Assistant Professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Studies

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a tenure-track position in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultural Studies with emphasis on Ukraine. We welcome applications from scholars whose research explores any topic within that area through media, film, or literature and includes Ukraine. The position will start at the rank of Assistant Professor (100% FTE, on a 9-month service basis, with a 2-2 course load). Successful candidates will be prepared to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and oversee Ukrainian language instruction. Candidates with a documented commitment to working with students or faculty from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field through teaching and mentoring are especially encouraged to apply.


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PhD in Slavic, Comparative Literature, or a related field is required before the time of appointment.

Candidates whose PhD may be delayed but will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor. Native or near-native proficiency in English and Ukrainian is required. Preferred qualifications include native or near-native proficiency in Russian and/or another Slavic language and experience teaching at the university level in North America.

The anticipated starting date is August 16, 2024.  Salary commensurate with rank and qualifications.


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To apply, create your candidate profile through and submit application materials by September 30, 2023.  Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement or dissertation abstract, a writing sample, a teaching statement, and contact information for three references. Recommendations will be requested following initial screening of applications. We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the “Resume/CV” section.


Questions about the position may be directed to Search Chair, George Gasyna, ggasyna@illinois.eduFor questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.



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