Tag Archives: March 2017

Language Training: Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

ARABIC
PERSIAN
TURKISH
Language Immersion Institute

Move-in: Saturday, June 17
Orientation: Sunday, June 18
Classes begin Monday, June 19

The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is a residential summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Students commit to using their target language as their only means of communication for the entire summer – in class, in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience. Continue reading

Internship: Career-Focused Summer Internships in Russia (Crossroads Eurasia)

Deadline for Applications: March 30, 2017

The deadline for CrossroadsEurasia summer internships in Russia has been extended to March 30, 2017.


Please let your students know about this career-focused summer work experience.

Students can choose one of three options:

  • Camp counseling. One of the best introductions to Russia one can have. Best for beginners of the language, looking for a friendly and structured atmosphere.
  • Teaching English. Highly immersive and flexible, with coaching by local teachers. Similar in style to well-known overseas programs for recent graduates. Recommended for heritage speakers, and those students with at least intermediate level of Russian.
  • Translation. As close as students will come to actually working in Russia. We recommend it both to students interested in translation specifically as well as advanced or heritage speakers, looking for an experience like no other.

Post-program, students receive career coaching to help them communicate the value of the experience, and an alumni network can inform their next career steps.  

Internships are located in places where the pace of life is slower — Kostroma, Voronezh, and Ryazan. In every location, students spend time with locals and come away with some genuine friendships. Every city has a local coordinator.

Accommodations, meals, visa support and travel assistance is provided.

More information is available on our website at: www.CrossroadsEurasia.com. If you or your students have any questions, please contact me at vgorshkov@crossroadseurasia.com

Prof. Devel.: STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian” (Middlebury School of Russian)

Application deadline: March 31, 2017

Middlebury School of Russian is pleased to announce the 2017 STARTALK Summer Institute “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian” intended for novice teachers of Russian and graduate students with no or limited teaching experiences.

The Institute provides participants with unique opportunities to gain a solid foundation in second language acquisition theory and language proficiency framework, and to transfer this knowledge into classroom practice. Participants will create teaching materials for different levels of instruction, implementing STARTALK-endorsed best teaching practices, and engage in practice-teaching in a safe environment with guidance from experienced language practitioners.

The Institute consists of two parts: a 5-day online session (June 19-23, 2017) and a 12-day on-campus session in Middlebury, VT (July 12-23, 2017); both sessions are mandatory. During the on-line session participants will engage in learning and discussing theoretical approaches to language acquisition and principles of proficiency-based pedagogy, so that the on-campus session can be dedicated to applying this theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching and material development. During the on-campus session, participants will brainstorm, design, and implement curricular units, lessons and activities.

Institute’s participants will experience the unique immersive environment of the Middlebury Russian School. By living in the language, participants themselves will see how a learning community of people who speak Russian with varying levels of fluency can be built and sustained.

Tuition, lodging expenses, meals, textbooks, and classroom materials are covered by the STARTALK grant, and each participant is eligible to receive a travel reimbursement for up to $300. Participants will receive one course unit of graduate credit.

 NEW FOR 2017: This year the STARTALK Institute has received an award to offer up to 5 scholarships to cover tuition for the 1-Week Refresher Course (July 2-9). These scholarships are competitive and will be awarded to those admitted STARTALK participants who need to “update” their language skills before starting the on-campus program on July 12. More information about the Refresher Course is available here.

Please note that the application deadline is March 13, 2017. Finalists will be notified by April 1, 2017.

For information and to submit an application, please, visit:

http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact program director, Irina Dubinina, at idubinin@brandeis.edu or lead instructor, Olesya Kisselev, at ovk103@psu.edu

Academic Job: Russian Instructorship (Portland State University)

Deadline for Applications: March 27, 2017

The Russian Program at Portland State University’s Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for a renewable one-year position as instructor teaching undergraduate Russian language at .72 FTE. The position is for the academic year beginning September 16, 2017, and is renewable. Informational interviews will be conducted by Skype and possibly additional onsite interviews.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach 26 credits of undergraduate Russian language and culture courses from the beginning to advanced levels, according to the needs of the program (8 credits/.6666 FTE in fall, 10 credits/.8333 FTE in winter, and 8 credits/.6666 FTE in spring).
  • Maintain regular office hours.
  • Participate on program, departmental, college and/or university committees as assigned by the Chair and/or Section Head, and regularly attend faculty meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

– Master’s degree or equivalent in Russian language, literature, linguistics or related field.
– Experience teaching Russian at the college level.
– Native or near-native fluency in Russian and in English.

