Prof. Devel.: Russian Heritage Learners and Speakers Webinar Series (UCLA)

Russian Heritage Learners and Speakers Webinar Series: February 28 at 4PM EST

Russian heritage learners and speakers webinar series organized by ACTR continues with the webinar which will be led by Dr. Olga Kagan (UCLA) on February 28 at 4PM EST:

Heritage Language Curricular Development for Russian Heritage Speakers: Foundations and Rationale

Dr. Kagan will discuss curricular development for HL speakers of Russian addressing 1) the foundations of HL curriculum built on From-To principles (e.g., exploiting existing strengths as a point of departure); and 2) the rationale for an outcome/proficiency-based curriculum for HL learners. She will base some of her recommendations on data from the UCLA Russian HL placement test.

Dr. Olga Kagan is a professor in the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures and the director of the Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC). Dr. Kagan is in charge of the Russian Language Program and is the director of the Russian Flagship Center at UCLA. She has published textbooks of Russian both as a foreign language and as a heritage language. Her textbook of Russian as a Heritage Language, Russian for Russians, received a book award from the American Association of Teachers of Russian and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL). Her current main research interest is the teaching of heritage languages. In 2015 she received the MLA Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.

The webinars are free for all ACTR members. Non-members of ACTR pay $15 per webinar or $40 for all three.

All registered participants will receive access to the video recording of the webinar(s).

Register for the webinars here:

Funding Opportunity: Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s (ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: March 22, 2017

Title: ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent Ph.D.s
Sponsor: American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Amount: $67,500/yr., 2 yrs.

Description: ACLS invites applications for the seventh competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $67,500 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.  This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media. 

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by March 22. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info:

Prof. Devel.: The Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (U. Illinois-Urbana Champaign)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017

Call for Applications! Summer Research Laboratory 2017

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the world renowned Slavic, East European, and Eurasian collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to receive one-on-one research assistance from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).

The deadline for grant funding is March 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For further information and to apply, please use this link:

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills and strategies.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian reference collection is housed, contains work stations for readers, research technologies, a collection of authoritative reference works, and provides unlimited access to one of the largest collections for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies in North America.

Prof. Devel.: Int’l Facult Devel. Seminar “World Fuels: Global Trends and Eurasian Perspectives” (CIEE)

Deadline for Registration: March 16, 2017

Join CIEE this summer in Moscow for our International Faculty Development Seminar entitled, “World Fuels: Global Trends and Eurasian Perspectives”  ( The program takes place June 6 to June 15th.

This program offers opportunities for U.S. faculty and researchers to take part in a global energy dialogue by exploring issues in energy diplomacy with leading Russian academic experts and practitioners. Drastic changes in economic and political contexts make global energy security one of the major driving forces of international relations. The issues of market efficiency, energy shortages, price volatility, and the “game of pipelines” are at the edge of every national security agenda. As one of the major players on global energy scene, Russia has a critical role in the world energy system.

The program will be led by Dr. Irina Bolgova, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Analysis at Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO).

For more information, please contact Erin Santana at

Prof. Devel.: Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing (Duke U.)

Session 1 Dates: July 12-14, 2017
Session 2 Dates: July 14-16, 2017

is pleased to announce its Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing

Session 1 (July 12-14)—Acquisition, Techniques, and Technologies
Session 2 (July 14-16)—Russian Proficiency Testing

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from July 12-16 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages.

The summer institute will be held in two sessions offered back-to-back. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Both sessions will be held on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Session 1 (July 12-14): The first session will include presentations by speakers from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Arizona, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and other leading institutions on topics including:
•       Teaching language and culture through film
•       Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels
•       The use of technology in the language classroom
•       Integrating heritage students in the language classroom
•       Addressing the needs of differently-abled students
•       Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials
•       The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction
•       Popular culture and language instruction
Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

Session 2 (July 14-16): The second session will consist of a workshop on Russian language proficiency testing conducted by a leading Russian language proficiency test developer who is a TRKI [тестирование русского как иностранного] examiner. TRKI is the Russian Federation language proficiency testing system for five areas of linguistic competence (aural comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and grammar/lexicon) developed and administered by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, and is the Russian component of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) developed by the Council of Europe. Continue reading “Prof. Devel.: Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing (Duke U.)”

