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This page is for Jewish Studies / Israel Studies jobs that begin in 2015.

Last year's page: Jewish Studies 2013-2014

New Page for 2016 jobs: Jewish Studies 2015-2016

See also: Religious Studies 2014-2015, Biblical Studies 2014-2015, European History 2014-15, and History 2014-15

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Binghamton University, SUNY (NY) - Israel StudiesEdit

Binghamton University (SUNY). Assistant Professor of Israel Studies. This position is one of three cluster hires in Israel Studies and the successful candidate will be a member of both the Judaic Studies Department and the Institute for Israel Studies. This position is affiliated with the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (see http://www.binghamton.edu/tae/) and two members of the TAE Steering Committee will be part of the search committee. Area of Specialization: Modern Israel (including the Ottoman and Mandate periods). A historical perspective is preferred. Areas of competence: Open but teaching one or more courses about Israeli state and society is expected. Comparative approaches are encouraged.

Requirements:  A successful candidate will have a strong research program. Teaching experience preferred. Ph.D. in hand by 01 September 2015 is expected.

Link to Apply: http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=52711

  • Required application materials include a cover letter, CV, a research statement, a brief writing sample (no longer than a paper or chapter), a teaching statement that focuses on pedagogy, 2 sample syllabi, and 3 letters of reference. Applicants should submit their materials through Interview Exchange. Applications received by 06 October, 2014 will be guaranteed full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.
  • any news?
  • no news. also waiting.
  • They did skype interviews last week. [posted 11/04/14]
  • ^can someone confirm? they sent out rejections for CRCB.
  • what do you mean they sent out rejections for CRCB? Rejections for this posted position in the name, or from, CRCB rather than from the Judaic Studies Department? Were the rejections sent to those who were interviewed?
  • Was anyone invited to a campus visit?
  • ^^The rejections were sent from the head of the SC, who is also head of the Israel Studies search, on behalf of CRCB, to applicants who weren't interviewed. If she sent rejections on behalf of CRCB, why wouldn't she for IS?
  • I am confused. Isn't the head of the SC and the head of the Israel Studies search the same thing? Is there a different SC for something other than the Israel Studies search?
  • yes, there were supposed to be several hires, including one in CRCB and one in Israel Studies. 
  • but then wouldn't the other positions be advertised in the same place as the Israel Studies position. The "cluster hires" sound like they are all in Israel Studies. I understood the job description to mean that this is one of three cluster hires in Israel Studies, meaning this is one, and there will be, or has been, or both two others, but that they are not all happening now at the same time. In other words, I would presume that the search committee for CRCB is the same as the search committee for the Israel Studies search, since the Israel Studies search is hiring for a position that is affiliated with CRCB. Unless there is a separate search for a different position in CRCB, in which case rejections sent out to applicants to CRCB wouldn't be the same thing as applicants to the Israel Studies search, if they are two different searches, even if the latter is affliated with the former. No?
  • So - did they send out rejection emails for this position? I applied, but never got a rejection email, or any other response.  
  • Only one of the cluster hires was for Israel Studies. Another search was for CRCB, and that search sent out rejection emails Oct. 20.
  • I heard that an offer was made/accepted.
  • ^This is true.

College of Charleston (SC) - TT Asst. Professor of Jewish StudiesEdit

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies program at the College of Charleston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, to begin August 16, 2015. The area of specialization is open. However, we are currently also searching for a new director of the Program, and we expect one of these two new faculty members to lead the newly endowed Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, a position which carries expectations in teaching, research, and organizing public programs. Broad training in Jewish Studies is expected, and preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to a two-semester survey of Jewish history, aimed at a general education audience.

The College of Charleston is a public, undergraduate-focused liberal arts university of approximately 12,000 students, located in the historic district of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The Jewish Studies program offers an undergraduate major and minor, is currently expanding its own dedicated facilities, and sponsors a wide range of programming for students and the wider community. The teaching load for faculty engaged in productive research is three courses per semester, but course release is planned for the director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center.

  • Apply online at https://jobs.cofc.edu. Applications should include a letter of application, CV, a writing sample, and evidence of effective teaching (teaching portfolio). Contact Martin Perlmutter, Director, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at perlmutterm@cofc.edu for additional information. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submission should be made by December 5, 2014 to assure consideration for an interview at the Association for Jewish Studies meeting held this December in Baltimore, MD. http://jobs.cofc.edu:80/postings/3535
  • Contacted for AJS interview - 12/10 x5
  • What is your area of speciality? 
  • Have others (beyond the 2 above) been contacted for this one? Wondering how many they're interviewing.
  • I did not get contacted for an interview, but I did find out they have a VAP who applied for the job, so they may be keeping the list fairly short. 
  • When did people who were contacted submit applications? -> mid-november, soon after the ad came out -->Right before the deadline. 
  • Do we know anything new about the status of this search, or the Director search? x2 (3/3)
  • Found out offer has been made, don't know when or to whom or any other details (3/9)
  • Rejection letter via email, also stating who had been hired (congrats!). 3/26 x4
  • The letter contained the line "We are sure you hoped for better news." Is it bad that I was tempted to write back and tell them that I accepted another offer weeks ago? :)  But congrat to the hire.
  • IS THIS JOB STILL OPEN? it seems that a new one was posted in late April, titled Ast. Prof. Jewish Studies but in fact it includes teaching modern Hebrew lang. and lit. See here: https://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/4013. Is this a different position (same title, different content)? why posted so late?

Columbia University (NY) - Carl and Bernice Witten Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies (Open Rank)Edit

The Department of Religion at Columbia University invites applications for an open rank appointment as the Carl and Bernice Witten Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies.  The position can be filled at any rank from tenure-track assistant professor to tenured full professor.  The ideal candidate will be able to teach courses in religious studies as well as Jewish studies.  Specialization, period, and discipline are open and may include literature, mysticism, history, culture, philosophy, anthropology, or other fields.  The candidate should also have mastery of Hebrew and relevant Jewish languages, and have a record or promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly contribution in the field of Jewish studies.  The holder of the chair will be expected to participate in Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.  Candidates are required to submit a cover letter addressing teaching philosophy and research interests, a current CV, sample syllabi, and a list of references.  Junior applicants must also submit a dissertation abstract, writing sample, and three reference letters. 

  • Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  For more information and to apply for the position, please use the following URL: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=60293.
  • This poor department - this is, what, the third? fourth? year that this position has been posted?
  • Open Rank, Open Specializiation, Open Field, and Open Discipline. What in the world is this all about?
    • The inability of a department to agree on anything, anyone, any background.
  • Any new?
  • Any news??  
  • This department has been famously gridlocked for years. I really wouldn't hold your breath for this one.
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasnt an offer made last year and declined by someone from UPenn? Further, wasn't this previously advertised as a position at IIJS, instead of just working with them? This I all to say that though the department may well be problematic, there are perhaps other factors at play.
  • was anyone even invited?
  • Rejection email +1 

Fordham University (NY) - Modern or Early Modern Jewish European History [Senior]Edit

  • Shvidler Chair in Jewish Studies, to begin Fall semester 2015
  • "We are looking for a senior scholar of the early modern and/or modern periods in Europe, with a preference for Eastern Europe.  Candidates should have demonstrated prominence as leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies and an ability to establish a public profile for Jewish Studies at Fordham."
  • Letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation should be submitted via Interfolio ..http://apply.interfolio.com/25779 Please direct queries to Dr. Daniel Soyer, Chair, Search Committee.
  • Fordham University is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition
  • Deadline: 20 Oct. 2014
  • Also posted at European History 2014-15
  • contacted for campus interview on 10/30
  • offer accepted by M. Teter of Wesleyan (3/21/15)

Harvard University (MA) - Professorship in Modern Jewish HistoryEdit

  • William Lee Professor in Modern Jewish History, to begin 1 Jul. 2015
  • "The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of publication and instruction; she/he will teach and advise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates for this 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. An earned doctorate is required"
  • "Demonstrated excellence in teaching and research is desired. Candidates should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community."
  • "Please submit cover letter, c.v., teaching statement, and research statement through the ARIeS portal at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu"
  • Deadline: 30 Sept. 2014

Harvard University (MA) - TT Asst. Professor of Yiddish LiteratureEdit

Harvard University seeks to make a joint appointment in Yiddish literature in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Comparative Literature. The successful candidate will be a scholar and teacher capable of bringing Yiddish literature into the mainstream of literary and cultural studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Knowledge of modern Jewish literature and modern Hebrew literature a plus.

Applicants must have received the PhD or equivalent degree, or show clear evidence of planned receipt of the degree by the beginning of employment.

Applicants must demonstrate strong command of Yiddish and substantial work with original-language materials. Priority will be given to applicants engaged with Yiddish literature in comparative perspective.

Candidates should also evince potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

  • Candidates should submit cover letter, CV, two writing samples, teaching statement, research statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three references by applying online at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu. Three letters of recommendation are required; the application is complete only when the three letters have been submitted. The committee will begin to review applications on November 15, 2014.