Preferred Qualifications

– ACTFL OPI training.
– Experience with and affinity for team teaching.
– Experience working with heritage speakers of Russian.

All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/22635. Your application should include the following:

  • letter of interest,
  • CV,
  • sample syllabus from a language course,
  • and three letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly from the references through our online application system. As soon as you submit your application, your references will be sent a link to upload the letters of recommendation.

Submit all required materials by March 27 to be assured of consideration. Review will begin on March 27 and continue until finalists are identified.

Study Abroad: Second Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce the Second Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES). We are now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working professionals for our 2017 summer session. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. Program dates for SSRES 2017: May 26-July 22 (8 weeks)

The main component of SSRES in 2017 will be an Intensive 8-week Course in Russian Language (all levels are welcome) OR an Intensive 8-week Course in Beginner’s Kazakh Language. The program offers 120 contact hours of in-class instruction in all aspects of these languages and one elective course in the Eurasian Studies curriculum taught in English. Students can choose one from the following elective courses:

  • HST 100 History of Kazakhstan (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • HST 104 Central Asian History II (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)
  • WLL 230 Survey of Post-Soviet Russian Literature and Culture (6 ECTS or 3 Carnegie)

In additional to the core program, the students will have an opportunity to learn some elementary Kazakh and get an introduction to Kazakh culture by taking a weekly non-credited practical course in Kazakh Language and Culture (once a week on Fridays, free and included in the program). Students, enrolled in Kazakh, will be able to take a similar course in Russian Language and Culture.

American students have an option to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits. The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants.  For more information, visit the program’s website at https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-kazakhstan.

For more information about the program, including its cost, course descriptions, and the cultural program, visit our website: https://shss.nu.edu.kz/academics/summer-school-russian-eurasian-studies and the program blog at http://ssres-nazarbayev-university.com/. Please address all questions to Professor Victoria Thorstensson (victoria.thorstensson@nu.edu.kz). 

Questions about the application process through the University of Arizona should be addressed to Professor Liudmila Klimanova, Director for the Arizona in Kazakhstan Program (klimanova@mail.arizona.edu). Continue reading

Academic Job: Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian (Swarthmore College)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2017

Swarthmore College invites applications to fill a three-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, with possibility of renewal for another three years, beginning Fall 2017. Teaching load is 2/3. Specialization in any area of Russian literature and culture; candidates with expertise in 19th-century prose, theater studies, visual culture, interdisciplinary studies, and/or a West Slavic or Central Asian language and literature might be especially attractive. Essential qualifications include: native or near-native proficiency in both English and Russian, commitment to undergraduate education, lively classroom presence, experience teaching language and literature/culture in North America at the university level, evidence of scholarly promise, PhD in hand by August 2017 required.

Please apply by using the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9002

If it is impossible to use this link, send cover letter, CV, graduate transcript, and the names and contact information of three recommenders to:

Sibelan Forrester
Chair, Russian Search Committee
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA  19081-1390

Review of applications will begin on March 31 and continue until position is filled.

CFP: Genealogies of Diversity (7th International Summer Academy)

Deadline for Submission: March 15, 2017
Deadline: March 30, 2017

7th International Summer Academy at the ZfL 2017

Genealogies of Diversity. Contexts and Figurations of a Controversial Concept.

The upcoming ZfL Summer Academy will discuss the question of diversity from the perspective of literary and cultural studies. Our focus will be on the history of the discourse on diversity – it’s genealogy in respect to different theoretical and cultural contexts and its relation to similar concepts like hybridity or multiplicity. Of great interest are furthermore rhetoric strategies and aesthetic forms, which represent or call for diversity. We invite doctoral students and post-docs in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and philosophy to apply.

