Tag Archives: February 2016

Academic Job: Instructor or Senior Instructor I of Russian (Portland State University)

Deadline: February 2, 2016

The Russian Program at PSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for a one-year full-time position teaching undergraduate Russian language. The position is for the academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) beginning September 16, 2016, and is renewable. Interviews will be conducted by Skype or phone. Various assignments for fixed-term instructional and research faculty may include direct instruction, supporting scholarly activities, and service to the university, community, and profession. Expectations for the position are summarized below and will be the principal components upon which annual review and reappointment decisions will be based. The position description is incorporated by reference in the Notice of Appointment, consistent with the practices outlined for fixed-term faculty in the current PSU-AAUP collective bargaining agreement (Article 18).

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CFP: Teaching Pop-Culture(s) (UT Austin)

Deadline to Submit Abstracts: February 7, 2016

Conference Date: March 4, 2016

The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin presents the 6th Biennial Graduate Student Conference on Teaching Pop-Culture(s).

Over the past several decades, the foreign language and culture classroom has increasingly become understood as a site for learners to explore a diverse range of cultural topics that enable them to become culturally proficient and literate users of the target language and foreign identity. Popular culture plays a central role in current college curricula, from discussions of film, digital literacy, and national comedy traditions, to cuisine, sports, and hip-hop. While pop-culture is widely accepted as central to the development of trans-cultural literacy, there are shifting and expanding approaches to its application in the classroom.

Professional organizations such as ACTFL and the MLA have proposed content-based instructional approaches that encourage the integration of cultural artifacts—together with their related practices and perspectives—into teaching at all levels of the curriculum. This conference focuses on approaches to implementing postwar pop-culture into integrated language/culture instruction. The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites submissions from all areas of Germanic Studies (linguistics, literature, cultural studies, and second language studies) to share original contributions to the teaching of pop-culture in the Germanic-language classroom.

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Funding Opportunity: Travel and Research Grants (CEHS)

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2016

The Central European History Society (CEHS) seeks applications from North American doctoral candidates (ABD) and recent PhDs (up to three years after completion of degree) in Central European history for travel and research grants up to $4,500. Funds are intended to support dissertation research and follow-up research, and may be used on travel between 1 April and 31 December 2016.

Applicants should be affiliated with an accredited North American institution of higher education and a member of the Central European History Society at or near the time of application. Membership in CEHS is automatic with an individual subscription to the journal /Central European History/ ($27 annually for graduate students and $42 for others). See www.centraleuropeanhistory.org for membership.

Application Procedure:

The following materials are required, and should be combined into one PDF and e-mailed to CEHSGrants@gmail.com.

  • Statement of Purpose (1000-word limit)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget Worksheet

The application and two letters of reference (which may be e-mailed separately) must be received by 1 February 2016.

Applicants are advised to give their referees several weeks notice of their need for letters.

For further information or inquiries, please contact Prof. David Luebke at the University of Oregon:  dluebke@uoregon.edu

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Job: Part-Time Russian Instructor for the UN (New York, NY)

Deadline for Application: February 5, 2016

The United Nations Language and Communications Programme in New York is seeking part-time Russian instructors.

The selected candidate(s) will be hired as external consultants to teach Russian at the offices of the United Nations in New York (Midtown).  We offer a competitive hourly rate and a chance to work in a unique cultural and learning environment.

Part-time instructors are responsible for: 

– teaching language courses to UN staff members and diplomats (classes meet 3 hours per week for 12 weeks per term)
– timely completion of all administrative tasks related to the organization and management of courses
– creating, proctoring, and correcting assessments and exams
– cooperating with fellow teachers in teaching-related tasks
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Academic Job: Russian Language Lecturer (Rice University)

Deadline for Applications: February 22, 2016

Rice University’s Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication (clic.rice.edu) invites applications for a part-time appointment as Lecturer. This is a one-year, renewable appointment to begin 1 July 2016. Requirements: M.A., native or near-native ability in the Russian language, training in second language pedagogy, experience teaching at the U.S. university level, and demonstrated ability to develop innovative second language curricula. Experience with study abroad program development/implementation, competence to teach another language, and Ph. D. degree would be beneficial.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the implementation of an innovative, research-based curriculum; the development of a coherently articulated program of instruction across levels of competency; the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the syllabus and daily lessons; assisting with the development and administration of assessment instruments; and participation in professional development programs.

