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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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2016-2017 JEWISH STUDIES JOBS - Full-Time / Tenure-Track Edit

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.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this job yet?
  • I heard the Skype interview was late October and campus visit was in November/early December. Good luck!

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.

Hartford Seminary - Jewish StudiesEdit

Hartford Seminary seeks to hire a scholar of Jewish Studies and will consider applications relating to any aspect of the study of Judaism. Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate Jewish engagement with both Christianity and Islam through history and in the North American context, and the ability to teach introduction to Hebrew Scriptures. The candidate must be able to teach courses at both introductory and advanced levels and have the intellectual depth required to direct Ph.D. students when required to do so. The appointment begins in fall 2017.

The appointment is to the core faculty of the seminary. It carries the full-time teaching load of four courses per year, a student advising load expected of all faculty, and regular faculty committee and administrative responsibilities to be determined in relation to the candidate’s gifts and the seminary’s needs. Scholarly research and productivity are priorities in light of the school’s history as a place of advanced learning and publication. Hartford Seminary is a religiously diverse community and expects its faculty to appreciate and respectfully engage views and traditions that are different from one’s own. Rank is open; Ph.D. or its equivalent is required.

  • Review of applications will begin on 15 October 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application should be submitted electronically to Ms. Lorraine Browne at lbrowne@hartsem.edu and includes a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference submitted directly by the recommender.
  • 11/16 in response to an email asking for an update I was told that initial interviewees have been contacted, but the search is ongoing. So, read between the lines on that if you're so inclined
  • 1/11 received kind rejection email that they are moving forward with one of 3 top candidates. x2

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (OH) - Medieval or Early Modern Jewish History and CultureEdit

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, seeks candidates to fill a junior tenure-track faculty position in medieval or early modern Jewish history and culture, beginning on July 1, 2017. Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand by August 2017. This appointment will entail teaching courses within our Rabbinical School and offering seminars and advanced work in our Pines School of Graduate Studies. The successful candidate must be able to teach broadly in the area of Jewish history, since annual teaching will include a semester-long survey course in Jewish history from the early Islamic period through the modern era. Also entailed in this position: advising senior theses (Rabbinical School) and mentoring students in their academic planning (in both the Rabbinical School and the Pines School of Graduate Studies). The successful candidate will have proximate access to two world-class academic resources at HUC-JIR: the Klau Library and The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Candidates should be committed to excellence in scholarship, publication, and pedagogy; faculty governance; community service; and fostering a collegial environment. They should be positively inclined toward Reform Judaism and sympathetic to the community's religious life.

Candidates should submit electronically, in PDF form, the following material: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; the names, positions, and e-mail addresses of three academic references; sample course syllabi (if the candidate has taught courses); and two samples of writing totaling no more than fifty pages. Candidates are responsible for requesting their own letters of reference. Submissions should be sent directly to Professor Gary P. Zola, Search Committee Chair: gzola@huc.edu.

  • The initial deadline for applications is December 5th. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Preliminary interviews will be held at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference in San Diego in December.
  • Any word post AJS?
  • Preliminary interviews will happen next week. Invitation received on 02/02
  • Do you mean campus interviews? They did a bunch of preliminary interviews at AJS.
  • These are preliminary interviews, no mention of AJS.
  • Campus interviews scheduled.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (NY) - Modern Jewish Thought and CultureEdit

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, announces the opening of a junior tenure-track position in modern Jewish thought and culture, to begin on July 1, 2017. We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in modern Jewish thought; specialties might include modern Jewish philosophy, theology, or modern Jewish intellectual history. Candidates should also be able to offer a survey course in modern Jewish history and courses on other aspects of Judaism in modernity. Broad knowledge of the Jewish tradition and its texts, as well as proficiency in Hebrew, is essential. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring students at the graduate level in the Rabbinical School, the School of Education, the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and the Graduate Studies Program. While the candidate need not be affiliated with the Reform Movement, all HUC-JIR faculty members are expected to participate in the communal and religious life of a Reform Jewish seminary and the Jewish community.

