?
  • пока ещё ничего... I'm assuming they've already invited finalists for campus visits, but those people don't use the Wiki. (1/29)
  • just received a nice rejection e-mail (2/5) x4
  • Email confirmation that top candidate has accepted the offer. 3/27

Higher School of Economics Assistant Professor of Russian Language and Program Developer[]

  • The Faculty of Philology at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow seeks to hire a Russian Language instructor/Program Developer in the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful applicant would help the Center develop its programs for the study of Russian as a Foreign Language at different levels, Intensive Russian, Russian for Heritage Speakers, and Theory of Russian language instruction.
  • The Faculty particularly welcomes applications from candidates with linguistic backgrounds able to participate in the Faculty’s projects on learners corpora. Responsibilities include joint teaching at the Russian Language Center and at the Faculty’s Linguistics department (the total of 600 contact hours per academic year), as well as supervising the departmental Russian Language teaching practice, participation in departmental seminars and scholarly work, and other similar activities. The courses include Russian Language instruction at different levels (at the Russian Language Center), Theory of Russian Language Instruction, and a Research Seminar in a linguistic topic of the candidates’ choice (at the Linguistics Department).
  • Candidates should have a native knowledge of the Russian language, a Ph.D. in hand at the time of employment and preferably have published in peer-reviewed journals. Applications should include a CV; a statement of research and teaching interests; names and contact information (not letters) for two people able to provide recommendations; samples of scholarly writing; and relevant syllabi. 
  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with the teaching experience and academic qualifications of the applicants, in particular, their publications in English-language peer-reviewed journals. Review of applications will begin on 15 April 2013; the deadline for all applications is 15 May 2013.

    Please send all materials by e-mail to

For enquiries about the position or the Higher School of Economics, contact Ekaterina Rakhilina, or Valentina Apresyan at

Macalester College Assistant Professor and Visiting Assistant of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Oct 15
  • Received request by email for Skype interview 11/7 x5
  • Campus interviews?
  • So, here we go, restoring what I remember of the discussion here before it was deleted by someone, as pointed out in the "Kibbitzing" section above. 1) Request for Skype interviews, if memory serves me right, was perceived as an unexpected annoucement by the search committee due to their inability to travel to ASEEES (or something like that); 2) this, in turn, launched a speculation that there is an inside candidate in this search, as implied by profile of a long-term VAP at Macalaster on the departmental website whose credentials appear to fit the job description. Then followed the speculation that nobody ever knows whether inside candidates are truly favorites in such searches and that one should throw one's hat in the ring regardless (accompanied by a thought that inside candidates tend to make a significant contribution to the departments that employ them and do by all means deserve to get permanently hired; but if only things could be better for the rest of the folks who are strung along during the process). Did I re-summarize this correctly? Feel free to correct, anonymous community members :)
  • Nicely summarized. Separate question: does anyone know whether campus visits are in fact taking place between Thanksgiving and December 11? I was told they were going to try to do them then, but that they might get pushed back to January. I haven't heard anything since my Skype interview and am assuming I am thus not one of their top choices, but just curious what's going on...
  • Campus interview scheduled x1
  • the schedule is on their website (if anyone is curious)
  • Thanks for the heads up. Good luck to the four candidates!
  • Rejection (email) saying that "Our department has now successfully concluded our search, and the
    positions have been accepted by other candidates" (12/20).  Congratulations to the new hires!

Michigan State University Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies[]

  • Deadline: Nov 16

Michigan State University Department Chair[]

  • Deadline: Nov 26

Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Oct 15
  • Request for interview at ASEEES 10/26 x 10
  • Campus interviews?
  • They told me, at least, that we were unlikely to hear until mid-December. X3
  • They were still doing Skype interviews as of 11/28.
  • Rejection received by email 12/10.  I didn't get an ASEEES interview, but the email said they had now "finalized their list of candidates for interview," so maybe the lucky few will hear soon about campus visits.
  • Campus interview scheduled 12/14 (phone) x 2
  • did they send rejection messages to those who had ASEEES interviews?
  • Final offer was made 1/24
  • and accepted 2/13
  • Who got it?  Congrats, to whomever you are!

