Category Archives: Professional Development

Prof. Devt: Career Contact Exploration Program (ASEEES)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing

ASEEES Exploring Career Diversity is a service that matches professionals who have SEEES MA/PhDs and are employed beyond the professoriate (Senior Contact), with graduate students and recent MA/PhDs who are interested in broadening their career horizons (Junior Contact). The program provides one-time informational interviews with professionals in interested non-academic fields. The junior contact must be an ASEEES member to participate in this service. The senior contact need not be an ASEEES member to volunteer for the program. This service is currently not open to undergraduate students.

The ASEEES will match prospective junior contacts to senior contacts according to preferences for employment sector, type of work, geographic location, and/or field of study. The ASEEES will match only one senior contact at a time per junior contact request, but requests for multiple contacts will be honored as possible.

For more information and to apply or volunteer, click HERE.

Prof. Devt: ASEEES Mentor Program 2019-20

Deadline for Applications: May 21, 2019

ASEEES offers a year-long, informal mentoring program for graduate students at any stage of their careers or post-graduates within five years of receipt of their terminal graduate degree (including PhD, MLS, MA and JD). Mentees and mentors must be members of ASEEES.

If you would like to be matched with a mentor, please apply by May 21.  If you would like to serve as a mentor, please volunteer.  To apply, volunteer, or learn more- click HERE.
Participants will be notified in mid-August.


CFP: Graduate Student Essay Prize (ASEEES)

Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2019

The ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize was established in 1990 and is awarded for an outstanding essay by a graduate student in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The winner of the competition receives free roundtrip domestic airfare to and room at the ASEEES Annual Convention and an honorary ASEEES membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention. Continue reading

Prof. Dev: Distinguished Service Award for Librarianship (ASEEES)

Deadline for Nominations: June 1, 2019

The ASEEES Committee on Libraries and Information Resources  Distinguished Service Award, which was established in 2010, honors ASEEES member librarians, archivists or curators whose contributions to the field of Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies librarianship have been especially noteworthy or influential. The effect of these contributions may be the result of continuous or distinguished service to the profession, but may also be the result of extraordinarily active, innovative or collaborative work that deserves national recognition. This awards was established in 2010.

CFP: Canadian Assoc. of Slavists Book Prize

Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2019

The 2019 Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor & Francis Book Prize has released a call for submissions! Please note that all submissions must be postmarked by or on 15 May 2019. Full details follow in English below.

The book prize jury consists of three members chosen by the CAS executive. Nominations for the 2019 Book Prize competition are to be postmarked by or on 15 May 2019. The prize winner will be announced in an e-mail to CAS members and on the CAS/CSP website in September 2019. The winner receives a cash award of $500 CAD and recognition at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists. Continue reading

Internship: Office Automation at Pathways IEP US Dept. of State (Washington, DC)

Deadline for Applications: April 25, 2019

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for positions in Passport (Student Trainee) in the Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers. Continue reading

Prof. Dev: Student Essay Competition (ASEEES)

Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2019

2019 Midwest Slavic Association Student Essay Prize Competition Submissions Now Being Accepted

The Midwest Slavic Association, with support from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), is now accepting submissions for its annual essay prize competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Students can submit a paper on any topic related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies to the Midwest Slavic Association for consideration. The best undergraduate paper received will win a one-year membership to ASEEES, and the graduate winner will receive a one-year membership to ASEEES, as well as being considered then for the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize at the national level. The graduate winner of the ASEEES Student Essay Prize at the national level wins travel, lodging, and registration for the Annual ASEEES Convention and membership for the following year. The prize is presented during the awards presentation at the Annual Convention.

Submissions should be emailed to by Tuesday, April 30!

Please visit the Midwest Slavic Association’s webpage for full information on the competition details and submission requirements. If you have any questions about the competition, please feel free to send an email to

Prof. Dev: Stanford U.S.–Russia Forum 2019–20

Deadline for Applications: May 3 (early decision); June 7, 2019

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 program!

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum is a platform for students to address the most pressing issues and opportunities between the United States and Russia. They are seeking members for research working groups in the areas of nuclear affairs, entrepreneurship, space exploration, climate and environment, counterterrorism, healthcare, the Arctic, energy geopolitics, security, and more.

This November, participants will attend a week-long conference in Russia. Following the fall conference, participants form working groups and collaborate on research for publication over the academic year. The program concludes with a capstone conference in April 2020 where research findings are presented and ideas are shared with academics, policy-makers, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and other interested parties. Continue reading

Prof. Dev: Foreign Language Teaching Podcast

A new episode of Foreign Language Teaching Podcast is out!

This time Natalie McCauley interviews Richard Robin, professor of Russian at George Washington university and the author of textbook Golosa.
They discuss a number of topics related to language teaching, learning and testing, such as:

  • strategies to cultivate learner autonomy,
  • when plagiarism and cheating can be good for language learning,
  • five-minute declension quizzes and the reasons Professor Robin believes in learner-centered homework, not learner- centered classroom;
  • using ACTFL guidelines and OPIs for teaching and testing;
  • effective test-taking strategies and what one needs to do to achieve Superior or Distinguished level of proficiency and many others.

You can listen to the interview on its page or on your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify).

Prof. Devt: STARTALK Institute for Russian Teachers (Middlebury)

Deadline to Apply: March 25, 2019

Proficiency-Based Pedagogy for Russian: STARTALK Institute for Teachers In Middlebury Russian School

The applications for the STARTALK Summer program at Middlebury College Davis School of Russian are due March 25!

The Institute is a fantastic place for teachers of Russian – novice and experiences alike – to explore the principles of second language acquisition and proficiency-based instruction amidst the blue mountains of Vermont.

The Institute includes 10 days of online classes and a residential session on campus, both required. Continue reading