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Brandeis University (MA) - Ancient Mesopotamian Civilization (incl. Hebrew Bible/Ancient Israel)Edit

The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure-track position in ancient Mesopotamian Civilization at the assistant professor level, to begin Fall 2019. The position is for a scholar with a specialization in ancient Mesopotamian languages and literatures (Assyriology). Competence in the broader critical and academic study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of the ancient Near East, including the Hebrew Bible/Ancient Israel, is desirable. Duties include the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, including advanced Akkadian language and literature courses and broad general courses on aspects of Mesopotamian and Near Eastern culture and history. The candidate will also be expected to participate in and supervise MA and PhD students in a program of the Bible and Ancient Near East as well as advise undergraduates in this field. Applicants must have a completed PhD by June 2019 and demonstrate a potential for academic productivity.

Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the requirements of the position, a curriculum vitae, two academic writing samples, and three letters of recommendation. Because Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of faculty activity (including scholarship, instruction, and service), applicants should also submit a statement (of no more than 500 words) indicating how their experiences, interests, commitments, or goals may contribute to this goal.

Please submit all materials to AcademicJobsOnline at

  • First consideration will be given to applications received by October 1, 2018. Questions about the position can be directed to the search chair, Dr David Wright at

Christopher Newport University (VA) - Bertram and Gladys Aaron Professorship of Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University invites applications for the inaugural Bertram and Gladys Aaron Professorship of Jewish Studies, effective August 2019. The successful candidate for this newly endowed chair must present a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service that warrants an appointment with tenure at the rank of associate or full professor. A Ph.D. or equivalent in Religion or a closely related field is required.

The University seeks a passionate and engaged teacher and productive scholar who will lead the department's efforts in broadening its course offerings in the Jewish tradition and in developing a Jewish Studies minor. The Aaron professor will support the University's related programs and organizations that promote a hospitable environment for Jewish religious and social life on campus. The successful candidate will also provide outreach to the vibrant and active Jewish community of the Virginia peninsula, with whom an open presentation will be scheduled as part of the interview process.

To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation (letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to

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  • Review of applications will begin on October 18, 2018. Applications received after October 18, 2018, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Clark University (MA) - 20th C Jewish HistoryEdit

  • Endowed Chair & tenure track assistant or associate professorship in Twentieth Century Jewish History, to begin Fall 2019
  • Specialization in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Near or Middle East, and/or the transnational movement of peoples and cultures between these regions are especially welcome. The candidate’s research and teaching should complement and not duplicate department strengths. Evidence of excellent scholarship and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching as well as a willingness to mentor graduate students are required.The candidate should have the ability to teach broad survey courses as well as upper level courses in their area of specialization.
  • Ph.D. required by the time of appointment.
  • Please send a letter of application including a statement of research and teaching interests, c.v., and three letters of reference to Professor Thomas Kühne, Chair, Leffell Chair Search at
  • Review begins: 15 Sept. 2018 and continues until the position filled

McGill University (CAN) - Modern Jewish History (pref. Eastern European)Edit

The Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, invites applications for a tenure-track position in modern Jewish history. Candidates with expertise in the Eastern European Jewish experience are of particular interest. 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 of the relevant languages for her/his subfield of study is essential; knowledge of French an asset. The position start date is August 1, 2019.

If the successful candidate satisfies the specific eligibility conditions of the program, the candidate may be supported by the University for nomination to a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Modern Jewish Studies which provides protected time for research within a full-time academic appointment.

Tier 2 Chairs are for emerging researchers (individuals who are no more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree). However, career interruptions (e.g. maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, family care, etc.) may be taken into consideration using the Tier 2 justification process to review the candidate’s eligibility. Potential applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree with career interruptions may contact the institution to have their eligibility reviewed through the Tier 2 justification process. The eligibility conditions for the CRC chairs are described at

JOB DUTIES: -Superior teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, normally 4 courses per year. -Outstanding research abilities in the candidate’s field of expertise. -Service to the department, the Faculty and the Profession.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should have already completed the PhD or be very near completion. Candidates who do not satisfy CRC eligibility criteria for a Tier 2 chair are nevertheless invited to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a complete CV, a sample of written work, descriptions of four courses (three at the undergraduate level) that they are qualified to teach, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent from the referees' institutional email accounts to the following website:

Internal applicants to the Canada Research Chair need to submit a recent curriculum vitae and a statement of research interests aligned with the designated subject area for the chair.

