Thursday, September 11, 2014

Call for Papers: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists

Deadline: October 10, 2014

Call for Papers: 22nd International Conference of Europeanists
“Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures”
Paris, France • July 8-10, 2015
Organized by the Council for European Studies
In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person as attendees may only present in a maximum of two sessions.

We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Deadlines:
Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 18, 2014. Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council's website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter, join the CES mailing list today.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Job: History professor at Nazarbayev University

Deadline: September 7, 2014

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University invites
applications for a Full or Associate Professor in History in the Department of History,
Philosophy and Religious Studies. S/he should be able to contribute to the teaching in the
history of Central Asia and the Kazakh steppe and to the M.A. in Eurasian Studies. To
complement the existing strengths of the Department, candidates with an expertise in the
interaction between Central Asia and China or in the early modern history of Central Asia
and the Turkic-speaking world are particularly encouraged to apply.

The position requires a Ph.D. in History or Oriental Studies and teaching and research
experience commensurate with the sought rank. We are looking for a candidate with an
exemplary and ongoing record of research, demonstrated excellence in graduate and
undergraduate teaching, a commitment to active involvement in the life of the Department,
and the capability of mentoring junior faculty in research and teaching. This is a three-year
appointment with the possibility of renewal, starting in August 2015.

The Department currently has ten full-time Faculty members representing the breadth of the
discipline, with an emphasis on Eurasian history and civilizations. Besides offering a major in
History and minors both in History and in Philosophy/Religious Studies, the Department
plays a key role in providing instruction in these disciplines to students across the School and
beyond, as well as in contributing to the recently established M.A. in Eurasian Studies. The
Department is responsible for offering an innovative course in the history of Kazakhstan
which is compulsory for all undergraduates.

The Department is housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences which offers
six majors and has approximately 600 students. Nazarbayev University is a modern, English-language institution based on best practices drawn from partner higher education institutions in the US, UK and Singapore. The strategic partner for SHSS and the Department is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nazarbayev University is located in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana.

The salary and benefit package are highly competitive. The benefit package includes the
following:
- Housing based on family size and rank;
- A relocation allowance;
- Air tickets to home country, twice per year;
- No-cost medical insurance, with global coverage;
- An educational allowance for children.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three publications and the names
and contact information for three referees. Deadline for submission is 7 September 2014.
Please apply to nu.shss@nu.edu.kz.

Job: Chair of History chair at Nazarbayev University

Deadline: September 7, 2014

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing how their interests, previous experience 
and management style will contribute to the building of the Department and School, 
curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. Deadline for 
submission is 7 September 2014. Please apply to nu.shss@nu.edu.kz. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University invites 
applications for the inaugural position of Chair of the Department of History, Religious 
Studies and Philosophy. The Department currently has ten full-time faculty members 
representing a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines, with an emphasis on Eurasian 
history and civilization. Besides offering a major in History and minors in History and in 
Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department plays a key role in providing instruction in 
History, Religious Studies and Philosophy to students across the School and beyond as well 
as in contributing to the recently established M.A. in Eurasian Studies. The Department is 
responsible for offering an innovative course in the history of Kazakhstan which is 
compulsory for all undergraduates. 

The Department is housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences which offers 
six majors and has approximately 600 students. Nazarbayev University is a modern, English-language institution based on best practices drawn from partner higher education institutions in the US, UK and Singapore. The strategic partner for SHSS and the Department is the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nazarbayev University is located in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. 

The position requires a Ph.D. in History or a related discipline with an exemplary and 
ongoing record of research, teaching and service. We are looking for a scholar with a proven 
track record of leadership as a department chair in a Western research university who has a 
vision for advancing our research and outreach in Central Asia and beyond, and who has a 
commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. The applicant is expected to be at 
the Full or Associate Professor rank. The position is open in terms of area of specialization. 