Queries may be directed to Dr. Alyssa Gray, Chair of the Search Committee (agray@huc.edu). The full application should be submitted electronically to Dr. Gray at the above email address and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one or more published articles and/or chapters of a dissertation (the latter in the case of recent Ph.D.’s), and three letters of recommendation (which should come directly from the letter writers).

  • 1/6 Email invitation for skype interview x2
  • Email saying that they are moving forward with a short list after first interviews

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.
  • writing sample requested. 
  • Rejection letter

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).
  • 11/23 Invitation for AJS Interview (X2)
  • Any News? (1/12)

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/.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2016-2017
  • 10/28 Email request for Zoom intereview x4
  • Campus interview invitations issued 11/8
  • Offer made and accepted (1/12)

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.
  • Has anyone been offered an interview?
  • Any news??
  • Heard an offer was made and accepted

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.

Northwestern University (IL) - Assistant or Associate Professor of Instruction of Modern Hebrew LanguageEdit

The Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) at Northwestern University, in conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program, invites applications for a member of the teaching-track faculty in Modern Hebrew language at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Instruction. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position starting September 1, 2017. Duties include teaching three language courses each quarter, altogether nine courses over one academic year.

Experience teaching Hebrew in North American higher education settings and native fluency or its equivalent in Hebrew is required. Masters degree in Hebrew language or a closely related area is required; Ph.D. in Hebrew language, literature, or Middle East studies is preferred. Applicants should be able to teach all levels of Hebrew, from elementary to advanced. Where applicable, candidates should indicate teaching proficiency in other languages offered in Northwestern’s MENA program or in non-modern registers of Hebrew.

For further information and to apply: http://www.mena.northwestern.edu/people/faculty/faculty-search.html.

  • For fullest consideration, application materials must be received by November 15, 2016. Questions may be sent to mena@northwestern.edu.

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.

Towson University (MD) - TT Assistant Professor of Modern Judaism in the AmericasEdit

Position: The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor in the area of Modern Judaism in the Americas in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies beginning August 2017.

Qualifications: PhD in religious studies. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by February 1, 2018. Possess a strong command of American Jewish history. Applicants with special interest in American Jews and Israel or in cultural aspects of the Jewish diaspora in North, Central, and/or South America are especially encouraged to apply. Preference given to applicants versed in sociological and/or anthropological approaches to religion. Possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and a viable research plan.

Responsibilities: Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units. Teach both introductory and specialized courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate courses may include one or more of the following: Introduction to the Study of Religion; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Introduction to Judaism. Supervision of MA theses and teaching graduate courses on Contemporary Judaism. The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department in conjunction with the graduate program in Jewish Studies determines the mix of undergraduate and graduate courses, advising duties and service.

Towson University: Towson University (http://www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Please be sure to visit http://www.towson.edu/odeo/employment/resources/data.html to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: CLA-N-3029.

  • Application Process : Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, evidence of effective teaching, three letters of recommendation by November 30, 2016 to: Dr. Anne Ashbaugh, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
  • Invited for Skype Interview via phone (12/21) x2
  • Invited for campus interview (2/5) x2
  • Offer accepted (3/24)

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.
  • So is it the case that they're really looking for someone from a History Dept, as opposed to Relg Studies?
  • Any updates on this position, folks? Surprised it's mid-AJS and still no longlist?  
  • I have heard through the grapevine that they will review applications over the break, and then contact interviewees in January.
  • 1/31/17 Any updates or invites for interviews? Is the search still on?
  • 02/14/17 Phone interview request
  • Campus invitations have gone out. (3/10) (+ 1)

University of California Berkeley (CA) - Open Rank - Jewish StudiesEdit

The University of California, Berkeley, seeks applications for a faculty position in Jewish Studies, with an expected start date of July 1, 2017. The appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate or full professor in accordance with the candidate’s qualifications.

