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Someone has gone in and deleted the updates when people are added to the total. They did when I was added anyway. < shrug > Maybe that is why I don't get a job. Maybe it is a magic number.

Tenure-Track / Full-Time Positions[]

Allegheny College (PA) - Jewish Chaplain and Faculty Member of Religious Studies[]

Allegheny College seeks applicants for the newly created full-time position of of Jewish Chaplain and Faculty Member of Religious Studies. Submit a letter of application, resume or c.v., evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information for three references by email to Jane Ellen Nickell, Chaplain and Eric Boynton, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Letters of recommendation will be requested of short-listed candidates.

  • Skype Interview schedualed 
  • any news?
  • Interviewed at AAR Nov 22; told that committee would meet after Thanksgiving, next round to be invited out in January; no contact since then
  • Invited for campus visit in late Jan/early Feb (via phone call 12/9)
  • Offer extended and accepted (03/08)

Arizona State University (AZ) - TT Assistant Professor; American Jewish Literature[]

The Department of English at Arizona State University-Tempe invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in American Jewish Literature with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2016. Interest in other cultural forms, such as theatre, film, television or digital media is desired. Comparative and transnational perspectives are welcome. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of English and the interdisciplinary Center for Jewish Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research publishable in top tier academic journals, teach undergraduate and graduate students in the area of American Jewish Literature, and engage in professional, university, and community service as appropriate. Required qualifications include 1) completed PhD in English, Jewish Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, or a related academic field from an accredited institution by the time of appointment; 2) record of college-level teaching; 3) active research agenda leading to publication; 4) demonstrated expertise in twentieth-century American Jewish cultural productions; 5) research agenda that locates Jewish literature in a larger cultural context.

Desired qualifications include 1) knowledge of Yiddish, Hebrew, or another relevant language; 2) ability to connect Jewish literature to other cultural forms; 3) comparative, transnational, or interdisciplinary approaches; 4) research focus in twenty-first century Jewish literature, 5) publications in the field. To apply, please submit 1) a letter of application including a statement of research and teaching interests; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a writing sample, preferably an article-length publication or a dissertation chapter; 4) a relevant course syllabus; and 5) the names and contact information of three references to

  • Application deadline is December 24, 2015. If not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.
  • - Skype interview conducted (Feb. 9)

Bard College (NY) - Jacob Neusner Professor in the History and Theology of Judaism (Open Rank)[]

Bard College invites applications for a full-time, open rank position in the Religion Program, in the area of Judaic Studies. This is an endowed chair, the Jacob Neusner Professor in the History and Theology of Judaism, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field and to Bard College. The position contributes centrally to both the Religion Program and the Jewish Studies concentration.

The position requires a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship in a liberal arts setting. The period of specialization is open.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Nominations are especially welcome. For more information on the Religion Program at Bard, visit or contact Bruce Chilton,

To apply, please submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching and research statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation through at:

  • Interfolio Link Closes: Dec 31, 2015.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2015-2016
  • 12/2 Contacted about online interview (X2) Only just submitted myself on 12/2 (obviously a mistake...) but what rank are they interviewing at if someone is willing to volunteer?
  • Any news on this one?
  • e-mail response RE status of search: "The College has, as a matter of general policy, requested an embargo on information until the close of the search." (3/3). Anyone here knows anything?
  • The identities of the three heavy-hitting finalists can be inferred from the "past events" on the Bard Jewish Studies webpage (
  • I did not expect these names for this position. Just goes to show how insane the market is.
  • Offer made and accepted.

Binghamton University, SUNY (NY) - Israel Studies (Hebrew and Israeli Literatures)[]

This position is the second of three cluster hires in Israel Studies and the successful candidate will be a member of both the Judaic Studies Department and the Center for Israel Studies. This position is affiliated with the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (see Area of Specialization: Hebrew and Israeli Literatures. Areas of competence: Open. Comparative approaches are encouraged. A successful candidate will have a strong research program. Teaching experience preferred. Ph.D. in hand by 01 September 2016 is expected.

Requirements: A successful candidate will have a strong research program. Teaching experience preferred. Ph.D. in hand by 01 September 2016 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 to submit their materials.

