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This page is for Jewish Studies / Israel Studies jobs that begin in 2017.

Last year's page: Jewish Studies 2015-2016

See also: Religious Studies 2016-2017, Biblical Studies 2016-2017, European History 2016-17, and History 2016-17

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Binghamton University, SUNY (NY) - Assistant Professor of Israel StudiesEdit

This position is the third of three cluster hires in Israel Studies and the successful candidate will be a member of both the Judaic Studies Department and the new Center for Israel Studies (see http://binghamton.edu/israel-studies/).

This position is affiliated with the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (see http://binghamton.edu/tae/).

Area of Specialization: Social Science. Areas of competence: Open. Comparative approaches are encouraged. A successful candidate will have a strong research program. Possible courses include Israel-Palestine, Israel-Arab relations, Israeli Government. Teaching experience preferred.

Requirements: Ph.D. in hand by 01 September 2017 is expected.

Additional Information: It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Application Instructions: 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 use https://Binghamton.interviewexchange.com to submit their materials. Applications received by 15 October, 2016 will be guaranteed full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

George Washington University (DC) - TT Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew Language and Israeli LiteratureEdit

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in modern Hebrew language and Israeli literature. The position entails overseeing, staffing, and shaping the modern Hebrew offerings as the Hebrew Program Coordinator, under the oversight of the department chair; teaching courses on Hebrew language and literature in the original and in translation, and involvement with the Judaic Studies Program. Basic Qualifications: All applicants must have an earned PhD in modern Hebrew literature/language or a closely related field, teaching excellence as demonstrated by course evaluation summaries, potential for strong record of scholarly publication as demonstrated by publications and research agenda, native or near native fluency in Hebrew as well as in English, and experience in use of instructional technology. Information about the department and current faculty members can be found at https://cnelc.columbian.gwu.edu; see also, for the Judaic Studies Program https://judaic.columbian.gwu.edu. Application Procedure: To be considered, please complete an online faculty application at http://www.gwu.jobs/postings/37454 and upload a letter of interest, current CV, sample publications, statement of research, teaching philosophy and program development, and at least three samples of course syllabi, course evaluation summaries. Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed to GW_CNELC_Search@gwu.edu, or physically mailed to Hebrew Search, George Washington University, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, 801 22nd Street, Phillips Hall 335, Washington, DC 20052. Only complete applications will be considered.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 1st , 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - Jewish HistoryEdit

Open call to candidates for a tenure-track position in early-modern European Jewish history in the Dept. of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (open rank).

The position is open to individuals who hold a doctorate degree and for advanced doctoral students whose PhD will be conferred no later than July 1, 2017.

Job requirements: Candidates are sought for a tenure-track position in early modern history of the Jewish people in  Europe. Specific specializations may include any of the major processes that took place in Jewish history in this period, including the results of the expulsion from Spain, the persecutions of 1648-1649, developments in the rabbinic world, Shabbateanism, Hasidism, Christian Hebraism, early Enlightenment and emancipation. Familiarity with the broader history of the non-Jewish world also expected. Responsibilities include the teaching of required and elective courses in the candidate's field(s) of specialization (at B.A. and M.A. degree levels). Successful candidates are expected to conduct independent and original research at the highest academic level, demonstrate academic leadership, compete for Israeli and international research grants and have the ability to cooperate with colleagues within the Faculty of Humanities and beyond.

The Language of instruction is Hebrew, but candidates not fluent in the language will be given the time to reach proficiency in Hebrew during the initial years of their appointment.

Qualified candidates will be invited for a job talk and interview.

More on our department at: http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/units.php?cat=518&incat=517

  • For more information, please contact Dr. Noah Hacham, Head of Dept. of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at: noahh@mail.huji.ac.il

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - Talmud and HalakhaEdit

Open call to candidates for a tenure-track position in the Department of Talmud and Halakha at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (open rank)

Job requirements: Candidates are sought for a tenure-track position in the field of classical Talmudic literature (Tannaitic and Amoraic), with preference for Tannaitic Literature.