The Center for Jewish Studies offers courses of study leading to an undergraduate Minor and a graduate Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies (similar to a minor for doctoral students ). It brings together faculty from a range of departments in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. The Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life are additional components of a multi-faceted Jewish Studies program.

The search committee will consider applicants from disciplines that may include, but are not limited to, history, anthropology, folklore, performance studies, art history, philosophy and sociology. Final departmental affiliations will depend upon the expertise and qualifications of the candidate.

Basic Minimum Qualifications: The completion of all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is preferred by date of hire.

Additional Qualifications: By the date of hire, we expect a strong record of research, with a demonstrated emphasis in Jewish Studies, and the ability and willingness to teach core undergraduate and graduate courses in Jewish Studies, as well as commitment to working with colleagues to create and maintain a vibrant intellectual community centered on Jewish studies.

PhD or equivalent degree must be completed within one year of the start date.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01181 Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample (30 pages or less). Applicants should also provide names of three referees from whom we may request letters of recommendation. References will be contacted and letters will be solicited only for finalists.

  • Applications must be received by Dec. 1, 2016. Please direct questions to eheber@berkeley.edu .
  • Has anyone heard from the search committee?
  • I have been touch with the contact person listed in the job call, and she said the committee would be deliberating over the break, and would contact all the applicants at the beginning of the semester. 
  • I was asked to send my materials
  • Any further news on this?
  • Rejection by email (first contact) 1/15 (x2) 
  • 12/19 Asked to submit additional materials
  • 1/29 rejection (not moved ahead as finalist) (x2)
  • Job offered (April)

University of Cambridge (UK) - University Lecturer in Classical Rabbinic Literature (equivalent to tenure-track)Edit

The Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge, invites applications for a University Lectureship in Classical Rabbinic Literature (Grade 9, £39,324 to £49,772). Candidates, whose research specialism may be in any field of Classical Rabbinic Literature, with a research specialism in the texts, thought, and history of classical rabbinic Judaism, encompassing the timespan from the redaction of the Mishnah to the redaction of the Babylonian Talmud, should have a doctorate in the field. The person appointed will be expected to undertake high quality research in Rabbinics, to teach for the Tripos, Diploma and the MPhil, to supervise doctoral students, and to undertake some administration. The postholder will be based in the Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge. Candidates should be able to take up the post on 1 September 2017. The appointment will be subject to five years' probation.

Instructions for submitting applications and for obtaining further particulars can be found here: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/12027/

  • Applications should be submitted by 6 January 2017.

University of Chicago (IL) - TT Asst. Professor of Comparative Literature - Yiddish LiteratureEdit

The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to appoint a comparatist focusing on Yiddish Literature to a tenure-track assistant professor position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. Candidates are required to hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, or other related fields by July 1, 2017. Particular weight will be given to applicants who study Yiddish in its multiple transnational context and whose work bridges Eastern Europe and the United States. Interest in other fields such as Gender Studies, Political Theory, and the Study of Race and Ethnicity is highly preferred. Applicants must submit a CV, a cover letter, and three letters of reference.

All application items except letters of reference may only be submitted via the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website at https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu for posting 03195.

Letters of reference must be submitted by your referee(s) using one or more of the following methods: (1) through the Academic Careers website; (2) by email to: isagor@uchicago.edu Position contingent upon final budgetary approval.

  • The closing date for applications is February 10, 2017.

University of Florida (FL) - American Jewish Culture and SocietyEdit

The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida invites applicants for the Samuel R. Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture & Society. The appointment will be made at the assistant or associate professor level. Although the position is open to anyone with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching on the subject of American Jewry, our preference is for candidates within the social sciences. Candidates must have a substantial track record of high quality research and publications on American Jewry. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to building the Jewish Studies undergraduate program, attract and work with graduate students, work cooperatively with the relevant tenure home, and contribute to the public outreach activities of the Bob Graham Center http://www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu/events. Ph. D. required. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a full benefits package.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted through Careers at UF at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ and must include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement about ongoing research and teaching directions and a list of three references. Finalists’ references will be sent a message requesting them to upload their letter.