  • Applications received by 15 October, 2015 will be guaranteed full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.
  • Invitation for Skype interview (10/24) x 2
  • Q: Any word after Skype interviews?
  • Yes, campus visit was scheduled (sorry, best of luck)
  • Thanks for the response. Can you kindly let me know when they contacted you? And good luck! I mean it! 
  • Thanks, I'll need it. November 12.
  • Heard that this was offered and accepted.

Case Western Reserve University (OH) - Abba Hillel Silver Professor[]

  • people contacted about online interviews
  • weird: they had a dude from the local Federation on the SC. WTF?  *Sadly, this is not that uncommon.
  • any news?
  • I was a finalist for this position and am yet to hear yay or nay, though with the amount of time passed, I assume it is nay.

City University of New York, City College (USA:NY) - [Senior Hire] Jewish History[]

  • Tenure track or tenured Full Professorship in Jewish History, to begin 27 Aug. 2016
  • We wish to recruit a senior scholar in Jewish History for the Michael and Irene Ross Chair in Hebrew and Yiddish... The geographic and chronological focus is open, but the person must be able to work in Hebrew and Yiddish, among other languages.
  • The tenure home will be in the Department of History with teaching responsibilities split between History and Jewish Studies. The possibility exists of teaching doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • To apply, please view the job posting (Job ID 13771) at, and follow all instructions.  Please upload a CV; two articles or chapters; a summary of current and future research interest; teaching portfolio, including syllabi, statement of teaching interests, and evaluations. At least three confidential letters of recommendation and one copy each of major books should be sent separately to: Professor Craig Daigle, Department of History, NAC 5/144, City College of New York, New York, NY 10031
  • Deadline: not stated in ad, ad expires 1 Nov. 2015.

Columbia University (NY) - Leonard B. Kaye Chair in Hebrew and Comparative Literature[]

Summary Description: The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University invites applications for a position in Modern Hebrew and Comparative Literature, at the rank of tenured associate or full professor. The appointment will fill the Leonard B. Kaye Chair in Hebrew and Comparative Literature. The candidate is expected to have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement in the field of Modern Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and to demonstrate the capacity to contribute significantly to the larger intellectual mission and the institutional well-being of the department.

Minimum Qualifications: All candidates must have excellent scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Hebrew and Comparative Literature

Apply AT:

  • Date Review Begins: 09-15-2015.
  • Also posted at Comparative 2016
  • I was told off record by departmental member that men need not apply!

Goucher College (MD) - Director of Judaic Studies (TT Position)[]

Goucher College seeks a Director of Judaic Studies, a tenure-track position to begin in August 2016.  Goucher’s Judaic Studies program provides students with the opportunity to explore, examine, and critically engage the rich and multifaceted history, religion, and cultures of the Jewish people.  The program operates in close cooperation with the Religion Program and embraces interdisciplinary and co-curricular collaborations that engage the diverse and active Jewish community at Goucher and in Baltimore.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, be an experienced and creative teacher, an active researcher and an innovative leader who will strengthen and enlarge the scope and activities of the Judaic Studies Program.  The position carries a 3/2 course load which will be comprised of introductory and upper level Judaic Studies courses as well as courses in the Director’s area of expertise. Additional duties will include administrating the Judaic Studies minor, curriculum and program development, event planning and cooperative projects with student life and the broader Baltimore community.

Goucher sits on 287 wooded acres, approximately 20 minutes north of Baltimore, MD. Among the 40 Colleges That Change Lives, and ranked first in the nation for study abroad programs, Goucher was recently named one of U.S. News and World Report’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Schools.” In addition to encouraging innovation, Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants with a demonstrated commitment to working on issues of race, equity and identity. The college also has a long history of commitment to social justice and we expect this position to complement such efforts.

