Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Russian

Job description

The Department of Languages and Literatures offers undergraduate majors and minors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; minors in Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew; and electives in Arabic and classical Greek.

Position Summary

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver invites applications for a full-time appointment as Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a non-tenure track position, with full benefits and a nine-month contract. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity and inclusive excellence through their teaching, research, and service. Visiting faculty teach eight classes over three academic quarters, focusing on the first-year Russian curriculum, with the possibility to teach upper-division content courses in Russian and general education classes in English, depending on program needs.

This position is required to start Sept. 1, 2018.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Preparation of class materials.
  • Weekly office hours.
  • Guidance and support of students.
  • Advising of majors and minors and of students planning to study at Russian-speaking sites abroad Participation in departmental meetings and Russian program meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in teaching Russian language and literature to Anglophone students in the US at the college or university level.
  • Ability to work through email and to use MS Word and PowerPoint; ability to learn and use DUs Canvas course management system.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively with underserved populations.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Russian language, linguistics or a related field (e.g. Slavic Studies or Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis) by the time of application.
  • Native or near-native level fluency in Russian and English.
  • Experience teaching Russian language at college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or PhD in Russian, Slavic Studies, or closely related field, in hand by 31 August 2018.
  • Interdisciplinary breadth, with interest in including social, political and other cultural contexts in all levels of teaching.
  • Experience in designing courses and in assessing classes and programs. Extended residence and extensive travel in Russia and/or the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 8, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Ingrid Weyher at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter addressing your commitment to Inclusive Excellence (IE) in the classroom. To read more about DUs commitment to IE please follow this link:
  2. C.V.
  3. Two letters of reference (please have these sent directly , subject "Russian Search"
  4. Teaching philosophy statement
  5. One of the following:

    a) Syllabi and sample lesson plan for elementary and intermediate language courses, proposed or actual


    b) A link to an unedited teaching video clip (maximum 15 min.) of a first- or second-year language class. Please do not submit video files. The link to your video should be inserted into a document (Word or PDF) and uploaded together with your application documents

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 000316
Posted: 6/14/2018
Application Due: 8/13/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable