Teaching Assistant Professor
Company: The University Of Denver
Posted on: February 22, 2021
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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
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
- 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. Service
- 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
- Active scholarship is desirable and supported, though it is not
a job requirement for this position. Knowledge, Skills, and
- 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
- 1-3 years of experience teaching Russian language at the
college or university level with proven excellence and
- 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
- 1-3 years of experience teaching Russian culture courses in
- 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.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials
by--January 30, 2021.
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 will be determined by the qualifications of the selected
candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal
salary equity considerations, and available market information.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- One-page statement on teaching philosophy
- Sample lesson plan for elementary and/or intermediate language
courses, proposed or actual
- 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
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