Harvard University (MA) - Professor of Yiddish LiteratureEdit

Harvard University seeks to make a joint appointment in Yiddish literature in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Comparative Literature. The successful candidate will be a scholar and teacher capable of bringing Yiddish literature into the mainstream of literary and cultural studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Knowledge of modern Jewish literature and modern Hebrew literature a plus.

A strong doctoral record is required.

Applicants must demonstrate strong command of Yiddish and substantial work with original-language materials. Priority will be given to applicants engaged with Yiddish literature in comparative perspective.

Candidates should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

  • No long list interviews. Short-list candidates invited to campus visit (January 7th)

High Point University (NC) - Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish StudiesEdit

Revised description: The Department of Religion and Philosophy at High Point University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Hebrew Bible to begin fall 2015. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent earned doctorate.  The successful candidate must have strong expertise in theological interpretation of the Hebrew Bible as well as literary and historical critical methods.  Preference will be given to candidates also qualified to teach courses in Judaism.  Candidates must demonstrate a robust research agenda and a dedication and preparation to teaching undergraduate courses in the context of a liberal arts institution related to the United Methodist Church.  Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Ms. Shannon LeFever, slefever@highpoint.edu.  Inquiries about the position can be sent to Dr. Christopher A. Franks, cfranks@highpoint.edu.  High Point University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.  Priority will be given to applications received by Nov. 1, 2014.

  • Priority will be given to applications received by Nov. 1, 2014.
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2014-2015
  • Email/Phone Call for AAR/SBL interview received (11/15) x2  <---- update the number. More people have responded in Biblical Studies.
  • Phone invitation to on-campus interview (12/12)
  • Offer was made.
  • Where did you hear this? Did you get an email?
  • First offer declined
  • Did they make another offer or is this position cancelled? (3/19)
  • Received email saying the search failed this year, and that a similar search would take place next year. Was invited to reapply. June 5, 2015 x1 

Johns Hopkins University (MD) - Stulman Chair in Rabbinics and Traditional Judaism (TT Asst. or Assoc. Prof)Edit

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies at Johns Hopkins University seeks to appoint a scholar to the new Stulman Chair in Rabbinics and Traditional Judaism. Scholars may apply at the ranks of tenure-line assistant and tenured associate professor. The successful applicant will be housed in the appropriate disciplinary department within the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, while also participating in the interdisciplinary Jewish Studies program. Applicants should possess a strong command of rabbinic literature and engage with core genres of the traditional Jewish canon, but may focus on any era from late antiquity through the modern period, and should be interested in addressing disciplinary or thematic questions beyond Jewish studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both introductory and specialized courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, splitting teaching and service equally between Jewish Studies and the appointing department.

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a research statement and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (no more than three pages each), and three confidential letters of recommendation to Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/25154). Applications must be received by September 10, 2014.  Inquiries (only) should be directed to Kenneth B. Moss, Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, at kmoss5@jhu.edu.
  • - after submitting received automatic notice that decision letters will be mailed out by the end of September
  • writing sample requested (9/24) X4
  • Any news? I heard they were planning to move forward pretty quickly for some reason?
  • Still no news? It's been over a month of radio silence.
  • Several finalists were contacted (this is posted on Nov 13, but they were contacted at least a few days ago). Has this news been coming on and off the Wiki page for some reason or was that just a glitch?
  • Don't think it's a glitch, but the whole thing is a mystery. Any of the finalists who have been contacted interested in weighing in?
  • Thin envelope - "chosen not to consider your application further at this time" - 11/24
  • Wow, an envelope! Old School.

Any news on this one?

  • Apparently, as of a few weeks ago there were five finalists and all are either medievalists or modernists.
  • Five? Are the lectures listed on-line somewhere? I can't seem to find them on the Hopkins website.
  • Incredible how lively the discussion is on this position. I don't think it would be appropriate to list the finalists here in public. But here's a hint. One talk is listed on the Hopkins website.
  • Five seems odd, as if they want the search to fail. Does anyone actually know the identities of all 5 candidates?
  • I know of all 5. There are some pretty serious candidates there. Too big to fail.

Anything new about this search?  Are they still interviewing?

  • Anyone know? I'm still waiting for my rejection letter. <---Sorry, I don't know how old this comment is, but non-rejection rejection letters went out saying the search had moved on but they were keeping some additional non-finalist files open until negotiations were a done deal. 
  • They have made someone an offer. I guess it is over.
  • Ok, give it up - who got the offer?

Lehigh University (PA) - Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish CivilizationEdit

The Department of Religion Studies invites applications from distinguished teacher-scholars to fill the position of Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh University. This is a tenured position in the department at the rank of associate or full professor. The successful applicant will have a strong record of publication that establishes expertise in the study of Judaism focusing on the modern period. We are open to a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches. In addition to working in an area of specialization, this individual will have an excellent teaching record and must be able to teach general courses in Jewish and religion studies. The Berman Professor will be associated with the Berman Center for Jewish Studies and will work in synergy with the other two Berman chair-holders, one in our department (also the Director of the Center) and one at nearby Lafayette College, as well as with the Apter Chair in Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values, and with other affiliated faculty. Established nearly 30 years ago, the Berman Center, with its sponsorship of lectures, seminars, conferences and publications, has effectively promoted Lehigh’s national and international scholarly reputation. The College of Arts and Science at Lehigh is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Candidates who contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Lehigh University is an AA/EOE and it provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits (For more information consult http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.html.)

  • First round of interviews were conducted in December.
  • Invited to campus interview (Feb) in late December

Missouri State University (MO) - Post-Biblical JudaismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies anticipates an August 2015 opening for an assistant professor specializing in post-biblical Judaism, tenure eligible. 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. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and M.A. courses in Judaism and will regularly teach one of the department's survey courses. The candidate is expected to pursue an active research agenda and provide service to the department, college, and university.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications: The minimum acceptable qualifications for the position of Assistant Professor are prescribed in the Faculty Handbook. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Additional Qualifications: Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. completed by July 1, 2015, and must demonstrate strong potential in teaching and research. 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.

Link to Job Description: http://www.missouristate.edu/human/jobdescriptions/21377.htm

Open Date : 04/08/2015

  • Special Instructions to Applicants: The first date of consideration is May 11, 2015, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. A complete application will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of all transcripts, a publication or writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. All of these are to be submitted with the online application. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. J.E. Llewellyn, e-mail: jllewellyn@missouristate.edu. Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Muhlenberg College (PA) - Pre-modern JudaismEdit

The Religion Studies Department and the Jewish Studies Program of Muhlenberg College invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position specializing in Pre-Modern Judaism at the rank of Assistant Professor. Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will have the ability to teach broadly in the field of Jewish Studies within the context 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 and the ability to contribute broadly to the department's curriculum and the College's general education program. This appointment carries a teaching load of three courses per semester. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, 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. For full consideration, applications must be received by October 31. Preliminary interviews will be held in San Diego at the annual meetings of the AAR/SBL, though other arrangements can be made for those not attending the conference. Application materials and further inquiries should be directed to Prof. William “Chip” Gruen, Chair of Religion Studies and Prof. Jessica Cooperman, Director of Jewish Studies at religionstudies@muhlenberg.edu. An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to hiring and supporting faculty who can contribute to our development of a culturally diverse community through teaching, research, scholarship, and service.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2014-2015
  • received email requesting AAR/SBL interview (11/12) x3
  • Email that short list candidates were being invited for campus interviews - 12/11
  • Has anyone heard anything? 12/22
  • Has anyone heard anything yet? 1/9/15
  • So to clarify, from the recent addition above regarding a 12/11 email, it looks like campus visits were scheduled in December and most folks were informed that the search was moving on at that time?
  • Email invitation for a campus visit January 19th, scheduled for February. 
  • ^^ Would you tell us your area of specialty? 
  • A very personal and thoughtful rejection letter 3/4 X2, offer made and accepted.

New York University (NY) - Asst. Professor, Department of Hebrew and Judaic StudiesEdit

The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies of New York University seeks to appoint an assistant professor specializing in any aspect of Jewish religion, literature, philosophy, or culture from the seventh through the sixteenth centuries. The appointment will begin in September 1, 2015 pending administrative and budgetary approval. The appointee must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by February 15, 2015. All candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

  • Deadline for application is December 15, 2014. To apply, submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research and teaching interests, three academic letters of recommendation, and either a) a completed dissertation manuscript or b) an approved dissertation prospectus plus all chapters completed to date online. For more information and to apply see the the NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies web site at http://hebrewjudaic.as.nyu.edu. Instructions can be found under the home page link “Employment.”
  • Has anyone heard back from them?
  • Anyone heard anything about the status of this search?
  • Come on! It's obnoxious not to update this if you have information. There are like 200 people (at least!) who applied for this job. They have invited finalists, and unfortunately I am not one of them. It should be patently obvious to every reader of this page who is writing this. :(

Northwestern University (IL) - Israel Studies (Assoc. or Asst. Prof.) Edit

  • The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies seeks to make a full-time tenure track appointment at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor in Israel Studies. Tenured appointees will occupy a Crown Chair in Israel Studies. The field of the search is Israeli Society and Culture. All appointees will be housed in an appropriate disciplinary department. Candidates from anthropology, film, history, literature, political science, religious studies and sociology are encouraged to apply; applicants from other fields who work on Israeli Society or Culture are also welcome to apply. Position starts September 1, 2015.
  • Please send a cover letter, three references, CV, and writing sample no longer than 25 pages via the online application system found here: http://www.jewish-studies.northwestern.edu/faculty/faculty-search.html
  • AA/EOE Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Review begins November 14th.
  • Any news?
  • Skype interviews were conducted this past week (12/20)
  • any news since?
  • for those interviewed: discipline, ABD, number of years out?
  • anything since Skype?
  • ?
  • I heard that none of the people who were originally interviewed were given campus visits, because of some internal issue that required them to revisit the terms of the hire.

