Acad. Job: Assistant Professor of Instruction in Polish (Northwestern University)

Deadline: December 15, 2021


Northwestern University’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications for a renewable, three-year appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Instruction in Polish, to begin September 1, 2022. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position that requires six units of teaching over three quarters per year. A Ph.D. in Polish, any area of Slavic Studies (such as literature, culture, and/or history), Second-Language Acquisition, or a related field, near-native proficiency in Polish and English, and language teaching experience in the American educational system are essential.

We are seeking an enthusiastic instructor who has demonstrated excellence in teaching all levels of Polish language and culture using a proficiency-based communicative approach and who is familiar with current instructional technologies. In addition to displaying a commitment to teaching, the successful hire is expected to engage with students, help plan co-curricular activities, and contribute to a mutually respectful, inclusive, and collaborative professional environment. Our department supports the professional growth of each faculty member in their field of specialization and is firmly committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Applications require the following documents in PDF format: cover letter of interest that addresses professional and teaching experience as well as approaches to pedagogy; a CV; evidence of teaching effectiveness; and three contacts (name and email) for letters of recommendation. In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2021. Please submit required information at:

For inquiries regarding the position or application process, please contact Professor Clare Cavanagh at General information about the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University can be found on this website:

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· Applications will only be accepted via online submission at the link provided.

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