Prof. Devel.: Certificate in Applied Translation (U. Houston-Victoria)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2017

Applied Literary Translation

SUMMER 2017 (June 12-September 8) Application Deadline: March 1 The University of Houston-Victoria and Dalkey Archive Press invite applications from emerging translators for the Certificate in Applied Literary Translation, a three-month intensive online program that leads to the publication of students’ first book-length translation. Additionally, for students interested in an MFA option for literary translation, UHV is now offering an MFA in Creative Writing in Applied Literary Translation. For more information, please see the link below. Emerging Translators will:

  • Work closely with a Dalkey Archive editor to review your translations in weekly Skype sessions
  • Earn an industry-recognized Certificate and 12 credit hours 
that can be put towards an MFA in Translation, Publishing, or Creative Writing
  • Write readers reports and prepare sample translations • Discover writers that haven’t yet been translated into English
  • Be given the opportunity to participate in an optional two-week visit to Dalkey’s office in Dublin, Ireland, to meet with guest translators, authors, and critics.
  • Write book reviews of translations
  • Learn the principles of marketing literary translations
  • Analyze the practices of the media in relation to translation
  • Study the relationship between commercial publishing and small presses in relation to translation
  • Learn the basics of the business of publishing literary translations

The Certificate Program in Applied Literary Translation:

  • Offers both intense training and the publication of a book
  • Encourages applications of non-native English speakers with advanced English-language skills
  • Strongly recommends early applications

For more information about the program, including how to apply and a list of FAQs, visit: or For more information about the MFA in Creative Writing – Applied Literary Translation, visit: Any further questions may be directed to:

Prof. Devel.: Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers (EIUC)

Deadline for Applications: February 12, 2017


Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

Admissions to the two, three-day, modules (20-22 March 2017 and 23-25 March 2017) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 12 February 2017.

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.

Target: The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers.

Eligibility: Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

More information on the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers and the programme can be found here:

Prof. Devel.: Online Dissertation Workshop for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Students (U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Date & Time: February 23, 2017, 9:00-3:30pm (CT)

The Slavic Reference Service is teaming with Slavic librarians from prominent research institutions to offer an online doctoral dissertation workshop for REEE students on Feb. 23, 2017, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Central Time).  There are eight individual sessions as part of this workshop.

Register at:


Workshop Program:

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Introduction (Joe Lenkart)
9:15 am – 9:45 am: REEE materials and Interlibrary Loan (Jan Adamczyk)
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Collections and Access Services for International Researchers at the Slavonic Library, National Library of Finland (Irina Lukka)
10:45 am – 11:20 am: Collections and Services at the Library of Congress (Angela Canon) 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Regional Research Resources for Doctoral Students (Joe Lenkart) 12:30 am – 1:15 pm: REEE Collections at Princeton University (Thomas F. Keenan)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: REEE Collections at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Kit Condill and Larry Miller)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: REEE Collections at Yale University (Anna Arays)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Strategies for Research Trips (Joe Lenkart)

Job: ESL Teacher (Vladimir, Russia)

Deadline for Applications: March 07, 2017

TEACH ENGLISH AT THE AMERICAN HOME IN VLADIMIR, RUSSIA – Application Deadline March 1, 2017 ( ach.html)

Program Benefits: small stipend, room and board with a Russian family, three hours per week of one-to-one Russian lessons, teacher training and lesson planning assistance, a pleasant, well-equipped, and organized teaching environment.

Teacher obligations: Plan and teach up to five classes a week, hold office hours, present a brief lecture on any aspect of American culture, airfare to Moscow, visa fee, obtain TESOL certification.

Experience Russia in a uniquely supportive atmosphere and accomplish something worthwhile in the process! Live in the truly Russian city of Vladimir, gain an understanding of provincial Russian culture, and improve your Russian language skills—while you learn to teach effectively and make a positive contribution to the community. Former teachers have found good positions in education, government, and business, both in Moscow and the United States, and been accepted to major graduate programs and law schools.

Russian news report about the American Home’s American English Program: =QBya_6FQxmw&feature=youtube

Prof. Devel.: Peace Fellowship (Rotary)

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2017

Peace Fellowship Application

Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centers. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July.

“The world is in great need of more peace fellows who can work hand in hand with governments and communities to counterbalance the outbreak of war and conflict.” – Abu Sufian Taj Elassfia, 2011-13 Rotary Peace Fellow  Continue reading “Prof. Devel.: Peace Fellowship (Rotary)”