Monthly Archives: August 2012

Assistant Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Assistant Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture and Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

Macalester College seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Russian Studies, to begin September 2013. Candidates may apply for the visiting or the tenure-track position, or for both. Candidates wishing to be considered for both positions should indicate that in their cover letter. Ph.D. by time of appointment and native or near-native fluency in Russian and English preferred. The positions entail teaching five courses per year, two in Russian language and three in literature and/or culture that may include thematic courses, seminars in area of specialization, and courses with a strong interdisciplinary component. We are looking for dynamic, theoretically informed scholar-teachers committed to the study of Russian culture as an integral part of the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. Candidates can study the program’s innovative curriculum at the department website. We would also encourage candidates to consider collaboration with Macalester’s many interdisciplinary departments and concentrations, such as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, Critical Theory, and Urban Studies.

To apply, submit a letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research plans, and have three letters of recommendation sent to Questions regarding the application should be directed to Dr. James von Geldern at Applications will be considered beginning on October 15, 2012. Interviews will take place at the ASEEES Convention in New Orleans, November 15-18.

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 1900 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. We are especially interested in applicants dedicated to excellence in teaching and research/creative activity within a liberal arts college community. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.


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Families needed to Host International High School Students

WorldChicago is working this year on a State Department FLEX program which will bring international youth from the former Soviet states to the US to enroll in a US high school for one year. South Shore International College Prep High School has agreed to take two students – Olga from Russia and Polina from Ukraine – but WorldChicago is now looking for host families for these two (English-speaking) young women. More information about the two women is provided below and information about the FLEX program is below and on the attached documents.

Olga, Russia

In her hometown, Olga lives with her sister and parents. She is involved in aerobics and volleyball, and she bikes and swims in her free time. Olga attends an art school, where she plays the accordion and electronic piano. She is passionate about the English language, and she hopes to either be a translator or become involved in international relations. Olga looks forward to sharing her Russian culture with her host family, and she hopes to learn more about American culture.

Polina, Ukraine

Polina lives in Ukraine with her parents, brother, and cats. English, German, and chemistry are her favorite subjects, and she aspires to be a doctor. Polina’s hobbies include gymnastics, reading, cooking, and photography, and spending time in nature. She is devoted to her community service organization, which donates toys and clothes to those in need. Polina is excited to be a part of the FLEX Program as she looks forward to learning more about the history and culture of the United States.

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program

· This is an academic year exchange, so students are in the United States from August-June.
· Students are from Eurasia, including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova.
· Student selection is very competitive and based on excellence in academics, character, and English language.
· Students attend high school and are highly involved in community service activities.
· Students have their own insurance and their own spending money for incidentals and school fees.
· Families are supported by WorldChicago; we will help with any problems, answer questions, and plan events for students/families.

Anyone interested in hosting students can contact Amy at (312) 254-1800 x102 or and host family applications are available here.


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Professional Development Seminar for Teachers of Russian

Join a community of high school Russian teachers and make further connections as you share your classroom culture, communicate across many topics, and compare best practices, creative ideas, innovative techniques and practical solutions.

American Councils, ACTR/ACCEL, will offer a fall weekend workshop which will focus on standards-based and proficiency-based curriculum planning across all levels, with the final goal being the Prototype AP® Russian Program and articulation into college level language programs. Special attention will be made to incorporate local conditions into the design and implementation, while working within the context of online delivery systems and online materials (Russnet).

A special session will focus on the Prototype AP® Russian Program and Examination. Upon completion of this special session, teachers will be certified to administer the Prototype AP® Russian at their home schools.

Where: Washington, D.C.
When: October 5-8, 2012
Registration: $200
Travel and accommodations are participant’s responsibility.
Application Deadline: August 31, 2012
Contact: Camelot Marshall (marshall@americancouncils)


Posted in: Teacher Development