Old Dominion University (VA) - Batten Endowed Chair in Jewish StudiesEdit

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Full Professor. Will be responsible for teaching introductory World Religions, as well as upper- and graduate-level Religious Studies courses. Will continue an active research agenda in religious studies, concentrating in Jewish traditions. Will also develop a graduate certificate in interfaith studies, work closely with ODU's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding (IJIU), serving as a public intellectual within the local community and eventually assuming directorship of the IJIU. A PhD in Philosophy or PhD or ThD in Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, or Theology is required. Compelling evidence of scholarly activity commensurate with appointment as a full professor and of teaching effectiveness required. Preference will be given to candidates whose research demonstrates engagement with 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. Submit a cover letter, CV, including the names of three references, writing sample (10,000 words max.), and a teaching portfolio that includes: sample syllabi, student course evaluations, and a statement of teaching philosophy to https://jobs.odu.edu/ .

  • Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Phone interviews will be conducted in early 2015. Contact information for further references may be requested at a later stage in the search. Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Dale E. Miller (demiller@odu.edu). Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • requests for reference letters received early Dec.
  • phone interview early Feb.
  • on-campus interview invitations for March

Pacific Lutheran University (WA) - Kurtis R. Mayer Chair in Holocaust StudiesEdit

  • The History Department of Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, WA, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Holocaust and Modern European History to begin September 1, 2015. Academic rank depending on experience with the expectation of Associate or above. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Kurtis R. Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies, which carries a competitive salary and a generous research/travel allocation.
  • The Kurtis R. Mayer Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies currently combines administrative responsibilities (including the development of an annual conference for Holocaust education, coordination of several competitions for student honors and fellowships in Holocaust studies, and sponsorship of lectures and other community events) with teaching obligations and the expectation of regular and substantive scholarly contributions to the field of Holocaust history. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 2 sections of an upper-division class on Holocaust history and an additional course in modern European history on an annual basis, for a 3 course load.
  • Applicants should have a distinguished record of scholarly publications and teaching excellence. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching in an interdisciplinary core curriculum and to outstanding historical research in the Holocaust. Successful candidates will have achieved a regular record of noteworthy publication in the field of Holocaust history and studies. Candidates should have potential in administrative responsibilities.
  • Link to Apply: https://employment.plu.edu/postings/3052
  • Review of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Pennsylvania State University (PA) - assistant professor in modern Middle East Studies and Jewish HistoryEdit

The Pennsylvania State University Department of History and the Jewish Studies Program invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in modern Middle East Studies and Jewish History. Research focus and teaching interests are open, but the successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses at all levels in the Israel-Palestine and Arab-Israeli conflicts and in the history of Ottoman and mandate Palestine. Interest in transnational, postcolonial, and other theoretical perspectives is particularly welcome. Ability to contribute to an array of global studies initiatives in the College of the Liberal Arts, focusing on the study of global conflict, cultures, environment, and rights, is a real asset; working with the College’s new Center for Humanities and Information is also possible. The appointment will be held jointly in the Department of History and the Jewish Studies Program, and will begin in August 2015. The successful applicant should be able to enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of both units, demonstrate an active research agenda, and contribute immediately to both graduate and undergraduate teaching. Normal teaching load is 2-2. Dedication to the undergraduate missions of both the History Department and the Jewish Studies Program is essential. Candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment. Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that describes current and future research, and up to three articles and/or book chapters athttps://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/External/EVMS2_External/currentap1.cfm#53185. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Sandi Moyer at sjm1@psu.edu.  

  • Application review will begin November 1, 2014, but dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to Ben Schreier, Interim Director of Jewish Studies, at bjs44@psu.edu.
  • Also posted at African/Middle East History 2014-15
  • AJS or Skype interview request, 12/1

Saint Leo University (FL) - Director, The Center for Catholic-Jewish StudiesEdit

The Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies manages the selection, content, planning, and coordination of two or three interfaith education and dialogue programs each fall and spring semester. Within the context the Saint Leo University’s student-centered mission, programs will further the CCJS mission to build mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation among Jews, Catholics, and all people of good will by providing opportunities for dialogue for students, faculty, and members of the wider Tampa Bay community.

The Director also serves as the public face of the center to local and regional communities, congregations, clergy, religious affiliates, and other interfaith centers. This is a twelve (12) month, full-time, exempt position with a non-tenure track, faculty rank in the Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies, teaching one or two classes per term as determined by the Dean and Department Chair to serve the needs of our students. Position reports to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Further details and online application at: https://www.saintleo.jobs/postings/13507 .

  • Applications accepted until position filled.

Stanford University (CA) - Full Professor in Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications and nominations in the area of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought for the Daniel E. Koshland Chair in Jewish Religion and Culture.

We seek a senior scholar of distinction in the field of Jewish Studies, with an outstanding record of research and scholarship and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate may specialize in any area or period of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought.

The appointment will be at the full professor level, but scholars at the advanced associate level are also encouraged to apply. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2015 or as soon as practicable thereafter.

Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae (including bibliography) with a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests through Interfolio via the following url: http://apply.interfolio.com/25820

  • For full consideration, applications must be received by October 31, 2014.
  • Writing sample was requested in early Nov.

University College London (UK) - Lecturer (Assistant or Associate Professor Level) in Jewish-Muslim RelationsEdit

The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL) invites applications for a Lectureship (Assistant or Associate Professor level) in Jewish-Muslim Relations, with a particular focus on contemporary Israeli and Palestinian society and culture.

UCL is the original and largest of the colleges comprising the University of London. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the Department's teaching at undergraduate, MA and PhD levels, to contribute to the running of the Department and University, and to conduct active research, leading to academic publications and to broader impact through public engagement. The post-holder will be encouraged to develop his/her individual research interests on the highest scholarly standards, as well as to apply for research funding, lead or participate in collaborative research projects, and supervise PhD students.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 September, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.


  • Campus interviews 25 Feb 2015
  • Position filled.
    • ^ Congrats!  Would you care to share some details? How many candidates interviewed? In what field/s? In what career stage? 

University of California Davis (CA) - Religious Studies - TT Asst. Professor - Premodern JudaismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Premodern Judaism, from the postbiblical to late medieval period effective July 1, 2015. Research specialization within this area is open, and may include areas such as Second Temple Judaism, the formation of rabbinic literature, Judaism in the later Roman or Sasanian world, the reception of the Hebrew Bible in ancient and medieval Judaism, Judaism in medieval Europe and the medieval Mediterranean. Candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary work in areas already represented in the UC Davis program will be preferred. The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate courses in the Hebrew Bible and its reception, the history of Judaism, and Religious Studies broadly conceived, as well as specialized courses in premodern Judaism at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level. A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or related field must be in hand by the first day of classes, September 21, 2015. Preliminary interviews will be held at the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, CA on November 22-25, 2014 and the Association for Jewish Studies in Baltimore, MD on December 14-16, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

  • - A couple of years ago a similar search was conducted (with a focus on late antique Judaism and rabbinic literature) and ultimately no candidate was chosen.
  • This comment is actually not true -- this was a position held by Moulie Vidas, who has returned to Princeton.
  • Neither of these comments are fully accurate. Post V., there was indeed another search, a couple of years ago, but the job was in fact offered to another person, who has chosen to accept a different position in the east coast.
  • - So they didn't turn to the next candidate on their short list when their preferred choice opted for another job. Got it.
  • My recommenders were emailed yesterday or the day before (10/21?) and asked to submit letters (x4)
  • Phone invitation to AAR-SBL interview (11/6) (x10)
  • Is anyone interviewing at AJS? Yes (x2)
  • Invitation to on-campus interview (1/14)
  • Congrats! Would any of the finalists be willing to share field or how far along they are?
  • Very kind rejection email after AAR-AJS interview (1/28) (x2)
  • I was not invited. My field is early Second Temple Judaism, especially late biblical and parabiblical literature. I finished in 2014.
  • Offer Has Been Made (2/20)
  • Congrats!
  • Any updates? Heard they offered someone who researches Paul, but that there may be a spousal hire issue?
  • The offer has been accepted (5/8)

University of California Los Angeles (CA) - Director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel StudiesEdit

The UCLA International Institute seeks applications for a full-time faculty position in Israel Studies to serve as Director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. A qualified candidate may also be appointed to the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Israel Studies. The ideal candidate should hold a PhD, JD, MBA, MFA, or other appropriate terminal degree and be an outstanding scholar and teacher, an enterprising intellectual leader, and a collegial presence who forges collaborations with faculty and students across UCLA to further multidisciplinary research on Israel. There is a strong preference for candidates who are qualified for appointment to a tenured position at an appropriate level in any appropriate department and discipline.

