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- 1 RECENT ACTIVITY on Jewish Studies 2013-14 Wiki
- 2 Tenure-Track or Long-Term Positions
- 2.1 Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College - Lecturer (Renewable)
- 2.2 Brandeis University - Director of the Hebrew Language and Literature Program and Professor (open rank) of Hebrew
- 2.3 Brandeis University - Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
- 2.4 Brooklyn College, CUNY - American Jewish Studies
- 2.5 Brown University - Jewish Thought
- 2.6 City College of New York, CUNY - Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies (Hebrew and Yiddish)
- 2.7 College of Idaho - Berger-Neilsen Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies
- 2.8 Columbia University (NY) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor, Jewish and Israel Studies
- 2.9 Harvard University - Professor of Jewish History and Culture (Open Rank)
- 2.10 Indiana University - Full or Associate Professor of Modern European Jewish History
- 2.11 Jewish Theological Seminary - Two Assistant Professors of Jewish Studies
- 2.12 Lafayette College - Religious Studies (Jewish Studies)
- 2.13 Missouri State University - Religious Studies (post-Biblical Judaism)
- 2.14 Monash University - Lecturer in Jewish History (Modern Jewish History)
Old Dominion University (VA) - Religious Studies/Jewish Traditions- CANCELLED
- 2.16 Pacific Lutheran University - Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies
- 2.17 Penn State University - Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies
- 2.18 Penn State University -- Open Rank, Modern European Jewish History
- 2.19 Princeton University - Israel Studies (TT Asst. Prof.)
- 2.20 Princeton University - Jewish and/or Christian Populations of the Pre-Modern Muslim World (Open Rank)
- 2.21 San Francisco State University - John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies (Open Rank)
- 2.22 University of Buffalo, SUNY - TT Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies
- 2.23 University of California, Berkeley - Assoc./Full Professor, Jewish Studies
- 2.24 University of California, Santa Cruz - Ancient Comparative Mediterranean Studies
- 2.25 University of Cincinnati - TT Assistant Professor, Israel and Modern Jewish Thought
- 2.26 University of Louisville - Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies
- 2.27 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - Judaic Studies Sephardic Jewry, Mediterranean Perspective on Global History and Culture
- 2.28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Assistant Professor, Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought and Culture
- 2.29 University of Notre Dame - Jewish Thought and Culture
- 2.30 University of Oxford - Regius Professorship of Hebrew
- 2.31 University of Potsdam (School of Jewish Theology) - Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies
- 2.32 University of Potsdam (School of Jewish Theology) - History of Jewish Religion and Jewish Thought
- 2.33 University of Southern California - Assistant Professor of Religion (Jews and Jewish Life in the Modern Mediterranean)
- 2.34 University of Washington - Classical Judaism
- 2.35 University of Wisconsin - Assistant Professor of Modern European Jewish History
Wake Forest University - Rubin Chair of Jewish and Israeli History- CANCELLED
- 2.37 Yale University, Judaic Studies Program - Modern Jewish History (Tenured Position)
- 3 Visiting Positions, Postdocs or Limited-Term Appointments
- 3.1 Boston College - 2014-2015 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations
- 3.2 Center for Jewish History – Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Senior Scholar Fellowships, 2014-2015
- 3.3 Fulbright Post Doctoral Fellowships to Israel For Americans, 2014-2016 *American post-doctoral researchers in Israel, 2014-2016
- 3.4 Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships
- 3.5 Israel Institute Post-Doctoral, Doctoral, and Research Fellowships - Various institutions
- 3.6 Jewish Theological Seminary - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies
- 3.7 Middlebury College - Three-Year Term Position in Modern Hebrew Language and Culture
- 3.8 Muhlenberg College - One-Year Position in Pre-Modern Jewish Studies
- 3.9 New York University - Schusterman-Taub Postdoctoral Fellow (Israel Studies)
- 3.10 Old Dominion University (VA) - Jewish History and Culture – Visiting Faculty Position (1 yr).
- 3.11 University of California - San Diego - Visiting Assistant Professor in Hebrew Literature (Fall 2014)
- 3.12 University of Potsdam, School of Jewish Theology - W3 Professorship for Bible and Judaic Exegesis (5 yr. Appt.)
- 3.13 University of Toronto - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies
- 3.14 University of Western Ontario - 1 yr. Asst. Professor, Jewish Studies
- 3.15 Virginia Tech - Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies (3yr)
- 3.16 York University (Toronto, Canada) - Two 1 yr. Positions (Classical Judaica AND Modern Religious Thought and/or Modern Comparative Religion)
- 3.17 See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14
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Tenure-Track or Long-Term Positions[edit | edit source]
- The Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University is expanding its faculty and invites applications for a position in the core Honors faculty. The faculty members of Barrett are non-tenure track Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Principal Lecturers; most are on three-year renewable and rolling appointments. The main teaching responsibility rests on a two-semester interdisciplinary seminar course, The Human Event, in which students examine important ideas from earliest writings to the present. Special attention is given to critical thinking and argumentative writing skills. In addition, faculty members teach upper-division seminars, and mentor honors students throughout their four years in independent studies, individual conferences, theses, and other forms of scholarly achievement.
- Anyone can do it!
- Barrett attracts many of the top students in the country and provides them with an enriched academic experience that challenges them and enables them to become better citizens. The typical Barrett freshman is in the top five percent of his or her high school class, has SAT scores of 1320 or above, and has a high school grade-point average of 3.81.
- We seek to fill a full-time, multi-year faculty position whose primary responsibility will be to teach the first-year Human Event seminar. Successful applicants will demonstrate experience in and openness to teaching primary sources through multiple theoretical/disciplinary/methodological approaches, across different cultures and historical eras. The position begins August 2014; the nine-month salary will be based on education and experience.
- Qualifications: A PhD in any field of the humanities, natural or social sciences that complements the academic focus of the existing faculty members. Candidates whose work integrates views from multiple areas of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and/or the humanities are encouraged to apply. Experience in teaching argumentative writing skills is required, and experience leading seminar-based discussions is highly desired.
- Application: Please send: (1) a letter of application detailing teaching philosophy and experience, disciplinary training and research, and how you can contribute to honors education; (2) a C.V.; (3) a brief description of course objectives and themes you would adopt in The Human Event, and a list of readings for the first and second semesters; (4) two letters of recommendation that address the extent and quality of your teaching. Sample syllabi for this course can be found under faculty profiles on the college website. Send your application materials, which should be formatted as PDF files, to: email@example.com. Questions about the position may be addressed to: Dr. Joseph P. Foy, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2014.
- Arizona State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age or veteran status in the University’s services, educational programs, and activities, including, but not limited to, admission to and employment by the University. The Office of Equity & Inclusion has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the University’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion, University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, Arizona 85287, Intercampus Mail Code 5612. Phone: (480) 965-5057. For information about ASU’s non-discrimination policies and procedures for filing complaints, please see http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://provost.asu.edu/index.php?q=policies/procedures/p20.htmll.
- NOTE: these positions are also posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14
Brandeis University - Director of the Hebrew Language and Literature Program and Professor (open rank) of Hebrew[edit | edit source]
Brandeis University seeks to fill the position of Director of the Brandeis Hebrew Language and Literature Program and Associate Professor or Professor of the Practice in Hebrew in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) at Brandeis University. This position carries a four-course teaching load per year and administrative responsibility for the Hebrew program. The Director is responsible for maintaining a Hebrew program which meets the language needs of undergraduates and graduate and professional program students, including students of Hebrew and majors or minors in NEJS, graduate students in NEJS, students in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, the Master of Arts in Teaching programs, the Master of Arts in Hebrew Teaching, and the Delet program for prospective Jewish day school teachers. The selected candidate will also supervise testing and placement of Hebrew language students and Hebrew language student advising in these various programs.
The rank for this position is open and depending on qualifications and experience, may be within or outside of the tenure structure. Candidates holding a PhD by the beginning of the appointment term are preferred. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of relevant teaching experience, demonstrated skills in supporting and supervising language teaching faculty, an interest in program development, and active involvement in major areas of Hebrew pedagogy and instruction and pedagogical theory.
- First consideration will be given to applications that arrive by January 6, 2014. Applications must include: (1) CV, (2) a letter expressing a vision for the Brandeis Hebrew Language and Literature Program and delineating teaching and research interests, (3) two sample syllabi, (4) teaching evaluations, (5) one brief writing sample, and (6) three confidential letters of reference. Applications will only be accepted online at AcademicJobsOnline at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3597.
- Looks like Vardit Ringvald has relocated to Middlebury college. I doubt anyone can fill her shoes.
Brandeis University - Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education[edit | edit source]
Brandeis University announces a new faculty position, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Education Research, to begin in Fall 2014.
The new chair will be shared between the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and an appropriate academic department. The chair will pursue a program of research in Jewish education, participate actively in the intellectual community, and teach two courses per year. Candidates should hold a doctorate, have a record of scholarship and a rich research agenda, and have experience with Jewish educational settings. Ideal candidates will have a research interest in the study of learning and learners.
- First consideration will be given to applications received by January 3, 2014. For the full job description and instructions for applying, visit <http://brandeis.edu/mandel/job.html>.