The successful candidate will be required to submit official graduate transcripts and complete a background check as a condition of employment. To apply for this position, please visit

  • The review of applications will begin on December 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  A limited number of informal meetings are available at the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings in Atlanta, GA.  To schedule a meeting, or for inquiries about the position, contact Ann Duncan, Director of the Religion Program at

Has anyone had any contact from them yet? (1/6) no x1 (1/7)

  • Any updates on this one (1/25)?
  • I contacted them a couple of weeks ago and was told the committee wasn't even meeting until February. (1/26) 
  • That is really helpful to know. Thanks for the update!
  • Heart-stopping and yet ultimately unhelpful email received (1/28)
  • (Other than the fact that the college has apparently lost all ability to communicate with the outside world? No.
  • Maybe. Or maybe they've gone ahead with interviews and no one who has had heard from them posts on here. Who knows.
  • Any further news?
  • Skype interview requested (2/24)
  • For Skype candidate, can I ask what your field was and if you have admin. experience?
  • Jewish thought and yes.
  • Have any interviewees been invited for campus visits or told they didn't get one? My understanding was that they would notify today.
  • Invited to campus (3/8)
  • Offer accepted (5/6)

Harvard University (MA) - Spanish-Portuguese Jewry[]

The Department seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in Jewish history and culture, with special emphasis on the civilizations of Spanish-Portuguese Jewry both within the Iberian Peninsula and throughout the Sephardic diaspora. The appointment is expected to begin on or after July 1, 2016. Candidates are encouraged to apply by September 15, 2015. The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in Jewish studies or related discipline, required by the time the appointment begins; fluency in Hebrew required. The successful candidate will be able to teach inter alia the Jewish history and culture of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean world, and should demonstrate research expertise in some particular aspect or aspects of Sephardic history and culture, whether pre- or post-expulsion. For example: Jewish literature, philosophy, law of the “Golden Age”; visual and material culture; Jewish-Christian relations and/or Jewish-Muslim relations, etc. Applications are accepted only via the Harvard Employment web site:



  • Apply by: Sept. 15 2015.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position yet? Just wondering if they had contacted first round candidates yet or not.
  • Invited for a campus visit (10/29)
  • Has a decision been announced/communicated yet?
  • Offer made and accepted. (05/16)

Michigan State University (MI) - TT Assistant Professor in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History (William and Audrey Farber Family Chair)[]

The Jewish Studies program at Michigan State University invites applications for a newly endowed chair and tenure-system position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, with additional strengths in the study of Antisemitism. Interest in the uses of the digital humanities for scholarship and/or teaching and the dissemination of scholarship will be a special plus.

The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis and will engage in an active program of research, teaching (two courses per semester), and service. The position is to be sited in the James Madison College, a residential undergraduate public affairs college at MSU, and shared with the Department of History in the College of Social Science. The endowment for the position is managed by Jewish Studies in the College of Arts and Letters and we hope there will be some benefits as well for the Digital Humanities at MSU. The position includes funds for research support.

The position is being recruited at the assistant professor or advanced assistant professor level and will involve an AY appointment (nine months). Candidates must show a record of excellence in teaching, strong promise of excellence in scholarship that will be nationally and internationally recognized, and a desire to work cooperatively with other faculty in Jewish Studies, James Madison College, History, and the Digital Humanities. Candidates should be knowledgeable about new directions in the study of the Holocaust and European Jewish History and comfortable working in interdisciplinary contexts. Interest in using the digital humanities to pique and maintain interest in modern Jewish history, the Holocaust, Holocaust Memory, etc, among an enlarged public in Michigan is valued.

The home unit for reappointment, tenure, and promotion will be the James Madison College, with appropriate input from the Department of History and the Jewish Studies Program. With an enrollment limited to 1200 students, James Madison College provides an ideal environment for a teacher-scholar who plans to maintain an active scholarly agenda but is devoted to excellence in undergraduate teaching. The latter is the primary criterion for tenure at the college. The College has four majors: Comparative Cultures and Politics; International Relations; Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy; Social Relations and Policy. The position is understood as a core position in Jewish Studies, one of five, and all courses taught will count toward the minor in Jewish Studies in the university.

