Tag Archives: March 2018

Language Training: 2018 STARTALK “Proficiency-based Pedagogy for Russian (Middlebury College)

Deadline for Applications: March 20, 2018

Middlebury College School of Russian is pleased to announce the 2018 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.

Program Dates:

Online Session: June 25 – 29, 2018 (required)
Online Russian Language Session: July 9 – 13, 2018 (optional)
Residential Session on Middlebury Campus: July 17 – 29, 2018 (required)
The Institute includes a week of online classes and a residential session on campus, both required.

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.

New for 2018, we will also offer an optional Online Russian Language Session, scheduled for the week preceding the residential session and designed to prepare non-native and heritage speakers for the immersion environment at the Davis School of Russian.

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.

Please note that the application deadline is March 20, 2018Finalists will be notified by April 1, 2018.

For information and to submit an application, please, visit http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/russian/startalkrussian you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact program director Evgeny Dengub at edengub@gmail.com.

Language Training: Ukrainian Summer Institute 2018 (Harvard U.)

Deadline is March 12, 2018 for financial aid and April 16, 2018 for students not seeking financial aid

The Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute (HUSI) is now accepting applications for its 2018 program. 
Program Dates: June 23-August 11, 2018 
HUSI offers seven weeks of intensive accredited university instruction in Ukrainian studies. Students earn academic credit while studying at an Ivy League university and exploring the dynamic city that surrounds it. The program is designed for graduate students and undergraduates who are concentrating in Ukrainian studies or who wish to broaden their educational experience. Limited financial assistance is available.

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Study Abroad: Rutgers in Russia- St. Petersburg (Rutgers Uni.)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

The Department of German, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures and the Center for Global Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick are pleased to announce their summer 2018 study abroad program—Rutgers in Russia: St. Petersburg.

Applications are due March 15The eight-week language and culture program will begin on June 9 and end on August 4, 2018. The program includes intensive language courses taught by instructors of the Derzhavin Institute (http://www.derzhavin.com/en/), excursions to museum and cultural sites of St. Petersburg, home stays with Russian families, and peer tutors.

Students from all majors and universities are eligible and invited to apply. No knowledge of Russian is required for admission, although some university Russian is preferred. All New Jersey residents, regardless of college affiliation, are eligible for in-state tuition. The program fee is $6,490 for New Jersey residents, and $7,230 for all others. More information can be found at http://reell.rutgers.edu/study-abroad.

To apply, go to http://studyabroad.rutgers.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10078. For any questions or concerns, please email Cori Anderson (Director, Rutgers in Russia): cori.anderson@rutgers.edu.

Study Abroad: Summer Language Program in Ukrainian and Croatian (Uni. Kansas)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

Priority Deadline: March 1, 2018

The University of Kansas invites applications to its summer programs in Ukrainian and Croatian language:

Ukrainian Language in L’viv, Ukraine

 June 3 – July 17, 2018

Expand regional expertise and Ukrainian language skills during this 6 week program in medieval L’viv.  The program is offered in conjunction with Ivan Franko National University; 6 credit hours are awarded by the University of Kansas.  FLAS eligible.  The on-site director, University of Kansas faculty member Dr. Oleksandra Wallo, is a L’viv native and alumna of Ivan Franko National University with more than ten years of experience teaching Ukrainian language and culture at U.S. universities.  Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  No previous knowledge of Ukrainian is necessary. 

Language Institute in Zadar, Croatia

May 20 – June 30, 2018

During this 6 week summer program, students receive highly individualized Croatian language instruction while living in Zadar on the Adriatic coast.  A program of lectures and cultural activities complement language instruction.  Students study at LinguaCroatica, run by Prof. Mile Mamić of the University of Zadar.  6 credit hours are awarded by the University of Kansas.  FLAS eligible.  Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  One year of college-level Croatian is necessary for participation. 

For more information, visit the program websites linked above or www.studyabroad.ku.edu.

Application deadline: March 15, 2018 (priority deadline is March 1, 2018)

Questions can be directed to the faculty directors listed on the program websites or to jmhunter@ku.edu.


