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Multi-Term Lecturer

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Closing date
Apr 4, 2024

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Position OverviewThe Department of Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas invites applications for a multi-term lecturer in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian (BCMS) languages and cultures, to begin in fall 2024. We are looking for someone who can provide instruction with respect to the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) in one of these languages as well an awareness of the others. The successful candidate would prepare students to communicate effectively in BCMS and navigate our diverse and interconnected world with cultural competence and respect for others.

This appointment is initially for three (3) years, with the possibility of renewal for additional terms based on performance, comprehensive review, and institutional needs. This is a full-time position with a 4:4 teaching load as well as service and obligations (see below). We are seeking a dynamic and technologically adept teacher with a strong interest in language pedagogy and experience in transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and curricular development. Area of specialization open.

The University of Kansas is in the beautiful, historic, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving community only 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants and coffee shops, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and several allied social science and humanities disciplines.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. by the time employment begins.
Job Description95% Teaching/Advising - Teach four (4) courses per semester at the undergraduate level in BCMS language and content courses in a related field. These will primarily include the first four semesters of BCMS-language instruction but may also include general education courses taught in English (including online courses) as well as upper-division, special topics courses taught in both BCMS and English. Advise and mentor undergraduate students.

5% Service - Participate in service to the department, the College, the University, and the profession. Possibly coordinate and/or lead a study abroad program. Required Qualifications
  1. MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures or a related field by the start date of the appointment (PhD preferred).
  2. Professional-level proficiency in both BCMS and English.
  3. Demonstrated experience and excellence in teaching undergraduate BCMS languages courses at the university level.
  4. Experience with and/or knowledge of online course design and/or teaching.
Additional Candidate InstructionsTo apply online go to A complete application will include the following documents: 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (max. 3 pages, single-spaced), and 4) the names and email addresses of three references. Letters of recommendation and a teaching portfolio will be requested for candidates who advance in the selection process. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Initial review of applications begins on March 15, 2023, and will continue until position has been filled.Advertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experienceApplication Review BeginsFriday March 15, 2024Anticipated Start DateSunday August 18, 2024Apply to Job

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