Academic Job: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (Oberlin College)

Application Deadline: Ongoing Until Filled

Job Summary

The Department of Russian Language, Literature, and Culture at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of two years beginning the fall semester of 2017 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian. The position is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Area of specialization is open, but we seek a creative scholar and teacher who has strong interdisciplinary interests and can work across different periods and genres. The ability to connect the Russian tradition with other literary and cultural traditions is a plus.


The incumbent will offer one course each semester. Teaching duties over two years will entail a mix of language courses at the introductory, intermediate or advanced level and literature courses in translation or in Russian.


Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree awarded no earlier than 2014 but in hand by 1 July 2017, and native or near-native Russian and English. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.

To Apply

Candidates should visit the online application site found at

A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Writing Sample; 4) Unofficial transcript; and, 5) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders*

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin College and Conservatory’s online application process at:

*By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant.

Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position can be addressed to:, Chair of the Russian Department, at 440-775-8654.