Study Abroad: Balkan Initiative Program (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

American Councils is currently accepting applications for its Fall and Academic Year 2018 Balkan Language Initiative (BLI).  The application deadline is March 15; applications can be submitted here.

The American Councils Balkan Language Initiative provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, working professionals, and scholars intensive individualized instruction in the languages of the Balkans. Participants may choose to study one of five regional languages:

Albanian in Tirana, Albania
Bosnian in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgarian in Sofia, Bulgaria
Macedonian in Skopje, Macedonia
Serbian in Belgrade, Serbia or Podgorica, Montenegro


Fall 2018: August 29 – December 20, 2018
AY 2018-19: August 29 – mid-May, 2019


  • Expert university faculty with a unique understanding of U.S. students and American academic culture;
  • Classrooms of only 1 to 5 participants to maximize individual attention to each learner’s needs;
  • 15-18 hours per week of in-class target language instruction in grammar, conversation, culture and area studies;
  • U.S. academic credit for coursework in the target language;
  • Home-stay housing with carefully vetted host families;
  • Conversation partners who assist U.S. students with language learning and help them find a niche in their host-country communities;
  • Weekly cultural activities that go beyond typical tourist destinations and offer students new insights into the host country life and culture;
  • Comprehensive pre-departure orientation as well as on-site orientation in each host city;
  • An active and extensive alumni network that includes international business consultants, professional translators, area-studies experts, and journalists reporting from the region.

Program cost includes tuition, room and board, cultural activities, visa support, comprehensive overseas insurance, 24/7 emergency support, pre-departure orientation,  and academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

Students admitted to American Councils programs are eligible to receive financial support from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Department of State (Title VIII), Boren, Gilman, FLAS, and the American Councils Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. Please see the financial aid website for full details.

For program applications and detailed information, please visit the website, or email. 
American Councils staff can be reached at 202-833-7522.

Prof. Devel.: Brumley Next Generation Fellowship (Strauss Center at UT Austin)

Deadline for Applications: March 30, 2018

The Strauss Center has announced the call for applications for the 2018-19 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars programs. These unique opportunities provide research training and mentorships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The program is made possible by the generous support of Jon and Rebecca Brumley. Continue reading

Study Abroad: Georgian Foodways Summer Program (SRAS)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

Stetson University, in collaboration with the School of Russian and Asian Studies and NovaMova Language School, is now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Travel Program in Georgia: Georgian Foodways Global Pathways/Local Contexts (http://www.sras.org/foodways).
The program, with its two-week summer timeframe and an emphasis on travel and food studies in the emerging tourist-mecca of Georgia, is ideally suited for alumni, as well as degree-seeking students. Students will receive 1 unit (4 credit hours) of academic credit. (There is a reduced participation fee participants not requiring academic credit.)

Basic Information:
June 17 – June 30, 2018
+ Apply by March 15, 2018
+ 1 unit of academic credit in REES area studies issued
by Stetson University and transferable to all accredited
US institutions
+ Led by Dr. Michael Denner (Stetson University) and Gela
Turabelidze (NovaMova)
+ More information and the application can be found

On this unique travel seminar, students will spend two weeks in an interdisciplinary exploration of Georgian national identity and history through its national cuisine. Using a variety of critical academic approaches, explore issues like climate change and state agricultural policies within the context of such issues as food security, the place of food in social justice and ethnic identity, and the role of Georgian foodways in the current global tourism economy. Learn the history, preparation, and traditions of regional dishes that make up Georgian cuisine: khinkali, khachapuri, lobio, suluguni, satsivi, and others while giving special attention to Georgian viniculture (winemaking) and viticulture (grape growing). Vegetarians and even vegans are welcome – while Georgian cuisine offers many tasty meat dishes, it also abounds in dishes that are meat-free and high-protien (from beans, dairy, and nuts). This travel seminar includes most meals so as to fully introduce you to the diverse, rich, traditions of Georgia’s foodways.


Feel free to contact Michael Denner (mdenner@stetson.edu) with any questions.


