Tag Archives: May 2017

CFP: 1917: Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World (UT-Arlington)

Deadline for Submissions: May 31, 2017

1917: Revolution, Radicalism, and Resistance in the Atlantic World
18th Annual International Graduate Student
Conference on Transatlantic History
The University of Texas at Arlington
Date of Conference: October 19-21, 2017
Submission Deadline: May 31

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Erik S. McDuffie & Dr. Julia L. Mickenberg

The Transatlantic History Student Organization, in collaboration with Phi Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, the Africa Program and the College of Liberal Arts, is sponsoring the Eighteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

We invite papers and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature—including interdisciplinary and digital humanities projects—that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.

The theme of this year’s conference is the impact of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 on the Atlantic World, examining the political, social, cultural, and economic reverberations and legacies prompted by the collapse of Russia’s ancien régime and the consolidation of Soviet/Bolshevik power. Inspiring hope and terror abroad, this conference aims to analyze the various transnational and international dimensions of the Russian Revolutions and how they shaped social and political movements in the Atlantic World, both directly and by virtue of establishing a new geopolitical context. Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: Fall 2017 Data Fellowships (Insight)

Deadline for Applications: May 22, 2017 & June 26, 2017

The Insight Data Fellows Programs are tuition-free professional Fellowships for students and postdocs looking to transition to careers in data science, health data science, data engineering, or artificial intelligence.

800+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Tesla, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Microsoft, and 200+ other top companies.

Insight Fellowship:

  • 7 week, full-time, post-graduate training Fellowship leading to full-time industry employment
  • Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers, and AI experts
  • Join an active community of Insight alumni
  • Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process
  • Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Next Insight Fellowships:

Starting July 17th (deadline May 22nd):
Artificial Intelligence in New York
Data Science in Seattle

Starting September 5th (deadline June 26th):
Artificial Intelligence in Silicon Valley
Data Engineering in New York and Silicon Valley
Data Science in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley and remote
Health Data Science in Boston and Silicon Valley Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (NSF)

Deadline for Applications: May 24, 2017

Title: Political Science – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount: $15,000 max.

Description: The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in Liberal Arts Grants Services and return the Proposal Review Form by May 24. 

More Info: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505214&org=SES&from=home

Job: Summer Russian Language Instructor (STARTALK)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) seeks an educator with experience teaching Russian at the high school level to serve as an instructor in our STARTALK program.  Twenty high school students will engage in an intensive and immersive 4-week residential summer program on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus.  10 students are absolute beginners; 10 have completed one year of Russian study at their home high school.  The ideal candidate for this position will have a detailed knowledge of ACTFL’s 5 C’s of Foreign Language Education and experience building these goal areas into curricula.

The Pitt STARTALK program runs June 18-July 15, 2017.  The instructor will work with a strong team, comprised of one additional instructor and three graduate students who act as the program’s TA/RAs.  All staff members are provided housing and meals for the duration of the program.   The instructor, ideally, will be available to arrive to Pittsburgh by June 15 to engage in pre-program organization and training.


  • Minimum of superior-level Russian language proficiency.
  • Experience teaching Russian to high school students
  • Available June 15-July 15, 2017 to be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Available in advance of the program to collaborate on curriculum over the phone and/or on Skype with other instructors.
  • Experience with a performance-based communicative approach to foreign language pedagogy
  • Familiarity with ACTFL’s Proficiency Benchmarks and Can-do statements and 5 C’s of Foreign Language Education


  • Experience teaching underserved minority students
  • Strong background in foreign language pedagogy
  • Strong background in assessment-based proficiency goals

Those interested in the position should send a cover letter and resume addressed to Dawn Seckler, Das200@pitt.edu. Review of materials will begin immediately. Suitable candidates will be contacted for a phone or Skype interview.

Academic Job: Visiting Lecturer in Political Science (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

The Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year, full-time position as Visiting Lecturer in Political Science for the 2017-2018 academic year with the possibility of renewal. We are particularly interested in candidates who have expertise in the politics of Russia and Eastern Europe, but we will also consider other candidates who are prepared to teach courses on the Cold War, foreign policy, human security, and the politics of oil.

