Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Swarthmore College invites applications to fill a three-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, beginning August 2024, with the possibility of extension for a second three-year term. The position carries a 2/2 teaching load (two courses per semester). Specialization in any area of Russian or Russophone literature and culture; candidates with additional areas of expertise will be especially attractive.

The Russian Program is a vibrant component of the Department of Modern Language & Literatures; we offer students rigorous Russian language instruction, courses in Russian literature, culture, and film, numerous co-curricular opportunities, and the opportunity to participate in the Russian Flagship Program via our consortial arrangement with Bryn Mawr College. Russian faculty may collaborate with interdisciplinary programs in Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Interpretation Theory, etc., and with other Departments such as Film and Media Studies, History, or Linguistics.

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located only eleven miles from the heart of Philadelphia. The College, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility, is committed to excellence through diversity in its educational programs and employment practices. Swarthmore actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see

Essential qualifications include: native or near-native proficiency in both English & Russian, commitment to undergraduate education, lively classroom presence, experience teaching language and literature/culture in North America at the university level, and evidence of scholarly promise. PhD in hand by August 2024 is required. 

The strongest candidates will demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching and an active research program that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Please send a cover letter, CV, copy of graduate transcript, a brief research statement, and three letters of recommendation to

Address cover letter to:

Professor Sibelan Forrester
Chair, Russian Search Committee
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
Swarthmore College

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please address any questions you may have to Bethanne Seufert,

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