  • The review of applicants begins on, or after, February 1st, 2017, for an August 16, 2017 appointment, and the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries for additional information can be addressed to the search committee chair, Prof. Tamir Sorek (tsorek@ufl.edu).
  • Invitation to skype interviews went out.
  • Campus visit invitations have been issued; visits taking place between early March and early April

University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA) - Director, Institute of Holocaust, Genocide, Memory StudiesEdit

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a distinguished senior or advanced mid-career scholar in the field of Holocaust Studies to serve as Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. http://www.umass.edu/ihgms/

The Director will be the inaugural Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies; the Pen Tishkach endowment provides research support as well as funding for Institute programming. Founded in 2011, the Institute is a locus for research and teaching on the Holocaust, as well as on the memory and representation of this and other genocides. In addition to its lectures and other public events, it houses a permanent Holocaust teaching exhibition open to University students, the general public, and high school student groups. The Institute also houses a research library and archive. In addition to this important leadership role, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses. The University offers a wide range of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, including strong programs in Public History, Historic Preservation, literary and cultural studies, and a vibrant Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. The proximity of the Yiddish Book Center and resources in the Five College Consortium further enrich the intellectual community.

Specific disciplinary focus is open; the tenure home will be in the department within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts best aligned with the successful candidate's expertise. http://www.umass.edu/hfa/

Qualifications: PhD in Holocaust Studies, or a relevant field, a record of scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate for appointment to the rank of tenured full professor. Administrative and/or significant outreach experience would be an asset. Start date: September 1, 2017.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, submit the following materials: Letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and email contact information for three references to the link below. http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=77132

After receiving acknowledgment, applicants will be notified to contact their referees to submit letters.

  • All application materials must be received by November 15, 2016 to ensure consideration. Application materials will not be returned.

University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA) - TT Assistant Professor in Holocaust StudiesEdit

The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Holocaust Studies, to begin September 1, 2017. Specific disciplinary focus is open; the tenure home will be in the department within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts best aligned with the successful candidate's expertise. http://www.umass.edu/hfa/

The successful candidate will join a University community highly favorable to interdisciplinary research and collaboration. The University is home to the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, which brings together faculty members and graduate students from many departments. The University offers a wide range of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, including strong programs in Public History, Historic Preservation, literary and cultural studies, and a vibrant Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. The proximity of the Yiddish Book Center and resources in the Five College Consortium further enrich the intellectual community. http://www.umass.edu/ihgms/

Salary commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: PhD in a relevant field, excellent scholarly promise, evidence of excellent teaching, and commitment to service.

To apply, submit the following materials: letter, CV, writing sample, teaching statement, and the names and email contact information for three references to the link below: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=77148

After receiving acknowledgment, applicants will be notified to contact their referees to submit letters.

  • All application materials must be received by November 15 to ensure consideration. Application materials will not be returned.
  • Anyone been asked for references yet? Yes, Nov. 17 [x4]
  • Any other news here?  
  • Anyone hear anything about this? 
  • NEW: Request for Skype Interview 12/13
  • Congrats on the interview!  What discipline are you from?  
  • Thanks. Social sciences. 
  • Any further news on this? Any campus interviews, etc? 
  • 1/17: rejection

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
  • //Anyone heard anything further about this position? (12.6)//
  • I received a rejection letter on Dec 2nd, 2016. 
  • //Anyone else receive neither an invitation nor a rejection?//
  • 1.31.2017: Have there been interviews? Is the search closed? Did anyone else still receive neither invitation nor rejection?
  • 2/1/17: I did not apply but I know secondhand that yes, campus visits have at least been scheduled.

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.

  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2016-2017
  • Has anyone heard anything? (10/31)
  • 11/4 email invitation to AAR interview x3
  • 11/30 email request for more materials (post-interview) x1
  • 12/20 any word?
  • I heard that they'll be making decisions about on-campus visits next week...
  • Thanks a lot for the info.
  • Relg Studies wiki has someone who received an on-campus invite by phone
  • Thanks
  • Offer made and accepted.
  • Any idea what field?