- Rejection letter (29/1/2013)
- 3 campus invites made
Brooklyn College, CUNY - American Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
The Department of Judaic Studies invites applications for an Assistant Professor in American Jewish Studies to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Collaborative teaching efforts with other academic departments and programs are expected, as is willingness to participate in departmental administration. This is a tenure track position with a start date of Fall 2014. All appointments are subject to financial availability.
QUALIFICATIONS: Active research and continuing publications are preconditions for appointment. PhD required. Preference will be given to a specialist in American Jewish Studies who can teach courses on North America including the Jews of New York and the Jewish Diaspora, and can also teach courses in the Studies in Religion program. Collaborative teaching will be with departments such as History, Sociology, Anthropology, and Puerto Rican Studies, and with programs such as Comparative Literature, and Caribbean Studies. Ability to teach Hebrew language and literature would be valued. Strong background in Judaic Studies is essential. Candidates with publications are preferred. Evidence of teaching excellence is required. Writing samples will only be required of finalists.
COMPENSATION: $61,903 - $74,133; commensurate with qualifications and experience.
CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.
HOW TO APPLY
STEP ONE: To be considered for this position, please submit your application online by clicking on "Apply Now" below. Applicants should upload their cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a letter attesting to their teaching ability in doc, pdf, or rtf format.
STEP TWO: All applicants are required to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted electronically by their recommenders as described below.
Please go to http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/hrref/?59 and enter the contact information for 3 (three) recommenders. The online system will automatically send your recommenders a request to submit a letter via the system. Full instructions will be provided.
Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact HR at 718-951-5131.
- CLOSING DATE: Open until filled with the review of applications to begin December 1, 2013.
- Link to Apply
- Does anyone know where this was posted? I haven't found it on any of the usual suspects. (8/19/13)
- Has anyone heard anything either way? Are they planning to conduct AJS interviews? (12/6/13)
- Nothing here. It was an awfully late deadline to get turned around for AJS unless they have been reading applications all along.
- AJS interviews are happening.
- On-campus interview scheduled by email (1/9)
- I didn't get an on-campus interview, but just curious - have they moved closer to a hire?
- Campus visits are in process, so...yes and no?
- Official rejection email received. It did not indicate that a hire had been made, but my guess is they're close if they sent the emails.
Brown University’s Program in Judaic Studies seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Jewish thought. We welcome applications in any area of Jewish thought (e.g., intellectual history; religious studies; philosophy; ethics; political theory) from the Middle Ages to the present. The candidate should have facility in classical Jewish sources (e.g., Bible; rabbinic literature). The ideal candidate would complement the strengths of and work closely with colleagues both in the Program in Judaic Studies and in the department most relevant to her/his area(s) of specialization.
A Ph.D. must be completed by the start date, July 1, 2014.
Interested candidates should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter that describes research interests; (3) a teaching statement that includes both a general statement of teaching philosophy and short descriptions of two proposed undergraduate courses (one at the introductory and another at the advanced level) that would contribute to our existing curriculum; and (4) the introduction and a chapter of the dissertation or a more recent book. (5) Candidates should submit three confidential letters of recommendation through Interfolio. Please submit application materials online at http://apply.interfolio.com/22738.
- To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by October 21, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or the search is closed. Inquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
- Does anyone know if they are planning to interview at the AAR?
- Contacted w/request for videoconference, but can't say if they are also doing AAR interviews (11/13)
- Campus interviews are happening this week and next.
City College of New York, CUNY - Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies (Hebrew and Yiddish)[edit | edit source]
The Division of Humanities and Arts at The City College (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY) announces a major expansion of its Jewish Studies program, aided by a generous gift from Michael and Irene Ross. We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Hebrew and Yiddish. Applicants may be scholars of Jewish literature or historians who work with Hebrew and Yiddish sources. The specific chronological and geographic focus is open. The faculty appointment will be to the appropriate department. The position begins Fall 2014.
The Jewish Studies Program at CCNY attracts a largely non-Jewish student body, with nearly 1000 registering for the program's classes each academic year. The successful candidates should be able to communicate their expertise effectively to a diverse student body. The Division of Humanities and Arts encompasses eight departments and includes internationally distinguished professors. The faculty collaborate in interdisciplinary programs at the college and provide a high-level liberal arts education. QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include Ph.D. in related discipline by start date and commitment to teaching, research, and program service. HOW TO APPLY: Please upload a CV, a teaching portfolio (including teaching evaluations and a statement of teaching philosophy), and writing sample (chapter or article) to Job Opening 9085 at http://www.cuny.edu. Please submit all requested materials as a single PDF document.
In addition to applying online, please have three letters of recommendation sent to: CCNY Jewish Studies Search, c/o Carlos Riobo, North Academic Center, Room 5/223, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
- CLOSING DATE: Open until filled, with review of applications to begin November 1st.
- any news? (11/20)
- Interviews (Skype) took place this week (first week of Dec)
- what's your field of study?
College of Idaho - Berger-Neilsen Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies[edit | edit source]
The College of Idaho invites applications from dynamic teachers and creative scholars for the fully endowed Berger- Neilsen Chair of Judaic Studies (funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant). This will be the first endowed chair in Judaic Studies in the state of Idaho, and one of the few such chairs in the Pacific Northwest and the intermountain region. This Chair will be characterized by a conscious partnership with local Jewish leaders and communities throughout the region. The Program the Chair oversees will broadly explore Judaism and the role Jewish people and culture have played in shaping human experience.
The responsibilities of the Chair will include teaching five courses a year on a wide range of subjects, directly administering the fully endowed Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies at The College of Idaho, and designing fund-raising and community outreach plans. The Lectureship Program will be an outstanding opportunity to develop a vibrant intellectual community in Boise, Sun Valley, and throughout the region through lectures and classes on Jewish religion, culture, and history.
Specialization for this interdisciplinary position is open, but preference will be given to candidates who can offer engaging undergraduate courses on various aspects of Jewish history, especially Modern Israel, as well as Jewish religion, including the study of Jewish texts (the Tanach, Mishnah, and Talmud), and, potentially, classical Hebrew. The Chair will have the opportunity to participate in study abroad in Israel or other regions as appropriate. Ph.D. is required for this tenure-track position. Rank and compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Founded in 1891, the College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private college. It has educated some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. Our distinctive liberal arts curriculum challenges students to attain literacy in each of four academic areas, or “peaks”--the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and a professional field. Four of the previous six Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professors of the Year are members of the College’s faculty. Caldwell, a community of 46,000, is a half-hour drive from Idaho’s capital, Boise. The location is within easy reach of Idaho’s splendid mountains, providing opportunities for outdoor activities. Boise is also home to congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, the oldest synagogue in continuous use west of the Mississippi River.
- Review of files will commence on October 20 in preparation for interviews at the AJS meeting. Submit cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, and student evaluations to: firstname.lastname@example.org . The College of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
- Contacted for an AJS interview (11/12)
- Congrats on the interview, Are you tenured? tenure track?
- Not the previous poster, but I also had an interview and I'm not tenured.
- Don't know what it may mean, but I am at the AJS now, and they had a note on the message board inviting people to send a CV and phone number if they wish to be considered for an interview for the position at the AJS. Never seen it before.
- Campus interview date set.
- what is your field?
Columbia University (NY) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor, Jewish and Israel Studies[edit | edit source]
The Department of Religion and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University invite applications for a shared appointment to the first Carl and Bernice Witten Professorship of Jewish and Israel Studies, at the level of tenure-track assistant professor, tenure-track associate professor, or tenured associate professor. This position will be located in the Department of Religion. Primary areas of desired specialization include Jewish mysticism and Jewish thought and philosophy. The ideal candidate should possess, in addition to mastery of Hebrew and relevant Jewish languages, evidence of or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching and research, samples of syllabi, writing sample, and three reference letters.
- Review of applications will begin February 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. For more information and to apply for the position, please use the following URL: http://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58606
- this job has been advertised previously, does anyone know why it wasn't filled?
- It is an awkward union between Jewish Studies (text-centered scholars) and the Religion Department (mainly theory-heads).
- I heard it's amateur-hour there.
- Care to expand on that thought?
- Any updates on this? Anyone heard anything?
- Received email (5/7) that search failed, position has been discontinued.
- As was stated above, it's amateur-hour there. What an embarrassment.
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in Jewish history and culture, with special emphasis on the civilization of Spanish-Portuguese Jewry both within the Iberian Peninsula and throughout the Sephardic diaspora. The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of Jewish literature and culture of the Iberian Peninsula in both Hebrew and Arabic and be able to study them within their Islamic – Arabic contexts. Ideally, the candidate will also be conversant with the history and culture of Christian Iberia in the Middle Ages. It is expected that the successful candidate will participate actively in both the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Program in Medieval Studies. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2014. The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged
Doctorate or terminal degree in related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. All candidates should demonstrate excellence in teaching and research. Candidates for a tenured appointment should also demonstrate intellectual leadership in the field, as well as potential for significant contributions to the Department, the University and the wider scholarly community.
- Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu):1. Cover letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Teaching Statement 4. Research Statement. Candidates for tenure-track position are also required to submit names and contact information of 3-5 referees. (At least three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when at least three letters have been received).
- We anticipate that we will begin to review applications on or about November 1st, and we anticipate that we will conduct interviews at the meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, held in Boston in December. Applications will be received only via the Harvard Employment web site, https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/
- Also posted at H-NET
- Three well-established but younger scholars who do medieval/early modern periods are being brought to campus in February.
Indiana University - Full or Associate Professor of Modern European Jewish History[edit | edit source]
- See full post at European History 2013-14
Jewish Theological Seminary - Two Assistant Professors of Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
The Jewish Theological Seminary invites applications for two faculty appointments at the rank of assistant professor beginning July 1, 2014:
- One tenure-track position
- One three-year contractually limited (non-tenure-track) appointment with the possibility of renewal
While both appointments are open to candidates who hold an earned doctoral degree in any field of Jewish Studies, preference will be given to those with expertise in the areas of (1) Ancient Judaism; or (2) Jewish Thought with specialization in ethics; or (3) Social-scientific study of contemporary Jewish communities.
JTS welcomes applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, disability, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factors as prohibited by law.
The appointments carry with them all the normal benefits and responsibilities that pertain to full-time teaching faculty. In addition to maintaining an excellent standard of teaching and an active program of research and publication, faculty members are expected to participate in activities (both within and beyond JTS) that serve the JTS mission to “integrate rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with a commitment to strengthening Jewish tradition, Jewish lives, and Jewish communities.”
Applicants should submit electronically:
- A letter of application, including a statement of research interests and teaching competencies (syllabi attached if available)
- A current CV
- The names of three references along with their contact information
- A writing sample
- Applicants who have submitted all materials by January 12, 2014 will be given full consideration. Preliminary interviews may be conducted at the Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies. Applications and requests for additional information should be sent to email@example.com.
- Email confirmation of receipt of materials on 1/12/2014.
- Has anyone been contacted for additional materials or interviews yet?
- Contacted for skype interview - 1/30/14 (x3)
- To those contacted for an interview--what are your fields?
- Had a Skype interview last week. Anyone know when they are getting back to people?
- There are more Skype interviews going on until at least March 10.
- Rejection email 1/30/14. Stated they were "overwhelmed with applicants."
- Rejection email after skype interview 3/10/14 (Ancient Judaism) (x2)
- The Ancient Judaism search has been cancelled due to lack of funds! 5/5/2014
- Very bad move. Now, once again they've got everyone talking. There is a such thing as bad PR.
Lafayette College - Religious Studies (Jewish Studies)[edit | edit source]
Lafayette College announces a position open to applicants at any rank, beginning fall 2014, for a scholar with expertise in Jewish Studies to be appointed as the Philip and Muriel Berman Scholar. In addition to teaching courses in his/her area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach courses in world religions, and contribute to the College’s interdisciplinary programs as well as the Berman Center for Jewish Studies. Candidates applying at the senior rank must have a distinguished record of scholarship in their field(s) of specialization.
Lafayette is a highly selective liberal arts college of 2,400 students offering degrees in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, located in eastern Pennsylvania approximately 70 miles from New York and Philadelphia. Faculty members teach a 3:2 load and receive generous research support. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.
- Applicants should upload a letter of application, C.V., short writing sample, and teaching portfolio, and arrange for academic transcripts and three confidential letters of reference to be uploaded by Oct. 15, 2013. Questions may be directed to Robin Rinehart, Head, Department of Religious Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Also posted at Religious Studies 2013-2014
- Email request for AAR/SBL interview on 11/14.
- ^^ How many who got interviews are ABD? How many PhD in hand (x1)?- I had an interview, and I have PhD in hand.
- Me too- PhD in hand.
- ANyone who got an interview hear about campus visits yet? <-- No word yet on my end. I was told in the interview that they would make a decision by the holidays, so I'm fairly certain the silence is bad news. I'm guessing those who got invites aren't on the wiki page.
- They told me they would get back to me the beginning of January. Good luck all!
- Would those who had interviews be willing to share what their primary subfield within Jewish Studies is?
- Sure- Rabbinics for me.
- I have not posted previously. Had AAR interview. Have not heard otherwise. I am an associate (tenured) professor, specialty contemporary American Judaism. My understanding of the timeline was slightly different; I was told during the interview that they would be scheduling campus interviews in February or later and might not be in contact until they all return to campus in late January. On the one hand, that is quite late. On the other hand--from my experience on hiring committees, scheduling really can be crazy. Good luck to all!
- I was given the same timeline - end of January.
- Has anyone heard anything further?
- Not here, but this is their first week back, so even if they manage to meet this week, they might not get a chance to arrange and send out emails till next week. It's obviously possible that they already invited their finalists and are just not on the wiki, but it's also possible that we'll hear next week. Torture, I know, but for now, all is not lost.
- Job talks scheduled.
- Well then. I guess as is lost after all. Congrats to the finalists.
- Received email today (4/8) that search has been concluded and offer accepted.
Missouri State University - Religious Studies (post-Biblical Judaism)[edit | edit source]
MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies, anticipates an August 2014 opening for an assistant professor specializing in post-biblical Judaism, tenure eligible.
Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. completed by August 1, 2014, and must demonstrate strong potential in teaching and research. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and M.A. courses in Judaism and will regularly teach one of the department's survey courses. The department is particularly interested in scholars of rabbinic, medieval, or early modern Judaism, whose research interests engage fields such as classical texts and/or biblical commentary, gender studies, or interreligious encounter. Candidates should be interested in engaging broad intellectual questions and be familiar with issues and approaches in the academic study of religion. Additionally, they must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and to integrating multicultural issues into their courses.
Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness (course evaluations), course documents (syllabi), copies of all transcripts, and a publication or writing sample are to be submitted with the online application at https://jobs.missouristate.edu.
Three confidential letters of reference are to be sent to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Austra Reinis, Religious Studies Department, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO, 65897 (fax: 417-836-4757). Inquiries may also be addressed to Dr. Austra Reinis, e-mail: email@example.com.
- First consideration of applicants begins on September 3, 2013, and continues until position is filled. AA/EOE. Employment will require a criminal background check at university expense
- Also posted at Religious Studies 2013-2014
- Contacted for phone interview (9/27)
- Contacted for campus visit (10/19)
- Contacted for campus visit (10/19)
- Position offered (11/22) and accepted
Monash University - Lecturer in Jewish History (Modern Jewish History)[edit | edit source]
The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation seeks to fill a continuing teaching and research position to be taken up in January 2014. The area of expertise sought for this position lies in Modern Jewish History with a specialisation in West European Jewish history in the twentieth century.
You will require an ability to contribute to teaching in areas of high student interest offered by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and to participate in team-teaching large courses. As the successful candidate, you will be expected to undertake supervision of research students, engage in original and innovative research, undertake a major research project and apply for research grants.
- AJS web site gives a deadline of November 10 even though the job description says November 7.
- invited for Skype interview
Old Dominion University (VA) - Religious Studies/Jewish Traditions - CANCELLED[edit | edit source] Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Concentrating in Jewish Traditions. Candidate will be responsible for teaching introductory World Religions, as well as upper- and graduate-level Religious Studies courses. Compelling evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness required. Successful candidate will be expected to continue an active research agenda and work as a public intellectual within the local community. The candidate will also work closely with ODU's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding and help develop a graduate certificate in Interfaith Studies for ODU's Humanities Institute. Completed PhD in Philosophy or PhD or ThD in Religious Studies or Theology required by the time of appointment and preferred by time of application. Preference will be given to candidates whose research demonstrates engagement contemporary Jewish Thought or religion in the public sphere. Preference will also be given to candidates whose teaching interests complement existing strengths within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
- To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample (10,000 words max.), evidence of teaching effectiveness, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of reference to https://jobs.odu.edu/ To ensure full consideration, application must be submitted by 1/3/2014. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. Phone interviews will be conducted in early 2014.
- Any news?
- ANY News?
- just got an email from them that the search was cancelled (2/11)
Pacific Lutheran University - Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies[edit | edit source]
- Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA invites applications for a tenure-track position in Holocaust and modern European History beginning September 1, 2014. Academic rank depending on experience with the expectation of Associate or above. The position combines administrative responsibilities with teaching obligations and the expectation of regular and substantive scholarly contributions to the field of Holocaust history. Ph.D. in History or a closely related field required. Candidates should have experience with public outreach and organization of events, and a willingness to engage in fundraising.
- Review of application materials will begin November 1, 2013, but the position will remain open until filled. Full description, qualifications, and application available at http://employment.plu.edu. PLU is an AA/EOE employer.
- Has anyone heard from them yet? (11/19)
- Still no developments?
- Invited for AHA interview (12/12)
- Rejection (12/23)
Penn State University - Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
The Jewish Studies Program and Department of History at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for the Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, a tenured position that will begin in August, 2014. The tenure home will be within History. Applicants should currently hold tenure at the rank of associate professor or professor.