This position is supported by the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES). Duties in the Political Science Department will consist of teaching 15 credit hours (five courses) per academic year to include, at minimum, two courses that feature substantial content on the REES world area (e.g., Government & Politics of USSR/Russian Federation; Cold War: Soviet Union and the West 1917-1991).

As an affiliated faculty member of REES, you are eligible to apply for REES Course Development Grants as well as for REES Faculty Small Grants to support research activities.  In addition to your teaching responsibilities, REES will welcome your participation in intellectual activities of the center.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand or expected by the end of the summer, 2017. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching portfolio, and two letters of reference; references will receive email notification with instructions about submitting their letters. Please send application materials to Wynn Maloney at wynn2@pitt.edu. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Academic Job: Education Program Coordinator (U. of Kansas)

Deadline for Applications: May 13, 2017

University of Kansas
Assistant to the Director (Education Program Coordinator)
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Assistant to the Director for the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies will assist the Director by teaching courses in REES, organizing events, assisting with grant writing, and office administration.

The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description

20% -Teach in REES-related curriculum, e.g. REES 110/111, Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe, and REES 220/221, Societies and Cultures of Eurasia; develop course curricula, materials, lectures, grade and assess students, hold regular office hours; conduct undergraduate student advising for REES majors and minors in cooperation with the Advising Office.

15%-Center Events – Organization of conferences and special events (e.g., lectures by visiting scholars, round-table discussions, professionalization presentations and panels). Other projects as required (i.e. university-mandated Program Review). – Provide programmatic and recruiting information to professional organizations.

10% -Grant writing/Reporting. – Collect/submit IRIS report data dealing with curriculum and outreach activities; conducting research for and writing institutional grants (working in cooperation with faculty and staff in REES and other units), conducting research for and editing institutional grants written by the director.

10% -Visitors. – Assist long- and short-term visiting scholars and lecturers. Tasks: correspondence with prospective visitors, preparing visa applications, creating itineraries, airport pick-ups, arranging lodging, helping visitors with necessary university and federal paperwork, helping with initial set-up (furniture rental, opening bank account, setting up utilities, etc.), assisting visiting lecturers with course preparation.

25% -Office Tasks/administration. – Handling drop-in visitors. – Editing and proofreading other staff members’ documents, handling tasks passed on from director, answering phones, etc. Assist in preparation and editing of the center’s newsletter, graduate and undergraduate brochures, and help with other announcements concerning the center. – Monitoring KUEA CREES funds as coordinated by the CREES office manager. – Scheduling REES courses, generating course lists, gather enrollment and graduation statistics for NRC reporting. – In coordination with CREES office manager, assist in monitoring REES main email account, answering and forwarding messages as appropriate. – Other duties as assigned to assist the director

15% -Brown Bag/Kino/Laird Essay Contest. – Organizing weekly Brown Bag talks and monthly movie presentations. Tasks: Arranging schedule of speakers, creating advertisements (in cooperation with student assistant), introducing weekly meetings; administering the annual Laird Essay Contest.

5% -Connections with the public. – Researching and developing opportunities for partnership between CREES and the business community in NE Kansas and NW Missouri. – Providing translation; fielding inquiries requiring area knowledge. Continue reading

Prof. Devel.: International Studies Research Lab (U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Deadline for Applications: May 15, 2017

The Center for Global Studies, International and Area Studies Library, & Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce fellowships and research honoraria to support the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. We invite applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught lanugages, library collections, or international education programs at their home institutions. Participation in the ISRL provides resources and time for research otherwise unavailable to applicants. Fellows will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with international and area studies librarians and explore the unlimited print and online resources of the University Library at Illinois.


International Studies Fellowships

The Center for Global Studies provides housing for applicants coming from outside the Champaign-Urbana area. Fellows will be provided up to 7 days paid housing and up to 8 days paid parking at Presby Hall in a shared three-bedroom two-bathroom suite.