  • Review of applications will begin October 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site (posting #2050). Applications should include a letter expressing interest in the endowed position, describing the candidate’s qualifications, experience, and accomplishments, and should include a current CV, two scholarship samples, and a semester’s teaching evaluations. The names and email addresses of three referees should be provided.
  • Also posted at European History 2015-16
  • Has anyone heard anything from them yet? (12/3) AJS is coming up pretty quickly if they are interviewing there...
  • Not sure they are doing AJS interviews. I think they are already past the on-campus stage and possibly into the offer stage. 
  • Yes, they are already past the on-campus interview stage

New York University (NY) - Open Rank - Judaism[]

The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University seeks to hire a scholar of Judaism. Rank open. The department will consider applications relating to any aspect of the study of Judaism, but it has particular interest in applications that demonstrate one or more of the following: engagement with the field of religious studies; an interest in issues related to gender; a chronological focus on a period before the eighteenth century. All candidates are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. The appointment will begin in September 1, 2016 pending administrative and budgetary approval.

  • Deadline for application is October 15, 2015. To apply, submit a curriculum vitae and three references online. Applicants at the assistant professor level who have not yet published a book should submit a book manuscript that has been accepted for publication or an approved doctoral dissertation. For more information and to apply see the NYU Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies web site at Instructions can be found under the home page link “Employment.”
  • Does anyone know (or just have a guess about) what they're looking for with this search?
  • Somebody who has already published a book, apparantly. Which is refreshingly honest of them. I wish more postings would just come out and say "If there isn't a book deal on your CV, we won't even read your application."
  • Ah, is that what upload an accepted manuscript or approved dissertation actually means...? Oh well.
  • Fret not, as the link provided on the Skirball site doesn't work, and no positions turn up when you search for openings in the Hebrew/Judaic department.
  • Just heard the committee axed everyone in history and literature. Handily reduced the pool by a lot. 
  • So what isn't in those areas? Religious studies, Bible and various shades of rabbinics? 
  • Your guess is as good as mine. I suspect they're mostly interested in RS people using social science methods, or archaeologists, or other methods that fall less under the "humanities" umbrella, but that's mere conjecture.
  • What is going on with this search?  The application was due so long ago.  It seems strange that there has been no movement and/or that someone would not have posted on movement...
  • Received rejection email that search has been concluded and hire made (3/30).

Old Dominion University (VA) - Batten Endowed Professorship in Jewish Studies (TT Asst. Professor)[]

The College of Arts and Letters at Old Dominion University invites applications for an Assistant Professor appointment in Jewish Studies. Specialization and discipline are open to all fields supported by departments in the College of Arts and Letters ( English, Linguistics, Art, History, Foreign Languages, Communication, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Women's Studies, International Studies, Music, and other fields. Requirements: Doctorate or terminal degree in field, promising record of scholarly or creative contributions to Jewish studies, evidence of excellent teaching. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to and participate in the activities of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding. For initial consideration, applicants submit the following items to a cover letter, CV (including the names of three references), a writing sample (10,000 words max.), and a teaching portfolio (including syllabi, student course evaluations and teaching philosophy).

Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate or terminal degree in field, promising record of scholarly or creative contributions to Jewish studies, evidence of excellent teaching. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to and participate in the activities of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding.

  • Review of applications begins 1/15/16 and continues until the position is filled.
  • Any news? 
  • Phone interview took place (02/29)

San Francisco State University (CA) - TT Asst. Professor - John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies[]

San Francisco State University, Department of Jewish Studies invites applications for the position of the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies to be filled at the level of tenure-track assistant professor beginning August 2016. Because American Jewish studies is a scholarly field and not an academic discipline, the department will consider applications from scholars in a wide array of disciplines, including (but not limited to) anthropology, art history, cultural studies, education, ethics, history, literature, media studies, modern Jewish thought, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and womens/gender studies. Since this position reflects the intrinsically interdisciplinary nature of Jewish studies, broad familiarity with Jewish studies is desirable.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in their discipline, with a completed degree by August 1, 2016. Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their area of specialization in American Jewish studies. Preferred candidates will have teaching experience in settings with large, diverse student bodies and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching. The ability to work as a public intellectual in Jewish studies is highly desirable, since the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the university's mission of community engagement. Preferred candidates will have strong interpersonal skills, a sense of collegiality, and the ability to work cooperatively.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses per semester, both lower and upper division undergraduate courses. These will include both existing department course offerings and new courses to be developed for the department in the candidates area of expertise. Since 2/2 constitutes a reduced annual teaching load, the endowed chair must demonstrate correspondingly higher levels of scholarly productivity (by maintaining an active program of research leading to publication in peer-reviewed journals and other venues in the field of American Jewish studies, as well as presentations at significant conferences, accolades or awards, and strong endorsements by referees) and leadership in service outreach activities. Other duties include advising, curriculum development, and committee service. A detailed position description is available at the department website:

