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Aarhus University (DK) - Old Testament / Hebrew Bible StudiesEdit

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent position as professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies within the Department of Theology. The position is available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The position: The professorship is offered with a view to attracting a particularly talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally recognised research. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to core activities at the School of Culture and Society in general and the study of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The professor will also be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department, both nationally and internationally.

Research: The Department of Theology at Aarhus University has a pronounced and significant international profile and a strong research network. The successful applicant will be expected to take a leading role in developing the research programme with special emphasis on the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible in its historical, literary and theological context and to contribute to research initiatives in terms of new research projects with internal and external partners, including the attraction and administration of external research funding.

Applicants must therefore be able to document academic qualifications at the highest international level within the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible research. It is of vital importance that the successful applicant takes part in the daily activities of the department.

Education: Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision on Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in theology (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have considerable teaching experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the School of Culture and Society, such as the departments of the Study of Religion, Philosophy and the History of Ideas, History and Archaeology.

Talent development: The successful applicant is expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and to teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange: It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in cooperation with civil society actors or in connection with the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

Qualifications: Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies. Applicants must be able to document: Academic publications at the highest international level, corresponding to a Danish higher doctoral degree, including research innovation in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies. Thorough knowledge of historical-critical and contextual approaches to the exegesis and theology of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible. Thorough knowledge of relevant human and social science fields which are relevant to Old Testament / Hebrew Bible research. Thorough knowledge of sources and cultures in the Ancient Near East, adjacent to Ancient Israel and Judah. Experience of active participation in international research collaboration. Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Studies. Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels. Commitment to teaching development, the supervision of student projects, talent development, research management, and the development of PhD courses.

If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years. The application must be written in English.

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Ulrik Nissen, email teoubn@cas.au.dk.

Research environment: The professor will be part of a strong international research environment at the department and will be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, seminars, etc., and to stimulate the development of new research projects at all levels within the field of the study of the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible.

College of the Holy Cross (MA) - Hebrew Bible/Old TestamentEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment to begin in August 2018, in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. We particularly welcome candidates with contemporary methodological frameworks such as post-colonial, ecological, critical race theory, or feminist approaches. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching at the introductory and advanced levels as well as scholarly achievement. Ph.D. required.

This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for senior faculty. Tenure track faculty are eligible for travel support and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits.

The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit a cover letter describing research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to https://apply.interfolio.com/43222 .

In your cover letter, in addition to describing your research and teaching interests, please address how your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or service would support the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.

  • Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled. Initial interviews of selected applicants will take place in mid to late November. We will conduct these preliminary interviews by electronic presence or at the Annual Meeting of the AAR/SBL in Boston, November 17-20, for those who will be attending the meeting.

College of William and Mary (VA) - Hebrew Bible and Israelite ReligionEdit

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Hebrew Bible and Israelite Religion. We are seeking a colleague with a demonstrable commitment to teaching excellence whose expertise in the history and literature of the Israelite period will complement our faculty line in New Testament and Christian Origins. Particularly welcome are applicants with secondary research interests in the material culture of ancient Israel or in the cognate cultures of the ancient Near East. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in an appropriate field at the time of appointment (August 10, 2018).

Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.wm.edu. Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, university transcripts, and evidence of teaching excellence. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

  • To ensure full consideration for a preliminary interview during the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion, submit application materials by the review date, October 23, 2017. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.

Georgetown University (DC) - Jewish Civilization, Art, and International AffairsEdit

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University invites applications for a position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Jewish Civilization, Art, and International Affairs to begin in the Fall of 2018. The successful candidate’s research will draw broad and meaningful comparisons across cultures, time, and space. She or he will scrutinize the manner in which Jewish artists, past and present, have attempted to make sense of issues of global concern to the Jewish people. Such issues may include, but are not restricted to, the formation of the State of Israel, the Jewish State’s geopolitical relations with its Middle East neighbors, the standing of diaspora communities, international norms of social justice as refracted through the prism of Jewish ethics and theology, economic and political theory.

Competitive applicants will have a primary specialization in a relevant field of Jewish studies, but may possess sub-specializations which permit him or her to identify links with the other cultures, religions, ethnic groups scrutinized by the specialists in international affairs affiliated with the School of Foreign Service (e.g., African Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies). The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate a creative and original research agenda, as well as excellence in the classroom and in the related areas of course design, curricular development, and student mentoring. The chosen candidate will also be expected to retain the competence necessary to teach one of our two undergraduate Gateway courses, (“Jewish Texts Across Time and Space,” and/or “Diplomacy, Politics and International Relations in Jewish Perspective”).

In 2016, the Program for Jewish Civilization (founded in 2003) was renamed the Center for Jewish Civilization. The CJC is supported by an endowment of 21 million dollars. Being the only Jewish studies unit of its kind located in a school of foreign service and international studies, its many scholars and practitioners culled from the government and public service explore issues pertaining to the modern State of Israel, Jewish political thought, Jewish-Catholic relations, Holocaust Studies, and the Jewish diaspora.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a representative writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and teaching materials (e.g., syllabi, evaluations, and a brief statement of preferred teaching approach).

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9511. Faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be accepted.

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of February 1st, 2018.

Rutgers University (NJ) - Israel StudiesEdit

The Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2018, at the Assistant Professor rank in the field of Israel Studies. The position will be located in the Department of Jewish Studies, with the possibility of a joint appointment in the department of the applicant's area of expertise.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. is required by the beginning of the appointment.

