Instructor for Elementary Russian Language Course - Fall 2019 (Application deadline: August 12, 2019)

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Waterloo, invites applications for an Instructor for an Elementary Russian Language Course for the period September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.


Teaching duties comprise the delivery of one basic language course in Russian (RUSS 101), which includes

  • updating the existing syllabus and course components to the current term,
  • teaching 4x 50 minutes in-class sessions per week for a 12-week term (September-December),
  • communicating regularly with students (online and in person), including individual feedback, homework assessment, and instructions,
  • setting, proctoring, and grading tests and exams (including the final examination during the examination period),
  • communicating regularly and cooperating closely with the Germanic and Slavic Studies Department’s Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.


Applicants for this position should have

  • a Master of Arts (or equivalent) or higher in foreign language education, applied linguistics, or cultural studies, or a related Arts and Humanities discipline,
  • experience in language teaching,
  • excellent knowledge of Russian and English (degree preferred),
  • experience with online learning management systems, and
  • high instructional standards commensurate with teaching at the university level.


$8,547 per course

Position is contingent on funding and dependent on enrolment numbers.

Deadline for receipt of applications: August 12, 2019

Online interviews will be conducted on August 15, 2019, as part of the selection process.

Applications should include an informative cover letter and CV, highlighting previous teaching experience and teacher training.  
Applications may also include evidence of effective teaching, such as a teaching philosophy, a sample of teaching materials developed (digital or print), teaching evaluations, and evidence of experience with learning management systems.

All materials should be sent electronically (as one PDF document) to

Dr. Michael Boehringer

Chair, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

University of Waterloo

Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1