Requirements for the position include the ability to articulate a clear vision for the 
Department, a management style based on collaboration and consensus-building, the ability 
to work with faculty, staff and students of diverse backgrounds, and the capacity of 
mentoring junior faculty in research and teaching. In addition to contributing to the research 
and teaching mission of the Department, the Chair will also contribute to the further building 
of the School and play a significant role in shaping and implementing the School’s strategic 
vision. This is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. 

The salary and benefit package are highly competitive. The benefit package includes the 
following: 
 Housing based on family size and rank; 
 A relocation allowance; 
 Air tickets to home country, twice per year; 
 No-cost medical insurance, with global coverage; 
 An educational allowance for children; 

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing how their interests, previous experience 
and management style will contribute to the building of the Department and School, 
curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. Deadline for 
submission is 7 September 2014. Please apply to nu.shss@nu.edu.kz. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Job: Education Abroad Coordinator

Deadline: September 2, 2014
 
The 
​University of Michigan 
International Center is currently seeking applicants for an Education Abroad Coordinator
.  The posting, along with application instructions can be found here:
  


Applicants must apply via the above website in order to be considered. The deadline for applications is September 2, 2014.

EDUCATION ABROAD COORDINATOR (job opening ID 100383)

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

JOB SUMMARY

The International Center’s Education Abroad Coordinator advises for--and manages peer-advising services for--a broad spectrum of education-abroad opportunities, including study, work, internships, volunteer and post-graduate opportunities abroad.  The Education Abroad Coordinator also administers an international internship and service program, and develops presentations to inform U-M students about education-abroad opportunities.   The position requires advanced knowledge of education-abroad opportunities; demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently; excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent administrative, organizational and problem-solving skills; attention to detail; the ability to adapt to rapidly changing demands and priorities; and a commitment to excellent customer service.  The Education Abroad Coordinator is an FLSA exempt position which reports to the Assistant Director for Education Abroad.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES/SPECIFIC DUTIES:

MANAGEMENT OF PEER ADVISOR PROGRAM
                    Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate student employees and volunteer peer advisors.
                    Develop and implement a program for initial and on-going training, ensuring that student employees increase their knowledge of the education abroad field to advise students best.
                    Plan work assignments for student employees, track completion of assignments and tasks, and develop and implement procedures for tracking, evaluating and, if necessary, improving student employee performance.

PROGRAMS AND OUTREACH
                    Plan, develop, schedule, conduct, and evaluate workshops to inform U-M students about education abroad opportunities.
                    Guided by program evaluations, make changes to subjects or content of programs and workshops as needed.
                    Establish and maintain annual schedule of all education abroad programs
                    Perform periodic assessments to identify new needs and emerging issues in education abroad.
                    Develop new programs, initiatives and resources based on results of these periodic assessments.
                    Partner with Student Life units and other units across campus to increase programming for target audiences and to increase awareness of relevant programs and activities sponsored by other units.
                    With International Career Pathways partners, plan and implement International Career Pathways fair and presentations.
                    Utilize web-based database, M-Compass (Studio Abroad), to administer internship program and scholarship applications, as well as to track participant compliance with the University Travel Policy. 
                    Co-manage internship-abroad program, including application process, predeparture workshops, reflection while abroad and e-portfolios after return.

EDUCATION ABROAD ADVISING
                    Advise U-M students and U-M community members who are considering a variety of education abroad experiences, including study, short or long term employment, internships, volunteer service, educational travel, etc.
                    Help students learn about the variety of education abroad options, and help students determine which options might be best considering their individual goals.
                    Provide information and referral to online and print resources and to other offices or organizations as appropriate.
                    Provide information and basic advising on health and safety (including insurance) issues related to education abroad.
                    Respond to a wide range of in-person and email questions from the U-M community about education abroad opportunities and options.
COMMUNICATIONS
                    Create materials and procedures to raise the visibility of international programs and make information and resources more accessible to the U-M community
                    Work with the International Center’s Web Administrator to develop and make effective use of web-based tools or features to facilitate communication among students who have returned from education abroad activities and students planning an education abroad experience.
                    Prepare education abroad announcements for distribution via Web site, social media and e-mail.
                    Manage office social media accounts, including Twitter and Facebook.
EDUCATION ABROAD RESOURCES
                    Establish schedule and procedure for review and updating of library materials, website content, and handouts so that these remain current, and so that information is available in a format that will make it as accessible as possible to the U-M community.
                    Prepare or supervise preparation of updates for study, work and travel abroad sections of International Center website as needed.
                    Develop or oversee development of new education abroad web content, printed materials, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED
                    Participate in annual International Student/Scholar Orientation.
                    Other duties as may be assigned by the Education Abroad Assistant Director or the IC management team

