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Intructor in Russian Language and Literature

St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN

The Russian Language and Area Studies Department at St. Olaf College invites applications for a one-year position in Russian language, beginning August 15, 2019 (PhD preferred, ABD considered). We seek a gifted and enthusiastic language instructor with a commitment to mentoring undergraduate students and enthusiasm for supporting the growth of Russian Studies.

The Department is particularly interested in applicants who will continue to contribute to our diverse community and broaden our curricular offerings. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

The teaching load is six courses with three courses in the fall semester and three courses in the spring semester. We are on a 4-1-4 calendar and there will be no teaching during the January term. Candidates will teach language courses from beginning through our fourth-year language capstone course. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is absolutely required. In addition, candidates will also offer two English language literature courses.

Duties involve frequent contact with students outside the classroom in recruiting and mentoring. Faculty members are expected to participate fully in department and college activities being available to students, and assisting in college and department functions, such as the Russian House and various Russian activities.

Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings.

A complete application includes:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Graduate transcript
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- Names and emails of three references (they will be contacted directly by St. Olaf upon submission of a completed application)

Completed applications received by March 8, 2019, will be guaranteed full consideration. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via phone/video.

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Prof. Marc Robinson, robinso@stolaf.edu. More information about the Department can be found at https://wp.stolaf.edu/russian/. Applicants who need technical assistance with the application process should call 507-786-3356.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

Posted on February 22, 2019.