Ohio State University Senior Tenured Position in Russian Culture[]

  • Deadline: Oct 1
  • Campus visits scheduled
  • Search cancelled

Towson University Assistant Professor of World/Global Literature[]

  • Deadline: Nov 9
  • Request for additional materials 11/19 (x2)
  • Request for MLA interview 12/13 (email) x2
  • Kindly-worded rejection letter (and how sad a comment it is that I am grateful even for that!) by email 12/19.  Email said they had finalized their interview list--good luck to those with interviews!
  • Request for campus visit 1/16

University of Bristol Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Russian Studies[]

  • Deadline: Dec 9
  • E-mail requesting writing sample 12/13
  • Invitation to interview (e-mail) 1/14
  • Offer made 2/7

University College London Lecturer in Russian Cinema and Culture[]

  • The School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London is accepting applications for the position of permanent, full-time lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor) in Russian Cinema and Culture, to begin Sep. 1, 2013.
  • Application deadline: 12 JUNE 2013

    Interviews to be conducted on 4 JULY 2013.

  • Details:

  • Questions regarding the application procedure should be addressed to Esther Williams (  

  • Enquiries concerning the requirements of the post may be directed to Professor Julian Graffy (

University of Georgia Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Dec 1
  • invitation to an interview in boston 12/10/12 х 4
  • Any news anyone?
  • Has anyone been invited to a campus interview yet? (x 2) => It has been too long; probably, those invited don't use the wiki.
  • A friend of mine has a campus visit.
  • Position offered and accepted.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Nov 30
  • Confirmed receipt of application via e-mail 12/4
  • Request (via email) for interview at AATSEEL 12/12. x7
  • Any news about specific interview agenda yet? Nope. It seems they take time to decide the interview schedule.  Has anyone received a time slot for their interview yet? I sent an email and heard nothing back from them since last Thursday. 12/17 (x3)
  • I'm in the same boat.  Got invitation to interview on Thursday 12/17, responded to Bennett as per the instructions, haven't heard back.  Doesn't speak well of their organization or respect for OUR need to schedule additional meetings et. al.
  • Ditto!  12/20
  • Folks, crazy suggestion: it may be worthwhile (in the most polite terms, of course) to let the chair of the department know about this odd interview scheduling process.  BTW: at least my references have not yet been contacted for letters, yours? Something odd is going on.
  • These folks could take a lesson from Georgia Tech, who used a simple, anonymous, online self-scheduler.  Easy for everyone!  Hope the delay doesn't mean the search is going to be canceled...
  • Request for Skype interview (12/24) E-mail
  • Scheduled interview for AATSEEL conference by email. 12/30
  • Scheduled interview for AATSEEL by email 1/3
  • Still scheduling Skype interview, but should happen by the end of January - sorry to hold things up for those of you who interviewed at AATSEEL.
  • At AATSEEL I was told they were planning to notify the finalists for on-campus interviews in February. (x2 - they did specify mid- to late February at my interview FWIW).
  • A friend of mine has a campus visit.
  • The person who said their friend has a campus visit: what was the date of your posting?
  • Offer made and accepted (4/12)

University of Helsinki Professor of Russian Literature and Culture[]

  • The Department of Modern Languages (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts) invites applications for a PROFESSORSHIP. The field of the position is RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE.
  • Deadline: Dec 20, 2012
  • For more information, see:

University of Illinois at Chicago Assistant Professor of Polish Literary and Cultural Studies[]

  • Deadline Nov 15
  • Has anyone heard anything yet? They hired Karen Underhill (PhD from the University of Chicago).

University of Illinois at Chicago Director, School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics[]

  • Deadline: Nov 9

University of Illinois at Chicago Endowed Chair in Russian and East European Intellectual History[]

  • Deadline: Dec 15

University of Iowa Assistant Professor of Migration Studies[]

  • Deadline: Dec 3
  • Rejected (email) 1/22/13.

University of Kansas Open Rank Search: 20/21 Century Russian Literature, Culture, or Film[]

  • Deadline: Nov 10
  • Request for additional materials 11/21 x5
  • invitation to a phone interview 12/10 x2
  • formal rejection by email (I was not one who received requests above) 1/9
  • heard about an offer made 2/18

