Brigham Young University -- tenure-track faculty or visiting position in Russian language, linguistics, literature, or culture

The Russian program in the Department of German and Russian at Brigham Young University seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty or visiting position specializing in Russian language, linguistics, literature, or culture. We are seeking a colleague with a strong commitment to student mentoring, with PhD in hand by August, 2023. The successful candidate must be willing and able to teach all levels of Russian language and general education courses and will be expected to contribute to the university’s mission and aims.  


BYU has a strong commitment to undergraduate education in a spiritually strengthening environment. All qualified candidates are invited to apply, including women, people of color, and people with disabilities. 


BYU is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, providing access to outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking etc. Beyond the beauty of the mountains, BYU provides a safe, uplifting campus community not found in any other university in the world through its Honor Code and sponsoring institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The honor code is a commitment made by every member of the BYU community to strive to live the moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Such a unified commitment creates an uplifting and inspirational environment where each individual is supported in living a life of virtue and integrity with a commitment to serve and make a positive difference in the world.  


Mission Alignment Statement 

BYU is committed to hiring faculty members who embrace and advance its unique mission. Include a one-page mission alignment statement as part of your application (see posting in Yjobs for more information - 


Applicants who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include a one-page mission alignment statement that describes their understanding of and commitment to the Mission of Brigham Young University and the AIMS of a BYU Education ( 


Required Degree:  

PhD in a field demonstratively related to Russian language, culture, and/or literature. Such fields might include linguistics, Russian literature, or Russian cultural studies. 



Required Qualifications:   

  • Superior-level proficiency in Russian language. 
  • Experience teaching core courses in Russian language, literature, or culture  

    Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Demonstrated track record of scholarly research will be particularly attractive.  
  • Commitment to mentoring undergraduate Russian students. 


Hold at least a PhD in related field by the start of the contract period. Teach up to 6 courses per year in BYU’s Russian major.  Conduct research and publish in reputable peer-reviewed venues.  


Document(s) required at the time of application – For best consideration, please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, the contact information for each of your three recommenders. At some point during the selection process, they may be contacted to submit their letters of reference electronically. Please also submit a one-page statement of mission alignment as described. 


Equal Opportunity Employer:  

BYU is an equal-opportunity employer. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 


Closing Date:

November 18, 2022.