We seek a distinguished scholar with a dynamic research agenda in the area of European Jewish History after 1750. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of research and publications within the fields of Jewish Studies and History. We also seek someone who will enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of both units, and who will play a leadership role in the growing Jewish Studies program. Excellent teaching abilities and a strong interest in teaching courses at all levels, particularly courses relating to the Holocaust, are essential.
- Applications received on or before October 1, 2013 will be guaranteed full review. Applications for the position must be submitted electronically at the following Web site: www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch/. Please send a letter of application describing both current and future research and teaching/mentoring experience; a full CV, including the names and contact information of three references; and representative publications.
- Note: this position was also advertised last year; see Jewish Studies 2012-2013
- Does anyone know what happened last year?
- Had a phone interview in late October.
- They are doing on campus interviews now.
- Rejection email received, with a note that they have filled the position. (2/14)
Penn State University -- Open Rank, Modern European Jewish History[edit | edit source]
- Listed Under European History Jobs: http://academicjobs.wikia.com/wiki/European_History_2013-14
Princeton University - Israel Studies (TT Asst. Prof.)[edit | edit source]
The Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position in Israel Studies to begin September 1, 2014. Discipline and specialization are open. We seek candidates trained in history, literature, politics, or other relevant fields of the humanities and social sciences. Appropriate fields of specialization include the history of the state of Israel and its formation, the history of the Zionist movement, Israeli politics, Israeli literature, Hebrew literature of the pre-state period, or other aspects of Israeli culture.
Rank: Assistant Professor, PhD in hand or expected. Position will be open until filled.
Essential Qualifications: Candidates trained in history, literature, politics, or other relevant fields of the humanities and social sciences. Appropriate fields of specialization include the history of the state of Israel and its formation, the history of the Zionist movement, Israeli politics, Israeli literature, Hebrew literature of the pre-state period, or other aspects of Israeli culture. PhD in hand or expected
- To apply, complete an online application at https://jobs.princeton.edu. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including language proficiencies and teaching experience), statement of research interest, and an essay or chapter of published writing or work-in-progress. Applicants must supply three names of references and their contact information in their online application. Review of applications will begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.
Princeton University - Jewish and/or Christian Populations of the Pre-Modern Muslim World (Open Rank)[edit | edit source]
- See full post at World/Global History 2013-14
San Francisco State University - John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies (Open Rank)[edit | edit source]
San Francisco State University, a vibrant urban public university with 30,000 students, invites applications for the position of the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies, to begin in Fall 2014.
Applicants at all ranks will be considered. Tenured appointment possible at the Associate or Full Professor level. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree required; applicants at the Assistant level must, at a minimum, complete all doctoral requirements by August 1, 2014. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching and have high quality publications, with a particular emphasis in the field of American Jewish studies. The candidate chosen for this position will provide intellectual and collegial leadership within a broad range of activities of SF State’s Department of Jewish Studies, which includes contributing to the university's mission of community engagement. The ability to work as a public intellectual in Jewish studies is desirable. Scholars may apply from a wide array of disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cultural studies, education, ethics, history, literature, media studies, modern Jewish thought, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and women’s/gender studies. This position will reflect the intrinsically interdisciplinary nature of Jewish studies. Broad familiarity with Jewish studies is desirable.
The successful applicant will be expected to teach two courses per semester, both lower and upper division undergraduate courses. Other duties include research, advising, curriculum development, committee service, representation of the Department of Jewish Studies in the community, and leadership in outreach activities. For information about Jewish Studies at SF State, see the website, http://www.sfsu.edu/~jewish/.
Salary will be competitive, commensurate with qualifications. SF State provides generous health and retirement benefits, as well as domestic partner benefits.
San Francisco State University, a member of the 23-campus California State University system, serves a diverse student body of undergraduate and graduate students. The mission of the University is to promote scholarship, freedom, human diversity, intellectual accomplishment, and excellence in instruction. SF State faculty must excel in teaching and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through continued research, publications, and/or creative activities.
- Application: Applicants must send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant publications, evidence of teaching experience, and at least three letters of reference. Review of applications and supporting materials will begin October 31, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Send applications and supporting materials to the address below.
- Anyone hear about interviews, yet?
- It's only been 5 days. Not time to panic just yet on this one. (11/5)
- I've heard that people have been contacted for phone interviews. I am not one of them, however. (11/8) (x2)
- Has this search reached the stage of scheduling on-campus visits?
- Official rejection via email x4 (12/4)
- Any update on this search? (2/20)
University of Buffalo, SUNY - TT Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies: The Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage (IJTH) at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, invites applications at the Assistant Professor level, tenure track, to begin fall 2014. Area of expertise open; candidates with interests that complement those of the current faculty are especially welcome to apply. The IJTH was formally inaugurated in fall 2008, already has a B.A. in place, and plans to develop into a M.A. and Ph.D. granting department of Jewish studies. The department is concerned with all elements of Jewish civilization and history, with a special emphasis on ethics, philosophy, Jewish thought and hermeneutic theory. Minimum requirement of Ph.D. by June 2014; expectations of quality research, teaching (two courses per semester), and service to the University or program.
- To apply, visit: http//www.UBJOBS.buffalo.edu (Posting #1300657) and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by November 21, 2013, for interviews conducted at the Association of Jewish Studies annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, December 15-17, 2013. For further information see www.jewishstudies.buffalo.edu, or contact Richard A. Cohen, Director, Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage, 712 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260. The University at Buffalo is an AA/EO Employer, and we strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enhance the University community's diversity.
- Anybody heard anything yet?
- ^^ Rumor has it that a few preliminary interviews took place at AAR but because of the deadline that was not a comprehensive list.
- Mmm... the job post mentions only AJS. Does that mean that they are looking for someone in the field of religion although "area of expertise open"?
- invitation for an interview at AJS (12/9 x3)
- ^^What is your area? ABD or PHD in hand?
- PhD in hand, modern/contemporary Jewish thought and culture
- PhD in hand, Hebrew Bible/Early Judaism
- Invitation to campus interview (1/2/14)
- campus interview date set
The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenured faculty position in Jewish Studies, with a starting date of July 1, 2014. Appointment will be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
Candidates must have a doctoral degree or its equivalent in Jewish Studies, or in a field that intersects with Jewish Studies. These may include but are not limited to: history, literature, anthropology, performance or film studies, political science, and sociology.
Desirable qualifications include a strong record of teaching and research that meets the requirements of tenure at Berkeley, and a demonstrated emphasis in Jewish Studies through publications and other scholarly activities. Candidates are expected to be comfortable with and enthusiastic about teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and engaged in streams of research that will enrich not only his/her home department(s), but also the activities of the Center for Jewish Studies. We prefer an established scholar with institutional vision, a commitment to the inherent interdisciplinarity of Jewish Studies regardless of ones home department, and an inclination toward the extracurricular efforts needed to build a rich and multi-dimensional culture of Jewish Studies at Berkeley.
The successful candidate will hold a faculty appointment in a department or departments within the College of Letters and Science. Departmental affiliation(s) will be determined by the candidates disciplinary training, and by the fit with broader university plans for faculty hires.
The University of California, Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit calcierge.berkeley.edu.
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 on confidentiality, (http://www.chance.berkeley.edu/apo/evallotr.html) prior to submitting their letters. The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly urged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00348
- Application deadline is February 5th, 2014. Questions should be directed to the Center for Jewish Studies Manager, Melissa Hacker at email@example.com
- ANYONE have a clue what they're actually looking for?
- There is talk that this is actually a position for one of the big names in Jewish studies that wants to move to the west coast. I am not sure I believe this rumor but who knows.
- Rejection email received. 2/18
University of California, Santa Cruz - Ancient Comparative Mediterranean Studies[edit | edit source]
Primary focus in texts and languages of the ancient Mediterranean. The successful applicant will be competent to teach texts at all levels in both ancient Greek and classical Latin. Preference will be given to applicants whose research and teaching areas include a relevant third language literature such as Arabic (classical), Hebrew (Biblical/rabbinic), Iranian (Avestan, Old and Middle Persian), or Sanskrit. We seek scholars whose work transcends traditional literary and textual approaches by conceptualizing the ancient Mediterranean as a dynamic space of cultural and historical significance. The successful candidate will be expected to teach large undergraduate lecture courses and small advanced seminars, and actively participate in the graduate program. This position carries a five-course equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying other academic and service responsibilities. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.
RANK: Assistant or Associate Professor SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Assistant professor level: PhD or equivalent degree (in hand at time of application) in Classics, Comparative Literature, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, or related fields; a record of research and scholarly productivity, including a book in preparation or forthcoming; a record of college teaching; competence in Greek and Latin.
Associate professor level: PhD or equivalent degree in Classics, Comparative Literature, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, or related fields; a record of research and scholarly productivity, including a book published or forthcoming; a record of college teaching; competence in Greek and Latin.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Assistant Professor: Experience working with graduate students; competence in a relevant third language literature. Associate Professor: Experience supervising doctoral work; competence in a relevant third language literature.
POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2014, with academic year beginning September 2014. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include an informative letter of application (clearly outlining your educational background, teaching experience, and publication record), vitae, three current confidential letters of recommendation* (2010 or later), two syllabi, and a short representative writing sample (30 pages max. in PDF format). Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00036. Refer to Position #JPF00036-14 in all correspondence.
- CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2013. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2014.
- Rejection email (no interview) 1/2
University of Cincinnati - TT Assistant Professor, Israel and Modern Jewish Thought[edit | edit source]
The Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Israel and Modern Jewish Thought. This is a full-time tenure-track position, beginning August 1, 2014.
The successful candidate will be a promising scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. Qualified candidates will be familiar with the critical, academic study of Israel and Modern Jewish Thought within a broader, global context. Also desirable would be background in theories and methods in the study of religion, competency in Modern Hebrew, and the ability to integrate digital technologies into the research and teaching of Jewish Studies. Teaching responsibilities include the introductory courses Modern Jewish Civilization, Modern Jewish Thinkers, and Modern Israel, advanced courses on Israel and Jewish thought, and advising research projects of advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will also serve on committees and generally work to further the department’s growth and prestige. We are seeking individuals whose research and teaching activities are consistent with our mission, which emphasizes a commitment to diversity and to collaborative projects nationally and internationally.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in hand by July 31, 2014, clear evidence of research and publication activity, solid evidence of teaching effectiveness, and knowledge of Modern Hebrew. Applicants for this position must apply online to http://www.jobsatuc.com (position number 213UC6187). Cover letter should address the candidate’s effectiveness and consistency with both the position and the mission of the Department and indicate experience and success with teaching and interacting with culturally diverse populations. Include a current vita, samples of scholarly work, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Three letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to Matthew Kraus firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 513-556-2298) or mailed to Judaic Studies Search Committee C/O Matthew Kraus Dept. of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210169 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0169. Applications must be submitted by November 7, 2013 and will not be considered complete until all letters of recommendation have been received. For questions, please contact Professor Jana Braziel, Chair of Search Committee (513) 556-0350 [email@example.com].
- Application deadline: November 7, 2013. Screening of applications will begin promptly on November 7 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, people with disability and veterans are encouraged to apply. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meetings of AAR/SBL and AJS.
- emailed an invitation for interview (11/13)
- Campus visits were held over the course of January. Any news?
- Position offered and accepted (2/24)
University of Louisville - Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
The University of Louisville invites applications for an established scholar and distinguished teacher, at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, for an endowed chair in Jewish Studies, to be housed in its Humanities Program. While the area of specialization is open, we seek a colleague with active interdisciplinary research and teaching agendas that reflect the inherently intercultural and/or transnational nature of the Jewish experience. In addition, the position necessitates strong investment in graduate and undergraduate teaching, program administration, and community engagement. Salary, teaching load, and research support are competitive. The position begins July 1, 2014. Ph.D. and significant publication record are required. Interested applicants must submit an online application and upload a letter of interest, a CV and the following documents under the “Other Document” category as one document – (1) a description of research (250-500 words), (2) a description of teaching methods (250-500 words) (3) one to two writing samples (maximum 10,000 words total) and (4) two syllabi (graduate and undergraduate) to https://highereddecisions.com/uofl/current_vacancies.asp, Job Opening #UL106. No mail or e-mail submissions will be accepted. For queries, contact Ms. Shari Gater firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications received by January 6, 2014 will receive priority consideration. The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Americans with Disabilities Employer, which is committed to diversity and, in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - Judaic Studies Sephardic Jewry, Mediterranean Perspective on Global History and Culture[edit | edit source]
The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies seeks a scholar of Sephardic Jewry with strong interdisciplinary commitments. Specialization is open: history, religious studies, literature, anthropology, material culture, music, or gender studies. This scholar will participate in a cluster hire devoted to the Mediterranean as a dynamic arena of cultural, religious, and political exchange and activity. We aim to enhance the study of Mediterranean Jewry in interaction with multiple cultures and religions as well as in relationship to spaces of travel, commerce, and displacement. Specific research focus might include migration, conversion, translation, the history of the book, history of science, or of economy. Linguistic training should include Hebrew and at least one other language (such as Judeo-Spanish/Ladino, Ottoman Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish, or Arabic). We favor trans-cultural and/or transnational approaches as the successful candidate will be participating not only in dialogues within Judaic Studies, but also with other members of the cluster hire of four faculty members in Anthropology, History of Art, and Romance Languages and Literatures.
Rank: Assistant Professor. Appointment may also be made at the Associate Professor level. PhD and teaching experience are required. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2014.
- Applications should be sent to Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, 202 S. Thayer Street, Ste. 2111, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, faxed to (734) 936-2186, or emailed to email@example.com. All candidates should furnish a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching excellence (if available). Junior candidates should submit three letters of recommendation and senior candidates should send names of suggested reviewers by February 21, 2014.
- snail mail rejection, dated Feb. 25 x2
- Offer made to inside candidate and accepted, early April
- Not an inside candidate, but offer made and accepted.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Assistant Professor, Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought and Culture[edit | edit source]
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Religious Studies invites applications for an assistant professor position, the Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Fellow in Modern Jewish Thought and Culture. Candidates should have broad training in any area of modern Jewish thought and culture, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, and engagement with larger issues in the study of religion. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate level (including an introduction to Jewish Studies) and graduate courses. The successful candidate will also play a part in the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and collaborate with faculty members in other areas of the university. Preference will be given to candidates who already have a Ph.D. in hand, and the appointment will begin July 1, 2014.
- To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Submit an online application including the following materials: a letter of application, a cv, and a writing sample. Click on https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/33349 to apply for the position (paper or email applications will not be accepted). In addition, arrange to have four original, signed letters of recommendation sent by mail to: Chair of Modern Jewish Thought and Culture Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, CB #3225, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3225 (http://religion.unc.edu). The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- I spoke with someone from UNC at AAR and he confirmed that they are NOT doing AJS interviews; their first round will be via Skype. He did not indicate a time-table on that, however.
- Has anyone heard from them?
- 12/6 Contacted for Skype interview.
- any news anyone?
- Any news?
- position offered and accepted earlier this month (March 2014)
- Got an email this morning telling me they had narrowed down to a short list. Which, you know, since they apparently hired someone a month ago is a VERY short list at this point. Odd.
The Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Jewish thought and culture at the rank of assistant professor. Period and area of specialization is open. We seek an accomplished scholar who can teach broadly about Jewish religion, culture, literature and history within a department of theology, as well as offering more specialized courses in her or his area of expertise. Ph.D. required. The successful candidate will be sympathetic to the mission of the University of Notre Dame, which seeks a distinctive educational and scholarly excellence founded on its Catholic identity.
- Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that encourages applications from women and members of under-represented ethnic groups. The University particularly seeks candidates who demonstrate excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Information about Notre Dame is available at http://www.nd.edu.
- A complete application will include a letter of application, CV, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Materials in the form of email attachments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, but should be followed by printed copies via U.S. Mail or other carrier, sent to Professor J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
- Any news here? (11/23)
- I've been told that those who've made the first cut will be notified early next week. Not sure if they're doing AJS interviews (12/4)
- Any news? (12/13)
- Invitations for AJS interviews went out last week.
- Post-AJS update?
- Any news?
- None on my front (02/04).
- Nothing here either (02/04).
- Form rejection email 2/12 - Did you have a conference interview or was this first contact since application? (That was my first contact, no conference interview.)
- Invitation to campus interview
- When did invitations to campus interviews go out? Thank you.
- Early last week (2/16). Campus interviews are next month.
- See full post at Biblical Studies 2013-2014
University of Potsdam (School of Jewish Theology) - Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies[edit | edit source]
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Potsdam currently establishes a (worldwide) unique center for academic Jewish theology. It realizes a 200 year old demand formulated by Rabbi Abraham Geiger. He wanted Jewish theology created as an equal subject to the Christian theologies at German universities. Finally, in the winter semester 2013/14 we form now the new “School of Jewish Theology” in co-operation with the Abraham Geiger College and the Zacharias Frankel College for rabbinical training. We would like to add to the existing Professorship of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature the following professorial chair together with other Professorships at the next possible date: W1 Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies
The tasks of the professorship are to carry out research and teaching in the field of Jewish liturgy in its historical development stages and various religious characteristics, especially liberal and conservative Judaism. This includes life and annual cycle rituals as well as the musical arrangement of liturgy. Religious legal issues should also be considered.
Applicants should be capable of taking a comparative and ritual-theoretical perspective of other religions. Their doctorate and research should belong to this field. The tasks include active participation in the coordination of the Centre for interreligious studies (currently being started up) which, as a central scientific unit of the university, should establish broad thematic networking with all faculties.
Applications from ordained graduates of rabbinical seminaries which are recognised in Germany as universities (H+) in accordance with the standards of the German ministers of education and cultural affairs are particularly welcome.
According to State law (Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz - BbgHG), preconditions for the appointment as a Junior Professor include a completed university education, teaching skills, and a special qualification for academic work, which is usually demonstrated though an outstanding PhD thesis. International experience, an outstanding publication record and a teaching record are advantageous. The total time for completion of the PhD and subsequent post-doc employment should not have exceeded six years.
