Acad. Job: Assistant Professor of Polish Studies (University of Washington)

Deadline: November 15, 2022

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for the Maria Kott endowed Professorship of Polish Studies. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to begin September 16, 2023.

University of Washington faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. The teaching load comprises five courses a year over three academic quarters, and tenure-track faculty have an annual service period of 9 months (September 16 – June 15).

The holder of this position is expected to specialize in Polish language, literature, culture or art studies and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level and supervise M.A. and Ph.D. students. The holder of the Maria Kott endowed Professorship of Polish Studies will be expected to help develop a leading, nationally-prominent program in Polish Studies at the University of Washington. In addition to university salary, the Maria Kott Endowed Professor of Polish Studies will receive interest from the endowment which is primarily intended for ensuring and organizing Polish language instruction and contributing to the research needs of this position.

The University of Washington is a large, urban, public, R1 institution located at the heart of Seattle.  The selected applicant will be expected to provide high quality teaching across a range of different courses/topics and audiences, and to work effectively with diverse student and community populations.  

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures values public-facing scholarship, so the candidate should be ready to create productive connections to vibrant cultural institutions in Seattle, including, but not limited to, the Polish Cultural Center.

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Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Polish language, literature, culture, or art studies by start of appointment.


Applicants should submit a letter of application that includes current and future research plans, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a writing sample of no more than 6000 words (could be a dissertation chapter plus 1-2-page abstract of the dissertation, a book chapter, or a published article or other written material), 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy and experience, course syllabi and student evaluations from two or more classes, and a 1-2 page statement on the candidate’s contribution and sustained efforts to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching, service, scholarship, and/or mentoring. 

Applicants are welcome to contextualize their dossier by providing details that might include experiences, aspects of training, outreach, teaching or research that will contribute to a distinctive professional profile.

Preference will be given to dossiers received by November 15, 2022.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.