Academic job: Russian Language and Area Studies Term Faculty 16/17 (St. Olaf College)

Priority Deadline: May 25, 2016

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college in Northfield Minnesota, invites applications for a one-year, full-time (1.0 FTE) position in Russian language, beginning August 15, 2016.  Candidates should have earned their Ph.D. by August 15, 2016, though ABD’s nearing the completion of their degree will be considered.

We seek a gifted and enthusiastic language instructor with a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of the Russian Language and Area Studies on our campus.  Teaching load is six courses with three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the spring semester. We are on a 4-1-4 calendar and there will be no teaching during the January term.  This position will teach language courses from beginning through advanced culture-centered language courses including our fourth-year language capstone course.  Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is absolutely required.

Duties also involve frequent contact with students outside the classroom in recruiting and mentoring.  Faculty members are expected to participate fully in department and college activities, being available to students, and assisting in college and department functions such as the Russian House and various department activities.  More information about the department may be found here.

All applications must be submitted online. A complete application includes:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate School Transcript (copy/unofficial is acceptable for initial application)
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Writing Sample
  • A URL linking to a video example of your teaching
  • Names and email addresses for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation

General inquiries may be sent to Professor Marc Robinson.  No documents can be sent directly to this address as ALL DOCUMENTS must be submitted to the site listed above.  Completed applications will be reviewed as they come in.  Those who apply by May 20, 2016 will be guaranteed full consideration.  We will be conducting preliminary interviews via SKYPE.