The position is open to individuals who hold a doctorate degree by September 26 2016

The position is open to qualified researchers in the various areas of classical Talmudic literature: Mishnah and Tosefta, Halakhic Midrash, Talmud (Bavli and/or Yerushalmi), Aggadic Midrash, History of Early Halakha and Rabbinic Thought. Preference will be given to applicants whose main field of research is in Tannaitic Literature. All applicants should have full mastery of the original sources and demonstrate excellent research and teaching abilities. We also expect applicants to be thoroughly familiar with the languages required for their research, as well as with the surrounding non-rabbinic cultures and post-rabbinic literature, and to integrate this knowledge in their research and instruction. Teaching and supervising duties in the department are not confined to the specific field of research of each of the faculty members; it is necessary, therefore, that all applicants be able to teach and to supervise advanced students in both Tannaitic Literature and Babylonian Talmud. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate academic leadership, to compete for Israeli and international research grants, and have the ability to cooperate with colleagues within the Faculty of Humanities and beyond.

Qualified candidates will be invited for a job talk and interview.

More on our department at http://talmud.huji.ac.il/

  • For more information, please contact Prof. Shlomo Naeh, Head of the Department of Talmud and Halakha, at: naeh@mail.huji.ac.il

Johns Hopkins University (MD) - Tandetnik Chair in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture (TT Asst. or Assoc. Professor)Edit

The Johns Hopkins University Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies seeks to appoint a scholar to the Tandetnik Chair in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture. 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 have a strong command of Yiddish language and culture and a demonstrated record of achievement in Yiddish literary scholarship. They should be prepared to teach Yiddish literature and be pursuing research that speaks to central questions in Yiddish studies, Jewish studies more broadly, and larger intellectual agendas in the humanities. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both introductory and specialized courses covering many aspects of Yiddish culture 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 (https://apply.interfolio.com/37043).

  • Applications must be received by October 15, 2016.

McMaster University (CAN) - Early Christianity and/or Early JudaismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the Assistant Professor level (or the Associate Professor level in exceptional circumstances) beginning July 1, 2017. The successful candidate must fit the structure and strengths of the department’s Biblical Field, which is marked by its dedication to studying early Judaism and early Christianity in light of one another, focusing on the Hellenistic to Roman periods. The ideal candidate should, therefore, have competence in both early Judaism and early Christianity. Demonstration of excellence and/or outstanding promise in the areas of research, graduate supervision, and undergraduate teaching is essential. A Ph.D. in a field pertinent to the study of early Judaism and/or early Christianity is required by the time of appointment.

The Department of Religious Studies is committed to enhancing diversity, while complementing the strengths of current faculty. This search is undertaken to recruit a colleague who can help us achieve these goals. Religious Studies at McMaster has earned a reputation as one of the premiere departments of its kind in North America. Comprising three graduate fields (Asian, Biblical, and Western), research is conducted employing a wide variety of approaches: textual, ethnographic, historical, philosophical, theological, theoretical, and philological. There are currently 50 graduate students enrolled in the department’s M.A. and Ph.D. programmes, with 14 faculty members active in graduate supervision. More information on the department can be found at https://www.religiousstudies.mcmaster.ca/.

Applicants should submit an application package consisting of the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, a 1-2 page teaching statement with evidence of teaching excellence, a 1-2 page research statement, and the names and full contact information for three academic references. The search committee will request letters directly from these references at a later stage in the search process, as needed.

Materials sent from applicants must be submitted through the University’s electronic portal at http://www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers/. Queries should be addressed to Dr. Daniel Machiela, Chair, Department of Religious Studies at: relsch@mcmaster.ca.

  • The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2016, with the potential for preliminary interviews to take place either by video conference or at the SBL/AAR meeting in San Antonio on November 19-22.

