Funding Opportunity: Society of Fellows in the Humanities 2018-2019 (Columbia U.)

Deadline for Submissions: October 2, 2017

Fellowship Competition 2018-2019

The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2018-2019. Fellows newly appointed for 2018-2019 must have received the PhD between 1 January 2016 and 1 July 2018. The Fellowship Stipend for 2018-2019 is $63,000. Medical benefits are provided, and subsidized housing is available. There is a $7,000 research allowance per annum.

Fellows are appointed as Postdoctoral Research Scholars (Mellon Fellows) in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University (departments are listed in the “Application Materials (PDF)”). The one-year Fellowship renews automatically for a second and a third year.  In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester. At least one of these courses must be in the undergraduate (“Core”) education program: Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations, Asian Humanities, or Global Cultures.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Funding Opportunity: Society for the Humanities Fellowships, 2018-2019 (Cornell U.)

Deadline for Applications: October 1, 2017

Focal Theme 2018-2019

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of authority.

From auctoritas to the author to authoritarianism, the question of authority – whether grounded in epistemological expertise, juridical power, rhetorical persuasiveness, creative innovation, divine decree, or political charisma – is inextricable from humanistic inquiry and critique. With authority, the power to decide, to authorize, to adjudicate, to rule, and to hold sway stands or falls – in science, law, art, oratory, religion, or politics. The Society invites scholarly projects that trace the consequences, crises, and possibilities of authority across historical periods, disciplinary boundaries, geographic territories, and social contexts. Continue reading “Funding Opportunity: Society for the Humanities Fellowships, 2018-2019 (Cornell U.)”

Academic Job: Postdoctoral Fellowship in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Carleton U.)

Deadline for Applications: August 15, 2017

The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) at Carleton University welcomes applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship will allow a scholar to spend one or two academic years, beginning in October 2017, in residence at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). The fellow will work under the mentorship of a faculty member at EURUS.

Thematic focus: We particularly welcome applications by scholars with a regional specialization in the Russian Federation or South-Eastern Europe. We will also accept applications from candidates whose research relates to other post-Soviet states. As an interdisciplinary institute, EURUS welcomes applications from candidates with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including History, Political Science, Anthropology and Sociology, Economics, Law and Legal Studies, and other fields in the humanities and social sciences. Continue reading “Academic Job: Postdoctoral Fellowship in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (Carleton U.)”

Academic Job: Assistant Professor of Russian Studies (Macalester College)

Deadline for Applications: October 1, 2017

The Department of Russian Studies at Macalester College announces an opening for a tenure-track position in Russian Studies, to begin in Fall 2018, at the rank of Assistant Professor (in an exceptional case, a more advanced appointment may be considered). Applicants should have a PhD at the time of appointment in the field of Russian history, culture, or related subjects and possess native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English. The successful candidate, whose tenure home would be in Russian Studies, would teach Russian language as well as courses that would cover Russia and the neighboring region historically. Scholarly promise, college teaching experience, an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of Russian Studies, strong interest in teaching language, and knowledge of current pedagogical methodologies are highly desirable.

The position entails teaching five courses per year, including two Russian language courses and three others, at least two of which can be cross-listed with the History department. We are looking for dynamic, broadly trained, theoretically informed scholar-teachers with training in historical inquiry, who are committed to the study of Russian history and culture as an integral part of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. The successful candidate will join Macalester’s Russian Studies faculty in active program building. Continue reading “Academic Job: Assistant Professor of Russian Studies (Macalester College)”

Academic Job: Part Time Lecturer in Russian (Rutgers U.)

Deadline for Applications: July 28, 2017

The Program of Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick campus), is looking for a part-time instructor to teach one section of Elementary Russian 1 in Fall 2017. They would especially like to hear from candidates in the New York-Philadelphia corridor, who would have the easiest commute to Rutgers-New Brunswick. The successful candidate must be able and willing to collaborate with other instructors on all aspects of course management.

Requirements: experience teaching Russian at the university level in North America, MA or equivalent related to Russian, native or near-native proficiency in Russian and English.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and teaching evaluations to Cori Anderson ( by July 28 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Academic Job: Tenure-track Asst. Professor (Wesleyan U.)

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2017

Wesleyan University’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018.  Specialization is open, but we welcome the ability to teach courses on twentieth-century and contemporary Russian literature, culture, and society.  Native or near-native fluency in Russian required.

The appointment is in an interdisciplinary program and will require working with colleagues in political science, history, religion, and language and literature, so preference will be given to applicants with a proven commitment to interdisciplinarity. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field in hand by the time of appointment.  The teaching load is 2/2.  Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.  Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that deeply values both scholarship and teaching, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits. Continue reading “Academic Job: Tenure-track Asst. Professor (Wesleyan U.)”