  • Application deadline: October 20, 2018.

New York University (NY) - TT Assistant Professor in Modern Hebrew LiteratureEdit

The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University seeks to fill a tenure track position in Modern Hebrew Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in the broad corpus of Modern Hebrew Literature and will be able to teach a varied range of undergraduate and graduate courses in both Hebrew and in translation. The ideal candidate will be conversant with key discussions in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences and be able to engage other units in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Ability to relate to other aspects of a comprehensive program in Jewish Studies, including the Taub Center for Israel Studies and NYU’s study away site in Tel Aviv, is essential. The appointment will begin September 1, 2019, subject to budgetary and administrative approval. Ph.D. must be in hand by August 31, 2019.

The Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU is at the heart of a leading research university that spans the globe. We seek scholars of the highest caliber, who embody the diversity of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the FAS commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, please read ( EOE/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

  • Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, but applications will be accepted until December 1, 2018. To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and all completed dissertation chapters (for dissertations in progress) or the complete dissertation (including in revised form). Within your cover letter, please discuss how your teaching and research can address issues of intellectual diversity and a diverse student population like that of NYU. More information about the department can be found at

Oberlin College (OH) - TT Asst. Professor - Comparative Literature and Jewish StudiesEdit

The Program in Comparative Literature (CMPL) and the Program in Jewish Studies (JWST) in the College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track, faculty position in the intersecting curricular areas of Comparative Literature (.5 FTE) and Jewish Studies (.5 FTE). Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning fall semester 2019, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load of 4.5 courses per year in the area of Jewish literatures. In addition to literature in Hebrew and Yiddish, this includes literary sub-traditions in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages. It is expected that most or all of the incumbent’s literature courses will be cross-listed between JWST and CMPL. This is an equal joint appointment in CMPL and JWST so the incumbent will teach core courses for these interdisciplinary programs as well as intermediate and advanced topics in their subfields. Once every two to three semesters, the incumbent will teach Introduction to Jewish Studies and Introduction to Comparative Literature, which has units in Literary Theory, World Literature, Translation, and Literature and the Other Arts.

The incumbent will also engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

The successful incumbent will have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, in hand or expected by the first semester of academic year 2019, with a research specialty in Jewish literatures. Preference will be given for candidates whose languages include those taught at Oberlin College. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will comprise: 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) An unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three recommenders. By providing Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin’s employment website to *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.

  • Review of applications will begin on November 10, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates selected for MLA interviews will be notified in early December. Completed applications received by the November 10 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.

Pennsylvania State University (PA) - Holocaust Studies and Visual StudiesEdit

The Pennsylvania State University Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Jewish Studies Program invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Holocaust Studies and Visual Studies. The research focus and teaching interests for this position are open. The successful applicant will teach undergraduate courses at all levels in the history of the Holocaust, undergraduate and graduate courses in GSLL, and will contribute to the new Visual Studies dual-title Ph.D. program. Potential applicants should have a strong grounding in at least one Germanic or Slavic language and culture. Interest in post-Holocaust memory and commemoration and in transnational, postcolonial, and other theoretical perspectives is particularly welcome.

The appointment will be held jointly in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Jewish Studies Program, and will begin preferably in August 2019. The successful applicant should be able to enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of both units, demonstrate an active research agenda, and contribute immediately to both graduate and undergraduate teaching with a normal load of two sections each during the fall and spring semesters. Dedication to the undergraduate missions of both the GSLL Department and the Jewish Studies Program is essential, as well as to the Visual Studies dual-degree Ph.D. program. This position requires a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment.

Interested candidates should apply online at, and should include a curriculum vita, a letter of application, and one to three articles and/or book chapters. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Carissa Milliman (

  • Application review will begin November 1, 2018, but dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Ms. Milliman for forwarding to the appropriate faculty member.

