Job/K-12: University of Pittsburgh Lead Instructor for residential Summer Program in Russian

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 the lead instructor in an intensive and immersive 4-week residential summer program for high school students who have completed one year of Russian language instruction.  The ideal candidate will have a detailed knowledge of ACTFL’s 5 C’s of Foreign Language Education and experience building these goal areas into curricula.  

The program will run June 22-July 17, 2015 and will be located at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus (some funds are available to cover cost of traveling to Pittsburgh).  The instructor, together with other staff and the students, will live on campus in the dorms for the duration of the program.   The instructor, ideally, will also be available May 7-9 to attend a conference in Denver, Colorado (all travel expenses associated with the conference will be covered).


Fluent Russian speaker

Experience teaching Russian to high school students

Available June 20-July 17, 2015 to be in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Available in advance of the program to collaborate on curriculum over the phone and/or on Skype with other instructors.

Available May 7-9 to attend a conference in Denver, CO.

Experience with a performance-based communicative approach to foreign language pedagogy

Familiarity with ACTFL’s 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, Review of materials will begin immediately. Suitable candidates will be contacted for a phone or Skype interview.