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Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture and of Comparative Literature

Harvard University - Cambridge, MA

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature seek to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian literature and culture with broad comparative interests. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester, including required and elective courses in Russian and comparative literature, as well as freshman seminars. We are seeking an energetic colleague who will be committed to building our programs in literature and the humanities, one ready to share in advising students as well as participating fully in the intellectual life of the university.

Candidates may specialize in any area of modern Russian literature and culture, including fiction, documentary prose, poetry, film, theory, the performing arts, and visual culture. Additional expertise in the literature, film, or visual arts of regions adjacent to Russia, particularly Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia, is welcome but by no means required, as are broader interdisciplinary interests in fields such as folklore and mythology, art history, intellectual history, women’s and gender studies, environmental humanities, and digital humanities.

Qualifications: Doctorate in Russian or Comparative Literature or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Russian and fluency in English are required. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and potential for innovative research are desired.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARieS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7722). Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 1, 2017:

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching statement (approximately 500 words)
4. Research statement (approximately 500 words)
5. Names and contact information of 4 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated e-mail to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Four letters of recommendation are preferred, but the application can be considered complete when at least three letters have been received.
6. Sample of scholarship (10,000 word maximum)
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information: Professor Stephanie Sandler, Search Committee, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact E-mail: Ms. Lenia Constantinou, constantinou@fas.harvard.edu

Posted on August 31, 2017.