Princeton University (NJ) - TT Assistant Professor in American Jewish StudiesEdit

The Program in American Studies at Princeton University invites applications from scholars who specialize in American Jewish Studies. The successful candidate may work on any scholarly area that engages with the lives, thought, and culture of Jewish people living in North America, past or present. The time period and field of specialization are open, but the search will prioritize scholars who can enhance the strengths of the Program, soon to become a Center for the Study of America, as it develops an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and integrated mission of teaching and scholarship. Minimum qualifications include a record of academic excellence, and demonstrated success or the potential for success in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. A Ph.D. in a relevant field in the humanities or in the social sciences must be expected, but preference will be given to candidates with a completed degree.

  • Review of files will begin November 1, 2018. Applicants should provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement outlining the dissertation or book as well as future plans, and one chapter- or article-length writing sample. Applicants should also provide contact information for at least three recommenders as part of the online application process. For candidates who do not yet have a Ph.D., the recommendation of the principal advisor must include precise information on the present status of the dissertation and the likelihood of completion by summer 2019. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. Please apply online at:

Syracuse University (NY) - Contemporary JudaismEdit

The Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University invite applications for the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies, and assistant professor tenure-track position of Religion to begin August 2019. We seek a colleague with a specialization in modern and/or contemporary Jewish religion and culture with possible areas including, but not limited to America, Israel, and/or Europe.

Candidates should demonstrate Jewish Studies research and teaching interests at any variety of possible intersections such as the arts, science, history, ethnicity, race, gender, politics, and/or sexualities. We are seeking in particular a colleague trained in Religion and humanistic social sciences and/or cultural studies methodology, with demonstrated interest and competency in Theory and Method in the study of Religion.

The successful candidate would make significant contributions to both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. At the undergraduate level, we are looking for a scholar with research focus in modern and/or contemporary Jewish Studies, and teaching competence across a broad range of Jewish Studies outside her or his direct area of specialization. At the graduate level, in addition to their area of specialization in “Judaism,” the successful candidate would contribute to the exploration of religion and spirituality in contemporary and/or modern societies, both local and global, through the lenses of anthropology of religion and history of religions. Areas of possible interest include globalization and religion, religious materialities, ritual and performance, space and place, and spirituality and community.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in directly relevant area of job description and in hand by beginning of appointment.

Job Specific Qualifications: Eligible candidate must be a scholar with a specialty in modern and/or contemporary Jewish religion and culture with possible areas including but not limited to America, Israel, and/or Europe. Candidates should be able to engage theories and issues in religious studies broadly conceived and should be prepared to teach a range of courses from the introductory undergraduate level through graduate seminars.

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Responsibilities: Teach at least 6 credit hours per semester and participate in graduate level dissertation committees and examinations; service through advising, committee works, etc.; research and publications in areas of expertise.

  • Job Posting Date: 08/13/2018. Open Until Filled: Yes.

University of California Berkeley (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Modern Hebrew Literature - Comparative LiteratureEdit

The Departments of Comparative Literature at U.C. Berkeley seek applications for an Assistant Professor in Modern Hebrew Literature (tenure track) with an expected start date of July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will have a rigorous grounding in modern Hebrew literature and culture, with additional areas of specialization in one or more of the following: Biblical or medieval Hebrew literature; Yiddish or Ladino literatures and cultures; Arabic, German, or other literatures of relevant comparative focus; critical approaches such as gender theory, critical race theory, post‐colonial theory, area studies, film and media studies, or social/cultural history.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. Additional information is available on

Minimum basic qualification: PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree‐granting program at the time of application. Preferred qualifications: native or near‐native fluency in Hebrew and English; broad competence in literary studies and in critical approaches to theoretical frameworks, demonstrated through formal study and/or publication record; proven ability to conduct research in more than one language, literature, and culture, working with texts in the original languages of the relevant literatures/cultures; demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Applicants should submit: 1)A cover letter that includes current and future research plans and teaching philosophy; 2) a current C.V.; and 3) a statement on contributions to diversity. Please submit a 2 - 3 page statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired as a Berkeley faculty member (for additional information go to https:// 4) Three letters of reference. When applying, applicants will be asked to provide contact information for referees, and must then request letters through the application system. Additional writing and teaching materials will be solicited for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

University of California Los Angeles (CA) - Endowed Chair in Israel StudiesEdit

The UCLA International Institute seeks applications for a full-time faculty position in Israel Studies to fill the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Israel Studies. The ideal candidate should hold a PhD, JD, MBA, MFA, or other equivalent terminal degree and be an outstanding scholar and teacher, an enterprising intellectual leader, and a collegial presence who forges collaborations with faculty and students across UCLA to further multidisciplinary research on Israel.

