Assistant Professor of Russian Studies -- University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor of Russian Studies

Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures

University of Kentucky


The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of Russian Studies to begin January 2023. The successful applicant’s tenure home will be in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, a dynamic academic unit committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue among faculty with diverse geographical interests, theoretical concerns, and methodological approaches. Applicants must have PhD in hand by July 2022. We seek candidates in any area of cultural/literary studies or formal or applied linguistics; candidates must have experience teaching Russian. Russian proficiency at the Superior level on the ACTFL scale is expected.


Candidates will be expected to work integrally within the robust language and culture program, which offers four years of Russian and works with a range of teaching staff and serves a variety of majors throughout the university. Research specialization is open and can include Soviet, Russian, Eurasian cultural or literary studies of all periods (18th, 19th, 20th & 21st century), formal or applied linguistics, or other areas of Russia/Eurasia that will best complement our faculty strengths and classroom offerings. The ability to contribute to other programs in MCLLC, e.g., other cultural and/or language traditions, film studies, folklore studies, world religions, or second language acquisition, is expected. The position’s responsibilities include pursuing an active research program, teaching a total of four courses per year in language and/or the candidate’s research area, and working with faculty to maintain the Russian Studies program. Active participation in the academic life of the Department and in units across campus is also expected.


Interested applicants should apply online at:  Applicants must include the following: (1) letter of application, (2) CV, (3) research statement (upload as Specific Request 1), (4) writing sample, (5) teaching portfolio (upload as Specific Request 2) (The portfolio should include, at a minimum, a teaching statement that discusses philosophy, successes, experiments, etc.; sample course syllabi; and sample teaching/course evaluations.), and (6) a diversity statement (upload as Specific Request 3). As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all. In one to two pages, applicants should reflect on their commitment, approach, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity. Provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be used to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.


All applications will be acknowledged. Deadline for the receipt of applications is 3 December 2021.


The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.