Originally founded in 2005 as the UCLA Israel Studies Program, the Nazarian Center was established in 2010 as the first full-fledged Israel Studies center on the West Coast and one of three in the nation that are named and endowed. Located in Los Angeles, which boasts the second-largest Jewish and Israeli communities in the United States, the Center is a premier source of scholarship and education about Israel. Through a commitment to academic rigor and interdisciplinary approaches, the Nazarian Center fosters a broad understanding of Israel and its place in the region and the world. More information about the Center can be found here http://web.international.ucla.edu/israel.

The UCLA International Institute, which houses the Nazarian Center, is the central hub for global and area studies at UCLA. Founded in 1958, the International Institute educates students, champions scholarship and builds academic partnerships here and abroad. Its more than 25 centers and programs promote innovative multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities in virtually every region of the world. More information about the UCLA International Institute can be found here http://web.international.ucla.edu/institute/home.

  • Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, research agenda, select relevant publications, and the names and contact information of three references to UCLA Recruit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00207 . Review of applications will begin Sept 1 and continue until a candidate is selected. Salary is commensurate with experience. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities. UCLA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff.

University of California Santa Cruz (CA) - TT Asst. Professor, Jewish StudiesEdit

The Humanities Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position in Jewish Studies in a global/transnational context, at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level. We seek candidates with teaching and research interests in any field of Modern Jewish Studies, encompassing more than one national or linguistic tradition and/or more than one geographical area. Candidates must be able to teach material from earlier periods. UCSC is the only northern California campus of the University of California with a major and minor in Jewish Studies. The successful candidate will be appointed as a faculty member of one of the departments in the Humanities Division. Core faculty members in the UCSC Program in Jewish Studies are responsible for teaching throughout our curriculum, including materials from biblical and post-biblical eras and writings, and are expected to participate in the activities of the Center for Jewish Studies on campus.

We seek scholars with demonstrated teaching excellence, and with evidence of a developed research trajectory. Candidates will be expected to teach a range of large undergraduate lecture courses, as well as smaller courses and seminars, and to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates with administrative skill and leadership potential within Jewish Studies at the university. 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.

This position carries a five-course equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying other academic and service responsibilities.

RANK: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree expected to be conferred by June 30, 2015. Demonstrated record of research in modern Jewish studies. Demonstrated record of university- level teaching.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The ability to teach courses in pre-modern Judaism and research competency in Hebrew and at least one other relevant language (e.g., Ladino, Yiddish, Arabic, etc.) is highly preferred.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2015, with academic year beginning September 2015. Position contingent upon final budgetary approval. Ph.D. must be conferred by June 30, 2015 for employment effective July 1, 2015.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement and/or evaluations, writing sample, and three current reference letters* (dated 2012 or later). Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

Apply at https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00149 Refer to Position #JPF00149-15 in all correspondence.

  • CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on 10/06/2014. 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 6/30/2015.
  • Skype interviews scheduled [posted 10/20]
  • any news?
  • they have offered the position to someone

University of Chicago (IL) - Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professorship in Modern Jewish History (Assoc. or Full Prof.)Edit

  • The University of Chicago History Department invites applications for the Harriet & Ulrich E. Meyer Professorship in Modern Jewish History.
  • Research interests may be in any region in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • The successful candidate will contribute to both the undergraduate and graduate programs and will be required to teach one undergraduate course per year on the history of the Shoah. It is expected that she or he will participate actively in the Center for Jewish Studies, as well as in the History Department.
  • This appointment will be made at the Tenured Associate or Full Professor rank and will begin on July 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Interested candidates must apply online at the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website at http://tinyurl.com/kyogjtt . Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement and a recent published chapter or article. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled or the application deadline of January 6, 2015. Early application is strongly recommended.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - Tanenbaum Fellow in American Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (http://amerstud.unc.edu/) invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship -- the Tanenbaum Fellow in American Jewish Studies. We are interested in applicants whose scholarship and teaching engage broad issues in the fields of American and Jewish Studies, particularly in Jewish folklore/folklife, material culture, popular culture, narrative/literature, the arts, and Yiddish culture/history/language. Possible academic concentrations could include, but are not limited to: Jewish folklore/folklife (identity, performance, region, memory, ideology, aesthetics, and belief); Yiddish in the U.S.; immigration and assimilation in world-historical and American contexts; consumer culture; gender; journalism; labor, political activism, and social justice; race relations; jurisprudence and education, including religious scholarship.  This new position in American Jewish culture builds on the strong relationship between American Studies and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina (http://jewishstudies.unc.edu), which draws on seventeen faculty members from seven departments across the university.  The Department of American Studies has signature strengths in Folklore, Southern Studies, American Indian Studies, Global American Studies, and Digital Humanities, as well as a vibrant tradition in literature and cultural history.

  • Candidates are required to hold a PhD from an accredited institution of higher learning. The position begins July 1, 2015 and carries a 2-2 teaching load with significant expectations for research, as well as departmental service. Teaching duties will include introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in American Studies/Folklore and Jewish Studies, as well as graduate-level seminars. Candidates are expected to present evidence of excellence in teaching at a college or university and of a promising research agenda in their field of specialization.
  • Applicants must apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/61865 by 5:00 p.m. on December 21, 2014 and submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a writing sample demonstrating his or her research.
  • At the time of application candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (four are required). References must be at the level of tenure-track assistant professor or higher. Recommenders identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of support. These letters must be received by December 31, 2014.  Alternatively, applicants may list Interfolio as a reference and the application system will solicit recommendations directly from Interfolio. Please see http://help.interfolio.com/entries/24062742-Uploading-Letters-to-an-Online-Application-System for instructions.
  • Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris, Search Committee Chair, Department of American Studies, CB #3520, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3520, ferrism@email.unc.edu.
  • Some Skypes at least have been scheduled
  • Campus visits scheduled
  • Email rejection received 3/30

University of Oklahoma (OK) - Schusterman Professor of Jewish Religious & Intellectual History (Assoc. or Full Prof.)Edit

The Department of History and the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies of the University of Oklahoma invite applications for the Schusterman Professor of Jewish Religious & Intellectual History beginning Fall Semester 2015. The holder of the professorship will be a tenured member of the History Department and will be appointed at the rank of associate or full professor. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. and have a strong record of research and publication. Successful applicant must give evidence of excellence in college teaching. The candidate would be expected to teach a variety of courses including the core course for minors and majors on the History of Judaism. Normal teaching load will be two courses each semester. Ability to teach courses in pre-modern Jewish Social History and Culture or Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies would be welcome. The Schusterman Professorship complements the vibrant and expanding interdisciplinary program in Judaic and Israel Studies which comprises eight core and fourteen associated faculty members and includes two other endowed positions, and a visiting Israel Studies professorship. The Center is housed within the Department of History, and the Professor of Jewish Religious & Intellectual History would be a member of that department.   Between 650 and 750 students are enrolled annually in Judaic & Israel Studies classes, the majority in History, but also in courses offered by Center affiliated faculty in Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Anthropology, English, and International and Areas Studies. In addition to undergraduate minors in Judaic and Israel Studies and Hebrew, masters and doctoral degrees with a concentration in Jewish History and Israel Studies are offered through the Department of History. The Center also provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships for study in Israel.

Applicants should send a letter of application stating their research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5119.

  • Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2015, and will continue until the position has been filled
  • Campus visit scheduled (2/12)
  • Not exactly a genuine search. Professor A is retiring, and Professor B is taking his place. Who will take Professor B’s place? Answer: Professor C, who’s already an Associate Professor in the department. Probably in order to satisfy university/state regulations for this internal reshuffling, a whole fanfare of a national search is created. Congratulations to… (oy, the suspense is killing me) Professor C.
  • The writer above is entirely wrong, and from his or her position lacking the full details of the situation has made some extremely uncharitable insinuations. This was in fact a real search. I know because I was offered the position. I did not update the Wiki page while the negotiations were going on, and they were a bit protracted. In the end, I was unable to accept the position for personal reasons. However, I have the very highest regard for everyone at OU and was treated extremely well by everyone there. I should have updated the page when I declined their kind offer.