Appointments are made according to §§ 38 and 44 BbgHG. The appointment as a civil servant or a public employee will be made for up to four years in the first instance and can be extended to up to 6 years in total, conditional upon a positive evaluation.
University of Potsdam and the Abraham-Geiger-Kolleg are equal opportunity employers. The University of Potsdam offers dual career support and coaching for newly-appointed professors: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/neue-beschaeftigte/information-for-newly-appointed-professors.html
- Applications should be sent to University of Potsdam, Office of the President, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany, until 04.12.2013.
University of Potsdam (School of Jewish Theology) - History of Jewish Religion and Jewish Thought[edit | edit source]
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Potsdam currently establishes a (worldwide) unique center for academic Jewish theology. It realizes a 200 year old demand formulated by Rabbi Abraham Geiger. He wanted Jewish theology created as an equal subject to the Christian theologies at German universities. Finally, in the winter semester 2013/14 we form now the new “School of Jewish Theology” in co-operation with the Abraham Geiger College and the Zacharias Frankel College for rabbinical training. We would like to add to the existing Professorship of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature the following professorial chair together with other Professorships: W3 Professorship for History of Jewish Religion and Jewish Thought
The holder of this professorship shall represent the discipline of “History of Jewish Religion and Thought“ in research and teaching in its entire breadth. The professorship deals with the worldwide history of Jewish religion and thought from the time of the Second Temple until the present. A focus should be put on Rabbinical Judaism.
The holder is to represent his or her area as a core discipline in preparation for the training of rabbis and cantors. Despite this, Jewish theology is also taught without an emphasis on congregational involvement. This requires a willingness to co-operate with the Institute for Jewish and Religious Studies and with the Centre for Interreligious Studies at Potsdam University (now being established) as well as the Berlin-Brandenburg Centre for Jewish Studies.
The duties of the professorship do not only include research and work in the university bodies of self-administration, but also teaching in the courses of studies leading to B.A. and M.A. degrees in the areas of “Jewish Theology”, “Jewish Studies” and “Religious Sciences”. The professorship also includes the supervision on post graduate and post doctoral level.
The position requires a special familiarity with Jewish insider perspectives and positions. Any applicant shall belong to a Jewish congregation.
Any applicant needs to have pedagogical and didactical skills at university level, must hold a postdoctoral thesis or comparable qualification in History of Religion, Jewish or Judaic Studies. Any applicant must have a track record in obtaining third party funded projects and organisation of academic conferences. Ordained graduates of rabbinical seminaries which are recognised in Germany as universities (H+) in accordance with the standards of the German ministers of education and cultural affairs are particularly welcome to apply.
The process for filling this position will be conducted in accordance with section 38 BbgHG (University and College Act of Brandenburg State).
Appointment will be made according to the laws of Brandenburg (Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz - BbgHG § 38, 41). According to state law (§ 41 Abs. 1 BbgHG) the contract will be limited, in case it is the first appointment of the successful applicant as university professor, with the possibility of tenure after 2 years. In case of successful tenure review, there is no further appointment procedure.
Potsdam University is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Potsdam offers dual career support and coaching for newly-appointed professors: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/en/neue-beschaeftigte/information-for-newly-appointed-professors.html
- Applications should be sent to University of Potsdam, Office of the President, Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany, until 04.12.2013.
University of Southern California - Assistant Professor of Religion (Jews and Jewish Life in the Modern Mediterranean) [edit | edit source]
- The School of Religion in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Religion, specializing in Jews and Jewish life in the modern Mediterranean (ca. 1800 to present), anticipated to begin Fall 2014. Candidates should have a PhD by the start date and should have demonstrated the promise of excellence in both research and teaching.
- In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the "CLICK HERE" button at the top or bottom of this page. The applicant should upload a CV, a sample research paper, a statement of research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and graduate transcripts as well as provide the names of three referees. Inquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
- Review of applications will begin on October 15, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted. USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.
- I heard this is a spousal hire. Anyone else heard anything?
- I didn't even apply. [posted Oct. 22]
- Its so obvious it's embarrassing
- Didn't they hire her last year?
- Heard they didn't get their act together in time. Dean's wife chair of search, should be a go this time around. Expect early decision.
- Ding, ding. Search has concluded, as expected.
- Shocker!! What a waste of people's time, money and dignity. This kind of academic shenanigan makes my blood boil. I'm sure this type of maneuver can be legally challenged, but who's going to bother, right? Anyhow. I'm sure the candidate is pleased with the result and sees nothing wrong with her/his self entitlement.
- Presumably true, but at the very least, the domino effect of the shenanigans is a new legit search in the field, just posted...
- The best are not always the brightest. Are they inviting one or multiple finalists?
University of Washington - Classical Judaism[edit | edit source]
The Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in classical Judaism. Possible areas of specialization include rabbinics, medieval commentarial literature, medieval philosophy, Jewish mysticism or Jewish law. The ideal candidate will study the Jewish religious and textual tradition within a broader cultural and comparative context. We expect this hire to play an integral role in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program, a nationally renowned program whose mission includes community engagement, outstanding scholarship, and exploring the integration of Jewish Studies and digital technologies. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Comparative Religion program and to the interdisciplinary curriculum of the Jackson School.
The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching four courses per academic year over three quarters. A PhD or foreign equivalent by date of appointment is strongly preferred. This position is a full-time, nine-month appointment. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.
- Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by October 15, 2013. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation for consideration. Materials should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oct. 22: Email request for more materials (x6)
- What materials?
- Writing sample (10-15 pages) and "sample syllabus or teaching portfolio"
- Oct. 29: Email request for more materials (x2)
- Oct. 29: A request for further additional materials (See above 10/22) or a new request for more materials?
- It seemed to me that it was the same request others received on Oct. 22, just at a later date. The only reasons I can come up with for why they would do this is that they wanted to stagger the request dates so as not to be inundated with materials, or that they weren't that enthusiastic about the materials received on Oct. 22 and wanted to broaden the pool in order to find more acceptable semi-finalists. I don't know, just speculating here.
- Nov. 13: Email for interview (x5)
- For those of you who received interview requests, were your additional materials requested on 10/22 or 10/29?
- 10/22 (x4)
- Email request for interview on 11/14. Seems like they're staggering their requests for some reason.
- Called for campus visit (12/23) (x3)
- position offered and accepted
University of Wisconsin - Assistant Professor of Modern European Jewish History[edit | edit source]
- Listed under European History: http://academicjobs.wikia.com/wiki/European_History_2013-14
Wake Forest University - Rubin Chair of Jewish and Israeli History - CANCELLED[edit | edit source]
Wake Forest University invites applications for the Mike and Deborah Rubin Chair of Jewish and Israeli History for an appointment at the associate or full professor level beginning July 2014. Research may be focused on any aspect of Jewish history; preference will be given to those who will enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of the University. The teaching duties include Jewish history as well as Israeli history, and must include an introductory level World Civilizations course. Excellent teaching of undergraduates and high-quality scholarship are central to Wake Forest’s mission.
To apply, please send a letter of application, c.v., transcript copies, and separate statement of teaching philosophy to https://wakejobs.silkroad.com. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com. Technical problems with submissions may be directed to (336) 758-4700. All materials must be received no later than October 1, 2013.
- Search cancelled (11/19)
- why was it cancelled?
Yale University, Judaic Studies Program - Modern Jewish History (Tenured Position)[edit | edit source]
Yale University's Program in Judaic Studies seeks to fill a tenured position in modern Jewish history. Primary academic affiliation will be in the Program in Judaic Studies, with anticipated appointment in the Departments of History and Religious Studies, as befits the successful candidate's fields of specialization and methodologies within Jewish history. Candidates are expected to have broad familiarity with the critical study of Jewish history, whether social, cultural, political, religious, or intellectual, while specializing in modern Jewish history in the Americas, Western or Eastern Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. Candidates should be thoroughly fluent in Hebrew as a language of both primary sources and contemporary scholarship, as well as at least one other modern Jewish language (e.g., Yiddish, Ladino) or host cultural language. They should be well-grounded in modern critical approaches to the study of history, including the ability to situate Jewish society and its history within broader cultural and comparative contexts. Candidates should have an outstanding record of excellence in publication and teaching, the latter at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to provide academic support to existing resources for the study of modern Jewish history, working closely with colleagues in the Program in Judaic Studies as well as in relevant departments and programs. Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff and faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority scholars.
- Applications, with current vitae, should be submitted online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2629. Inquiries and nominations can be sent by e-mail to the chair of the search committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2013.
- What is the rank? Assistant tenure-track or associate? Can anyone disambiguate?
- First line of the ad reads: "tenured position in modern Jewish history." So I assume rank is associate level or higher.
- They are looking for a full professor, is my understanding, though in theory it is open to tenured associate also.
- This is the search to fill the position that Paula Hyman had. They are looking for a major, established scholar in the field.
- Also posted at Non-Geographic/Methodologically Oriented (History) 2013-14
- any news (11/19)?