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Israel Studies at the UCLA International Institute was established in 2005 with the intention that the Chair will address key issues on contemporary Israel and will be a catalytic institution builder linking UCLA with community and policy leaders.

The UCLA International Institute is the central hub for global and area studies at UCLA. Founded in 1958, the International Institute educates students, champions scholarship and builds academic partnerships here and abroad. Its more than 25 centers and programs including the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies promote innovative multidisciplinary research and educational opportunities in virtually every region of the world and on global issues. More information about the International Institute can be found here

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, research agenda, select relevant publications, the names and contact information of three references, a statement of contributions to diversity, and an optional statement of teaching to UCLA Recruit:

  • Application deadline is October 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2018 and continue until a candidate is selected. Salary is commensurate with experience.

University of Colorado Boulder (CO) - TT Assistant Professor - Women and Gender Studies and Jewish StudiesEdit

The Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Women and Gender Studies invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level for social science candidates working on women and gender in Jewish culture, religion, or politics. Historical period is open. We are interested in candidates from the following fields: anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, geography, and sociology. A PhD in a relevant field is required at the time of appointment. The appointment begins August 19, 2019. The position will be fully rostered in Women and Gender Studies, with teaching split evenly between the two academic units. The successful candidate must have demonstrable strength and interest in teaching courses, including those at an introductory-level, in the areas of both Jewish Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

Who We Are: The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

The Program in Jewish Studies is an academic, degree-granting program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Open to students of all backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish, PJS’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education in Jewish history, literature, language, and culture. The Program fosters critical thought, engages students in professional development opportunities, and instills a keen appreciation of humankind’s inter-relatedness and diversity. PJS also engages both the CU and external communities through extra-curricular programming, events, and projects aimed at furthering intellectual engagement in Jewish Studies topics. Further, the Program is deeply committed to the encouragement and development of faculty research and teaching.

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) has experienced rapid growth over the past few years and is searching for a candidate to complement its interdisciplinary and intersectional focus. WGST offers an undergraduate bachelor of arts degree, a minor, and certificates in LGBTQ Studies and Global Gender & Sexuality Studies as well as a graduate certificate for CU students enrolled in another disciplinary master’s or doctoral degree program. The WGST faculty is composed of 10 core and 18 associated members from over 12 different departments or programs across campus. Over 135 students are enrolled in our undergraduate program, which strives to foster critical thinking skills applied to the study of women and gender, particularly in relation to our three key areas of concentration: race/ethnicity, sexuality, and global studies.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements: Be Diverse. Be Engaged. Be Boulder.

What We Require. Minimum Qualifications: A PhD in a relevant field is required at the time of appointment.

Special Instructions: To apply, please submit the following materials: 1. Please include a sample of work. 2. Resume/CV 3. Cover Letter 4. List of references 5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy 6. You will need to submit 3 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

University of Michigan (MI) - Contemporary Jewish LifeEdit

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for a tenured appointment at the Associate or Professor rank in the field of contemporary Jewish life. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2019. Specialization within the field is open. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the Frankel Center’s strengths in graduate training, and offer undergraduate courses that contribute to the curriculum of Judaic Studies. Applicants should submit a letter of application, which includes a statement of current and future research plans and teaching philosophy and experience, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence, a writing sample, and the names of three references. Note that references will be contacted for finalists only.

Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples, and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application materials must be submitted electronically. Please go to to apply.

  • Review of applications will begin November 5, and will continue until an appointment is made.

University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC) - TT Asst. or Assoc. Prof. of German & Directorship of the Center of Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina Asheville invites applications for a tenure-track position in German and the Directorship of the Center of Jewish Studies to begin Fall 2019. A Ph.D. in German Studies/Jewish Studies/Comparative Literature or related field is required for a tenure-track appointment (secondary area of expertise open). Candidates currently at the Assistant or Associate rank preferred; however, candidates nearing completion of their doctorate (ABD) with a defense expected prior to August 2019 and with substantial relevant administrative experience may be considered. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching and interest in a career at an institution focused on the liberal arts and interdisciplinarity are strongly encouraged to apply. Initial interviews will be conducted via video conference in January 2019.

The person selected for this position will be expected to teach all levels of German, at least one course a year in Jewish Studies, and engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. The qualified candidate will also direct the Center for Jewish Studies. The duties of the director include oversight of the Jewish Studies program course offerings, visiting lecturer and performer series, development of the Western North Carolina Jewish Archives housed in Ramsey Library, and moreand collaboration with Asheville's Jewish community. There are also opportunities for developing interdisciplinary study abroad summer programs as well as local, regional, national, and international internships. The Center for Jewish Studies has generous funding to support faculty development, student engagement, and community outreach. The CJS director and an advisory committee oversee and distribute these funds. The directorship comes with one course release. Experience in an administrative position is a plus.

In addition to having a passion for undergraduate teaching, research and mentorship, the UNC Asheville faculty is committed to disciplinary teaching through an inter- and multi-disciplinary lens providing a premiere liberal arts education. Faculty members are expected to teach across the University's Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program, our required interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, in courses that include, but are not limited to: introductory (first-year) colloquia; diversity intensives; courses (depending on a faculty member's areas of expertise) that satisfy the Scientific Perspectives, Social Science, and Arts and Ideas requirements; courses within the Humanities Program; and LAC Senior Capstone courses.

UNC Asheville has been a national leader in undergraduate research for more than 30 years, and over 60% of our students graduate each year having been involved in this important learning experience. The University fully embraces the idea of mentored undergraduate research being one of the highest forms of teaching, and the institution values success in this aspect of a faculty member's work.

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic and educational community, welcoming and supportive of faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and gender-identity backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals whose backgrounds and interests align with this commitment. The successful candidate will be expected to engage students from among under-represented groups and to assist in the development of pedagogies and experiences appropriate for diverse learning styles and perspectives. We expect applicants to each write a 1-2 page Diversity Statement describing: (a) their experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and (c ) their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy that addresses (discipline) pedagogy in the context of the liberal arts, a diversity statement (described above), and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The applicant should provide names and contact information for three references who should submit their references separately; these references should address the candidate's written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research or creative program.

  • Review of applications will begin on Nov. 1, 2018. The deadline for submission of applications is Nov. 9, 2018. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Richard Chess (, chair of the search committee.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) - TT Asst. Professor - German-Jewish StudiesEdit

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( invites applications for a full time, tenure track position: Assistant Professor in German-Jewish Studies to begin July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will maintain an active research program, teach a range of courses in German and Jewish culture, literature, and/or film, and perform service for the department and other units in the university such as the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

Doctorate (or foreign equivalent) by July 1, 2019 and native or near-native competence in German required. Candidates should have a strong research portfolio that includes German-Jewish literature, film, or other media. We invite applicants with a Ph. D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, or a related field.

Applicants must apply online at, and upload 1) a letter of application; 2) a current CV; 3) statements of research and teaching philosophy; 4) an English- language scholarly writing sample of no more than 25 pages; and 5) the names, titles, and contact information for four individuals willing to submit letters of recommendation on their behalf. These reference providers will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of support. Reference letters must be signed and written on institutional letterhead.

  • Open until filled; review of applications will begin on November 2, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype. Inquiries to:

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) - Judaic StudiesEdit

Mission or Goal of Unit: The School of World Studies’ mission is to advance our knowledge of the diversity and commonality among the world’s diverse languages, religions, cultures, and forms of social organization and creative expression, with a focus on matters of human rights and social justice. The School of World Studies is comprised of teachers and scholars with training in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and offers degrees in Anthropology, Foreign Languages, International Studies, and Religious Studies.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal: The chief purpose of the position is to contribute to the development and implementation of the new Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and International Studies through teaching and research on Jewish culture, religion, and life and by overseeing the endowed program in Judaic Studies.

Position Responsibilities: The principal responsibilities for this position are: - Contribute to the development of the new BA in Global and International Studies. - Teach and conduct research on Jewish culture, religion, and life. - Oversee the endowed program in Judaic Studies. - Develop new courses in support of the BA in Global and International Studies. - The successful candidate may be considered for the endowed professorship in Judaic Studies.