McGill University (CAN) - The Segal Family Assistant Professorship in Jewish History and Culture: Jews in Arab LandsEdit

The Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, invites applications for a tenure-track position, the newly established Segal Family Assistant Professorship in Jewish History and Culture. We are looking to fill this position with an expert on “Jews in Arab Lands.” Scholars working on any period—from the earliest years of Islam to the history of Jews in British-mandate Palestine and Jews from Arab lands in Israel—with training in History, the Social Sciences, Religious Studies, or Cultural Studies are invited to apply.

A strong application will provide evidence of outstanding research potential and the ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Command of Hebrew and Arabic is essential; knowledge of French an asset. Candidates must have completed their PhD by the date of employment. The position start date is August 1, 2017.

For more information about the Department and University, visit our website at http://www.mcgill.ca/jewishstudies/. Any inquiries should be addressed by email to the Chair of the Department: carlos.fraenkel@mcgill.ca .

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

  • Applications and all supporting materials are accepted online only. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a complete CV, a sample of written work (30-50pp), descriptions of three courses (two at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent from the referees' institutional email accounts, to the following website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7964 The deadline for submitting applications is November 1, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AJS conference in San Diego (18-20 December).

McGill University (CAN) - Faculty Lecturer in Yiddish Language and CultureEdit

The Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University invites applications for a Faculty Lecturer position in Yiddish Language and Culture. A PhD in Jewish Studies with a focus on Yiddish language, history, or culture is strongly preferred. Extensive teaching experience and an excellent teaching record at the university level are required. Duties include teaching Yiddish language on all levels in a way that meaningfully relates language acquisition to history, literature, and culture, as well as courses on Yiddish culture in English. A willingness to actively participate in relevant Departmental events and activities is also expected.

The standard teaching load of Faculty Lecturers in Jewish Studies is 18 credits per academic year, i.e. three 3-credit courses per semester. This teaching load is negotiable, however, depending on how active a research program the Faculty Lecturer pursues besides his or her teaching commitments. The initial appointment is for 3 years; this appointment is renewable and becomes indefinite after a period of 6 years of continuous employment. Start of appointment 1 August 2017. Starting salary is CAD $55,000 per year.

For more information about the Department and University, visit our website at http://www.mcgill.ca/jewishstudies/. Any inquiries should be addressed by email to the Chair of the Department: carlos.fraenkel@mcgill.ca .

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

  • Applicants must fill out the online application form. A letter of application, a complete CV, and a detailed teaching portfolio, as well as three letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/7976 . The deadline for submitting applications is November 1, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AJS conference in San Diego (18-20 December).

Michigan State University (MI) - JudaismEdit

The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University is seeking applications for a tenure system opening at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in Judaism. The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis and will engage in an active program of teaching (normally, two courses per semester), research and service, including teaching in the College of Arts and Letters' general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities. A PhD in Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, or other relevant field must be completed and in hand by the appointment date of August 16, 2017.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching mission of the Department, teaching courses that include introduction to Religious Studies and Judaism, and other undergraduate-attracting courses on Judaism that are consistent with the research and teaching foci of the candidate. Active participation in the Jewish Studies Program is expected. The Jewish studies program is a dynamic university program spanning multiple disciplines, colleges and departments. The position is one of six core positions in the Jewish Studies program, and at least two of the undergraduate courses taught each year will count toward the minor in Jewish Studies in the university. A core position means the position contributes to the Jewish Studies Program. There are opportunities to participate in study aboard programs and to engage in scholarly outreach and collaborative interdisciplinary work in digital humanities.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site https://jobs.msu.edu/.

Mount Holyoke College (MA) - Associate or Full Professor and Irene Kaplan Leiwant Chair of Jewish StudiesEdit

Mount Holyoke College invites applications and nominations from advanced associate and full professors to direct its Jewish studies program and to hold the Irene Kaplan Leiwant Chair.

As director of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke, the Irene Kaplan Leiwant Chair will work closely with members of the Mount Holyoke Jewish Studies committee toward growing a robust Jewish studies program across the college’s curriculum. The director will also participate in a vibrant community of scholars in Judaic and Jewish Studies throughout the Five College Consortium.