Western Washington University (USA:WA) - Jewish HistoryEdit

  • 12/1 Skype interview invitation x2
  • 1/9 unofficial campus visit invite (by phone) x3
  • ^^ What do you mean by unofficial? Did they call you? --> Yes
  • Has anyone received a rejection?
  • Anyone receive any news? Anyone know if they hired their lecturer?
  • Four campus visits, no decision yet.

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.]

Center for Jewish History (NY) - American Academy for Jewish Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Jewish StudiesEdit

The American Academy for Jewish Research [AAJR] announces a nine-month postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in American Jewish Studies for a recent recipient of the Ph.D.  

Expectations: The postdoctoral position requires a commitment to research and write a history of the AAJR from its founding in 1920 to the present. It is expected that at the end of the nine-month fellowship [September 1, 2017-June 1, 2018] the fellow will have completed a 25,000 word publishable article on the history of the AAJR based, in part, on the archives located at the American Jewish Historical Society. As part of the intellectual community of the Center for Jewish History, the postdoctoral fellow will participate in regular bi-weekly seminars and will give a public presentation based on the research completed under the fellowship’s auspices.

Requirements: Ph.D. in a field of American Jewish studies (e.g. history, literature, social sciences) received no earlier than 2012 and in hand by June 2017.

Stipend: $50,000.

  • Application: Interested applicants should send the following items as a single pdf to Christopher Barthel [cbarthel@cjh.org] by March 31, 2017. Fellowship winner will be notified by April 30. Curriculum vitae; Personal statement of interest in the fellowship (not to exceed two pages); Writing sample (not to exceed 30 pages). In addition, please arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Christopher Barthel [cbarthel@cjh.org] by March 31, 2017. Download application guidelines at www.fellowships.cjh.org.

Center for Jewish History (NY) - Prins Foundation Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowship for Emigrating ScholarsEdit

The Center for Jewish History is pleased to offer a fellowship for emigrating postdoctoral and early career scholars through a grant from the Vivian G. Prins Foundation. We invite foreign scholars who seek permanent teaching and research positions in North America to apply for this award, which will support 10-month fellowships for scholars who are at the beginning of their careers. Fellows will be provided with a stipend of up to $35,000 to conduct original research in the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. This award allows the Center to serve as the gateway for emerging scholars seeking to begin a new academic life in North America.</span>

  • Application deadline: January 16, 2017
  • Full eligibility requirements and application guidelinese are posted at fellowships.cjh.org

Elon University (NC) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies)Edit

Elon University invites applications for a one-year limited term assistant professor position in Religious Studies, specializing in Jewish Studies. The applicant should either hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or have ABD status and have experience teaching. This position begins in mid-August, 2017 and entails a six-course load. Teaching will include an introductory Jewish Traditions course, an introductory Hebrew Bible course, and sections of our gateway course, Religion in a Global Context. Teaching may also include one additional course related to the candidate’s expertise. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at http://www.elon.edu.

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Applications must be received by May 10, 2017 to be assured of consideration. Send letter of application, CV, transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., sample syllabi), and contact information for three recommenders in a single PDF to the Department Chair, Dr. Lynn R. Huber, at the email for the search process (relsearch@elon.edu) with your name in the subject line.

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.
  • 11/18 email invitation for AJS interview x1

Franklin and Marshall College (PA) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern HebrewEdit

Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-year visiting position of Modern Hebrew at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor, depending on qualifications, beginning Fall 2017. Applicants should possess or be close to completing a doctoral degree in Israeli literature, Modern Hebrew, Israel Studies or another relevant field.

Teaching load is 3/2. Native or near native fluency in Hebrew and English as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching are required. The successful candidate will teach elementary-level Hebrew language and upper level courses in Israeli culture. The candidate will also contribute to the College's general education program, Connections. The successful applicant will be expected to participate actively in the life of the Judaic Studies program and contribute to the development of the Hebrew language program. Pursuant to cultivating an inclusive college community, the search committee will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant. We will consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. We will also consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching statement, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation.