Open to scholars in all disciplines with an accomplished record of scholarship in Israel Studies; priority given to scholars whose research addresses cross-cultural relations within Israel, among Israel and its neighbors, and/or between Israel and diaspora Jewry. Fields of specialization may include, but are not limited to, Israeli history, culture, politics; the sociology, anthropology, religion, or literature of Israel. The ability to teach about Arab-Israeli relations is a high priority, as is the ability to engage thoughtfully and sensitively with a diverse student body at a public university. Fluency in Modern Hebrew is required; proficiency in other languages spoken in Israel, especially Arabic, is highly desired.

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (about 30 pages), two undergraduate syllabi (including one for a course on Arab-Israeli relations), and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/43630) to Professor Paola Tartakoff, Acting Chair, Department of Jewish Studies, 12 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

  • Priority given to complete applications on file by October 1.

University of California, Los Angeles (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Early JudaismEdit

The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, announces a search for a tenure-track position in early Judaism at the rank of Assistant Professor to be filled effective July 1, 2018. Applications are invited from scholars with research and teaching interests in the cultures (especially 2nd Temple Judaism) and primary languages (especially Aramaic) of eastern Mediterranean world from the Achaemenid through the Sasanian periods. Candidates will teach a variety of classes including large undergraduate courses, such as an Introduction to Judaism, literature of the Second Temple period, history of ancient Judaism, history of early Christianity, and small graduate text seminars (Hebrew, Aramaic and/or Syriac). We encourage the development of new courses in a candidate's field of expertise. We value candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in hand by June, 2018. Applicants should submit a letter of application describing research and teaching, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, writing samples and the names of three references. Letter should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

University of Chicago (IL) - Modern European Jewish History [Open Rank]Edit

  • Open rank search for a scholar of 19th/20thC European Jewish History, to begin 1 Jul. 2018
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a research interest in the Shoah and who have knowledge of Hebrew, Yiddish, or Ladino. The successful candidate will contribute to both the undergraduate and graduate programs and will be required to teach one undergraduate course per year on the history of the Shoah. It is expected that she or he will participate actively in the Center for Jewish Studies, as well as in the History Departmen
  • Interested candidates must apply online at the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website at http://tinyurl.com/kwpb96o
  • All applications must include 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching statement, 4) research statement and 5) a recent published chapter or article. Applicants at the level of assistant professor must also include three letters of recommendations in their dossier (instructions for submitting letters will be provided during the application process).
  • Review begins: 1 Sept. 2017 and continues until position filled.

Visiting Positions /Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

Jewish Theological Seminary of America (NY) - Assistant Professor of Rabbinic Literature (3 yr appt.)Edit

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is seeking a dynamic and creative assistant professor of rabbinic literatures and culture, including Talmud and Midrash. The candidate should have a passion for teaching and be engaged with current methodologies in the study of rabbinic history and literatures. The ideal candidate is an accomplished scholar and teacher who is committed to the mission of JTS (http://www.jtsa.edu/mission).

The position is a three-year, non-tenure track, renewable position, with all the rights, responsibilities, and benefits of a full-time faculty appointment, beginning July 1, 2018. Candidates must have PhD in hand by July 1, 2018. Teaching will be principally in the JTS Rabbinical School, Kekst Graduate School, List College, and other programs of JTS.

Please send a letter of application, current CV, relevant publications, and the names and email addresses of three referees who can speak to your scholarship and teaching to: <RabbinicsSearch@JTSA.EDU> or to Rabbinics Search, Box 24, JTS, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027.

  • Applications received by October 20, 2017 will be given full consideration. JTS welcomes applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, disability, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factors as prohibited.

McGill University (CAN) - Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research FellowshipEdit

The Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, invites applications for the Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The fellowship is for the 2018-2019 academic year and can be renewed once. This year’s competition is focused on Kabbalah – mystical traditions and mystical movements from the thirteenth century to 2000. Scholars working on any aspect of this topic are invited to apply. Fellows will be given consideration for teaching one course in the Fall term and one course in the Winter term, contingent upon availability. Fellows will also 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 $52,000 CAD (plus benefits), in addition to a research allowance of $8500. Applicants must have received their PhD after June 2014 and have PhD in hand by June 1, 2018.

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 gershon.hundert@mcgill.ca. Electronic letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the referee. All materials must arrive by December 1, 2017.

University of Virginia (VA) - Asst. Professor of Modern Hebrew (3 yr. appt. - renewable)Edit

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) at the University of Virginia invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor, General Faculty (tenure-ineligible) in Modern Hebrew. This is a three-year, renewable appointment. The appointment begins with the fall term 2018 with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2018.

The successful applicant will have native or near-native fluency in Israeli Hebrew, demonstrated excellence in teaching Modern Hebrew at an American university, experience developing academic programs, and the ability to contribute to the University's Jewish Studies, Global Studies, and Digital Humanities programs. This position also requires a record of innovation and sophistication in second-language pedagogy that integrates texts derived from the Israeli electronic mediascape while developing students' transnational literacies alongside language skills. Teaching responsibilities include first- and second-year language classes in Modern Israeli Hebrew, as well as advanced Hebrew Language courses that focus on conversational skills, media Hebrew, or topics in Israeli literature, film or culture. This position carries a teaching load of three courses per semester. A Ph.D. in Hebrew language, literature, or linguistics;second language pedagogy; or a related field is required by date of appointment.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu), and electronically attach the following: CV, cover letter, statement of (language) teaching philosophy, a sample of relevant course syllabi (attach as Writing Sample 1), and a representative sample of course evaluations as evidence of teaching effectiveness (attach as Writing Sample 2); search on posting number 0621351. Please include in the CV the name and contact information for three people who would be willing to write confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf.

  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct any questions about the position to: Daniel Lefkowitz at dl2h@virginia.edu.

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2017-18Edit

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