The disciplinary specialization is open and, while the applicant's scholarship may concentrate on any period from the post-rabbinic to the contemporary, the successful candidate must be committed to interdisciplinary approaches to Jewish studies. The successful candidate will teach four courses a year at all levels, including Introduction to Judaism and/or Jewish Studies as well as upper-level courses in their field of specialty. The new director must be committed to expanding the programmatic elements of the college’s Jewish Studies program and will demonstrate competence in working with students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Nominations and letters of interest may be sent to the Chair, Professor Karen Remmler at kremmler@mtholyoke.edu at any time. Formal applications must be made online at https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu by submitting a letter of application, CV and four statements concerning (1) teaching philosophy, (2) research interests, (3) a statement about mentoring a diverse student body, and (4) commitment to interdisciplinary exchange and program development (upload under Other Document).

  • To be assured full consideration applications must be complete by October 31, 2016. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted on their behalf. We recommend early submission because electronic prompts to referees will be generated automatically (and letters of reference accepted) only after the completed application has been submitted.

Northwestern University (IL) - Crown Chair in Israel Studies (Full Prof.)Edit

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies seeks a senior scholar of distinction in Israel Studies appointable at the rank of Full Professor for a full-time tenured appointment. Starting date September 1, 2017.

The person filling the position will hold the Crown Chair in Israel Studies. We welcome applications from scholars in the social sciences and humanities who study modern Israel from a multidisciplinary perspective. This includes areas such as history, sociology, culture, law, political science, and economics. In addition, candidates should be able to integrate the study of Israel into a global context.

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.

Please read the application instructions found below. Cover letters and curriculum vitae should be submitted via the online application system.

Princeton University (NJ) - Hebrew BibleEdit

Position Summary: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Department of Religion in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies invites applications for a joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of Hebrew Bible. The position would begin on September 1, 2017. The candidate should be an expert in the Hebrew Bible and be prepared to teach an introduction to the Hebrew Bible (in translation), biblical Hebrew, and more specialized courses appropriate to his or her interests and the Department and Program's needs.

Essential Qualifications: Applicants should apply online at https://jobs.princeton.edu and are asked to submit the following materials:- Cover letter including teaching interests and research plans- Curriculum vitae - Writing sampleApplicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent by e-mail to Baru Saul, program manager for Judaic Studies, baru@princeton.edu.This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 15, 2016, and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Applications from women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged.

Saint Louis University (MO) - Hebrew Bible / Old TestamentEdit

The Department of Theological Studies at SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the rank of assistant professor. A doctorate is required by the time the appointment begins on August 15, 2017. 

Area of specialization is open. However, preference will be given to applicants who diversify existing expertise and pedagogical approaches within the department and who work in an interdisciplinary manner. The successful candidate will have strong research competencies and the ability to teach a range of subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The standard teaching assignment in the department is 2/2 and faculty regularly receive the support of graduate research assistants. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students and participating in faculty governance at the department, college and university level.

Regardless of his or her own faith tradition, the successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the university’s Catholic and Jesuit mission, which affirms the importance of diversity and fosters an inclusive work environment.

All applications are made online at http://jobs.slu.edu and include a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research agenda, (4) one sample of scholarly work no longer than 30 pages, (5) a teaching statement where we invite you also to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body, and (6) three letters of reference. Applications are due November 4. Questions about this position should be directed to: Pauline Lee, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Contact email: leepc@slu.edu. 

Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

  • Applications are due by November 4, 2016. Questions about this position should be directed to: Peter W. Martens, Chair, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, 3800 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Contact email: pmarten1@slu.edu.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2016-2017 and Biblical Studies 2016-2017

University at Albany, SUNY (NY) - Asst. / Assoc. Professor - Judaic StudiesEdit

The College of Arts and Sciences of the University at Albany seeks to hire a scholar of Judaic Studies at the Assistant or Associate Professor level who will also head the Judaic Studies Program. The program embraces all aspects of Judaic Studies, but we have a particular interest in applicants who can address the historical context and religious studies. All candidates will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate students. The Judaic Studies Program seeks to engage the broader community through public lectures and other programs.