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Nov 12
  • Invitation to interview at MLA (phone call 12/10) x8
  • Very kind rejection letter (email 12/11). Best wishes to everyone who got the phone call.
  • Anybody heard about campus visits or know when they planned to notify?
  • Nope. They are probably still on break.
  • Clearly we're all anxious.  Any word from UNC re campus visits at this point (1/15)?
  • Surprised that there's no news yet.  Search chair told me we'd hear "soon!  very soon!" x2
  • Yes, this is strange. Did anybody write to them since the interviews?
  • Perhaps they HAVE invited candidates to campus and it's just that those people aren't on this wiki?
  • Rejection e-mail (I had an AATSEEL interview with them) 1/18
  • A very nicely worded rejection email, let me point out - these are rare, so kudos to the search committee for their professionalism, and good luck to the finalists! (1/18)
  • Invitation to campus interview x 2 (1/18)
  • Anyone know how many people got invited?
  • Heard from a friend at UNC that there are 4 candidates (1/30)
  • Offer made (3/13)
  • Very kind rejection letter (3/13)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chair Department of Languages and Culture Studies[]

  • Deadline: Nov 14

University of Richmond Weinstein Chair in International Studies[]

  • Deadline: Nov 15

Senior Position: Readership in Russian at University of St Andrews[]

  • Deadline: Jul 27

Yale University Assistant Professor of Russian Literature[]

  • Deadline: Oct 10
  • Request for interview at ASEEES 10/27 x2
  • Invitation to campus interview in early Feb.  12/5
  • Rejection 12/13 (email) x3
  • Heard through the grapevine that the position had been filled 4/23. (x2)
  • Rejection letter confirming that another finalist was hired.  Congrats! (4/24)

Short Term or Non-tenure track positions[]

Boston University Lecturer in Russian

  • Deadline: Nov 2
  • Request for additional materials (11/15 by email) x2
  • AATSEEL interview scheduled by e-mail (12/6)
  • Skype interview (1/3), found out that there will be another step to this, a campus interview (1/3)
  • Campus interview invitation (1/9)
  • Additional interview with the person hired as the Assistant Professor of Russian (2/22)
  • Offer made (2/27). Offer accepted (3/6)

Bucknell University VAP of Comparative Humanities and Russian Studies[]

  • Deadline: March 22
  • Skype interview invitation (4/3) x2
  • Had campus visit 4/22
  • Job ad was just reposted on HERC 4/27.  Bureaucratic craziness or something strange going on???
  • I was one of the finalists; received a rejection email on 4/25 saying another candidate had been offered and accepted the position. Don't know what that HERC reposting is all about.

Colgate University 1-year VAP in Russian Studies[]

  • The Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Colgate University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2013. We seek a dynamic scholar with an interest in teaching language, literature, and area studies courses in an interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will teach second-year Russian and a variety of literature and culture courses. A strong background in the revolutionary period and the twenty-first century is desired. An ability to teach a course with a focus on Central Asia or the Caucasus would be a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, either through “Communities and Identities” course, or by joining the faculty of “Challenges of Modernity” or “Legacies of the Ancient World.”
  • Minimum qualifications are a PhD or ABD in an appropriate field. A cover letter, CV, and reference letters must be submitted through A review of applications will begin on May 15 and continue until the position is filled. 
  • Skype interview 5/20.
  • Rejection (emai) saying search had been concluded. (x2)

College of the Holy Cross Full-Time Visiting Faculty Position in Russian[]

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Hard-copy rejection 5/31 saying "hiring process is now complete."

College of Wooster 1-year VAP in Russian Studies[]

  • Deadline: March 22
  • Invitation to interview by Skype (4/2)
  • Received invitation for campus visit.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Columbia University Lecturer in BCS[]

  • The Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian language, beginning July 1, 2013. This is a full-time appointment with multi-year renewal contingent on successful review. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian language/culture.
  • The rank of Lecturer in Discipline (language) requires substantial teaching experience with documented evidence of pedagogical excellence and evidence of professional growth and activity in the given field. Master's degree or equivalent in Slavic or related field required. Native or near native proficiency in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and English. Other criteria include, but are not limited to, experience teaching Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian in a college or university, competence in using instructional technology, expertise and interest in language pedagogy, dedication to teaching.
  • Ability to teach South Slavic literature and culture courses preferred.

Columbia University Lecturer in Ukrainian[]

  • Ukrainian: The Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline in Ukrainian language, beginning July 1, 2013. This is a full time appointment with multi-year renewal contingent on successful review.
  • Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester in Ukrainian language (at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels). Master's degree or equivalent in Slavic or related field required. Native or near native proficiency in Ukrainian and English. We seek a professional language teacher with a serious commitment to developing pedagogical materials and incorporating technological innovations in the classroom.
  • Send an application letter, including a brief description of the applicant's teaching philosophy and methodology, as well as a list of three persons who would be willing, on request from the department, to provide a reference, to: Attn.: John Lacqua, Department of Slavic Languages, Columbia University, 708 Hamilton Hall, MC 2839, 1130 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027.
  • Does anyone know: do they need another lecturer or is it a replacement of the existing one?

