Sessional Appointments in Russian, University of Victoria (Canada), Deadline: May 20

Sessional Appointments in Russian
University of Victoria
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria invites expressions of interest from qualified instructors for sessional assignments from 1 September 2010 to 30 April 2011 within CUPE Local 4163 (Component 3) Sessional Lecturers certification. Course assignments may include both introductory- and advanced-level courses in Russian film, culture, literature, and language, subject to funding and enrollment criteria. For a full-time sessional appointment, a PhD in hand is required. Successful applicants  will also have proven teaching experience in the North American university system.

The assignment selection criteria will include qualifications and ability of the candidate(s) based on relevant education and professional experience and proven teaching effectiveness.  The appointments will be made at the rank of Sessional Lecturer and salary will be commensurate with the sessional salary scale. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae, and arrange to have two confidential letters of reference sent to:

Dr. Peter Gölz, Chair
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3045
Victoria, BC V8W 3P4 Canada

Phone: (250) 721-7316
Fax: (250) 721-7319

Deadline: 20 May 2010.  Employment decisions will be made by 30 May 2010.

The University reserves the right to fill additional teaching assignments from the pool of applicants for this posting.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to further diversification of the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please include a sentence on your CV indicating your citizenship.

Conference and Call for Papers: The Teaching Russian Conference, University of Victoria, July 22-23; Deadline for Proposals: May 20

The Teaching Russian Conference is a small, friendly conference targeted at sharing innovative ideas for the Russian language, literature and culture classroom.  It is hosted annually at the scenic University of Victoria (Canada).  Please join us July 22-23 2010.  Teachers of Russian at the university and secondary levels are invited to submit proposals.


July 22-23, 2010

(Thursday – Friday)

University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia


Due to the success of last year’s conference, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria invites proposals for individual papers, panels and round-table discussions on the theme of “Teaching Russian”.

Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to: innovative curriculum development and pedagogical techniques in teaching Russian language, literature and/or culture; dealing effectively with heritage-speaker communities; implementing travel/study abroad programs; teaching Russian at the secondary level; choosing appropriate teaching tools at the introductory/intermediate/advanced level (textbooks and computer-assisted language learning); innovative language technologies; growing and maintaining healthy Russian programs.

Website: (All forms for submitting proposals are available on the website)

Deadline for proposals:  20 May 2010. Notification of the Program Committee’s decisions will be sent out by June 1, 2010.

For all questions, please contact Megan Swift ( (250.721.7504)

Abstract specifications:

To apply for participation in the conference, please fill out the respective forms (CV and individual paper proposal form; roundtable proposal form and/or panel proposal form), which are available on our website:   Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Please use MS Word for Windows and Times New Roman or MS Word for Apple and TimesCE or pure Unicode text. Make sure to use the Library of Congress transliteration system to render words in a Cyrillic alphabet. Your abstract should present a research question and outline your plan for investigating this scholarly problem. Each abstract will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Abstracts sent by attachment may be emailed to Megan Swift (  If electronic submission is not possible, send hard copies of your proposal to:

Megan Swift, Assistant Professor
Department of Germanic and Russian Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 3045 STN CSC, Victoria BC.
V8W 3P4 Canada.

Tel. 250.721.7504
Fax 250.721.7319