Visiting Positions, Postdocs or Limited-Term Appointments[edit | edit source]
Boston College - 2014-2015 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations[edit | edit source]
Boston College and its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning invite applications for a one year visiting appointment (renewable for a second year) as the 2014-2015 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations, specializing in some aspect of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or its earned equivalent, have published in the field, and hold (or have retired from) a tenured position (or its equivalent) in a university or seminary. The Corcoran Chair will agree to take on specific responsibilities related to the mission of the Center. Stipend: $70,000/academic year plus travel and research expenses. The full description is available at www.bc.edu/cjl.
- Electronic submission of the following are requested: letter of application, CV, and a proposal for the research and writing to be done while holding the Chair, including an indication of how they fit into the guidelines above. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly. Applications are due by November 15, 2013. Decisions will be made by February 3, 2014. Communications should be addressed to Dr. James Bernauer, SJ ( email@example.com), Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Stokes Hall N405, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 USA.
Center for Jewish History – Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Senior Scholar Fellowships, 2014-2015[edit | edit source]
The Center for Jewish History (CJH) offers a range of fellowships for senior scholars, early career (postdoctoral) scholars, and doctoral candidates to conduct original research in the humanities, including but not limited to the fields of Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology and history. In residence at the Center for a period of 10 to 12 months, Fellows have the opportunity to explore the collections of CJH partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Center fellowships with a January 6, 2014 deadline:
- - CJH Fellowship for Senior Scholars
- - Prins Foundation Fellowship for Senior Scholars
- - Prins Foundation Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship for Emigrating Scholars
- NOTE: the above position is posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14
- - Prins Foundation Fellowship for Emigrating Artists and Writers-in-Residence
Center fellowships with a February 3, 2014 deadline:
- Graduate Research Fellowship for doctoral candidates
The Center is an eligible host organization for the Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, listed at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14.
See the Center website for additional details and fellowship opportunities. fellowships.cjh.org
Fulbright Post Doctoral Fellowships to Israel For Americans, 2014-2016 *American post-doctoral researchers in Israel, 2014-2016[edit | edit source]
- Fulbright Israel to award 8 Post Doctoral Fellowships to Americans for research in Israel, during academic years 2014/2015-2015/2016
- The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, offers 8 fellowships to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work to be carried out at Israeli universities
- This program is open to American post-doctoral researchers in all academic disciplines
- Applications due August 1, 2013
- Details at http://fulbright.org.il/en/?page_id=1024; catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=3400; www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/Application.htm.
- Potential candidates should contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, USIEF (firstname.lastname@example.org; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.
- See full post at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14
- notification of semi-finalist status sent on 10/31
Israel Institute Post-Doctoral, Doctoral, and Research Fellowships - Various institutions[edit | edit source]
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship : The Israel Institute awards post-doctoral fellowships to highly qualified candidates in order to foster the growth of the next generation of elite Israel Studies faculty. The fellowships are for up to two years, and include a stipend of $48,000 per year with an annual $3,000 research and travel budget. The Institute is seeking recent Ph.D.s who are working on an Israel-focused topic and who are developing courses on modern Israel. Israel presents a rich field for a variety of different social science and humanities topics, and the Institute supports promising scholars who can teach about Israel effectively while also advancing an innovative research agenda. The Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides an opportunity for exceptional candidates to revise their dissertations into books and advance their academic careers while gaining necessary teaching experience. Post-Doctoral Fellows are expected to teach one class each semester. In the rare circumstances when teaching is not possible, Fellows are expected to perform an equivalent academic service, i.e. plan a conference, organize a seminar series, etc.
- Deadline: 1 February 2014
- See full post at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2013-14
- Doctoral Fellowship : The Israel Institute awards graduate fellowships to Ph.D. candidates in an effort to support outstanding research on Israel-related topics. Israel Institute Doctoral Fellowships are two-year fellowships that provide stipends of $10,000 per year for students at American universities and $15,000 per year for students at Israeli, European and Asian universities.
- Deadline: 1 April 2014
- Research Grants : The Israel Institute is offering research grants of up to $10,000 for scholars, academics, and independent researchers to conduct substantive research on issues related to modern Israel. Areas for research may include, but are not limited to, Israeli history, politics, economics, and law. The grants are aimed at facilitating research and writing that will lead to the publication of a book or a number of scholarly articles that make a serious contribution to the field of Israel Studies or promotes a greater understanding of modern Israel. Successful proposals will demonstrate why a particular topic needs to be explored, what gap the research will fill, and how the research project will successfully accomplish its proposed goals. The proposals will be vetted by an independent committee of Israel Studies scholars, who will determine the awards.
The Graduate School of JTS invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in any field of Jewish Studies for the 2014-2015 academic year, with the possibility of renewal for the following year. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000 per year and faculty benefits, including funds for research and conferences. The Fellow will be expected to teach two courses and to present his/her scholarly research annually both to the JTS faculty and in a public forum. The Fellow may not undertake any other sustained teaching or employment during his/her tenure at JTS. Preference may be given to candidates whose research interests correspond to those of faculty and graduate students at JTS, or to those for whom the use of the JTS library and special collections will be most profitable.
Applicants must have earned the PhD within the past three years. Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the PhD in hand by August 15, 2014. Applicants should submit electronically:
- -A letter of intent stating how applicant would use the year to further his/her research and scholarly publication
- -A current CV
- -Three letters of recommendation, including one that speaks to applicant's teaching ability
- -A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages
- -A teaching portfolio, including statement of teaching interests, syllabi and evaluations as available
JTS welcomes applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factors as prohibited by law. Previous applicants are eligible to re-apply.
- Applications should be sent to <Postdoc@jtsa.edu>. *Applicants who have submitted all materials by November 11, 2013 will be given full consideration.
- Application received - they will contact applicants by 12/10.
- For what it's worth my confirmation said they will contact applicants in the second half of November. But that was pretty early so maybe they pushed back to December now. (Update 11/19: I received a second confirmation that had the 12/10 date, so that seems to be confirmed)
- Anyone have any news? Requests for materials, etc?
- Nothing yet, but as noted above they may have pushed the notification timetable into December. (11/18)
- Just heard from a reliable source that the search committee is made up primarily of ancient Judaism scholars. They are evidently looking for someone who can augment their rabbinics/biblical studies offerings. That leaves me out of things, but for those of you who work on ancient Judaism, this is good news! Good luck everyone!
- That sucks. I get so tired of a lack of transperency in the job market. If you are not going to consider ABDs, specify degree in hand; if you want a senior scholar, don't say open rank. And if you want someone in rabbinics, say "specialty in rabbincs desirable." We all waste so much time and money applying for jobs and fellowships for which we won't even be considered, and if everyone would just be more up front about things it would save everyone time and effort. (x2)
- Hi again. I am the person who mentioned that the postdoc will likely be filled with ancient Judaism/rabbincs scholar. I just wanted to say that it does indeed suck. They asked for scholars from all areas of Jewish Studies, but that is not in fact what they wanted. Why on earth do they want 50 applications that are of no use/interest? It just baffles me. I wasted my time carefull putting together materials, etc.
- I think there may be various answers to your question. First, they would like to allow themselves maximum flexibility to the very last moment, in case they are unhappy with the applicant pool or, who knows, someone really brilliant comes along in another field. Second, even though the committee is made up "primarily of ancient Judaism scholars," that does not have to mean that "they are evidently looking for someone who can augment their rabbinics/biblical studies" - and even if so, it is not official. Who knows, perhaps the money comes from a source for all fields of Jewish Studies, so they cannot limit the scope of its application officially. Sometimes the members of the committee are on it by chance - other people are busy. Nevertheless, in practice, such composition of the committee tends to lean towards their own fields.
- I think i understand quite well why, in theory, a search committee who really wants an ancient Judaism scholar would cast a far wider net. But I think that, more often than not, search committees know very well what they are looking for in a cadidate and simply (for whatever reasons) don't include that information in the job description. In the case of this particular postdoc, the head of the search committee admitted openly that they were looking someone who specialize in rabbinics/Bible. When I wrote that "evidently" they are looking for someone who specializes in the ancient period, I meant that it they have literally admitted that this is what they are looking for. Again, I understand that committees may want to be open to some "brilliant" scholar from another discipline, but I don't think this is actually the case very often. It is, in my opinion, more likely that the academic job market neither cares about nor values transparency, for whatever bizarre reasons. Anyway, good luck, ancient Judaism peeps!!
- The simplest solution is to write in the job add "preference is given to.. although other fields will be considered." Or simply require just a CV and a project proposal from people in other fields, which can serve as ground for consideration. But, true, they don't really care. (x2)
- JTS just posted an ad for two jobs, one TT and one 3-year NT, in either Ancient Judaism, Jewish Philosophy/Ethics, or Social Science discipline that studies a contemporary Jewish community. If that is the case, it strikes me that it might be open-season on the postdoc again. But who knows.
- My understanding is that there are two postdocs. Maybe one will go to Ancient Judaism, but the other one won't. At least last year there were two.
- Official email rejection, more than 80 applications, but they did notifiy exactly when they said they would, so that was nice. (12/10 x4)
- Invitation for skype interview. (12/10)
- Email (12/10) saying they were interested in my application and would let me know the status of it early in the spring semester. I wonder what that means?? Why no Skype interview but no rejection, if they have already sent out emails to that effect?? (12/10 x 3)
- Submitted application and it was received, but haven't heard anything today as of 4 PM Eastern time. Hmm.