Research Honorarium

As part of the application, participants are expected to turn in a research or program plan. While in residence at Illinois, all participants are expected to build on this plan and produce a syllabus for a new or updated course, a white paper, a library collection development plan, or a plan for new international education programs. A $1,000 honorarium is available, contingent upon receipt of these new or revised materials by November 1, 2017. This honorarirum can be used to offset travel expenses and support the implementation of participant’s projects. Continue reading

Academic Job: 7 One-Year Postdoc Positions AY 17-18 (U. of Tyumen)

Deadline for Applications: May 01, 2017

School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen

Having completed the first round of hiring for faculty to work in three multidisciplinary teams starting August 2017, we now seek to fill seven postdoctoral fellowships to supplement the teams with necessary expertise.The SAS postdoctoral fellowships will last one academic year and will involve research and teaching at the SAS BA program. Salary will be individually determined based on the candidate’s qualifications. Fellows will also receive funds for research travel and medical insurance; relocation expenses will also be covered. All fellows will be eligible to apply for permanent faculty positions in the second round of the SAS faculty recruitment in Spring, 2018.

Please submit your application via e-mail to sas@utmn.ru. Include a cover letter, explaining your potential contribution to one of the three projects outlined below, a full CV, and three letters of recommendation (letters should be submitted to the same e-mail address, either directly by your recommenders, or through an appropriate service such as Interfolio). Applications will be considered until the positions are filled; preference will be given to those received by May 1, 2017. All applicants with relevant expertise are encouraged to apply. The more specific profiles listed below should not be seen as restrictive. All qualified applicants, including those who propose other contributions to the SAS projects, will be given the fullest consideration. For more information on the SAS and the projects, please, go to http://sas.utmn.ru/en/research/.


The goal of this project is to critically investigate contemporary capitalism from the dual perspective of qualitative sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, on the one hand, and economics, on the other. We hope to shed light on the connections between recent political-economic crises of capitalism and multifarious resistance to capitalism. While there is a considerable literature on adaptation and resistance provoked by imbalances of contemporary capitalism, the particular economic mechanisms underlying these developments often remain hidden. Applications are especially encouraged from:

• specialists in political economy interested in studying crises and imbalances of contemporary capitalist economies. Neoliberal reforms, the dynamics of labor markets, forms of labor, and exploitation might be among the research topics. Familiarity with institutionalist and “varieties of capitalism” research approaches to capitalism is an advantage.

• specialists in macroeconomics and/or institutional theory, with skills in economic modelling, statistics, and econometrics, as well as recent institutional economics approaches to macroeconomics. Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: Division of Preservation and Access – R&D (NEH)

Deadline for Applications: May 18, 2017

Title: Division of Preservation and Access – Research and Development
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Amount: $75,000

Description: The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.  This program recognizes that finding solutions to complex problems often requires forming interdisciplinary project teams, bringing together participants with expertise in the humanities; in preservation; and in information, computer, and natural science.  All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community in supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

How to Apply: Contact your departmental Grants and Contracts Specialist or Brook Davis (davis@austin.utexas.edu) in the COLA Office of Research and return Proposal Review Form by May 18.

More Info: https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/research-and-development

Prof. Devel: Russian Flagship Workshop: “Teaching Russian from the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency” (UCLA)

Deadline for Applications: May 20, 2017

The UCLA Russian Flagship Center will host a five- day workshop titled “Teaching Russian from the Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 Levels of Proficiency” on July 31 through August 4, 2017 on the UCLA campus.

Progressing from Intermediate/1 to Advanced/2 proficiency may be the most challenging stage of language acquisition and of teaching Russian. This workshop will focus on techniques and strategies to address this challenge.

Each day of the workshop will feature a morning presentation by a faculty expert followed by an afternoon working group session focusing on specific skills. The workshop will also include presentations by instructors from the Russian Flagship Programs. The workshop will be conducted in a highly interactive participatory manner and will encourage active discussion by all participants. 

Workshop faculty members include:

–Dr. Ray Clifford, Brigham Young University, who will compare the principles of reading proficiency assessment with the principles of instructional practice and highlight the contrasts. 

–Dr. Charlene Polio, Michigan State University, who will discuss research methods used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition to the advanced/2 level.

–Dr. Cindy Martin, University of Maryland, College Park, who will focus on modes of communication in speaking and listening and discuss discourse features appropriate to the Intermediate/1 and Advanced/2 levels. 

We will accept a limited number of participants. The workshop is free of charge, but participants will need to cover their travel and hotel.

More information on the workshop schedule will be made available in early May. 

Interested participants should send an e-mail and a cv to Olga Kagan (okagan@ucla.edu) by May 20.