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

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 2nd, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Sep 2, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 welcomes 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 Department, and is often zero. This application pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. 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.

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION (required at time of application):

  • Completed Master’s degree (or equivalent international degree)


  • Fluency in English language.
  • If teaching a language, complete fluency in the language being taught.
  • Advanced degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related field.
  • 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 expertise of the literature and culture of the area being taught.
  • Potential for successful attraction, advising and mentoring students.
  • 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.

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 $56,381.)

To apply, please visit:

The Department may later request letters from finalists’ references but they are not required at the time of application. 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 a description of your specializations and of how you meet the listed qualifications.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)