November 12, 2013

CFA (Job): Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies at Columbia University

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies at Columbia University

Columbia University invites applications for the István Deák Visiting Professorship in East Central European Studies for one semester (Fall or Spring) in the academic year 2014-2015. The professorship, commemorating Professor Deák's legacy of excellence in research and teaching, is open to senior scholars with active interest and accomplishments in East and Central European studies.

The visiting professor will be appointed in one of the Humanities or Social Science Departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will teach two courses, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. The visitor is expected to give one public lecture and participate in the academic life of the University, whose interests in East and Central European studies are well represented on campus by the East Central European Center, the Blinken European Institute, and the Harriman Institute.

Minimum qualifications: Masters Degree in a relevant discipline. Distinction in research and teaching in the field of East and Central European Studies.

Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to applicants: All applications must be made through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Using RAPS, applicants can upload the following required materials : a letter of application; curriculum vitae; the names of three persons who may be asked to provide a letter of reference; and a modest sample (article or book chapter) of scholarship. The letter of application should include a statement of which semester the applicant prefers, a short list of possible courses which the applicant might teach, and a description of the applicant's current research interests. RAPS will accommodate uploads of maximum two (2) megabytes in size).

For inquiries about the position please contact Alan Timberlake,

For questions about the RAPS application process please contact David Eisenberg,

Required applicant documents for Upload: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, List of References, Writing, Sample/Publication 1

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

To apply, go to:

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November 05, 2013

Study Abroad: New Blog for Minority Students in the Former Soviet Union

The Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies and SRAS have been working on a project that will hopefully help meet a need some of you have discussed on this listserv: providing resources for minority students/students of color thinking about studying abroad.

Rather than provide generalized advice for everyone, this blog gives individuals a chance to discuss their (positive and negative) experiences and offer their own suggestions for student travelers. Since this issue is so personal, and since folks can have vastly different experiences depending on a variety of circumstances, including location, we thought this would be a good starting point for those interested in learning what their trip abroad might be like.

That said, there are still a lot of perspectives not yet represented! Please feel free to share this not only with your current and future students but also with past ones -- if any of them would care to contribute their own post, we'd be happy to add it. Just get in touch with me ( or SRAS. And while our focus so far has been on students of color and ethnic minorities, SRAS is interested in including the perspectives of LGBT students as well -- though this issue is obviously changing more rapidly.

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CFA: Study Abroad Opportunity for Teachers of Russian

Deadline: December 1, 2013



Russian Teachers for the 21st Century: Maximizing Teaching Effectiveness by Immersing into Language, Culture and Standard-Based Teaching

The main goal of our project is to provide intensive professional development to current and emerging U.S. teachers of Russian Language from multiple institutions across the country at the K-12 and college level. The corresponding objectives are: (1) to improve their language proficiency as well as their expertise with standard-based teaching and testing used in the U.S. and Russia, and (2) to immerse them into contemporary Russian life.

A group of 12 educators will travel to Moscow, Russia for four weeks to participate in intensive workshops focused on language training (43 hours), tester training (43 hours) and culture (60 hours). Based on each participant’s tested language level, each member will be placed into one of two groups (Intensive Language Learning or TORFL Tester Training). Additionally, an extensive online pre-departure training seminar (20 hours) will help participants leverage the program in Russia. Also, follow-up webinars and a final online conference (6 hours) after they return from Russian will guide participants in transforming their experiences into multimedia teaching materials. The culture module of our program includes various unique features to maximize the participants’ professional development (Lectures delivered by professionals from various geographical regions in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk and Vladivostok) to provide an in-depth look into contemporary Russia; cultural visits, individual culture projects).

The program will cover the following expenses: travel to and from Moscow, lodging, tuition, culture tour fees, fees for visa invitations, foreign registration fee, fees for certification, and partial per diem for meal and transportation expenses.

The participants will cover the following expenses: visa fees, program fee of $220 (non-refundable) and due to uncertainties involving travel in Russia, participants will be asked to pay a $500 Refundable Emergency Fee to cover unexpected costs such emergency departures, flight changes, property damage to the dorm room, etc.

Eligibility to apply:

- A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.

- Currently employed full-time in a U.S. school system or institution of higher education as a teacher of faculty member in Russian OR currently studying full-time at a U.S. institution of higher education to become a Russian teacher.

Application materials: For the first round of selection, please submit 1) your current CV and 2) a statement of purpose (in Russian, 1 page maximum, focus on why you need this professional development opportunity) to Program Director Dr. Irina Kostina at

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February 04, 2013

Study Abroad: Summer Russian Language School

Russian Language School "Enjoy Russian" offers intensive Russian language programs in Petrozavodsk,Karelia, Russia in the Summer 2013.
This program includes language lessons, Russian homestay, and a cultural program.

The cost of the two week program is 320 euroes and includes a language course (40 hours), and homestay (breakfast included).

There is a full scholarship available

For more information, go to or email

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