Required Qualifications: - PhD in International Studies, Judaic Studies, History, Religious Studies, or related field in hand by August 2019. - A demonstrable potential for excellence in scholarship. - A record of successful university teaching at the undergraduate level, ideally in a public urban university like VCU. - Experience stewarding endowed funds, fundraising, and overseeing an endowed program. - Ability to teach a range of Judaic Studies courses. - Ability to develop new courses in support of the BA in Global and International Studies - Demonstrated experience working in and fostering the development of a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment is required.

Preferred Qualifications: - Research and teaching interest in matters of identity, diversity, and community, Black-Jewish relations, and/or experience with curriculum that demonstrates the value of the humanities as a vital component of 21st century education.

The School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-eligible position at the rank of Assistant professor. Electronic application submitted at is mandatory and requires applicants to upload the following: 1. cover letter; 2. curriculum vitae; 3. personal statement; and contact information for three professional references to provide letters of recommendation as requested by the search committee.

  • Completed applications must be submitted electronically by November 1, 2018 to be considered for this position. For additional information, please visit Questions may be directed to Dr. Angelina Overvold, chair of the committee, at

Wellesley College (MA) - Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish StudiesEdit

Wellesley College is seeking to hire the next Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies, to teach in, and to lead, its now 30-year-old program in that field. Candidates may come from any sub-field within Jewish Studies. The Robison Professorship is a tenured position; candidates should be tenured in their current institution or at the point of being reviewed for tenure. We are especially interested in candidates with a wide range of scholarly and pedagogic interests, an eagerness and ability to work in collaboration with other disciplines, and a thoughtful vision of what a Jewish Studies program should strive to be. The search will begin in 2018 for a tenured appointment to begin on or after July 1, 2020. The preferred candidate will have an opportunity for a one- or two-semester visiting appointment (terms negotiable) in 2019-2020.

Wellesley College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted online through the College’s career application website ( and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a short description of research plans, a statement of teaching interests and experience, and three letters of reference.

  • The position will remain open until filled, but we hope to begin interviews at the Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting in Boston (Dec 16-18, 2018).

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments / PostdocsEdit

University of Pennsylvania (PA)Katz Center Visiting Fellowship (2019-2020) - The Jewish HomeEdit

The Herbert D. Katz Center at The University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2019–2020 academic year on the theme of The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In.

The Katz Center will devote our 2019–2020 fellowship year to the home—to what happens inside Jewish homes and what connects those homes to life outside. We invite applications from scholars in any academic field who are seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life, including the very definition of home.

As an object of inquiry, the home has not one door but many. We are planning a year that will look into the Jewish home across many different thresholds/entryways and look back out from the home into the broader world. Relevant topics may include the history of domestic architecture and material culture, anthropological research into kinship, parenting, gender roles, and master-servant relationships; literary instantiations  of the home as an object of memory and imagination; representations of Jewish domesticity in the visual arts, including theater, film, and television; the analysis of Jewish law as it relates to family life and sex; the economics of consumption and display; the ritual study of the life cycle as it plays out in domestic contexts; and urban studies that approach the home as part of neighborhoods or larger social contexts, among others.

Eligible projects may be focused on the home in any period of Jewish history, extending from the four room houses of Iron Age Canaan to contemporary Jewish retirement communities. The year is also open to projects that may not be focused on the home per se but are helpful for understanding it, such as research on the history of privacy or the anthropology of childhood. The Center’s goal is to support individual projects, but it also seeks to develop an intellectually diverse cohort which means the ideal applicant will be one willing to learn from and work with scholars from other disciplines or focused on other periods.

Eligibility: The Katz Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts at all levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or expect to receive their degree no later than August 2019.

An additional opportunity for 2019–2020: Israel Institute Fellowship

With funding from the Israel Institute and in partnership with Penn’s Jewish Studies Program, the Katz Center is offering a teaching fellowship in 2019–2020. Full details are available on our website.

Announcement of fellowship recipients: March 31, 2019

Commencement of fellowship period: Variable, from September 2019 to May 2020

Duration of fellowship period: One semester (fall or spring) or full academic year

Please visit for more information about the Katz Center’s fellowship program and to access the online application portal.

  • Application opens: June 1, 2018. Application deadline: October 31, 2018.

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2018-2019Edit


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