Requirements: Applicants must have a Ph.D. from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in hand by September 1, 2017. Applicants must show promise of a distinguished career as a scholar and teacher. Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.

Additional Information: Professional Rank and Salary Range: Assistant/Associate Professor, competitive salary with start up funds

Start Date: September 1, 2017

Please apply online via http://albany.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=76234

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is December 1, 2016.
  • Does anyone know what's up with this position? It hasn't popped up on AJS or the AAR lists (despite wanting someone who can do religious studies) and then the title at the link makes it look like they want a historian in particular: "History (Judaic Studies)."  It all kind of suggests that they don't really know what they're doing. Anyone have insight?
  • Since the deadline is still rather far off, perhaps it just hasn't been posted at those other sites yet? (Sometimes ads will appear on Indeed.com way in advance of other venues)
  • I suspect it's a replacement for Barry Trachtenberg, who took the Wake Forest position and did history/JS at Albany.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE) - Director of the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies (Assoc. or Full Prof.)Edit

We are seeking an exceptional and dynamic individual in the area of Jewish studies who will lead and serve as Director of the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), a public land grant research university and member of the Big 10/Committee on Institutional Cooperation, with a total enrollment of over 25,000 students. The Harris Center for Judaic Studies promotes and supports scholarship in Jewish civilization and the nature and history of anti-Semitism. The Center administers an interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies, support for undergraduate and graduate research, and a program of public lectures and conferences, and oversees a scholarly community for faculty working on topics related to Jewish Studies.

We are seeking faculty members at the associate to full professor level who have active scholarship or creative activity in Jewish studies. Field of expertise is open within the social sciences and humanities. The tenure home will be within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Director will provide leadership and administrative oversight for the Center and foster the full potential of the Center through innovative collaboration within UNL and outreach to the Lincoln and Omaha communities. Qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent in the social sciences or humanities with expertise in Jewish studies; a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and service; and a vision for enhancing the research and educational programs of the Center. Requirements also include excellent communication skills, both oral and written; evidence of community engagement; demonstrable leadership ability; and an interest in working with the University Foundation, donors, and alumni to support fundraising. The preferred candidate will have at least two years of experience in program development and budget planning.

To be considered for this position, candidates should apply online at http://employment.unl.edu, requisition #F_160185, and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative form. Application materials should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with a full list of publications, the names of three references, and brief research, teaching and administrative statements. Inquiries regarding the position or the application process should be directed to: JSDirectorSearch@unl.edu, or Judaic Studies Search Committee Chair, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1223 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0312 (Fax: 402-472-1123).

  • Screening of applicants will begin on November 1, 2016; however, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

University of Washington, Seattle (WA) - TT Asst. Professor or Tenured Associate Prof. - Israel StudiesEdit

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS), at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor level in the field of Israel Studies to begin on September 16, 2017, contingent on budgetary approval. The person filling the position will hold the Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Chair in Israel Studies. We welcome applications from social scientists and historians who study Israel from a multidisciplinary perspective, including the fields of history, sociology, cultural studies, geography, legal studies, political science, Jewish studies, or religious studies. In addition, candidates should be able to integrate the study of Israel into a global context, highlighting the comparative and international relevance of Israel in the Middle East and beyond.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the mission of both the Jackson School and the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. The Jackson School is an interdisciplinary department that houses University of Washington programs studying the areas, peoples, and religions of the world. The Stroum Center, located in the Jackson School, is a leading institution for the academic study of Jewish life in its cultural, intellectual, religious, and international contexts. The successful candidate will teach courses in Israel Studies, as well as other undergraduate and graduate comparative and international studies classes. The Benaroya endowment also calls for, and provides funds for, the holder of the chair to disseminate knowledge more broadly, creating public programming and building exchanges for students and faculty with Israeli institutions.

