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Visiting Assistant Professor

Gustavus Adolphus College - St Peter, MN

Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time (5/7), two-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures to begin September 1, 2019.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and boldly open to insight.

The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equipping students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures comprises five sections, one of which is the Russian and East European Studies program. The Russian and Eastern European Studies program is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the language, literature, culture, civilization, history and economics of Russia and other eastern and central European nations. While the main emphasis of study is on Russia and the Russian language, students are required to take classes in a variety of disciplines pertaining to this rich and culturally diverse region.

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 5 courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced Russian language, as well as Russian courses taught in English, and contributions to general education.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit Gustavus Jobs and complete the online application.

The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

· Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications;
· Curriculum vitae;
· A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy that clearly addresses teaching effectiveness;
· A brief (one page) statement of research interests;
· Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
· The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application).

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 29, 2019. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Minimum Qualifications:
· PhD in an area of Russian language and literature or in Russian studies; we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2020;
· Prior experience teaching Russian language to English-speakers/as a foreign language;
· A commitment to undergraduate teaching and student mentoring;
· Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Prior experience teaching in a liberal arts college;
· Experience teaching entry, intermediate, and advanced Russian language courses;
· Experience teaching Russian literature or culture in their area of expertise; and
· Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Employment decisions at Gustavus are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The College does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance or other categories protected by law. All employees are responsible for supporting the concept of equal opportunity and affirmative action and assisting the College in meeting its objectives.

Posted on March 21, 2019.