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This is a general posting that will serve to create a pool of applicants for adjunct faculty openings throughout the 2024-2025 academic year. Should we have an opening and be interested in pursuing your application, we will contact you with specific information.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a BA in Languages, Literatures & Cultures with concentrations in Chinese, French & Francophone Studies, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. We also offer minors in these six languages, as well as Hebrew, and electives in Arabic. The department is composed of 16 faculty members with research and teaching expertise in major world languages and cultures. We prepare and engage students to become informed international citizens, who develop effective multi-lingual and cultural communication expertise and problem-solving skills. Our students apply their linguistic and cultural competencies to a wide variety of majors, careers, and future global challenges, while deepening their empathy for and curiosity about the diversity of human experiences.

DU’s undergraduate Russian students acquire written and oral communication skills, as well as a deep knowledge of Russian culture, history, art, literature, and politics. The program works to actively support dual-degree seekers who want to pair their knowledge of Russian with majors like international studies, international business, and intercultural communications. DU houses one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature, and students further expand their knowledge of Russian through DU’s Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion . Candidates must demonstrate an ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, nationally/ethnically/racially diverse populations.

Position Summary

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences seeks qualified individuals to join our adjunct pool for possible, non-benefited, part-time teaching assignments in Russian at the University of Denver in the 2024-25 academic year.

Adjunct Russian faculty members teach 4-credit undergraduate courses. The opportunity exists to teach both introductory courses as well as higher-level offerings. The specific courses involved may vary from quarter to quarter and openings to teach these courses develop on a periodic basis, depending on departmental needs. At this time, we are searching for Fall 2024, Winter 2025 and Spring 2025 instructors only, however the opportunity may develop to teach courses in the future.

Hires for Fall courses are required to start September 1, 2024. However, we encourage applications from those unable to teach in the Fall but would like to remain in our hiring pool.

Essential Functions

  • Course instruction and grading.
  • Preparation of class materials.
  • Weekly office hours.
  • Guidance and support of students.
  • Participation in Russian program meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence and effectiveness in teaching Russian language and literature to Anglophone students in the US at the college or university level.
  • Ability to work through email and to use MS Word and PowerPoint; ability to learn and use DU’s Canvas course management system.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work effectively with underserved populations.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Russian language, linguistics, or a related field (e.g. Slavic Studies or Comparative Literature with clear Russian emphasis) by the time of application.
  • Native or near-native level fluency in Russian and English.
  • Experience teaching Russian language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Interest in incorporating inclusive pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ABD or PhD in Russian, Slavic Studies, or closely related field, in hand by 1 September 2024.
  • Interdisciplinary breadth, with interest in including social, political, and other cultural contexts in all levels of teaching.
  • 1-3 years of experience teaching Russian culture courses in English
  • 3+ years of experience teaching Russian language at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness.
  • Experience in designing courses, in assessing classes and programs, and in utilizing the campus management system for remote teaching.
  • Extended residence and extensive travel in Russia and/or the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage broadly diverse student populations.

Work Schedule

Varies – to be coordinated with department chair.

While the University’s administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University’s academic calendars are posted on the registrar’s website: (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar here: ).

Application Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed for the 2024-2025 academic year. For consideration to teach in Fall 2024, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) May 15, 2024.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Course Rate

The 2023-2024 Adjunct faculty rate is $4,772 per four-credit course and adjuncts may teach up to a maximum of six courses over three academic quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring).

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver .

For full consideration, please include the following with your application:

  • Two-page cover letter including a statement describing how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contributes to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates can view DU’s DEI Strategic Plan here ( ) and/or the College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) DEI Strategic plan here ( ).
  • C.V., including three references
  • Teaching materials: a sample lesson plan for an upper-level literature and culture course taught in Russian, proposed or actual. A proposed or actual syllabus of an advanced Russian course. Other evidence of teaching excellence, such as sample assessments, link to video excerpts, and/or student testimonials, etc. are welcome.
  • NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine documents if necessary, to get all content uploaded.

    The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers’ Rights (“POWR”) Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver’s Non-Discrimination-Statement .

    All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

    Advertised: April 09, 2024
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