This position is a full-time, nine-month appointment. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Jackson School faculty teach four courses per academic year over three quarters.

A PhD or foreign equivalent is required by start of appointment.

HOW TO APPLY: Materials should be submitted to: https://apply.interfolio.com/36385 Applicants should submit the following: - CV; - A cover letter describing their research and teaching experience; - Three letters of recommendation.

  • Preference will be given to applications received by October 31, 2016. For questions, please contact: jsis@uw.edu

Wesleyan University (CT) - Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of Religion at Wesleyan University invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Jewish Studies at the rank of assistant professor to begin in the fall of 2017. The Department seeks candidates with comprehensive training in Jewish studies, Jewish religious traditions, and the broader academic study of religion. Qualified candidates must have proficiency in the Hebrew language and a wide range of the Jewish intertextual tradition, and should demonstrate a commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting. The Department is flexible with regard to the candidate's disciplinary orientation, but will favor those whose work is informed by current theoretical trends in the humanities and social sciences. Wesleyan hosts an interdepartmental Center for Jewish Studies, of which the candidate would be an integral member. The successful candidate will be expected regularly to teach courses in the Hebrew Bible and Judaism, and will teach on a rotating basis the Department's Introduction to the Study of Religion and Majors Colloquium in Religious Studies. Candidates should have Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. The teaching load is 2/2. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment.

Special Instructions To Applicants: You will be required to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) a writing sample, (4) a statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including (5) syllabi and (6) student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one). Interfolio users, see Additional Information.

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Please contact Sheri Dursin at sdursin@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2288 if you have questions about the application process.

Note for Interfolio users: We gladly accept letters of recommendation from Interfolio. From your Interfolio account, please use the "web delivery" method to upload your letters directly to our online application.

For further instructions, look here: http://help.interfolio.com/entries/24062742-Uploading-Letters-to-an-Online-Application-System.

VISITING POSITIONS / LIMITED-TERM APPOINTMENTS / POSTDOCSEdit

Brandeis University (MA) - Schusterman Center for Israel Studies - Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies 2017-2018Edit

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in Israel Studies 2017-2018. Priority is given to PhDs in Film, Economics, Politics or Social Sciences. Candidates teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, in the relevant Brandeis department.

The fellow is expected to be in residence at Brandeis University, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and to present at least one public lecture. There may also be an opportunity for participation in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

The annual stipend is $52,500 plus a $3,000 research fund, and the position is benefits-eligible. The fellowship may be renewable for a second year.

Apply by completing this online form. It will ask for contact information and the following documents: Cover letter, Curriculum vitae, Project proposal, Two letters of recommendation, Description of courses in Israel Studies candidate is qualified to teach, Abstract of PhD* [* A PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2017, and may not have been received more than five years prior.]

Emory University (GA) - Visiting Assistant Professor in American Jewish Religious CulturesEdit

The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion at Emory University invite applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in American Jewish Religious Cultures, beginning Fall 2017. We seek a scholar who examines the religious thought and practices of American Jews in particular cultural contexts and as reflected in cultural production. The successful candidate will display evidence of a strong academic record, a compelling research agenda, and skill at teaching on the undergraduate level. The teaching load for the position is two courses per semester, which may include a survey course in Jewish Studies in addition to courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

Online applications consisting of a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a writing sample may be submitted to: https://apply.interfolio.com/37567.

  • Review of applications will begin November 11, 2016. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting in San Diego.

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies - Jewish Culture and the Natural World - 2017-18 FellowshipEdit

During the 2017–2018 fellowship year, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies seeks to ask new questions about the history of science, medicine and technology from the perspective of Jewish culture.

This year will explore the theories, institutions, and paradigms that shaped how Jews have studied nature, and the ideas, applications, and cultural and religious consequences that emerged from such study. The fellowship is open to scholars working on particular thinkers, texts or theories, as well as research projects that frame the subject in relation to Classical, Christian, Muslim, or secular approaches.

