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Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Language and Area Studies

St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN, United States

The Department of Russian Language and Area Studies at St. Olaf College invites applications for a full-time, one-year position in Russian language and culture at the level of Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor, to begin August 2024. This position has the potential for additional years of reappointment.

The successful candidate will be an experienced language instructor with an interest in teaching all levels of Russian from first to third year, with the option to teach at least one course related to Russia outside of language. Disciplinary expertise outside of language could include art history, Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, gender studies, film, linguistics, literature, music history, philosophy, political science, race and ethnic studies, religion, and theater.

For appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the college a PhD is required.

About the Department
The Russian Language and Area Studies Department is an interdisciplinary department with one full-time Russian Language specialist and one half-time faculty member as well as faculty in other areas of the college that contribute courses to the major. The department is committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with students by supporting activities organized by the Russian House as well as the Russian Language Table. Funding is available for guest speakers. For more information about the department, visit https://wp.stolaf.edu/russian/.

At St. Olaf College, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply

A complete application includes:
Cover letter
Curriculum vitae
Diversity statement (500-word limit): Describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible.
Graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Describe your philosophy on teaching and engaging students in course material.
Examples of course syllabi
The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship.


Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Dr. Corliss Swain, Department Chair, at swain@stolaf.edu.

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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 learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here: https://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/benefits/

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.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff: https://wp.stolaf.edu/hr/flexible-work-policy/

A link to our DEI page: https://wp.stolaf.edu/equity-inclusion/

A virtual campus tour: https://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?p=483

An overview of Northfield: https://wp.stolaf.edu/admissions/visit/northfield/

An overview of the Twin Cities: https://wp.stolaf.edu/admissions/visit/twincities/

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

Posted on February 05, 2024.