Assistant Professor, Russian

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Assistant Professor, Russian

Tracking Code000316 Job Description

The Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Denver (DU) is an undergraduate department offering majors in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, and minors in those languages plus Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, with electives in Arabic and classical Greek. The department currently has 39 full-time faculty (17 tenure-line, 14 teaching-line, and eight visiting teaching faculty). Our Russian program attracts many talented students from a variety of disciplines who frequently opt to complete a double major in Russian and another specialty. It is a program with considerable potential for growth. The Department of Languages and Literatures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on Inclusive Excellence. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Russian beginning September 2019. We seek a generalist who can teach a broad range of courses effectively and who is also a productive scholar. We are particularly interested in candidates with a specialization in either the 19th century or the late 20th/early 21st century, as well as a commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives in teaching and scholarship. The successful candidate will promote diversity and Inclusive Excellence through teaching, research and service.

This position will start Sept. 1, 2019.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching load is six classes over three academic quarters.
  • The successful candidate will teach courses at all levels on Russian language, culture and literature as well as supervise independent studies and honors thesis.
  • May also create courses for the common curriculum (in English).
  • Candidates should have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching at the University level.
  • Scholarly potential and an active research agenda are expected. Departmental service is expected, including student advising and participation in program assessment and in extracurricular activities promoting the Russian program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with under-served populations and to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • The successful candidate will promote diversity and inclusion through teaching and service.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or ABD at the time of application in Russian or a closely related field with a strong Russian component.
    • Applicants that hold an ABD will be considered with the expectation that the dissertation will be finished, and the PhD will be in hand within the first year of appointment. The title of Instructor will be held until all degree requirements are completed.
  • Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.
  • Record of excellence and success in teaching Russian language to students in the US at the college or university level. Equivalent experience from a college or university outside of the US will also be considered.
  • Experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Russian Literature, Slavic Studies, Cultural Studies, or closely related field at time of appointment.
  • Experience in developing curriculum and teaching courses focused on either the 19th century or the late 20th/early 21st century.
  • 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.

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) December 17, 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 [email protected]

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. Statement of teaching philosophy, methodology, and pedagogy
  4. One-page statement of how the applicant can contribute to DU’s Inclusive Excellence (values and practices regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity)
  5. Evidence of excellence in teaching, such as student evaluations; syllabi with sample lesson plans and teaching materials; or a link to a sample teaching video
  6. Two letters of recommendation (addressed to Russian Search Committee (Asst. Prof.) and sent electronically to [[email protected]])
  7. Copies of graduate transcripts (may be sent electronically to [email protected])

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 an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

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

DepartmentAH-Languages & Literatures (130001)Position TypeFull-Time/Regular




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Posted: 12/27/2018
Application Due: 1/28/2019
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