This theme spans the entirety of Jewish history, and encompasses the history of science, the anthropology of science, philosophy, philology, and environmental studies, among other potentially relevant fields. This theme shall embrace an interdisciplinary and comparative approach and encourages projects within fields of inquiry that bear on how Jews have understood, interacted with, or sought to intervene into nature. This could include but is not limited to: astrology, magic and other esoteric forms of knowledge, medieval and early modern natural philosophy, Zionism and its impact on scientific and medical practice, contemporary research in genetics, as well as mathematics and technology. Among the larger questions that fellows might address are:

How have Jews conceived, studied, and talked about nature and the natural world in different historical periods?
In what ways has Jewish scientific engagement in nature been shaped by religious belief and practice? :What is the relationship between science and Halakhah, or between science and Jewish religious thought?
What can be learned by reframing Jewish engagement in nature within a broader context? What insights can be gleaned by comparing Jewish scientific interest with Islamic, Christian, or modern secular science? To what extent has science or medicine served as a medium of interaction and exchange with non-Jewish communities?
What can one learn about Jewish engagement in science by attending to the practices and institutions of scientific culture (e.g., universities, medical schools) or by examining the social and discursive practices of science?
How has Zionism shaped Jewish medical and scientific activity or vice versa?

ELIGIBILITY. 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 who will have received their Ph.D. before the start date of the fellowship.

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS. Fellowships are awarded either for a full academic year or one semester (fall or spring). Stipend amounts are based on financial need and academic standing.

  • The deadline for applications is OCTOBER 31, 2016.
  • The Katz Center is currently upgrading its application portal. Applications will be accepted beginning in mid-July 2016. Please check back at that time or direct questions to Carrie Love, program administrator, at carrielo@upenn.edu.
  • Also posted at Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2016-17

University of Toronto (CAN) - Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish StudiesEdit

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto offers two, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to support advanced research in Jewish Studies. The positions will run July 1, 2017–June 30, 2019. Applicants must have completed their doctoral dissertations by July 1, 2017 on a topic related to the history, culture, literature, or thought of the Jewish people. The successful candidate will receive a fellowship of $45,000 (CAD) per year as well as up to an additional $1,500 to support participation in academic conferences. The Fellows will spend the 2017–18 and 2018–19 academic years at the University of Toronto, during which time they are expected to continue their research; deliver a public lecture; teach one course in each of the two terms; and contribute to the intellectual life of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. Applicants from foreign as well as Canadian universities are welcome.

  • Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest that describes the candidate's research project; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement of teaching interests, including proposals for two undergraduate courses; (4) a writing sample, not to exceed 8,000 words. These materials should be emailed to the Centre's administrator, Ms. Emily Springgay, at cjs.toronto@utoronto.ca by October 28, 2016. By this date, applicants must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent in sealed envelopes to: Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street, Room 218, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 2M8.

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2016-17Edit

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Bucknell University (PA) - Chaplain for Jewish LifeEdit

Bucknell University seeks a Rabbi to serve as Chaplain for Jewish Life who is student-centered, a creative-thinker, inclusive, engaging and will promote Jewish life to the campus community. With 7% of the student population self-reporting as Jewish, Bucknell invites candidates who are forward-thinking and committed to strengthening the Jewish community on campus. The Chaplain for Jewish Life will oversee all Jewish activities, events and holidays including the Berelson Center for Jewish Life, a community space on campus that offers a kosher kitchen and a warm environment where students can explore their cultural and religious identity. This position reports to the University Chaplain and supervises the Coordinator of Jewish Life. 

Minimum Qualifications:         Rabbinic ordination from an accredited rabbinical school must completed by start date.Strong knowledge of Judaism and Jewish life.Experience with Jewish programming, including but not limited to experiential learning, Jewish education, and Israel engagement. Experience working with young adults in an educational or inter-religious setting. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to effectively interface with a wide variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, prospective students and alumni.

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