University of Oklahoma (OK) - Schusterman Chair in Modern Israel Studies (Rank Open)Edit

The Department of History and the Schusterman Center for Judaic & Israel Studies of the University of Oklahoma announce a new faculty position, The Schusterman Chair in Modern Israel Studies—rank open (assistant, associate, or full professor)—beginning fall semester 2015.  PhD must be in hand no later than August 15, 2015.  Teaching load is two courses per semester.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes on such topics as the History of the State of Israel, Israeli Politics and Society, Israeli Culture, the Arab-Israel Conflict and The History of Zionism.  The candidate will be expected to assist generally in the development of the Judaic and Israel Studies Center. This new position complements the vibrant and expanding interdisciplinary program in Judaic and Israel Studies which is comprised of eight core and fourteen associated faculty members and includes two other endowed positions and a Visiting Israel Studies professorship.  The Center is housed within the Department of History and the Schusterman Chair of Modern Israel Studies would be a member of that department.  Between 650 and 750 students are enrolled annually in Judaic & Israel Studies classes, the majority in History, but also in courses offered by Center faculty in Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Anthropology, English, and International & Area Studies.  In addition to undergraduate minors in Judaic & Israel Studies and Hebrew, masters and doctoral degrees with a concentration in Jewish History and Israel Studies are offered through the Department of History.  The Center also provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships for study in Israel.

  • Applicants must submit a dossier including a cover letter, graduate transcript, complete curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation online to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5121.  Review of Applicants will begin December 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Campus visit scheduled (2/12)

Whitman College (WA) - Religion (pref. Judaism)Edit

The Religion department at Whitman College is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion, effective August, 2015, who will join us in our ongoing development of an innovative, transdisciplinary program. The field of specialization is open, but we are seeking someone whose work complements that of the existing faculty in the department without duplicating it; see: http://www.whitman.edu/academics/courses-of-study/religion. Preference will be given to candidates with a specialization in Judaism. Ph.D. in a relevant field is required; because we are a department focused on the non-confessional, comparative study of religion, an advanced degree or significant, graduate-level experience in Religious Studies is required. The successful candidate will also offer courses that contribute to the College's general education requirements. The standard annual teaching load is five-courses. The College provides a generous sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching.

To apply, go to https://whitmanhr.simplehire.com/, click "Faculty" and "Assistant Professor of Religion".

  • Offer made and accepted (12/2)
  • Official rejection (12/9), telling me what I already knew. Score one for the Wiki! x2

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

Center for Jewish History - Various fellowships and deadlinesEdit

The Center for Jewish History offers a range of fellowships for senior and postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates 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. Preference is given to projects that make use of more than one partner collection.

NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars

  • Stipend of $50,400 a period of one year
  • Open to U.S. citizens and those who have lived in the U.S. for at least three years prior to the application deadline
  • Must have received the Ph.D. more than six years before start of fellowship
  • Application deadline: December 1, 2014 

Prins Foundation Fellowship for Senior Scholars

  • Intended for scholars from outside North America who seek a permanent teaching and research position in North America; preference given to applicants from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  • Stipend of  $75,000 with a relocation stipend of up to $15,000
  • Must have received Ph.D. more than six years before start of fellowship
  • Application deadline: January 5, 2015

Prins Foundation Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship for Emigrating Scholars

  • Intended for scholars from outside North America who seek a permanent teaching and research position in North America; preference given to applicants from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  • Stipend of $35,000
  • Application deadline: January 5, 2015

For full application guidelines, visit fellowships.cjh.org. Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th St | New York, NY 10011 | fellowships@cjh.org

Centre College (KY) - Study of Judaism (Visiting Assistant Professor, three years)Edit

Centre College invites applications for a three-year visiting position in the Study of Judaism beginning in August 2015.  Candidates must have a firm grounding in the academic study of Judaism within the context of religious studies.  Field of specialization is open.  Ideal candidates will demonstrate ability and dedication to teach at the undergraduate level, and be prepared to teach general education courses in Biblical History and Ideas and/or Western Religious Traditions (focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).  Ph.D. is preferred; ABD will be considered. 

Centre College, a highly selective liberal arts college of about 1,400 students, has one of the nation’s premier study abroad programs and is ranked among the top fifty National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.  Classes are small and academic standards are high.  Centre graduates enjoy extraordinary success, with entrance to top graduate and professional schools, prestigious fellowships for further study abroad, and rewarding jobs.  The College is located in Danville, Kentucky, a town of 18,000 recognized for its high quality of life.  It is within easy driving distance of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati.  Centre College is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity.  Centre strives to create an environment where differences are celebrated rather than discouraged, where the individuals have the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experiences.  Please view the Statement of Community.  For information concerning the college, visit our web site at www.centre.edu.

  • To apply, please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/25835. Preliminary interviews will be held at SBL/AAR in San Diego. Review of applications begins October 01, 2014. Complete application will include cover letter, c.v., teaching statement, transcripts, and three letters of reference.  Centre College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2014-2015
  • email invitation to AAR/SBL interview (11/6) x6 (<--- update number) (11/7) x3 (11/10) x1
  • Phone invitation for campus visit in mid-February <---- update number (x2)
  • ^^ What is your area of specialty?
  • Modern American Jewish culture.
  • ​Phone invitation for on-campus interview (3/6) x2
  • Offer made and accepted

Earlham College (IN) - Jewish Studies (Chair position; Assistant Professor, three years)Edit

Earlham College invites applications for a Chair in Jewish Studies at the rank of assistant professor. This three-year appointment begins in Fall 2015.

The College seeks candidates committed to teaching excellence and liberal arts education. Academic responsibilities include teaching Jewish Studies courses both at the introductory level as well as in the candidate’s field of specialization and/or interests. Co-curricular responsibilities (one-third of the position) include coordinating religious activities and observances, engaging and providing support to Jewish students and faculty, participating in interfaith programming, and arranging for Jewish speakers and cultural groups to visit campus.

  • Applicants should send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Cheri Gaddis, cherig@earlham.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled.
  • I was wonderng why this job never made it to the Wiki. Anyone hear anything yet? (11/12)
  • Phone call this morning (11/13) for Skype interview on 11/19 (x3) <---update the number
  • I got a phone message and an email asking for interview.
  • Invited for campus visit in January (12/18)  x3
  • area of specialization? ABD? 1 year out? 2 years out etc?
  • ABD, specialize in modern J thought and classical texts.
  • Also ABD, specialize in American Jewish culture
  • PhD, specialize in European Jewish history
  • Offer made (2/10) and accepted (2/16)
  • Congrats! x2 :)

Franklin and Marshall College (PA) - Visiting Asst. Professor - Pre-modern JudaismEdit

The Judaic Studies Program at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a visiting position, beginning Fall 2015. Specialty may be in any area from the post-biblical period through the eighteenth century. The appointment is renewable for a second and third year on evidence of good teaching. Appointment will be at the Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor level depending on qualifications; teaching experience highly desirable. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to Judaism as well as upper-level courses in his/her specialty; the teaching load is 3/2 and includes teaching at least one course each year in the College’s general education Connections program. 

  • Candidates should submit the following materials as PDF files (searchable preferred) to Tami.Lantz@fandm.edu:  letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, teaching statement, and teaching evaluations. Hard copies are also acceptable and may be sent to Professor Scott Lerner, Chair, Judaic Studies Program, Franklin & Marshall College, PO Box 3003, Lancaster PA 17604-3003. The deadline for receipt is February 1, 2015.
  • Received standard EEO via postal mail on 7 Feb. x4
  • Any updates? 3/5
  • Offer made and accepted 4/3

Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) - VAP (1 yr.) - Biblical / Jewish Studies Edit

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion to begin September 1, 2015.

Minimum Required Qualifications: We seek candidates who have an earned doctorate in either Biblical Studies or Jewish Studies, but will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status. Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching. A commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential.

Preferred Qualifications: We are interested in applicants who will complement our commitment to students and faculty from diverse cultural groups, and who will diversify the expertise and experiences represented in the department.

Major/Essential Functions: Candidates will teach a Bible survey class covering both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament texts and claims; this is a course that meets the college's theology/biblical studies requirement. Additionally, the instructor will teach a course on Prophets and two others in the candidate's area of specialization. The total teaching load for the academic year is seven courses, one of which may be an experiential course taught in January.

Application and Institution Information: Electronic application is required; email application materials as PDFs to msolberg@gustavus.edu. The application materials must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts (scanned copies acceptable), and three confidential letters of professional recommendation (sent directly from the reference or letter service). The cover letter and letters of recommendation should be addressed to: Dr. Mary Solberg, Chair, Department of Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W College Ave, Saint Peter, MN 56082-1498.

  • Application information is also available at http://www.gustavus.edu/jobs. For more details, visit the College's website at http://www.gustavus.edu/provost/newfaculty/ or contact Dr. Mary Solberg at msolberg@gustavus.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled; preference will be given to those whose files are complete by March 15, 2015.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Scholion (ISR) - Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2015-2018Edit

The Mandel Fellowships are intended for scholars, from Israel and abroad, who have shown exceptional excellence, depth, and originality, and whose research may enrich academic and cultural discourse.