Department of the Army Professor of Russian Studies[]

  • The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, (MC) is a joint US Department of Defense and German Ministry of Defense institution located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Its mission is to foster a stable security environment by advancing democratic defense institutions and relationships, promoting active, peaceful engagement; and enhancing enduring partnerships between the nations of America, Europe and Eurasia. In this capacity, the MC plays a key role in assisting Eastern nations in developing the government institutions required for the development of democracies and market economies. ***NOTE: Professors are hired for an initial period of 3 years with possible extensions in 24 months increments. The position is in the Excepted Service.***This position is identified as HARD TO FILL for the purpose of authorizing living quarters allowance. LQA is authorized for the local hire selectee who also meets basic requirements of the DSSR 031.12b, and DoD 1400.25M, Sub 1250.

This is an international, professional, and fast-paced working environment at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies supporting a bi-lateral United States/Germany partnership. The Marshall Center is an educational institution focusing on the training of students from throughout NATO, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia through classroom and conference attendance.

  • Duties: You will serve as Professor in support of George C. Marshall Center educational programs, both resident and non-resident, in consonance with standards prevalent in graduate-level education. Specifically conducting classes and seminars in support of the basic curriculum, consistent with standards prevalent in graduate-level instruction; Supporting other academic endeavors by preparing and delivering lectures, participating in and moderating panel discussions, and escorting and/or introducing visiting lecturers; Assisting in curriculum development through the formulation of instructional objectives, preparation or assembling of appropriate conceptual readings and case studies, re-evaluation and revision of existing curricula, and identification of appropriate measures of student performance and comprehension; Reading, analyzing, and critiquing student assignments, including essays, case study reports, and papers;  Monitoring and evaluating student performance;  Conducting tutorials with students; Maintaining a high level of professionalism and currency in his/her field of expertise through participation in appropriate professional conferences. Conduct and/or supervise the conduct of research and publish appropriate original contributions to his/her field of knowledge; Providing periodic collateral instructional assignments to complement instructional programs conducted by other faculty at the College of International and Security Studies or sponsored by the Marshall Center.  Such duties include, cooperative efforts with related institutions, and other duties as deemed appropriate by the Dean. A background of original academic achievement in the economics, politics, history, and culture of Russia. Expertise should include familiarity with current affairs in Russia, including (but not limited to) national level security strategy, political-military affairs, and military reform.   Expertise in national security policies and strategy, including interpreting and developing national security strategy at several different levels of practitioners (senior and junior). Background and familiarity with education technology as applied to the learning environment. This means you should be able to work with new technologies aimed at leveraging the use of mobile devices, course content management, and distance learning or virtual classrooms. Fluency in English. Fluency in German and/or Russian is highly desirable.

  • Closing date May 22.

  • Go to for more information.

Ferrum College Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Very little information in the job ad, but apparently non tenure-track, open until filled.  
  • The person who is currently there has been there for years and years. I suspect this position may be a renewable one as long as there is interest in the subject among the students. They only offer a minor in Russian.
  • e-mail on 03/01 with request for a phone interview.(x2)
  • Invitation to campus interview (E-mail, 03/18)
  • Offer made and accepted (4/8)

Franklin & Marshall College Visiting Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor[]

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Request for phone interview (3/21) x2
  • Request for campus interview in early April
  • Heard through the grapevine that an offer had been accepted 4/26
  • Official rejection (phone) 5/3 confirming that the job had been offered to another finalist. 

Harvard University Preceptor in Czech Language[]

  • Deadline: Dec 5
  • Has anyone heard anything?
  • I know someone who has an interview at AATSEEL

Indiana University Lecturer in Russian Language[]

  • Deadline: Dec 7
  • Request for interview at AATSEEL by email 12/12
  • Campus invite by email for late March/early April 2/26
  • Rejection 5/3 saying that the position had been offered to the other finalist.

Oberlin College - Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Language, Literature and Culture[]

  • Deadline: Feb 22
  • Received letter in mail confirming receipt of application  Review of applications to begin "late Feb or early March" (3/7)
  • Skype interview invitation (by email) 3/8
  • Department plans to invite one finalist (possibly two) to campus first week of April. (3/13)
  • Invitation for campus visit in early April 3/18
  • Offer made 4/8, accepted 4/12.
  • Rejection (email) confirming that position had been filled, 4/16.

