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Lecturer Pool - Language, Literature and/or Culture Courses - Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 16th, 2018
Last review date: May 1st, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: April 5th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach undergraduate courses, should a need arise, in any of the following possible areas:

• Language (Russian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Armenian, or Hungarian; possible other languages)
• Reading and Composition (first- and second-year undergraduate writing courses in English on Slavic topics, using Slavic literature in translation)
• Slavic Literature and Culture (may include History, Film, Folklore, or other related topics)

The number of positions hired from this pool will vary from semester to semester, subject to the needs and budget of the Program, and in some semesters may be zero. When an instructor is hired, the position will most likely be part-time, starting as low as 25% of full-time employment, depending on instructional workload.

This pool will remain open until April 5, 2019 to accommodate upcoming course needs and new applicants. When a need arises for a Fall semester, we typically review applications in March, April or May; for a Spring or Summer semester, our review of applications is typically in October or November.

Positions typically start at the beginning of the semester (in mid-January for Spring Semester; in mid-August for Fall Semester), and appointments may be renewable based on the Department’s need, funding, and on lecturer performance.

General Duties: In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and interacting with students outside of class time via email and campus web based course resources.

Minimal Qualifications (required at time of application):
• If teaching a language, complete fluency in the language being taught.
• Complete fluency in English.
• Completed Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related field.

Additional Qualifications (required by the employment start date):
• For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. The department is unable to provide a visa/work permit.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level in the U.S.
• If hired to teach R&C, demonstrated experience teaching reading and writing in English.
• If hired to teach a language course, professional training in language teaching.
• Demonstrated knowledge of literature and culture of the area being taught.
• Potential for successful attraction, advising and mentoring students.
• Potential for program development and designing new courses.
• PhD (or equivalent degree) may be preferred, depending on courses being taught.

Salary: Commensurate with college teaching experience, in accordance with the current Unit-18 lecturer salary scale and its provisions. (The starting 100% full-time annual gross salary rate is currently $53,402.)

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Required application materials:

• Cover Letter - including details about your area of specialization, and how you meet the listed qualifications
• Curriculum Vitae
• Contact information for three professional/academic references

While only contact information for references is required at the time of application, the Department may later request letters from finalists’ references. If requested, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The Department may later request teaching statements and/or evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as past course syllabi, teaching evaluations, etc., but they are not required at time of application.

UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family, if applicable. We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. The Program is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching or other related activities.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - including details about your area of specialization, and how you meet the listed qualifications

  • Curriculum Vitae

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