Assistant Professor in Russian Literature and Culture

The Department of German & Russian at the University of California-Davis invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position, in the area of nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture, beginning July 1, 2023. Research should focus on prerevolutionary Russian literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, with a concentration in one or more of the following areas: literature, theater/drama, visual culture, or music. The successful candidate will teach a broad range of undergraduate courses, including single-author courses (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov) taught in translation and advanced language and literature classes taught in Russian. A secondary specialization in another field, such as Ukrainian or other Slavic literature; comparative race and empire studies; or visual culture, is a plus. The successful applicant will teach four courses each year, including advanced Russian-language classes, and be expected to participate actively in the running of a small program.

Among the qualifications required for appointment are a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, or a related field, in hand or expected by the beginning of fall quarter on September 19, 2023; native or near-native Russian and English; evidence of scholarly promise; and evidence of successful teaching in language and/or literature and culture courses.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 14, 2022. The position is open until filled.  Applications are to be submitted via Recruit @

Only complete applications will be considered by the Search Committee. A complete application includes:

  • A Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Writing sample (e.g., a published paper or dissertation chapter, maximum of 20 pages)
  • 1 set of Teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence
  • 3 confidential letters of reference
  • Authorization to Release Information Form

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