Portland State University Instructor in Russian[]

  • Deadline: Dec 17
  • Request for phone interview (by phone) 1/10 X2
  • Rejection 1/31.  They said the position had been filled.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Rutgers 1-year Instructor in Russian[]

  • The Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ) invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track one-year position as Instructor in the Russian and East European Program, effective Fall 2013 (subject to budgetary approval).  The appointee will teach a range of undergraduate courses in Russian literature and culture and in beginning Russian.  The teaching load is six courses (3 + 3), two of which will be the first-year language sequence.  The appointed Instructor is expected to participate in the life of the program, help organize student events, and advise students. For more information about the program, please see  
  • Required: Ph.D. in hand and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English.  Evidence of successful teaching experience and the ability to teach cinema and contemporary Russian literature are desirable
  • Applicants should submit a letter of application describing their research as well as their interests and experience in teaching, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Professor Martha Helfer, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures, 172 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, via the Interfolio website ( Priority will be given to complete applications on file by May 20
  • Request for Skype interview (email) 5/29. (x4)
  • Request for second Skype interview 6/8. (x2)
  • Offer accepted 6/14.

Sewanee Mellon Globalization Forum Director[]

  • Deadline: Dec 31
  • Campus interview in March

St. Louis University VAP of Russian[]

  • Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service, is seeking applicants for a Full-time Non-Tenure Track position in Russian with the rank of Assistant Professor. This is a multidisciplinary position, to begin in August 2013. Applicants will be expected to offer a courses that can be cross-listed with other disciplines, such English, Theological Studies, Drama Studies, or Film Studies.
  • Requirements:
    • Ph.D. in Russian Literature
    • Native or near-native fluency in English
    • Excellent Russian language skills
    • Experience teaching 19th and 20th century Russian literature
    • Experience teaching Beginning-, Intermediate-, and Advanced-level Russian Language
    • Experience building a Russian Studies program
    • Experience teaching Russian Orthodox History and Culture
    • Experience teaching in either Film Studies or Women's Studies
  • All applications, consisting of a cover letter and CV, must be made online at Applicants should also send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Professor Annie Smart, Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Saint Louis University, 221 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103-2007.
  • 6/29 Rejection (letter).

Swarthmore College Lecturer in Russian[]

  • The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Swarthmore College invites applications for a lecturer position (instructional staff) in Russian language, beginning Fall 2013. Applicants should have native or near-native competence in both Russian and English, experience teaching North American post-secondary students, demonstrated excellence in language teaching, and enthusiasm for Russian language and culture. Knowledge of teaching technology is essential.
  • The position requires an MA or PhD degree (or ABD) in a relevant field. The teaching load will include four sections of Russian language classes (first and second year, fall and spring, co-taught with faculty members), an Introduction to Russian Culture (taught entirely in Russian) in the fall, a half-credit conversation course in the spring, and co-curricular activities (attending Russian Table, supporting Russian Club, working with faculty on various kinds of cultural programming). 
  • The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal. The 7/8-time position includes health benefits and some support for professional development. Salary will depend partly on experience.
  • Please send curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references to: If unable to submit online, send materials to:

    Professor Sibelan Forrester
    Chair, Russian Lecturer Search Committee
    Modern Languages and Literatures
    Swarthmore College
    500 College Avenue
    Swarthmore, PA  19081-1390
  • Evaluation of applicants will begin on June 24 and will continue until the position is filled.

The College of New Jersey Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: Nov 1
  • Offer made and accepted.

United States Naval Academy VAP of Russian[]

  • The Languages and Cultures Department of the United States Naval Academy invites applications for a full-time, two-year term position in Russian, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, to begin August 2013. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Russian, native or near-native fluency, and demonstrated experience teaching all levels of undergraduate courses in language and culture.
  • This will be a 10-month appointment during the initial 2-year contract period. A one-year renewal of this appointment is possible, subject to available funding and contingent on the needs and emerging plans relating to the Naval Academy’s Languages and Cultures Program. Renewal (if exercised) will also be based on a 10-month appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Applications in the form of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation should be mailed by 01 May 2013 to: 

    Chair, Russian Search Committee,
    Languages and Cultures Department, 
    United States Naval Academy, 
    589 McNair Road, MS10C, 
    Annapolis, MD 21402 

    Campus interviews may be scheduled for May, pending budgetary approval. Applications by email may be sent to:
  • U.S citizenship required.