Salary will be competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University provides generous health and retirement benefits, as well as domestic partner benefits.

  • Application: Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant publications, evidence of teaching experience, and at least three letters of reference. Review of applications and supporting materials will begin September 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Please email materials or inquiries to Printed materials may also be sent to: American Jewish Studies Search, Department of Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.
  • Has anyone heard anything about this position yet? Just wondering if they had contacted first round candidates yet or not.
  • It's been a mere 2 weeks since the deadline. They have to read what is probably hundreds of applications. I wouldn't anticipate hearing anything until November.
  • Received an email today that they had my materials and were reviewing applications. So I think they have only just started and I agree with the above that November seems more likely. (10/14) [X2]
  • Invitation for phone interview (10/16) x2
  • Received email informing me of rejection. It seems this stage of the application process is over. (11/16)
  • Any news out there on this one?
  • Offer made and accepted.

Stanford University (CA) - Koshland Chair in Jewish Religion and Culture - CANCELLED[]

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications and nominations in the area of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought for the Daniel E. Koshland Chair in Jewish Religion and Culture. We seek a senior scholar of distinction in the field of Jewish Studies, with an outstanding record of research and scholarship and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate may specialize in any area or period of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought.

The appointment will be at the full professor level, but scholars at the advanced associate level are also encouraged to apply.

  • For full consideration, applications must be received by October 30, 2015. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2016 or as soon as practicable thereafter. Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae (including bibliography) with a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests through Interfolio via the following URL:
  • This search has been replaced by the Open Rank Jewish Religion and/or Thought search posted immediately below (8/29)

Stanford University (CA) - Jewish Religion and / or Thought (Open Rank)[]

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications and nominations in the area of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought for a tenure-line, open-rank position. The successful applicant must demonstrate substantial evidence of creativity and excellence in research and scholarship as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He or she may specialize in any area or period of the study of Jewish religion and/or thought.

This search replaces the recently (July 2015) advertised search for the next holder of the Daniel E. Koshland Chair in Jewish Religion and Culture. Senior scholars of distinction are also encouraged to apply for this position, and, if appointed at full professor level, may be eligible for nomination to the Koshland Chair. Those who have already applied under the previous search may elect to have their applications carried over to this one.

  • Apply at:
  • For full consideration, applications must be received by October 30, 2015. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2016 or as soon as practicable thereafter.
  • Does anyone have an update on this search?
  • Recieved form letter rejection email [12/17] x 7

Stockton University (NJ) - Holocaust Studies (incl. Jewish Studies)[]

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for the position of Assistant Professor in Holocaust Studies at Stockton University. The successful candidate will contribute to Stockton’s undergraduate minor and graduate Master of Arts programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the School of General Studies. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a sustained commitment to scholarship and teaching in Holocaust studies, with an interest in teaching other genocides as well.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold a doctorate in an appropriate field, including, but not limited to Holocaust & Genocide Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Psychology, Theology, Political Science, Sociology, Literature, and Education. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome. Scholarship and teaching on Jewish and Christian responses to the Holocaust, Jewish life and culture before the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and/or Jewish-Christian relations is particularly desirable. Excellent teaching credentials and a strong research and publication record are expected.

The successful candidate should be willing to contribute to distance/online education as well as teaching in traditional classroom and seminar settings. Service will include contribution to governance of the Undergraduate Minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (MAHG), student advising, and campus-wide faculty committees/initiatives.

Salary: Assistant Professor: $59,488.41 to $62,192.99, commensurate with experience. Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package.

