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University of Arizona: Assistant Professor in Russian and Slavic Studies

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    Assistant Professor in Russian and Slavic Studies (Tenure Eligible)

    The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SILLC) at the University of Arizona is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor with an area of specialization in literature and/or cultural studies. The top candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Candidates should be highly collaborative, exploratory, and hardworking with strong potential for research and publication, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and a commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. This is a benefits-eligible position and the appointment starts in August 2020.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • PhD in Russian or Slavic Studies (or a related field) in hand by August 1, 2020
    • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, as indicated by course evaluations, teaching awards, or other metrics
    • Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Record of high-quality research published in leading academic journals and presses
    • Demonstrated excellence with online/hybrid teaching; multimedia technology, and an aptitude for teaching large lecture courses
    • Experience using innovative teaching methods and/or curricular design to effectively engage a diverse student body
    • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of excellent teaching

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Maintain an active research and publication agenda:
    • Teach two courses per semester based on departmental needs. The candidate will be qualified and expected to teach Russian in language, literature, and culture for the undergraduate major and graduate courses for the Masters in Russian as well as lecture courses in English for the General Education program
    • Hold weekly office hours
    • Engage in Departmental, College, and University service and outreach
    • Contribute to curriculum development and program building
    • Recruit and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
    • Help expand collaborations with community partners
    • Contribute to University of Arizona initiatives focused on fostering diversity and inclusive excellence, enhancing student engagement, and mentoring students including those from underrepresented backgrounds
    • Participate in departmental and college-wide activities such as commencement and homecoming

    Application Instructions:

    Please submit a (1) Cover Letter which must address philosophy of teaching as well as current and future research, and include contributions to diversity and inclusiveness; (2) CV; (3) Writing Sample (Save as ONE PDF FILE – Two writing samples, in either Russian or English. Samples may be published papers or dissertation chapters); (4) Teaching Evaluations (from the past three years, if available) by November 4, 2019 to the University of Arizona’s UACareers site:

    Please note: Upon submitting your application, your reference letters will be collected by UACareers. For your convenience, UACareers will send an automated email to your references. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

    Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2019.

    All inquiries can be directed to Department Head John Leafgren .

    The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies strongly supports the University of Arizona’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives, which are designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the Department and the University.

    The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocation services, please click here. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

    Diversity Statement: At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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