Applications will be accepted from candidates who completed their doctoral degrees recently, no earlier than October 1, 2010. Candidates who have not yet graduated may apply if they have submitted their dissertations by October 1, 2014. If awarded the fellowship, their acceptance will be conditional upon approval of their degrees by April 1, 2015.

Shortlisted candidates from Israel and abroad will be invited for an interview and lecture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Thursday, December 25, 2014.

  • -they have made the first and second cuts

Luther College (IA) - Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies and JudaismEdit

Luther College invites applications for a Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies and Judaism. This is a one-year, non-tenure track position with the possibility of renewal up to a term of three years, beginning late August 2015.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D./Th.D. preferred at time of appointment; exceptional ABDs will be considered (Instructor rank). Teaching experience required. Specialization may be in Hebrew Bible or Judaism. The successful candidate will have enthusiasm to teach introductory courses in biblical studies and Judaism and other undergraduate courses in biblical studies and religion. We are seeking a candidate who enriches our current facultys interests and expertise and who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Full-time teaching load is three courses fall term, one course January term, and three courses spring term. Teach four sections of introductory biblical studies, one section of introductory Judaism, and two additional courses designed according to interest and college need. Active engagement in scholarship and advising also expected.

STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences that will contribute to this goal.

INQUIRIES: Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Guy D. Nave, Jr., Chair, Biblical Studies Search Committee, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa, 52101; telephone: 563-387-2143; email: guynave@luther.edu. Additional information about the college is available by visiting the college website, http://www.luther.edu. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to facultysearch@luther.edu.

  • APPLICATION INFORMATION: Review of applications begins February 10, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants dossiers will include: letter of application; curriculum vitae; evidence of effective teaching (student evaluations, sample syllabi, other course materials); unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts; three letters of recommendation (the college will send a link to letter writers to upload letters). Apply at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com
  • Also posted at Biblical Studies 2014-2015
  • Email 3/9 for phone interview on 3/10. Email said interviews are being held 3/10 and 3/11. (x2)
  • Invited for campus visit the week of 4/13 (x2)
  • Anyone receive an offer yet? (4/21)
  • Still no word? Did this search fail? (5/4)
  • Offer made and accepted

McGill University (Quebec, Canada) - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, invites applications for the Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The fellowship is for the 2015-16 academic year and can be renewed once. Scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies are encouraged to apply. The Flegg postdoctoral fellow will teach one course in both fall and winter terms, deliver a public lecture during the academic year, and participate actively in the intellectual life of the department. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of $50,000 CAD (plus benefits), in addition to a research allowance of $8500. Applicants must have received their PhD after June 2011 and have PhD in hand by June 1, 2015.

Applications must include: 1) a one-page statement of interest detailing the proposed research project. 2) a full curriculum vitae 3) an official copy of university graduate transcripts (if provided by the university) 4) a copy of the doctoral diploma or a letter from the Department Chair specifying the defense date 5) three letters of recommendation, one of which must speak to competence in teaching 6) a writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages 7) a 500 word statement of teaching interests.

  • All materials should be sent electronically to flegg.jewishstudies@mcgill.ca. For questions about the postdoc, please contact Prof. Daniel Heller at daniel.heller@mcgill.ca. Electronic letters of recommendation should be attached as PDF documents only or sent directly by the referee. All materials must arrive by December 1, 2014.
  • McGill Jewish Studies says "all fields" of Jewish studies but they never select candidates who are rabbinics or earlier, and they prefer modernists, especially those in Yiddish.
  • I don't agree with the comment above. Both current postdocs are pre-modern scholars and one is in rabbinics.
  • Did anyone ever hear anything?
  • Has anyone heard anything? (1/21)
  • Rejection email, 65+ applicants (1/27) x5
  • was anyone interviewed?
  • I do not believe so.
  • do they interview shortlisted candidates?
  • An offer has been made, but they may have a shortlist in reserve in case the offer is declined. But I do not know that for certain as I got the rejection.
  • Any idea as to what the area of the (potential) recipient is?

Michigan State University (MI) - Judaism (Fixed Term Appt. - Academic Year)Edit

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University is seeking applications for a fixed-term faculty member specializing in Judaism. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies or relevant field completed by date of appointment.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site https://jobs.msu.edu/, position number 0653, where you will find the full description of this position. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

  • Review of applications will begin on February 9, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • The link to the Vitae page (above) says non-TT, but the description on the MSU jobs site says that it is TT. Anyone have any idea what is actually going on with this position?
  • Nothing in the MSU posting suggests it is TT? Instead it appears to be a full-time 1 year Asst. professor position: "Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Faculty-FAS; Appointment Basis: Academic Year, 9 month; Appointment Status: Fixed Term Faculty." Note also: "Faculty: Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies with the expertise and demonstrated ability to teach courses in Judaism and Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion, as well as Jewish Philosophy or Jewish Mysticism and Exploring World Religions." (2/15)
  • Sounds like a sabbatical/leave replacement for Benjamin Pollock.
  • Received email request for skype interview (2/23) x3
  • Was everyone actually contacted on the 23rd?
  • I was contacted on 2/26
  • I was contacted on 2/27
  • Offer made

New York University (NY) - Postdoctoral Fellows in Israel StudiesEdit

The Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University seeks to award two postdoctoral fellowships beginning in September 2015. One fellowship is directly funded by the Israel Institute (Washington, DC) and the other by the Taub Center. Both fellowships will be held at the Taub Center at NYU. The terms of the two fellowships are identical:

The Postdoctoral Fellows in Israel Studies will be appointed for a one year term, with the option of renewal for a second year. Candidates may work in the fields of History, Political Science or Sociology as they apply to Israel. Fellows are expected to teach one undergraduate course each year of their tenure at NYU. PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2015 with no exceptions, and may not have been received before September 2012. An annual fellowship of $48,000 each will be awarded to the successful candidates. Additional research funds totaling $3,000 each year per fellow will also be allocated at the discretion of the Israel Institute and 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 Hebrew is required.

Application Requirements Include: 1. CV 2. Abstract of Doctoral Dissertation 2. Research Project Proposal 3. Two Letters of Recommendation 4. Two Course Proposals / Descriptions

  • All materials should be written in English and saved in either Word or PDF formats.

Please email materials to fas.taubcenter@nyu.edu. 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 February 15, 2015.
  • Rejection email (March 11th)

Oberlin College - Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish ThoughtEdit

The Religion Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall 2015, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor.  The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of Jewish religious thought from the Second Temple period to the present and will participate in advising senior capstone projects that focus on Judaism and other areas of the incumbent’s expertise.  Research and teaching specialties are open, though those with specialties in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages are especially encouraged to apply. Knowledge of primary texts in their original languages and the theory and methods of Religious Studies are essential.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree; in hand is preferred, but advanced Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Information about the Religion Department may be found online atwww.oberlin.edu/religion.

To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference* should be sent to Professor Cynthia Chapman, Chair, Religion Department, c/o Brenda Hall, Rice Hall 316, 10 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074, Fax: 44-775-6910; phone (440) 775-8866. *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.  Application review will begin on December 1, 2014. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.  Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

  • Invitation for AJS or skype interview (12/11) x4
  • Anyone hear anything about second interviews?
  • Received email (1/19) informing me that I was not among the two selected for campus visits, but that the position would remain open until filled.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Princeton University (NJ) - Program in Judaic Studies - Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit

The Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Judaic Studies. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will teach two courses per year, subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, while pursuing his/her own research interests. The successful candidate will focus his/her teaching on an area complimentary to courses offered by present faculty. Teaching responsibilities may involve co-teaching a course. 

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be integrated fully into the Program in Judaic Studies as well as into any and all appropriate departments, programs and centers at Princeton University. Appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional year based on satisfactory performance and approval from the Dean of the Faculty. Recent Ph.D.'s in the humanities are invited to apply. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. 

Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.princeton.edu and are asked to submit the following materials:  Cover letter,  Curriculum vitae,  Statement of research interest (1000 words or less),  Two brief course proposals,  Writing sample,  Contact information for three references. 

  • Any idea as to a timeline for this position?
  • vaguely worded rejection received 2/23, stating they received over 50 applications (6x)
  • was an offer actually made?
  • Sounds like maybe they are going through the pile rejection people slowly?
  • Skype interviews have been conducted.
  • Wow, I didn't even warrant a rejection.

Rice University (TX) - Program in Jewish Studies - Postdoctral FellowshipEdit

The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas, invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment will be for the academic year 2015/16, with renewal possible for 2016/17. Candidates must hold a PhD by July 1, 2015, and must have received it no earlier than 2010. Scholars from all fields of Jewish Studies will be considered.

The teaching load will be one course per semester. The fellow is also expected to contribute to our outreach program. The annual stipend will be $40,000 plus benefits.