Please submit the following via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/33482):
(1) a letter of application, clearly addressing the above position requirements, (2) a detailed, annotated lesson plan showcasing your ability to develop innovative pedagogical practices, (3) a 2-3 page CV, (4) transcript, (5) three letters of recommendation, (6) two of the latest teaching evaluations from students and (7) a sample syllabus of a relevant course. Applications without all seven items above will not be considered for review.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2016

Please contact the CLIC Coordinator at CLICAdmin@rice.edu with any questions. Rice University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Funding Opportunity: Visiting Fellows Program (Emory University)

Deadline for Applications: February 16, 2016

Title: Visiting Fellows Program
Sponsor: James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference – Emory University
Amount: $30,000 / $40,000 / $60,000

Description: The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University invites applications for its Visiting Fellows Program. Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Fellows Program provides three fellowships for both junior and senior scholars and their career equivalents each academic year. The program welcomes applications from scholars in the humanities, the humanistic social sciences, and law. The program is interested in research projects across the spectrum of the humanities, humanistic social science, and professional disciplines that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. The program also supports research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Fellows will each teach one course in the spring semester. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory’s Johnson Institute for the academic year 2016-2017. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the start of the fellowship period in August 2016.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 16. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://jamesweldonjohnson.emory.edu/home/fellowship/apply.html

Funding Opportunity: Civil Society Scholar Awards (Open Society Foundations)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2016

Title: Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA)
Sponsor: Open Society Foundations
Amount: $10,000 / $15,000

Description: CSSAs support international academic mobility to enable doctoral students and university faculty to access resources that enrich socially engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region. The awards support activities such as fieldwork (data collection); research visits to libraries, archives, or universities; course/curriculum development; and international collaborations leading to peer-reviewed publication. The awards are open to: 1) doctoral students of eligible fields studying at accredited universities inside or outside of their home country; and 2) full-time faculty members teaching at universities in their home country. Candidates must be citizens of the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Yemen.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 15. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/civil-society-scholar-awards-20151125

Funding Opportunity: Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship (Yale University)

Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2016

Title: Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellowship
Sponsor: Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition – Yale University
Amount: $55,000 

Description: The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition invites applications for a residential fellowship from scholars and public intellectuals to study the fundamental origins and circumstances surrounding debt bondage, forced labor, human trafficking, and other forms of modern day slavery. Traditional academics as well as writers/researchers without academic institutional affiliation are encouraged to apply. The Center is offering one fellowship in 2016-17. This is an interdisciplinary fellowship program, based in history and the social sciences, which aims to promote innovative research on the origins and conditions that lead to contemporary slavery.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 15. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://glc.yale.edu/fellowships/human-trafficking-and-modern-day-slavery-fellowship

Funding Opportunity: Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study (Istanbul, Turkey)

Deadline for Applications: February 5, 2016

Title: Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish Language Study in Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsor: American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
Amount: Unspecified

 Description: For summer 2016, ARIT will offer approximately 15 fellowships for advanced students for participation in the summer program in intensive advanced Turkish language at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. This intensive program offers the equivalent of one full academic year of study in Turkish at the college level. The fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition fees, and a maintenance stipend.

How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by February 5. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.

More Info: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.html

Funding Opportunity: Language Teaching and Learning Research Grants (U. of Pittsburgh)

Deadline for Application: February 1, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies will award up to two Language Teaching and Learning Research (LTLR) Grants for scholars to conduct research projects on-site at the Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute in June – July 2016. Funded projects must focus on the teaching and learning of one or more of the following priority languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Other languages that are taught at the SLI may be included in a project proposal in addition to these priority languages; see www.sli.pitt.edu for the complete list of language courses offered. Applicants may propose to be in residence in Pittsburgh for either all or a portion of the two-month duration of the SLI, according to the needs of their projects.

Guidelines: Applicants should propose projects that will take advantage of the unique environment and resources available at an intensive campus-based summer language institute, while not placing excessive demands on the time of SLI instructors or students. Projects involving the development of online language instructional materials are of particular interest, but other types of projects that make significant contributions to language teaching and learning will also be considered. Successful applicants will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval or exemption for research projects involving human subjects and for obtaining the informed consent of research subjects, if applicable, before starting to work on their projects.

LTLR grant recipients will be expected to submit a report of their research results to REES by no later than October 1, 2016; to acknowledge REES and the SLI as sponsors in any publications based on their funded projects; and to make their research products (including raw data, if possible) available for dissemination to other language instructors and scholars on a University of Pittsburgh website.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a master’s or doctoral degree in an academic field related to foreign language education or be enrolled in a relevant graduate degree program. As REES and the SLI are unable to provide mentors to supervise research projects, applicants must demonstrate the ability to conduct self-directed research by presenting evidence of academic publications or other documentation of their capacity for independent work. Continue reading