University of Alaska Anchorage Term Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • SUMMARY: The Department of Languages at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is seeking a full-time term Assistant of Russian, who will coordinate the Russian language program. The Department of Languages offers a Bachelor of Arts in Languages with emphases in French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish, and a two-year sequence in American Sign Language (ASL) or Chinese. UAA students may also major in International Studies with a Russia track or use Russian language toward a minor in International North Pacific Studies.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Russian or related field by August 1, 2013, documented interest in second language teaching methods, and experience in course curriculum and development. Must have native/near native proficiency in both Russian and English, demonstrable skills in teaching Russian at the college level, experience teaching at a U.S. institution, willingness to work with the students outside the classroom setting, and sensitivity to a diverse student population. Collegiality is essential
  • REVIEW DATE: Review of applications will begin on 04/05/13
  • APPLICATION PROCESS: For more information or to apply, please go and be prepared to:

1. Cover letter (note PCN 731013)
2. Comprehensive curriculum vitae
3. Three (3) references including names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers.
4) Philosophy of teaching in English (Supplemental Document 1)
5) Writing sample in Russian (Supplemental Document 2)

Please attach electronically or mail the following supplemental documents to:
Natasa Masanovic, Chair, Department of Languages
UAA Language Department
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

1. Copy of college transcripts verifying terminal degree. Official transcripts will be required prior to hiring. (Transcript 1)

  • Request (phone) for phone interview 4/18
  • Rejection (hard copy) 5/13 saying the position has been filled.

University of British Columbia-Vancouver Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies[]

  • Deadline: Feb 10
  • Request for a Skype interview (3/14) (x2)
  • Invitation to a campus interview in April (email)

University at Buffalo Lecturer in Russian Language[]

  • The position is that of full-time lecturer in Russian language. This position is non-tenure track, in the the Department of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo. The successful candidate's responsibilities include teaching Russian courses and overseeing the Russian program.
  • OUF
  • Rejection (email) saying that finalists had been selected 4/24

UCLA Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian Studies[]

  • Deadline: Nov 30

UC-Santa Barbara Lecturer in German, Slavic, or Semitic Studies[]

  • 12/19 Got an email saying that the position doesn't exist (???)
  • I thought the terms of the job looked a little fishy... 

University of Chicago Language Coordinator/Senior Lecturer[]

  • Deadline: Dec 1
  • All application materials, including reference letters, must be uploaded by 11:59 PM CST on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
  • Rejection (hard copy) confirming position had been filled 5/6.

University of Florida Visiting Lecturer of Polish Studies[]

  • The Center for European Studies (CES) at the University of Florida is conducting a search for a full-time, non-tenure track Visiting Lecturer position in Polish Studies to begin August 16, 2013. The position is for the 2013-2014 academic year with the possibility of renewal for a second year if funding for the position is available.
  • Applicants will be expected to teach Polish language and area studies courses. The teaching load will be 3 courses in Fall and 3 courses in Spring semesters. Teaching responsibility will also include work with graduate FLAS students on language and area studies related to their graduate studies and dissertations. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for the Polish Studies Program. Program building tasks include, but are not limited to: community outreach activities, current EU grant activities, enhancing collaboration with the on-campus Polish student organization, and sustaining exchange or study abroad programs. The field of specialization is open and can include any aspect of contemporary Polish language, literature, culture, history, politics or society. Candidates with a demonstrated interest in language pedagogy and an interdisciplinary or comparative background are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the scholarly and programming activities of the CES.
  • Native or near-native fluency in Polish and English, as well as previous experience teaching Polish language are required.
  • Candidates with Ph.D. are preferred, but qualified candidates who are A.B.D. may be considered.
  • Applications must be submitted on-line at and must include: (1) a letter of interest, (2) CV, (3) a writing sample (approximately 20 pages), (4) 2 sample course descriptions (non-language), and (5) arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Chair, Polish Studies Search, Center for European Studies, 3324 Turlington Hall, P.O. Box 117342, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-7342. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Any news? 

University of Maryland Lecturer in Russian[]

  • Deadline: Nov 26
  • Skype interview scheduled 12/5
  • Invitation to on-campus interview (e-mail) 1/18
  • Rejection 6/1.