- To the other person (other than myself!) who got the email indicating they would contact you in the spring semester, what is your area of study? I am in modern/contemporary Jewish thought, PhD in hand. Modern Hebrew Lit, PhD in hand.
- Anyone have any additional news?
- Was told mid-January that those of us who have not yet been rejected or interviewed would hear something in a few weeks. So maybe first week of February? I assume they are waiting for their chosen candidate to sign a contract.
- Has anyone heard anything in the wake of the skype interviews?
- Position offered and accepted (3/10)
- Congrats!! I just wanted to mention that I received a very thoughtful and articulate rejection email yesterday. Kudos to JTS for being so respectful of the applicants. It is a rare thing!! Thanks, JTS!
Middlebury College - Three-Year Term Position in Modern Hebrew Language and Culture[edit | edit source]
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE seeks candidates for a three-year term position in Modern Hebrew Language and Culture, beginning September 2014. The successful candidate will teach courses in beginning/intermediate Hebrew and courses in translation. Native or near-native fluency in Hebrew required. Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and of scholarly potential.
- Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. For a full job description and instructions for applying, please see http://apptrkr.com/417150.
The Religion Studies Department and the Jewish Studies Program of Muhlenberg College invite applications from qualified candidates for a full time, one year position in pre-modern Jewish Studies. Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will have the ability to teach broadly in the field of Jewish Studies and be conversant with the discipline of Religion Studies. Demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in teaching, and an active research program in a relevant area are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of and a commitment to the liberal arts. This appointment carries a teaching load of three courses per semester.
- Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, teaching dossier, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to the address below. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, application should be complete by April 17.
- Application materials and further inquiries should be directed to Prof. William Gruen, Chair of Religion Studies and Prof. Jessica Cooperman, Director of Jewish Studies at email@example.com.
The Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University seeks to appoint two Postdoctoral Fellows in Israel Studies for a one-year term beginning in September, 2014. Candidates may work on any aspect of Israel Studies, including topics related to history, politics, sociology and culture of Israel. Fellows are expected to teach one undergraduate course during their time at NYU. PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2014 with no exceptions, and may not have been received before September 2010. A Fellowship of $42,000 will be awarded to the successful candidate, with additional research funds allocated at the discretion of the Taub Center. Fellows hold appointments in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and work closely with colleagues in their disciplinary specialization if appropriate.
Fluency in both Hebrew and English is required.
Application Requirements Include: 1. CV 2. Research Project Proposal 3. Three Letters of Recommendation 4. Two Course Proposals / Descriptions 5. Abstract of Dissertation in English 6. Copy of Dissertation in Hebrew or English - electronic file preferred
- Please email materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed materials may also be sent to: Postdoctoral Fellow Search Committee, Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University, 14A Washington Mews, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10003. The deadline for Applications is January 15, 2014.
Old Dominion University (VA) - Jewish History and Culture – Visiting Faculty Position (1 yr).[edit | edit source]
The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding (IJIU) of Old Dominion University, affiliated with the Department of History and the Graduate Program in International Studies, invites applications for a one-year position in Jewish history and culture, with a focus on the contemporary Middle East. Compelling evidence of scholarly activity and teaching effectiveness is required. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to programs, including community events, sponsored by IJIU. Completed PhD in History, International Affairs, Israel Studies, or related field of study is required by the time of appointment and preferred by time of application.
- Send a letter of application, CV, three letters of reference, a scholarly writing sample (10,000 words maximum), and a sample syllabus or course proposal to Professor Farideh Goldin at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. [posted 11/11/13]
University of California - San Diego - Visiting Assistant Professor in Hebrew Literature (Fall 2014)[edit | edit source]
UC San Diego Visiting Assistant Professor in Hebrew Literature, Fall Quarter 2014
The Judaic Studies Program housed in the department of History within the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We invite applicants for a one quarter visiting position at UC-San Diego during the fall quarter of 2014. The successful candidate will teach two courses, one to be a survey of Modern Hebrew Literature in translation, the other in an area of Judaic Studies of their choice. Candidates should be eager to engage with faculty and graduate students in Literature and Judaic Studies while at UCSD, and be prepared to deliver a public seminar on their research during the quarter. We welcome applicants with a comparative focus, as well as those with an emphasis in Hebrew language and literature. Junior applicants are especially encouraged to apply, although visiting senior candidates will also be considered. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong or potential accomplishments in areas committed to diversity, equality and inclusion, and a desire to play leadership role in advancing UC San Diego's commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.
- Applicants should submit a cover letter, cv, and a sample syllabus, as well as three letters of recommendation to Sally Hargate at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2014.
University of Potsdam, School of Jewish Theology - W3 Professorship for Bible and Judaic Exegesis (5 yr. Appt.)[edit | edit source]
- See full post at Biblical Studies 2013-2014
University of Toronto - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto offers three Postdoctoral Fellowships to support advanced research in Jewish Studies. Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by July 1, 2014 on a topic related to the history, culture, literature or thought of the Jewish people. The successful candidate will receive a fellowship of $45,000 (CAD) as well as up to an additional $1500 to support participation in academic conferences. The Fellows will spend the 2014-15 academic year at the University of Toronto, during which time they are expected to continue their research; deliver a public lecture; teach one course in each of the two terms; and contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre for Jewish Studies. Applicants from foreign as well as Canadian universities are welcome.
- Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest that describes the candidate’s research project; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement of teaching interests, including proposals for two undergraduate courses; (4) a writing sample, not to exceed 8,000 words. These materials should be emailed to the Centre’s Assistant, Ms. Emily Springgay, at email@example.com by December 6, 2013. By this date, applicants must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent in sealed envelopes to: Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street, Room 218, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8, Canada
- Any news? <-- None here (x1 4 Feb 2014)
- Received offer (mid-January)
- Received official rejection 3/11 (x3)
University of Western Ontario - 1 yr. Asst. Professor, Jewish Studies[edit | edit source]
The Department of History invites applications for one limited term position (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2016) at the Assistant Professor level in:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in History, a strong record of scholarly publication, and university-level teaching experience in Jewish Studies. The successful applicant will also be Director of the Jewish Studies Program, a role for which dynamic leadership abilities are essential. In addition to teaching core History courses in Jewish Studies, preferred applicants must be qualified to teach History courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in at least one of the following areas: Medieval Europe; Early Modern Europe; International History.
Candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including evidence of teaching performance), and three letters of reference to:
Professor Keith Fleming
Chair, Department of History
Lawson Hall, Room 2201
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5B8
Tel: (519) 661-3647
Fax: (519) 661-3010
PLEASE QUOTE THE ABOVE JOB INDICATOR WHEN APPLYING
- The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014. All positions are subject to budgetary approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. The University of Western Ontario is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.
The Department of Religion and Culture (http://www.rc.vt.edu) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) seeks applications for a three-year visiting assistant professor position in Judaic Studies. Research specialization is open but preference given to candidates whose work broadly intersects with other research strengths within the department. Please see the faculty list at http://www.rc.vt.edu/facstaff/. There are no chronological or geographical requirements, but the research specialization should broadly relate to the intellectual, artistic, political, economic, or literary production of Jewish traditions and communities. We also welcome applicants whose research focuses on the encounters between Jewish and non-Jewish peoples. The qualified candidate will be expected to teach regularly an introductory course on Jewish History and Culture, other undergraduate courses in Religion and Culture — particularly those in Judaic Studies — (see http://www.rc.vt.edu/courses), and more generally participate in the intellectual life of the department. Normal teaching load is 3 courses per semester. Ph.D. or evidence of completion by August 2014 required.
- Review begins 2/1/14.
- Anyone hear anything about this one? I heard from the Dept Chair that the committee was meeting on Monday 17 Feb to make up a long list for first interviews.
- Preliminary Skype interview arranged (2/19/14)
- Second round interviews arranged (3/7/14)
- Offer made and accepted [posted May 5]
York University (Toronto, Canada) - Two 1 yr. Positions (Classical Judaica AND Modern Religious Thought and/or Modern Comparative Religion)[edit | edit source]
The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for two (2) one-year Sessional Assistant Professor positions in Humanities. The positions will contribute to the Department’s Religious Studies offerings. For one of these appointments, preference will be given to candidates with scholarly training in classical Judaica (biblical and/or rabbinic and/or medieval) and the successful candidate will have knowledge of Hebrew and may be asked to teach one course in Hebrew language or literature in York’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. For the second position, preference will be given to candidates with scholarly training in modern religious thought and/or modern comparative religion. A PhD in Philosophy, History, Literature, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies or a related field, demonstrable excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, and an active research program in a relevant area are required. The successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge of, and a commitment to, the goals and methods of General Education. These appointments carry a teaching load of three full courses or the equivalent.
- Applicants should submit, in hard copy, a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly. Apply to: Professor Martin Lockshin, Chair, Department of Humanities, 206 Vanier College, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.
- Also posted at Religious Studies 2013-2014
- overheard that people have interviews scheduled (03/11)