Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The Center for World Languages and Cultures promotes engaged learning, teaching, and practice of the world's languages and cultures; integrates languages and cultures into all disciplines and fields of study; and builds and supports interculturally competent communities through the exploration and experience of languages and cultures at the University of Denver with its local and global communities and partners. Housed in the CWLC, the first-year language program offers study in ten languages and aids the student to experience the world through the lens of an acquired language, and understand cultures - another's and their own - from a position different to their primary language and cultural identification. The linguistic contribution to intercultural competency - that is to say, understanding another culture *in the language of that culture* and not just through the translations and perspectives of a mother-tongue and culture - is integral to achieving personal, social and professional successes in a multi-cultural and global future.

The first-year Russian program provides students with an introduction to Russian language and culture and prepares students to study further through the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. Here students gain a deep knowledge of Russian culture, history, art, literature and politics. Students work with faculty to hone their written and oral communication skills. The program offers both a major and a minor and supports dual-degree seekers who want to pair their knowledge of Russian with majors like international studies, international business and intercultural communications. DU houses one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature, and students expand their knowledge of Russian further through DUs Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.

The Center for World Languages & Cultures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The University of Denver will hire a full-time, appointed Russian teaching assistant professor, non-tenure track, with full benefits to teach primarily first-year Russian language sequences, as well as the possibility to contribute at the intermediate and advanced Russian courses and/or courses in English toward the undergraduate common curriculum. The appointment will take effect 1 September 2021 and is renewable with the possibility of promotion. Course load is eight (8) courses per year in a quarter calendar. Other responsibilities include: collaborating on co-curricular cultural programming, coordinating undergraduate placement and proficiency exams, working closely with colleagues within the Center for World Languages and Cultures, in the Russian program, and across University programs and departments. The ideal candidate demonstrates experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching and service.

Essential Functions


  • Teaching load is eight classes over three academic quarters, focusing primarily on first-year language courses, with the possibility of contributing to the intermediate sequence and/or two (2) thematic humanities classes annually.
  • Possibility for advanced courses in Russian.


  • Assessment of the first-year Russian program.
  • Participation in departmental meetings and committees.
  • Active collaboration with colleagues in the First-Year Language Program at the CWLC and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures program faculty.
  • Participation in program promotional activities outside the classroom.


  • Active scholarship is desirable and supported, though it is not a job requirement for this position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through teaching and service.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Russian language, linguistics, or a related field (e.g. Slavic Studies or Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis) by the time of application.
  • Native or near-native level fluency in Russian and English.
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching Russian language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or PhD in Russian, Slavic Studies, or closely related field, in hand by 31 August 2021.
  • 3+ years of experience teaching Russian language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interdisciplinary breadth, with interests in Russian social, political, and other cultural contexts in all levels of teaching.
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching Russian culture courses in English.
  • Extended residence and extensive travel in Russia and/or the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by January 30, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

For non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in applying and who will need immigration sponsorship for this position, please contact Recruiting Services at PioneerJobs@du.edu

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $52,000 - $54,000/annually. 

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter including a statement of how the applicant can contribute to values, practices and actions regarding diversity, equity and inclusivity (https://www.du.edu/diversity-inclusion/index.html)
  2. C.V.
  3. One-page statement on teaching philosophy
  4. Syllabi
  5. Sample lesson plan for elementary and/or intermediate language courses, proposed or actual
  6. Names and contact information of three references that can provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will be requested at the interview stage.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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