Professor of Literature
Harvard University
United States




Title Tenure-track or Tenured Professor in Ukrainian Literature and Culture
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Slavic Languages and Literatures
Position Description
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures plans to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in Ukrainian literature and culture. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester (including freshman seminars, survey courses, and advanced seminars). We are seeking an energetic colleague committed to building our program in Ukrainian studies, introducing undergraduates to the study of this part of the world, advising advanced work with graduate students, working with our full-time Preceptor of Ukrainian language, and connecting Ukrainian studies to other disciplines and regions in creative ways. We expect the candidate to share in the Department’s administrative and advising duties as well as participating broadly in the academic culture of the university, including the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, which is committed to the study of the history and culture of independent Ukraine. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and innovative scholarship is imperative.

The ideal candidate will be able to present Ukraine’s multiethnic culture and history to both undergraduates and graduate students. Candidates may specialize in any area of Ukrainian literature and culture. We also welcome broader interdisciplinary interests in fields such as race and ethnicity, migration and transnational studies, environmental humanities, religion, or gender and sexuality studies, as well as knowledge of other literatures and cultures.

Harvard University is committed to fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive and experience a sense of inclusion and belonging. Community members are encouraged to model our values of integrity, responsible mentorship, equity, and excellence no matter where they are.
 To support this commitment to our values of inclusion and excellence, the external finalist for this position will be required to complete a conduct questionnaire – specifically regarding findings of violation, on-going formal complaint investigations, or formal complaint investigations that did not conclude due to the external finalist’s departure concerning: harassment or discrimination, retaliation, sexual misconduct, bullying or intimidating/abusive behavior, unprofessional relationship, or misconduct related to scholarship, research, teaching, service, or clinical/patient care.

Harvard will also make conduct inquiries to current and former employers of the external finalist regarding such misconduct. To facilitate these inquiries, Harvard requires all external applicants for this position to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to release information for external applicants” as part of their application. If an external applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and, as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.
Basic Qualifications
Ph.D. in Ukrainian literature and culture or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Ukrainian and fluency in English are required.
Additional Qualifications
Demonstrated strong commitment to research and teaching is required.
Special Instructions
All materials should be submitted by September 15, 2023.

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Research statement (500 words)
4. Teaching statement describing pedagogical approach and philosophy (500 words)
5. Statement describing past, current, and anticipated efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging (500 words)
6. References
Candidates for a tenure-track position are required to submit names and contact information of 3 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when the three letters have been received. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate thesis advisor, chair of the dissertation committee, or primary advisor in a postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates for a tenured position need not submit reference letters at this stage; simply skip the reference page of the application.
7. Sample of scholarship, approximately 25 pp.
8. External applicants and finalists considered for a tenured appointment will need to complete the same procedures as external applicants and finalists in a search designated specifically for a tenured appointment.

Applicants for a tenured appointment must submit the “Authorization to Release Information” document below as part of their application. Although it is marked “optional”, it is required for candidates seeking a tenured position.

To submit the authorization form, do the following:
    • Click the document link below
    • Download the PDF document
    • Complete and sign the document.
    • Scan the completed, signed document and upload it with your other application materials


Contact Information
Professor Michael Flier
Search Committee Chair
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 0
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
Assistant, associate, faculty, tenure track, tenure, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Slavic, literature, culture, arts, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement
  6. Writing Sample 1
Optional Documents
  1. Authorization to Release Information
  2. Other

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