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This page is for Jewish Studies / Israel Studies jobs that begin in 2019.

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See also: Religious Studies 2018-2019, Biblical Studies 2018-2019, European History 2018-19, and History 2018-19

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Full-Time / Tenure-Track PositionsEdit

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 https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11428.

  • 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 wright@brandeis.edu.

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 LeffellChairSearch@clarku.edu.
  • Review begins: 15 Sept. 2018 and continues until the position filled

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 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 http://www.international.ucla.edu/institute.

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: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF03708

  • 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 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 https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1134 to apply.

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

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 http://katz.sas.upenn.edu 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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