Acad. Job: Preceptor in Russian Language (Harvard)

Deadline: December 1, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University seeks applications for a Preceptor in Russian Language. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2020 with teaching beginning in Fall Semester 2020. The successful incumbent would be expected to teach five courses per year in the Russian Language Program, both independently and as part of a team, and be involved with coordination and training of graduate student teaching fellows. We are seeking a Russian language instructor who can teach at all levels and can contribute to a wide range of language courses with a variety of content (from literature to content in social and natural sciences). In collaboration with the Director of the Slavic Language program, the Preceptor would be expected to work on curriculum and materials design for Russian language teaching, assist with recruitment of students and expanding interest in the Russian language program, and demonstrate proficiency in teaching with technology. An interest in furthering broader Slavic Language Program goals is highly desirable, including an interest in second-language acquisition research and departmental summer study abroad and campus intensive language programs. This position is for three years, renewable for a term of up to five years, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean authorization.

The successful applicant should have a doctorate in Russian language, literature, or a related field, as well as native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (, no later than December 1, 2019:

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1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. A brief teaching statement and a sample of teaching materials and syllabi

4. Names and contact information of at least three references who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

 Contact Information: Lenia Constantinou, Department Administrator,