Academic Job: Tenure Track Position in Russian Language (St. Olaf College)

Deadline for Applications: October 8, 2016

Russian Language and Area Studies
Tenure Track Search for 2017-2018

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure-track position in Russian language at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2017 (candidates should have earned their Ph.D. by August 2017, 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. St. Olaf is on a 4-1-4 calendar and in general there will be no teaching during the month of January.  Candidates 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 Russian activities. In addition, there are opportunities for Independent Research courses with students as well as Undergraduate Research.

St. Olaf College has a strong commitment to principles of diversity and, in that spirit, actively encourages applications from groups underrepresented in higher education. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives; our goal is to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

All applications are submitted online at  A complete application includes:

  1. Cover Letter – please briefly address research interests and potential for involving students in research projects.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Graduate School Transcript (copy/unofficial is acceptable for initial application)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Writing Sample
  6. A URL linking to a video example of your teaching

In addition, please provide the names and emails of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (we only ask for references’ names and emails; St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening. Completed applications will be reviewed as they come in.

The St. Olaf Russian Language and Area Studies Department strives for a diverse and collaborative community of teachers and scholars that provides a lively and supportive environment for our students.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective. More information about the department may be found at

General inquiries about the position, department or college may be sent to Professor Marc Robinson at   No documents can be sent directly to this address as ALL DOCUMENTS must be submitted to the site listed above.

Application review will begin on October 8, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research and/or service.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.