Academic Job: Tenure-Track Position in Russian (Reed College)

Deadline for applications: October 16, 2017

The Russian department at Reed College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Russian and the Humanities, preferably at the Assistant Professor rank, to commence August 2018. Their strong preference is for a teacher-scholar specializing in pre-twentieth century Russian literature. Expertise in an additional scholarly field (e.g., comparative literature, film/media studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism) is desirable. Candidates should possess native or near-native command of both Russian and English, have successful college-level teaching experience and an ambitious research program. They must have a Ph.D. in Slavic (or a related field) in hand by the start of the appointment.

Located in Portland, Oregon, Reed is a liberal arts college with approximately 1400 students that offers a demanding academic program to bright and dedicated undergraduates. Reed College is on the semester system with a teaching load of five courses per year and senior thesis advising. In addition to courses in Russian literature and culture, members of the Russian department either teach Russian language or participate, on a rotating basis, in the team-taught freshmen humanities course. Details about the Russian program at Reed can be found at their website. For additional information, please contact Professor Evgenii Bershtein (, chair of the search committee.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample (up to 30 pages), and three confidential letters of recommendation through Interfolio here. The cover letter should address how the applicant’s teaching and scholarship are suited to the liberal arts college environment.

Reed College is a community that believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is essential to the excellence of our academic program. In your cover letter, please also convey how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or community service might support the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by October 16, 2017 to guarantee full consideration.  Reed plans to conduct interviews at the ASEEES meeting in Chicago, November 10-11, 2017.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values diversity and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.