A day-by-day itinerary can be found here: https://goo.gl/VwE8ET

Academic Job: Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor (Franklin & Marshall College)

Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2018

The Department of German and Russian at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor (depending on qualifications) of Russian and Russian Studies to begin Fall 2018. This is a one-year appointment. We seek a strong Russian teacher with a record of successful and innovative teaching. The ability to offer Russian literature and culture courses is desirable. This 70% benefits-eligible position carries a teaching load of 3 courses, plus drill sections for first and second-year Russian language courses. An M.A. is a minimum qualification for the position. Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English are required.

Pursuant to cultivating an inclusive college community, the search committee will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant.  We will consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds.  We will also consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching statement, and teaching evaluations.  Applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to Interfolio by the recommenders. Interested candidates should apply at  https://apply.interfolio.com/48939.  For full consideration applications should be received by March 15, 2018.  Preliminary interviews will be held via online video conference calls.

Job: Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (U.S. Department of State)

Deadline for Applications: March 13, 2018

The United States Department of State is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS) positions.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists are responsible for the installation, repair, and maintenance of a wide range of digital and telephone equipment. Take the IMS quiz to find out if you qualify for this specialization.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. To apply visit USAJOBS.gov.

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 13, 2018.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

If you have any questions about this position or the Foreign Service, please email DOSITRecruitment@state.gov or search for topics of interest in forums or FAQs.

CFP: Workshop on “How to Get your Paper Published in an International Journal” (EEPS)

Deadline for Submissions: March 5, 2018

Call for Papers — deadline extended to March 5, 2018: Workshop on “How to Get your Paper Published in an International Journal”

The journal East European Politics and Societies and Cultures (EEPS) is organizing a workshop on “How to Get your Paper Published in an International Journal.” This one-day event will take place on June 26, 2018, in connection with the convention of the International Association for the Humanities (MAG) to be held in Lviv, June 27-29, 2018.


EEPS receives a growing number of submissions coming from scholars based in the region. This trend is fueled in part by the pressures coming from the bureaucracies that oversee arts and sciences in post-communist states, but above all by the growing quality and diversity of research conducted by scholars across the region. However, many of submitted papers, even if based on methodologically sound research on important issues, do not conform to the standards typically applied by international journals. The issue is not only the quality of academic English but also the character and structure of the manuscript. At the workshop, the Editors of EEPS and the members of its Editorial Committee will explain the standards expected of submissions to EEPS and similar international journals and discuss typical shortcomings and misunderstandings. The aim is to improve the acceptance rate of submissions from the region, at EEPS and beyond.


The workshop is open to junior scholars (doctoral candidates in good standing and those who received their doctoral degrees in the past five years, i.e. after January 1, 2012), based in Eastern Europe— understood as the area that lies between Germany to the west and Russia to the east. This includes the Baltic region and the Balkans, but excludes Germany, Russia, the Caucasian states, Turkey, and Greece. Scholars who received their doctoral degrees at institutions located in Eastern Europe, but who are currently based outside of the region, are also eligible.


EEPS invites submissions representing all disciplines covered in the journal, including (but not limited to) political science, sociology, anthropology, history (also art history and history of science), arts, literature (but not linguistics), international relations, and law. Submissions should consist of previously unpublished papers (presentation at a conference does not count as publication), and should be of a typical journal article length (7,000 to 9,000 words). They will be reviewed by a jury composed of the members of the EEPS Editorial Committee. Successful entries will be then discussed at the workshop, with critical input coming from the members of the jury and other participants. A modest stipend (up to $500) is offered to workshop participants to offset the cost of travel to Lviv and accommodation for the duration of the MAG congress (June 27-29, 2018).


DEADLINE for submission of papers EXTENDED to March 5, 2018. They should be submitted as e-mail attachments to eeps@acls.org, accompanied by a brief bio of the author (indicating current academic status and location, and the date of the receipt of doctoral degree,
when appropriate).

April 1, 2018 Applicants notified of their status
June 26, 2018 Workshop held in Lviv