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
                    Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience in the area of education abroad
                    Experience studying and/or working abroad (internship, service learning, volunteer, etc.)
                    Experience  presenting programs and/or teaching
                    Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment, tact and diplomacy
                    Administrative, organizational, and problem solving skills, including excellent attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines, and adapt to rapidly changing demands and priorities.
                    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
                    Ability to work with individuals and with teams.
                    Experience with Microsoft Office Suite at an intermediate or better level, and experience with AV equipment (laptop, projector, etc.)
                    Ability to work flexible hours including nights and weekends
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
                    Master’s degree
                    Experience in intercultural communication/education programming
                    Experience living in another country for an extended period
                    Experience advising on and coordinating programs for internships and service/volunteering abroad
                    Familiarity with and appreciation of diverse cultures
                    Background in assessment
                    Staff training experience
                    Experience coordinating programs in an academic setting, particularly in education abroad offices
                    Knowledge regarding student development and related aspects of Student Life

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The International Center provides a variety of services to assist international students, scholars, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan as well as to U.S. students seeking educational opportunities abroad. The International Center's Education Abroad Office assists students seeking opportunities to study, work, volunteer, or travel outside the United States.   For more information about the International Center's Education Abroad Office and its services, see http://internationalcenter.umich.edu/swt


Bill Nolting
Assistant Director for Education Abroad
University of Michigan International Center
1500 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2181
Phone 734-647-2259

Friday, August 22, 2014

Job: Assistant Professor, Eurasian History (18th-20th Century), University of Pittsburgh, History

Deadline:  October 15, 2014
 
University of Pittsburgh, History / Assistant Professor, Eurasian History (18th-20th Century)

~~Eurasian History.  The Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh seeks applicants for a tenure-stream assistant professor, beginning fall 2015, pending budgetary approval. We invite applications from candidates working in the area of modern Eurasian history (18th–20th century), in particular the history of Russia and its Eurasian borderlands (Caucasus, Central Asia, East Asia).  Individuals with interests in political, social, economic, and cultural history and who are able to conduct their research in both Russian and another Eurasian language are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, normally including one writing seminar annually, and should be ready to participate in our dynamic program of graduate teaching and research, which is built around cross-regional thematic collaboration. 

We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their research and teaching will contribute to one or more of our transnational thematic fields: Atlantic History, Power and Inequality, Texts and Contexts, and World History (http://www.history.pitt.edu/graduate/transnational-thematic-history.php). 

The appointee will join a department committed to excellence in teaching as well as research in a university with great strength in international and area studies. 

Send letter of application, CV, a single well-selected journal article or book/dissertation chapter, and three letters of recommendation to Chair, Eurasian Search Committee, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA  15260. 

Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2014. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.  Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact:
Chair, Eurasian Search Committee
Department of History University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Primary Category: Russian or Soviet History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Asian History / Studies
Posting Date: 07/02/2014
Closing Date: 10/15/2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Job: Instructor or Senior Instructor of Russian, Portland State University

Deadline: February 2, 2015
 
The Russian Program at PSU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures invites applications for a one-year full-time position teaching undergraduate Russian language. The position is for the academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) beginning September 16, 2015, and is renewable. Informational interviews will be conducted by Skype or phone.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•       Teach 36 credits of undergraduate Russian language and culture courses according to the needs of the program.
•       Be responsible for first and second-year Russian language instruction
•       Maintain regular office hours
•       Participate on program, departmental, college and/or university committees as assigned by the Chair and/or Section Head, and regularly attend faculty meetings.
Minimum Qualifications:
•       Masters degree or equivalent in Russian language, literature, linguistics or related field
•       Experience teaching Russian at the college level
•       Native or near-native fluency in Russian and English

Preferred Qualifications
•       ACTFL OPI training
•       Experience with and affinity for team teaching
•       Experience working with heritage speakers of Russian

To Apply
All applicants must apply online at https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/search. Your application should include the following: letter of interest, CV, sample syllabus, and three letters of recommendation. Your referees must submit recommendation letters (on letterhead and signed) as email attachments to wlldept@pdx.edu or by regular mail to Russian Search Committee, Portland State University, Department of World Languages and Literatures, PO Box 751 (WLL), Portland, OR 97207. Submit all required materials by February 2, 2015 to be assured of consideration. Review will begin on February 2, 2015 and continue until finalists are identified.

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Anna A. Alsufieva
Assistant Professor of Russian
Russian Flagship Program
Department of World Languages & Literatures
Portland State University

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Job: Head Russia & CIS at Polixis, Geneva, Switzerland

Looking for Head Russia & CIS

About Polixis

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Polixis is a leading Swiss company providing specialized research and consultancy on Political, Country, Compliance and Regulatory risks in emerging markets to a client base drawn mainly from Banking, Financial and Risk Management industries.

Position and Location
We are looking for an experienced specialist to head our Russia & CIS team. The chosen candidate will be re­sponsible for a team of 10 analysts and consultants covering the region. This position provides an opportunity to join a growing team and business. The position may evolve into a Chief Operating Officer position for all market areas (MENA and other product lines).

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Given our growing portfolio of clients in other financial cen­ters, application from London, Luxemburg, Moscow, UAE and Singapore will be considered.

Tasks
The chosen candidate will be expected to participate in the areas of research, product development and mar­keting.

The research duties will include the following: Coordination, processing and editing of weekly research coming from local country based analysts; Writing of analytical notes and research on political, regulatory, sanction and other risk related topics covering the CIS; Reviewing research for publication and overseeing weekly publication processes.

Managerial and operational duties will include the following:
Coordination of a portfolio of banking and finance sector clients, and pro-active assistance in their day-to-day needs; Allocation of adequate team resources in managing clients’ demands.

Participation in the design of new product lines and the improvement of existing ones; Representation of the company during industry events; Occasional press interviews representing the company’s view on issues of politics, sanctions and regulatory risk- related issues relevant to the region.

Your profile
Experience within the banking and/or finance environment. A good understanding of the fundamentals and functioning of Risk & Compliance, Asset Management, Private Banking and Commodity Trade Finance is a defi­nite asset.

Experience in research and writing in the area of political and regulatory risk assessments as applied to the private sector.

Excellent writing skills and experience writing articles in the field of political science (in English).

Knowledge of Adobe Indesign publishing software is an asset.

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English is essential for this position. Good knowledge of Russian is key for the position. Excellent reading and research skills in Russian is manda­tory. Knowledge of other regional languages such as Armenian, Azeri (Turkish), Kazakh or Georgian is an asset.

Education
MA and/or PhD in Political Science, Law, International Relations, or Journalism. Any other educational back­ground may be considered in combination with relevant professional experience in political risk, research and compliance functions within the banking industry.

What we offer
An exciting job with prospects of growth together with a dynamically developing company!
Competitive salary!

Application Procedure
Interested candidates are welcome to send their applications to jobs (at) polixis.com with a
subject line “Head Russia & CIS”. Please note that CVs must be accompanied by one or two
samples of the applicants’ analytical research in English (Notes, Policy Briefs, Articles etc).