Complete call see under the following link:

http://www.zfl-berlin.org/event/genealogies-of-diversity-contexts-and-figurations-of-a-controversial-concept.html

Venue: Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin

Organisers: Eva Axer, Matthias Schwartz, Georg Toepfer, Daniel Weidner

Keynotes: Emily Apter (New York), Stefan Hirschauer (Mainz)

Participants: Doctoral students and post-docs (we particularly encourage applications from applicants from the USA, Eastern Europe and Israel)

Number of Participants: ca. 12 participants

Languages: German and English. Prerequisites are good listening comprehension and excellent reading ability, as the source texts will be read in the original; doctoral students are welcome to present their projects in English. Continue reading

Funding Opportunity: Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs (Mellon/ACLS)

Deadline for Applications: March 22, 2017

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $67,500 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship
  • Tenure: Two years; start date on August 1 or September 1, 2017, depending on the fellowship position
  • Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org). Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: March 22, 2017, 8 pm EDT
  • Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2017.

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.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

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Academic Job: Postdoc in Jewish Cultural & Lit. Studies (Central European U.)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017

One year Post-doctoral Research and Teaching Fellowship
in Jewish Studies

Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Starting date: September 2017

The Jewish Studies Program at the Central European University invites applications for a twelve-month teaching and research fellowship on a topic related to Jewish cultural and literary studies. The post-doctoral fellow will teach one course in the winter semester. The specific disciplinary and thematic areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates working on Western, Central and/or Eastern Europe, who can offer broad, thematic courses.

Duties and responsibilities:
In addition to teaching a two- or four-credit course, the post-doctoral Fellow is expected to engage with the life and activities of the faculty and students at Central European University.

Qualifications:
Applicants should have received their doctoral degrees after September 1, 2012, and should have a publication record appropriate to their career stage. There are no restrictions concerning citizenship, race, gender, or age. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. Current doctoral students must show evidence that they will successfully defend their dissertation before the start date of the fellowship. Continue reading

Travel: Fully-funded Student Ambassador Program for the EXPO 2017 (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2017

Since 1851, World Expos have been an opportunity to navigate global changes by celebrating innovation and facilitating collaboration across countries. Expo 2017 will be hosted by the Republic of Kazakhstan in its capital, Astana. The theme of Expo 2017 is “Future Energy” with an overall focus on green technologies, sustainable development and the future.  The United States will participate by hosting a USA Pavilion, which will “educate and inform foreign audiences about the United States and its scientific and technological innovations relating to the theme of the Astana Expo—future energy—as well as to promote broad U.S. commercial and public diplomacy interests around the world.”

For Expo 2017, Eurasia Foundation (http://www.eurasia.org/), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://projects.international.wisc.edu/expo2017), and the American Councils for International Education (https://www.americancouncils.org/) are partnering to facilitate the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship program. Student Ambassadors are young people who will serve in various capacities at the USA Pavilion and will interact with the estimated two million visitors expected to attend Expo 2017.

This opportunity is open to all are US citizens or US permanent residents who are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any US college, university or other academic, educational or diplomatic programs, recent graduates (those who graduated in Spring 2015), as well as Americans currently participating in international education or diplomacy-related programs in the Eurasia region.

The deadline for submission of applications to the Student Ambassador Program is 15 March 2017 (11:59 pm PST). Note: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Approximately 40 Student Ambassadors will be selected. Familiarity with Russian and/or Kazakh language is required, along with an interest in the broader Eurasia region.  Student Ambassadors will be required to stay for the duration of the Expo (1 June to 12 September 2017).

For a more detailed overview of what being a Student Ambassador entails—click here (http://projects.international.wisc.edu/expo2017/).

Questions about the Student Ambassadors program should be directed to Hrachya Topalyan (htopalyan@eurasia.org). Questions about the application process should be addressed to the UW-Madison Office of International Projects (intl-projects@intl.wisc.edu).