Assistant Professor of Russian

Colby College
Waterville, Maine

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The Department of German and Russian at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Russian to begin on July 1, 2022. Teaching responsibilities will include courses on 19th century Russian literature and culture. Applicants should have a commitment to developing a vibrant program of research and teaching on the literatures and cultures of the Slavic speaking world in the areas of race, memory studies, women’s and gender studies, medical humanities, science and technology, migration studies, folklore, art history, or theater studies. Additional experience in digital or public humanities is also welcome.

Additionally, we seek applicants who have a demonstrated excellence in teaching cultural studies and who are prepared to teach Russian language at all undergraduate levels.

Native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English is required. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment.

To apply, submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) evidence of excellence in teaching, (4) a research statement, (5) a writing sample of no more than 20 pages (a short article or paper), (6) a teaching philosophy that includes evidence of commitment to the value of diversity and experience with inclusive teaching and which describes your approach to teaching at a small liberal arts college, (7) and three confidential letters of recommendation. The search committee will only review complete applications. Electronic submission of application materials through Interfolio is required []. Applications received by October 15 will receive full consideration.

Inquiries regarding the position may be emailed to the chair of the search committee, Alicia E. Ellis at [email protected]


Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:


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Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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