Lawrence University (WI) - Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish StudiesEdit

The department of religious studies at Lawrence University invites applications for a three-year post-doctoral fellow position in Jewish Studies beginning in Fall 2017. The fellow will teach four courses the first year and five thereafter. These courses will include Intro to Judaism and other courses related to fellow’s scholarly specialization. The area specialization of the fellow can be in any aspect of modern or contemporary Judaism. We are particularly interested in someone who would bring a strong secondary area of expertise to the department, such as religion in America, new religious movements, or religion and literature. Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music, known for the quality of both its classroom and tutorial education, research opportunities for undergraduates, and faculty of teacher/scholars and teacher/artists. Founded in 1847, Lawrence is a community of 1,500 intellectually curious students that bring a diversity of experience and thought from nearly every state and 50 countries outside the U.S.

  • Applicants should include CV, cover letter, and two sample syllabi (one for a course such as Intro to Judaism, the other for a prospective upper level seminar). In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent to search_religiousstudies@lawrence.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on April 3, 2017 and continue to do so until the position is filled. Must have successful completion of criminal record check. For more information, contact Martyn Smith (martyn.smith@lawrence.edu).

McGill University (CAN) - Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Jewish Studies - Special Topic: The North American Jewish ExperienceEdit

The Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, invites applications for the Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The fellowship is for the 2017-18 academic year and can be renewed once. This year’s competition is focused on the North American Jewish experience of the last 150 years. Scholars working on any aspect of this experience are invited 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 2013 and have PhD in hand by June 1, 2017.

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. Eric Caplan at eric.caplan@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, 2016.
  • Six finalists have been chosen, and a decision should be coming in the next two weeks.
  • Any news on this? 
  • I haven't heard anything since the update about six finalists which was almost a month ago I believe. (3/8)

Northwestern University (IL) - The Sava Ranisavljevic Postdoctoral Fellowship in Judeo-Spanish StudiesEdit

Northwestern University invites applications for The Sava Ranisavljevic Postdoctoral Fellowship in Judeo-Spanish Studies beginning September 1, 2017. The fellow will spend two years at the university and will be required to teach two courses per year and offer an annual public lecture about her/his postdoctoral research related to Judeo-Spanish studies. The fellow will be affiliated with the appropriate department and/or program.

The following materials should be included with the application:

CV
Abstract of the PhD dissertation
A writing sample
A description of research to be pursued during the fellowship year
Evidence of teaching effectiveness
Three letters of recommendation
Two sample syllabi of courses you propose to offer

The academic year salary is $60,000, with access to $2,000 in research funds. 

Eligibility is restricted to applicants who have received the Ph.D. between 2014 and July 2017 and do not hold concurrent employment at another institution.

Review of applications will begin March 27, 2017.

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.

  • Deadline to submit applications is March 22, 2017. Recommendation letters must be submitted by March 26, 2017. Please direct any questions to E. Raluca Rustandi, Department Assistant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Crowe Hall 3-107, Evanston, IL, 60208, raluca@northwestern.edu .

University of Chicago (IL) - Lecturer in YiddishEdit

The University of Chicago invites applications for a full-time position as Lecturer in Yiddish for which the departmental home will be the Department of Germanic Studies. The successful candidate will typically teach a total of six courses each year—beginning and intermediate level language instruction and one or two literature courses in Yiddish or in translation. Applicants who hold a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the teaching of Yiddish language and literature including but not restricted to, Yiddish Studies, Germanic Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature are preferred. Complete application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. The preferred start date of the lectureship is Autumn 2017.

All application items except letters of reference may only be submitted via the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website at https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu for posting 03142.