  • Only electronic applications will be accepted on the Rice University RICEWorks website (https://jobs.rice.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54517). Please apply by December 31, 2014, and attach a cover letter and CV to the respective tabs, and a research statement, and the names of three referees to the Other tab. All documents are required for the applicant to be considered for the position. For inquiries, please contact Professor Matthias Henze in the Department of Religion at mhenze@rice.edu.
Also posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15
  • Email invitation for Skype interview (2/9) (X4)
  • specialization????
    • My specialty is American Judaism and popular culture
  • Offer made (3/10) and accepted (3/11)
  • Rejection email received 3/20
  • Rejection email received 3/25

Syracuse University (NY) - Religion and Jewish Studies - Visiting Assistant ProfessorEdit

Visiting Assistant Professor for two semesters (August 2015 through May 2016) to teach undergraduate courses in the Religion Department and Judaic Studies Program for two faculty members on leave. Courses include REL/JSP 114 The Bible (Jewish and Christian canons) both semesters, and two more courses from among the following: Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Ancient Near Eastern Religions and Cultures, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianities, and The Bible as Literature. Successful applicants should have interest and experience in teaching in religious studies and liberal arts contexts and be trained in biblical studies and ancient Judaism and Christianity.

Ph.D. in directly relevant area of job description in hand by August 15, 2015.

  • Applications will be reviewed beginning March 16, 2015 and will continue until an appointment is made. Applications must be received by April 1, 2015.
  • Invited via email for Skype interview (3/26)

Tulane University (LA) - Jewish Studies - Visiting Assistant ProfessorEdit

Tulane University seeks a visiting assistant professor in Jewish Studies, area of research open, starting August 2015. Applicants need to be able to teach an Introduction to Jewish Civilization course. We welcome applications from those with a focus in areas such as history, women's studies, sociology, communications, literature, and/or the arts. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, teaching portfolio or sample syllabi, and three letters of reference to the posting at http://apply.interfolio.com/28245m.

  • Full consideration will be given to all applications received before February 1. Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.
  • Contacted for Skype Interview (2/2)
  • That was fast!
  • People who were contacted about interviews, did you receive email or phone call? (email)
  • Were others contacted?
  • rejection email stating offer was made. (4/11) same email 4/17

University of California, Los Angeles (CA) - Viterbi Visiting Professorship in Mediterranean Jewish StudiesEdit

The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for the Viterbi Visiting Professorship in Mediterranean Jewish Studies during the 2015-16 academic year. Rank is open; however, preference will be given to junior scholars, including post- doctoral students. The duration of the appointment will depend on rank, and includes the prospect of a full-year postdoctoral appointment. The successful candidate will be in residence at UCLA during the tenure of the appointment and is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her field of expertise. The candidate's research could focus on any dimension of the experience of Jews, including their interaction with other peoples and cultures, in the Mediterranean basin.

A letter of application, along with a CV, names of three recommenders, proposed length of stay at UCLA, and a list of prospective course offerings, should be sent by email to: Viterbi Professor Committee UCLA Center for Jewish Studies cjs@humnet.ucla.edu

  • Review of Applications will begin December 5th and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For more information contact cjs@humnet.ucla.edu.
  • anyone hear anything?

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL) - Program in Jewish Culture and Society Postdoctoral Research AssociateEdit

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate for the 2015-2016 academic year. Proposed research projects should have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of Israeli Culture. Recipients must be in residence full-time at the University’s Urbana campus for the duration of the service period (August 2015-May 2016) and may not hold other fellowships or awards during the service period. Associates will teach one course each semester. Please include information about teaching experience and list 2-3 courses focusing on Israeli culture you would be interested in teaching. You may include syllabi with your application.Responsibilities include a public lecture and participation in the faculty workshop as part of the Israel Studies Project at the university. Initial interviews may be conducted at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference in Seattle, March 26-29, only for those attending. The majority of interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Stipend and Benefits: Nine-month salary of $42,000 paid over a 12-month period, including health, dental and life insurance benefits, as well as participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). Eligibility for the listed benefits is contingent on your citizenship or work authorization. For full details on eligibility requirements, please reference http://www.ahr.illinois.edu/employees/current/other.html#Benefits.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD (degree conferral obtained between 8/16/12 – 3/1/15). The primary focus of the successful candidate’s research must be Israeli Culture, Hebrew Literature, Israeli Cinema, Israeli Art or other relevant field. Expected to teach courses in Hebrew literature and Israeli Culture.

To apply for the postdoctoral position, we will need the following: --Letter of intent, addressed to Professor Harris --Curriculum vitae --Statement of the research/writing project to be undertaken during the appointment --Scholarly writing sample --Graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable, but official transcripts may be requested at a later date) --Contact information for two professional references. Note: You must request that your letter writers email their recommendations directly to the program (by the deadline):

Please send all documents to jewishculture@illinois.edu.

  • To be considered, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2015. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship ("Jews Beyond Reason")Edit

The mind, as the Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria recognized two thousand years ago, is not guided by rationality alone; it is also driven by appetite and by the passions, and from his age until our own, Jewish thinkers and producers of culture have recognized something nonrational at the core of being human. Ancient rabbinic sources speak of the yetser, an inclination or impulse, as a driver of human behavior, and source of creativity and destructiveness. The medieval philosopher Maimonides subordinated imagination to philosophy, and yet without imagination, he also realized, there would be no prophecy. And the world owes the discovery of the unconscious to the Jewish physician Sigmund Freud. Jewish thought, history, and culture offer many opportunities to explore those aspects of the mind that lie beneath reason, that go beyond it, that resist it.

During its 2015–2016 fellowship year, the Katz Center will focus on those aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself. The topic can be explored through various disciplinary perspectives such as history, literary criticism, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, art, and musicology. Relevant fellowship proposals might address any of the following topics:

Emotions and feelings. Though rooted in neurological and physical responses, scholars recognize that emotions—like love, anger, anxiety, joy, fear, empathy, sympathy, sadness, desire, pain, and pleasure—are shaped by culture. What is there to be learned about emotions in Jewish cultural contexts?
Sensation. Another area of research that engages fields such as art history, film studies, ethnomusicology, ethics, and literature is sensation, a topic that includes sight, sound, touch, or scent within Jewish cultural or artistic contexts.
The unconscious. Interest in psychoanalysis continues to thrive, as does the deployment of psychoanalytic approaches to analyze literature and understand behavior. The Center welcomes proposals that bridge Jewish studies and the study of psychoanalysis and its history.
Mental illness. The idea of “madness” or mental illness in Jewish contexts approached from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Imagination. What is the history of imagination in Jewish culture? How is the imagination understood within specific periods of history or by particular thinkers, and how does that history relate to the broader history of imagination? Also potentially relevant are studies of Jewish artists and their engagement with movements that emphasize the non-rational (Romanticism, Expressionism, etc.).
The nonrational within rationality itself. One of the projects associated with post-modernism is a critique of rationality, the exposure of its metaphysical foundations and blind spots. The year is open to research that explores nonrational dimensions of Jewish philosophy or other modes of rationality, including that which draws on new methods or theories to challenge the distinction between reason and nonrational dimensions of subjectivity/cognition.

The Katz Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts at all levels, as well as outstanding graduate students in the final stages of writing their dissertations. Stipend amounts are based on academic standing and financial need with a maximum of $50,000 for the academic year. Fellowship recipients will be notified by February 6, 2015.

Applications are available on our website: http://katz.sas.upenn.edu

More details are available at: https://katz.sas.upenn.edu/fellowship-program/next-year

  • Application Deadline: November 9, 2014.

University of Pittsburgh (PA) - Perlow Lecturer in Classical Judaism and the Ancient Near East (3 years, renewable)Edit

Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to appoint a Lecturer in classical Judaism and the ancient Near East to begin September 1, 2015, pending budgetary approval. The position is outside the tenure stream and is supported by the Perlow Fund. The initial contract is for three years and is renewable. The Dietrich School has a non-tenure-steam career development path with the possibility of promotions within the rank of Lecturer. Teaching would include courses on the Bible, ancient Judaism, and the ancient Near East (including myth) and upper-level courses in the candidate’s areas of specialization. The successful candidate should expect to take a rotation in our core survey of western religions and capstone seminar, and to serve as coordinator for the Jewish Studies certificate program. We welcome candidates whose teaching and research interests complement thematic strengths in the department or cognate departments, programs, and centers at the University. PhD is expected at time of appointment.

Applications should include a cover letter indicating teaching and research interests, CV, representative article-length writing sample, 2 sample syllabi, and 3 letters of reference. The cover letter should speak to your ability to work effectively with a diverse student population and references should be able to address your teaching as well as research strengths. Please apply online to: https://facultysearch.as.pitt.edu/apply/index/OTE. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery.  In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system.  

  • Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants who respond by that date will be considered for an interview at the AAR/SBL and/or AJS meetings. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.
  • received email that they arent planning conference interviews: will contact for skype interiews in Jan and campus interviews in Feb (11/21)
  • Any news? (1/13)
  • Got a standard EEO form by email today, so the search appears to be moving forward. (1/25) x5
  • Confirmed they will be meeting in the last week of February or first week of March to select candidates for campus invites (contacted them with competing offer 2/11).
  • ^^Thank you.
  • Request for Skype interview (2/20) X2
  • Received passive rejection email, which announced the new hire by name and PhD institution (4/6) x2

University of South Alabama (AL) - Visiting Assistant Professor, Jewish HistoryEdit

The University of South Alabama seeks to fill a one year Visiting Assistant Professorship in the field of Jewish History.  Responsibilities will include program development, research, community outreach, and teaching courses in Jewish history and U. S. or European history.  Minimum qualifications: Ph. D. in Jewish History or closely related field.  Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation (sent directly from the referee or appropriate placement office), official graduate and undergraduate transcripts sent directly from the schools attended, and a chapter length writing sample.  Send all materials to: Jewish History Search Committee, Department of History, HUMB 344, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, 36688.  

University of Toronto, St. George Campus (CAN) - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish StudiesEdit

The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto offers three, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to support advanced research in Jewish Studies. The positions will run August 1, 2015 - July 30, 2017. Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by July 1, 2015 on a topic related to the history, culture, literature or thought of the Jewish people. The successful candidate will receive an annual salary of $45,000 (CAD) and an additional $1500 for conference travel. Fellows are expected to continue their research; deliver a public lecture and teach one full course in each of the two years.

For application details, please visit: http://www.cjs.utoronto.ca/fellowship/postdoctoral-fellowships

  • 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 cjs.toronto@utoronto.ca by October 24, 2014. 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
  • Invitation for AJS interview (12/04)
  • Official rejection received 2/11 (5x)

University of Virginia (VA) - Visiting Faculty in Israel Studies (1 yr.)Edit

The University of Virginia's interdisciplinary program in Jewish Studies invites applicants for a one-year non-tenure track appointment as Visiting Faculty in Israel Studies, anticipated to begin August 25, 2015. Field of specialization within Israel Studies is open. Rank will be commensurate with rank at home institution. Duties include teaching two undergraduate courses per semester, delivering one public lecture, and service to the Jewish Studies Program, College of Arts & Sciences, and University. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must hold a PhD and currently be employed at an institution of higher learning with an academic title at the time of appointment.

  • To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and apply to posting number 0614787. Please electronically attach the following: a current CV, cover letter, and name, email and phone information for three professional references. Please also attach a statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample.

University of Washington (WA) - Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies 2015-16Edit

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington welcomes applications for the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship in Jewish Studies for academic year 2015-2016. The Fellowship may be used as a dissertation research/writing fellowship or for post-doctoral studies (Ph.D. received within last three years) in any field of Jewish Studies. Candidates who have experience and interest in integrating digital technology into the classroom, Jewish arts and culture, and/or community-engaged scholarship are especially encouraged to apply and to note such experience in their applications. The Hazel D. Cole fellow must agree to be in residence at the University of Washington for the tenure of their fellowship, and is expected to offer one public lecture and one undergraduate course during the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship includes a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits for the academic year. Candidates from all American and foreign universities are welcome.

The Stroum Center offers an interdisciplinary academic program in Jewish Studies, including an undergraduate major and minor and graduate fellowships. Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research in fields such as Israel Studies, American Jewish life, and Sephardic Studies. The Center also presents innovative public programming through events and digital media to engage a broader community in Jewish Studies scholarship. Visit http://jewishstudies.washington.edu to learn more about the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and our home department, the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

The Stroum Center’s Cole Fellows have gone on to receive tenure-track positions at such campuses as Stanford University, McGill University, St. Olaf College, Concordia University, and the University of Washington. Cole Fellows have also gone on to win prestigious awards like theNational Jewish Book Award and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Application materials consist of the following: (1) A current curriculum vitae. (2) A brief (3-5 pages) description of your scholarly interests, your proposed research project, and a course you would like to teach. (3) Three letters of recommendation. We request that all letters of recommendation be sent via email as a PDF by the person making the recommendation.

All application materials including letters of recommendation must be PDF files and sent as email attachments to jewishst@uw.edu. The subject line should read: “Cole Fellow Application for 2015-16”. Please begin all file names with your last name (e.g. LASTNAME FIRSTNAME CV).

Finalists will be interviewed via phone or video conferencing in December. The successful candidate for the Cole Fellowship will be notified in early 2015. Questions: Contact Assistant Director Lauren Spokane at jewishst@uw.edu or 206-543-0138.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
  • 12/1 - Skype interview scheduled. (x 2)
  • ^^ What's your area of expertise?
  • -Phoenician - Israelite interactions + uses of biblical archaeology in modern cultural heritage / museum narratives.  I'm a long-shot candidate! You?
  • 12/17 - rejection email received x4
  • 2/13 - rejection email (post-interview x 2)
  • Anyone know if they've made an offer?
  • 3/12 - rejection email (post-interview)

Vanderbilt University (USA:TN) - Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities [Non-TT;VAP]Edit

  • Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities: http://syriaca.org/blog/2015/05/visiting-professor/
  • The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year.
  • The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time on the publications of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal (http://syriaca.org/), a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics, Divinity, History, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar.
  • A complete application will include the following materials: 1. A cover letter indicating applicant’s qualifications in Syriac studies and, if applicable, digital humanities; 2. A current curriculum vitae; 3. A scholarly publication, dissertation chapter, or digital project representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential (these should be uploaded as attachments in the section marked “Resume and Cover Letter”); 4. Contact information for three referees.
  • Deadline: May 22, 2015
  • The committee will begin review of applications immediately, with priority given to those applications received by May 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Friedman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish StudiesEdit

Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for the Friedman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies.  Applications will be accepted from scholars in any field of Jewish Studies.  This position is for the 2015-2016 academic year, with renewal possible for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Friedman fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor; will be expected to teach one course per semester, designed in consultation with the faculty mentor and department chair, and conduct research in his/her area of Jewish Studies.  The Fellowship includes a salary of $50,000 plus benefits for the nine-month academic year.  Candidates from universities both within and outside the United States are welcome to apply.  Applicants must have earned the Ph.D. by the beginning of the fall semster 2015 and not earlier than 2012. 

  • Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2014.  Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, a research statement, and three letters of recommendation (sent directly by recommender) to: Chair, Friedman Post-Doctoral Fellow Search Committee, Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1121, St. Louis, MO  63130-4899. For inquiries, please contact the Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at jinelc@artsci.wustl.edu. Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and actively encourages applications by women and members of minority groups.  Employment eligibility is required upon appointment.
  • Also posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15
  • Any word?
  • Does anyone know a timeline for this post-doc?
  • Word around campfire is that committee met and will inform next round (whatever that is) by the end of week or early next week.
  • ^^ Thanks!
  • Email saying that they have started reviewing applications, which should take 2-3 weeks, and they hope to conduct Skypes after that. So, thanks for that December 1st deadline if it was going to then take you 2 more months to even start reviewing applications.
  • No reason to be snarky. They seem to be on schedule with most of the other postdocs.
  • ^^ Agreed. This is standard, especially for postdocs.
  • ^^ Agreed x2. I thought it was actually extremely polite. Most searches are not nearly as transparent. 
  • Just because it is standard doesn't make it fair to the applicants. Also, they seem quite a bit behind the other postdocs who had deadlines around the same time, all of which (that I am aware of anyway) have already either conducted first round interviews or made an offer.
    • FWIW, I heard they had a 150% increase in applicants this year. And there are plenty of postdocs that had comparable deadlines and have not done either interviews or made offers.
    • All postdocs should list when they will notify applicants with the initial posting. That would be the only policy that qualifies as polite. We are all in precarious circumstances and the more information and transparency the better.
  • This may be only marginally relevant but I was offered this postdoc a few years ago (eventually declined it) and received the email offering it to me on February 11 of that year.
  • Confirmed they will be meeting on Friday, 2/13 to construct their shortlist (contacted them about a competing offer 2/11)
  • ^^ Thank you for the update! 2/12
  • Contacted for Skype interview, 2/13 (x2)
  • ^^ Would you share your area of specialty with us, please?
  • Biblical studies, the construction of the Hebrew Bible, etc. 
  • Offer made
  • Snail mail rejection received, naming their hire. x3

Yale University (CT) - Post Doctoral Associate in Medieval Jewish HistoryEdit

The Program in Judaic Studies at Yale University is offering a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship that will begin on July 1, 2015. Candidates for the fellowship must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2015 and must have received the degree no earlier than 2012. The Program seeks a specialist in Medieval Jewish History who will work closely with appropriate members of Yale’s faculty.

The Judaic Studies Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to be in residence, to conduct research in Yale’s library and archival collections, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the university, and to teach two semester courses over two years. The annual stipend will be $55,000 plus health benefits. Candidates apply online at academicjobsonline.org or send a cover letter, CV, project proposal, three letters of recommendation, and a list of proposed courses to: Judaic Studies Program P.O. Box 208282 New Haven, CT 06520-8282 EMAIL: renee.reed@yale.edu or on line to academicjobsonline.org

  • The deadline for receipt of application materials is February 9, 2015.

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2014-15Edit

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