Academic Job: Visiting Lecturer (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time Visiting Lecturer in Russian for the 2017–18 academic year (classes begin in the last week of August and conclude at the end of April). The teaching load is three 3-hour courses per semester or the equivalent, which may include Russian language, literature, and culture, primarily at the undergraduate level, but also with the possibility of graduate teaching for applicants who have a PhD. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

A PhD in hand or advanced ABD status is required, as is Russian language proficiency sufficient to teach language at all undergraduate levels. Preference will be shown to applicants who will have a PhD in hand by the beginning of our autumn semester (last week of August, 2017), but advanced ABD candidates may also be considered for a Visiting Instructor appointment. Preference will be shown to applicants who can teach a mixed graduate/undergraduate course on Vladimir Nabokov (which is already on the books and already has enrollment; PhD required), but we are prepared to adjust the teaching duties to accommodate a strong candidate who is (understandably!) not prepared to teach this specific course on short notice.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, and names and contact information for three professional referees (letters of recommendation are not required at this time) to Monika Losagio at The University of Pittsburgh, which is home to the Center for Russian and East European Studies (NRC Title VI;, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity.

Academic Job: Instructor of Russian (U. of South Carolina)

Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2017

University of South Carolina
Instructor of Russian

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is accepting applications for one full-time non-tenure track Instructor of Russian beginning August 15, 2017 at a 9 month salary of $42,000. This is an annual appointment that must be renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory performance, departmental needs, and the availability of funding.

Duties: Teach introductory through advanced Russian language and/or culture or linguistics courses (four classes per semester); prepare course syllabi and handouts; evaluate and grade student class work, assignments and papers; maintain required records including student attendance and grades; maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students; participate in program and departmental meetings and activities.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s degree in Russian or a related field is required and must be in hand by August 1, 2017. Evidence of teaching experience at the collegiate level and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English is expected. Must currently be authorized to work in the U.S., without future need of any sponsorship for employment authorization.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Russian, or a related field.

Candidates must complete an application and upload a CV, letter of interest, one-page teaching philosophy, a full set of teaching evaluations, and a list of three references with contact information by visiting this link:

The deadline for completed applications is July 15. Screening will begin immediately.**

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Academic Job: Instructor of Russian Studies (Dalhousie U.)

Deadline for Applications: June 23, 2017

Limited Term Appointment: Instructor, Russian Studies 

The Dalhousie University Department of Russian Studies seeks applications for a ten-month 100% full-time limited term appointment (August 1 – May 31) at the Instructor level in Russian language and culture, effective August 1, 2017. The position is subject to budgetary approval. The Instructor will primarily teach language courses at all levels as well as an introductory Russian culture course and/or a course matching the successful candidate’s expertise. The workload is equivalent to four full-credit (eight half-credit) classes during the ten-month period.

Applicants should preferably have a Ph.D. in Russian linguistics/literature. Applicants with an MA degree will be considered on the individual basis as well. Native or native-equivalent command of Russian and English, as well as expertise in teaching the Russian language at all undergraduate levels, are required. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and administrative skills. Candidates should provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of reference forwarded under separate cover, and the Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at These should be submitted both in hard copy and electronically to the Search Committee at the following address:

Dr. Shao-Pin Luo
Russian Language and Culture Search
Department of Russian Studies, Dalhousie University
McCain Arts and Social Sciences Bldg.
6135 University Avenue, Room 3060
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2, Canada

For further information, please contact Ms. Tamara Cantrill, Administrative Secretary

The deadline for applications is June 23, 2017.

Academic Job: Ph.D. Position (U. of Zurich)

Deadline for Applications: June 15, 2017

The History Department of the University of Zurich invites applications for 1 Ph.D. Position:

Effective from September, 1st,  2017, for a period of four years, this fully-funded position is part of a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) on the “Late Soviet Village: People, Institutions, and Things between the socialist cult of urbanity and ruralisation of urban life styles” (SNSF-Professorship Ekaterina Emeliantseva Koller).

The project reconsiders the dynamics of late Soviet society by looking at the developments in rural areas, conceptualizing the late Soviet village as a specific modus of entanglement between city and village. Focusing on consumption practices, youth culture, family networks, Soviet rituals and community life in Northwestern Russia, the study will address issues of self-perception and self-articulation of Soviet villagers vis-à-vis changing ideological frames and social practices between utopian urban modernity and the legacy of collectivization.

Applicants are expected to conduct dissertation research on a selected topic leading to a Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. Eligible candidates hold a master’s or equivalent degree in Modern History, Russian/Eurasian Studies, or Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Eastern Europe. Applicants should have a very good command of the Russian language enabling them to conduct Oral History interviews. The salary and research subsidies are based on the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation for Ph.D. candidates.

Informal inquiries may be sent to:

Applications (in English) should include a covering letter, a CV, copies of academic diplomas, a writing sample (a chapter of the master thesis or a published article), two names of academic referees. Please send your application by June 15th 2017in electronic form to:

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