University of New Mexico Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian Literature and Culture[]

  • Deadline: Dec 3
  • Skype interview scheduled for early January (12/21 by email) x3
  • Any news?
  • Still nothing? (1/27) (x 3) => Perhaps there are too few interviewees on the wiki to be really sure.
  • offer made and accepted (3/9)

University of North Dakota 1-Year VAP of Russian[]

  • The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of North Dakota invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Russian beginning August 16, 2013 and ending May 15, 2014.
  • This is a full-time, non-tenure-track appointment with a 3/3 teaching load including introductory and intermediate Russian courses and possibly a survey of Russian culture or literature in English.  Advanced Russian independent readings may also be assigned as needed.  All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits.
  • We seek a candidate possessing native or near-native fluency in Russian, Ph.D. in Russian/Slavic Languages in hand by time of appointment, and evidence of excellence in teaching Russian at the college level.  A background in Russian Area Studies is a plus.  Maintaining and increasing Russian enrollments is an essential departmental goal.  As always, a willingness to participate in departmental service and a dedication to an active research program are expected.
  • Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and evidence of successful teaching as email attachments and arrange to have three letters of reference (at least one of which should speak to teaching ability) sent to Dr. Sherrie Fleshman, Chair
  • Review of applications will begin June 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. 
  • 6/7 Request (phone) for phone interview early next week. (x2)
  • 6/10 Offer made. Rejected 6/14.
  • 6/14 Got an offer but had to turn it down.  Good luck to the other candidates--hopefully this will be a good opportunity for someone!

University of Notre Dame[]

  • The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame is seeking to fill an opening for a Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist of Russian for academic year 2013-2014, with possibility of renewal. A Ph.D. in hand is preferred, but applicants who are ABD will also be considered. Applicants should be trained in the latest methods of foreign language pedagogy and be able to show evidence of excellent language teaching ability. Near-native fluency in both Russian and English is required. Responsibilities will include a 3/3 teaching load (most likely two sections of Beginning Russian and one section of Intermediate Russian each semester) and the willingness to organize and participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. 
  • Review of applications will begin May 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. 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
  • 5/31 Invitation by phone for Skype interview next week.  They said 5 candidates have been invited. (x3) 
  • Offer accepted 6/11.

University of Oxford Senior Research Fellow in Modern Polish Studies[]

  • Deadline: Dec 10
  • Does anyone know who got the job?

University of Pennsylvania Lecturer in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture[]

  • The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications for a full-time,one-semester Lecturer position for Spring 2014. This position will be responsible for three courses in Russian language and Russian intellectual/cultural history. Necessary qualifications include native or near-native Russian and English, experience in teaching Russian literature/culture and Russian language at all levels; Ph.D. in Russian Language, Literature and/or Cultural History is preferred. (ABDs will be considered.) 
  • Submit a cover letter, CV, 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. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. 
  • Email request for Skype interview 5/23. (x3)
  • Rejected offer 6/10. It's too bad this one isn't longer -- they are very nice, it seems like a great department, and it's an opportunity to teach some interesting courses. Good luck to the rest of you.
  • Offer made and accepted 6 /11.

University of Southern Alabama 1-year VAP[]

  • Deadline: Nov 30
  • Request for phone interview received by email 1/11. (2)
  • Campus interview scheduled for late February.
  • Rejection 4/5 saying position had been filled.

University of Southern California 1-Semester Lecturer in Russian[]

  • The department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, California, invites applications for a part-time, non-tenure-track lecturer to teach 1 section of beginning Russian and 1 section of intermediate Russian in the Fall 2013 semester.
  • An MA or PhD in Russian literature or Slavic Linguistics and familiarity with language teaching methodologies is required. 
  • Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three recent letters of recommendation that speak to teaching abilities to
  • In order to be considered for this position, applicants are also required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser:

Vanderbilt University Lecturer in Russian[]

  • Deadline: Jan 5
  • Received email saying that Skype interviews will happen during the second half of Feb.  Those chosen for interviews will be contacted to arrange a time (fairly soon, I expect, although it wasn't clear when those invitations will be extended). (1/30) x4
  • Has anyone heard from them?  (2/15) => So far nothing.
  • Request for Skype Interview (email) 2/23 (x2)
  • Request for Skype interview (email) 3/27 (x2)
  • What do you make of this late invitation to interview? 
  • Very puzzling indeed! Does anyone know what became of the first round of interviews? Was one of them selected for the 3-year job instead of the lecturer? Or did everyone from the first round choose other employment, forcing Vanderbilt to go back to the stack of applications? ==> Both. 4/10: In response to "Both": No, actually, I know someone who was in the first round of interviews and was rejected (that is, what never contacted afterward).
  • Heard through a friend an offer has been made. 4/13