  • The closing date for applications is November 30, 2016. Letters should be sent either through the Academic Careers website or to esantner@uchicago.edu. The position is contingent upon budgetary approval.
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University of Hamburg (Germany) – Research Associate (PhD) Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern PeriodEdit

Pending approval of external funding Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern Period: 1600–1800” in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position commences on July 1, 2017. It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 29,25 work hours per week. The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Responsibilities: Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties: The PhD candidate will be a member of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern Period: 1600–1800” funded by the German Research Foundation. The vast body of Jewish moralistic writings (known as musar in Hebrew) constitutes one of the most popular, yet understudied corpora of Jewish literature. The group’s objective is to compile an inventory that systematically documents musar-writings that were com- posed between 1600 and 1800. The inventory aims at presenting the diversity of musar, identifying different schools, literary genres, and literary strategies. The joint project will be supplemented by individual studies that will give the group’s members the opportunity to evaluate the data brought together in the inventory. The successful applicant will contribute to the preparation of the corpus of Hebrew musar-writings of the inventory, conduct independent research, and write a dissertation on a topic related to the project’s thematic focus.

Requirements: A university degree in a relevant field. Graduate students with an M.A. degree in a relevant field, who focus on Early Modern Jewish History, Jewish Thought, the History of the Hebrew Book, or other subjects related to the project, and who have a keen interest in current theoretical trends in the humanities and social sciences (textual criticism, gender, the study of emotions etc.), as well as interdisciplinary approaches, are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of Hebrew and English. Proficiency in other languages relevant for the project is desirable. The candidate should have a high degree of personal responsibility and be willing to work closely with the other members of the group. Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants. For further information, please contact Patrick B. Koch or consult our website at https://www.philosophie.uni-hamburg.de/en/jewish-philosophy.html. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), a statement (no longer than two pages) that focuses on the current and intended research and its relevance for the project, as well as two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to Patrick B. Koch, see contact below).

  • The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Please send applications to: patrick.benjamin.koch@uni-hamburg.de.

University of Hamburg (Germany) – Postdoctoral Research Associate Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern PeriodEdit

Pending approval of external funding Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern Period: 1600–1800” in accordance with Section28subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position commences on July 1, 2017. It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 14 and calls for 39 hours per week.

The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of three years (with the possibility of an extension for an additional two years pending approval of external funding).

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Responsibilities: Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties: The successful applicant will work as a postdoctoral research associate in the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Jewish Moralistic Writings of the Early Modern Period: 1600–1800” funded by the German Research Foundation. The vast body of Jewish moralistic writings (known as musar in Hebrew) constitutes one of the most popular, yet understudied corpora of Jewish literature. The group’s objective is to compile an inventory that systematically documents musar-writings that were composed between 1600 and 1800. The inventory aims at presenting the diversity of musar, identifying different schools, literary genres, and literary strategies. The joint project will be supplemented by individual studies that will give the group’s members the opportunity to evaluate the data brought together in the inventory. The candidate will be responsible for compiling the corpus of Yiddish musar-writings of the inventory, conduct independent research, and write a monograph on a topic related to the project’s thematic focus.

Requirements: A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. Early career researchers focusing on Early Modern Jewish History, Jewish Thought, the History of the Hebrew Book, and other subjects related to the project, and who have a keen interest in current theoretical trends in the humanities and social sciences (textual criticism, gender, the study of emotions etc.), as well as interdisciplinary approaches, are encouraged to apply. A focus on Yiddish language, history, or culture is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have an excellent command of Yiddish and English. Proficiency in Hebrew and / or other languages relevant for the project is desirable. The candidate should have a high degree of personal responsibility and should be willing to work closely with the other members of the group. Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled appli- cants.

For further information, please contact Patrick B. Koch or consult our website at https://www.philosophie.uni-hamburg.de/en/jewish-philosophy.html.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), a writing sample (no longer than a paper or a chapter), a statement (no longer than two pages) that focuses on the current and intended research and its relevance for the project, as well as two letters of recommendation (to be sent directly to Patrick B. Koch, see contact below).

  • The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Please send applications to: patrick.benjamin.koch@uni- hamburg.de.

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

Other Full-Time PositionsEdit

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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