Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies (University of Richmond)

Deadline: Open Until Filled, March 2024

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Richmond invites applications for a full-time, one-year visiting assistant professor position in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies (RSST), beginning in August 2024. This is a non-tenure track appointment, annually renewable for up to three years, contingent upon performance, budget, and continued need. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to high-quality undergraduate education who will also enhance the scholarly and creative opportunities provided by our program. The area of specialization is open; PhD required. The teaching load is 6 classes over two semesters.

We have a small but vibrant undergraduate RSST program, with a large cohort of enthusiastic majors and minors. We strive for engaging and inclusive pedagogy in an engaging and collaborative environment. The successful applicant should be able to teach Russian language at all levels, including advanced and heritage speakers, with demonstrated success in communicative-based instruction. This position also entails teaching cultural studies courses conducted in English. We welcome candidates who have expertise in specific regions of Eastern Europe and Eurasian, and/or transdisciplinary interests in film, anthropology, environmental studies, contemporary politics, etc. The successful candidate will also contribute actively to our extra- and co-curricular programming.

Applicants should have the potential and desire to commit to highly effective, inclusive teaching at all levels of the undergraduate RSST curriculum. Successful applicants will have access to travel funds to support their research. We are seeking a colleague who shares our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to give all students of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies the opportunities, skills, and support needed to succeed in a multicultural world.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online and submit the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a two-page statement of teaching philosophy. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate’s approaches to teaching, as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search should be directed to Dr. Yvonne Howell (, chair of the search committee.

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