Vanderbilt University Non-Tenure-Track Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • The Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University is seeking an energetic individual with strong scholarly interests and teaching experience in U.S. colleges as a three year Mellon Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will have the teaching load of two courses per semester including language courses and courses in Russian literature, film, and culture taught in English. The job responsibilities will also include coordinating the Russian Hall in McTyeire international house. The position requires near-native or native fluency in Russian and English and the Ph.D. degree in hand by August 2013. In accordance with Mellon Foundation guidelines, applicants must have received the Ph.D. no more than four years from the start of the position. 
  • The field of expertise should include 19th and or 20th century Russian literature and culture and possibly Russian film. Ability to teach First-Year Writing Seminar is a plus. Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, teaching evaluations (if available), an official graduate school transcript, and three letters of recommendation to Russian Search Committee, VU Sta. B #351567, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235-1567 by March 9, 2013. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • This was posted on the MLA JIL on March 9--that is, the due date.  So either the due date is wrong, or something fishy is going on.
  • Did anyone hear what the situation is with this position? Are they still accepting applications?
  • Rejected 4/3 saying position has been filled.

Williams College Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian[]

  • Deadline: March 15
  • Skype interview request via email 3/26 (x2)
  • Has anyone heard back about a campus visit? (4/9)
  • Rejection (email) 5/17 saying position has been filled.

Postdoctoral Fellowships[]

NOTE: most of the more general field postdoctoral positions posted below are also posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2012-13, where they are updated by applicants from a wide array of fields. Good idea to check there too, if you're looking for updates on these positions.


  • The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry of Emory University is accepting applications for up to three Post-Doctoral fellowships for an academic year of study, teaching, and residence in the Center. The deadline for submission of completed applications is February 15, 2013; awards will be announced in mid-April 2013. Application forms and further information are available from the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at 404-727-6424 or, or on the web at
  • Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 1635 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
  • Apply to this position

Harvard University Davis Center Fellowships[]

  • Deadline: Jan 8
  • Rejection (email) 2/28

Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships[]

  • Deadline: Jan 15
  • Rejection (hard copy) 2/19

Kenyon College Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Russian[]

  • Deadline: Nov 1
  • 10/18: Received email inquiry about possibility of interview at ASEEES. x5
  • 11/04: Received email inquiry about possibility of interview at ASEEES. x5
  • Campus Interviews? Or any other info?
  • Was contacted about an interview at ASEEES, but I was not going this year. The interview is scheduled for next week (just found out).  Sorry to be the one holding everything up. 12/14
  • A friend of mine has a campus visit scheduled.
  • Rejection (hard copy) 4/6 saying position has been filled.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities at UCLA[]

  • Deadline: Dec 3

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Humanities at U of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)[]

  • Deadline: Oct 29

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at U Penn[]

  • Deadline: Oct 15

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford[]

  • Deadline: Nov 26
  • Rejection (email) 3/19--said over 500 applicants (presumably for all the positions, not just Slavic).

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Tufts[]

  • Deadline: Feb 1

Ohio State University Postdoctoral Fellow (Balkans / South Asia)[]

  • The Ohio State University Sawyer Seminar, “Language, Politics, and Human Expression in South Asia and the Balkans: Comparative Perspectives,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship for academic year 2013-2014. Focus of research is open within South Asian or Balkan Studies, with a preference for candidates whose work is comparative and interdisciplinary. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to actively participate in Seminar meetings and to teach one course associated with the Seminar theme.
  • The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to advance his or her own research project and present it at a public meeting of the Seminar. A Ph.D. in a Humanities and/or Social Sciences field in hand by August 1, 2013 is required. Salary and benefits are competitive.
  • To apply, please send a cover letter, a complete CV, two letters of reference, and a research statement of no more than 2,000 words by February 15, 2013 electronically (Word or PDF files preferred)

University of Manchester Research Associate in Media Studies (French and Russian)[]

  • Deadline: Dec 14

University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Fellowship at CREES[]

  • Deadline: Dec 10
  • Request for additional materials (email, 2/1) x2
  • Rejection 4/3.