Submit application materials to Dr. Robert Gregg, Dean of General Studies, Include electronic copies (as Word or PDF files) of the letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. All offers of employment are contingent upon a favorable background check.

  • Screening of applications begins October 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • [25 Jan] Rejection email received

Towson University (MD) - Ancient Judaism[]

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month Assistant Professor position in Ancient Judaism (2nd century BCE-the Rise of Islam) with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies beginning August 2016.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religious Studies. ABD applicants considered, but appointment will be at the instructor rank and all degree requirements must be completed by August 1, 2016. Possess a strong command of rabbinic literature and engage with core genres of the traditional Jewish canon, but may focus on an era from late antiquity through the Rise of Islam. Interested in addressing the intellectual and religious history of ancient Judaism as well as its intersections with other religious and intellectual traditions of late antiquity. Possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and show potential for a productive scholarly program.

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, including Introduction to Judaism, Introduction to the Study of Religion and Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as upper level undergraduate courses. Teach the core graduate survey in Rabbinic History and Literature as well as graduate seminars. The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department in conjunction with the graduate program in Jewish Studies will determine the mix of undergraduate and graduate courses, advising duties and service.

Towson University: Towson University ( 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.

  • Application Process: Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official or unofficial transcripts, evidence of effective teaching, three letters of recommendation by November 6, 2015 to Dr. Anne Ashbaugh at:
  • Email invitation to campus visit in late Jan/early Feb (12/8)
  • Offer made and accepted.

University of Arizona (AZ) - TT Assistant Professor - Modern Judaic Studies[]

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Modern Judaic Studies to begin in August 2016. The Center seeks a scholar-teacher whose scholarship and teaching deal with Modern Judaic Studies broadly defined. Knowledge of theoretical approaches used widely in the Humanities and Social Sciences and a commitment to interdisciplinary research are essential. The successful candidate will possess excellent academic credentials, clear potential for scholarly excellence, a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and a desire to raise the visibility of Judaic Studies on campus and beyond. Special consideration will be given to candidates with specific research and teaching interests in American Jewish history and culture broadly defined.

The faculty member will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The faculty member will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the faculty member will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

A complete application packet will include a CV; the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references that must be at the level of tenured associate professor or higher; and the candidate’s statement on teaching pedagogy.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the Association for Jewish Studies conference December 13-15, 2015 in Boston. For candidates who are unable to attend the meetings, Skype interviews may be arranged in December. Finalists will be invited to campus for interviews in late January and early February.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. David Graizbord, Judaic Studies Search Committee Chair, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

  • Review begins November 9.
  • Contacted for AJS interview, 11/29
  • Me too!
  • Not me!
  • Me either!
  • Any news?
  • Invitation to campus interview extended [end of December]. Visits in late Jan/Feb. (X2)
  • Best of luck!
  • Offer made and accepted (03/01)

University of California Berkeley (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Modern Hebrew Literature - Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies[]

Description The Departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies at U.C. Berkeley seek applications for an Assistant Professor in Modern Hebrew Literature (tenure track) with an expected start date of July 1, 2016.

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.

Minimum basic qualification: completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation for a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field. Additional qualification: completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the start of appointment. 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) 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 California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( ) prior to submitting their letters.

Where to apply:

  • Applications must be received by November 2, 2015. Please direct inquiries to:

University of Cincinnati (OH) - Culture and Thought of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam[]

The Department of Judaic Studies in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Culture and Thought of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is a full-time tenure-track position, beginning August 1, 2016.

The successful candidate will be a promising scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. Qualified candidates will be familiar with the interdisciplinary academic study of medieval Jewry and intercultural relations within a broader, global context. Background in Middle-Eastern Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies would be desirable. We are seeking individuals whose research and teaching activities promote interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments and colleges at UC and our consortium partners including Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Teaching responsibilities include courses such as Medieval Jewish History, Jews and Islam, and Judaism and Christianity in Conflict, and advising research projects of advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates should be able to integrate digital technologies into the classroom. The successful candidate will also serve on committees and generally work to further the department’s growth and prestige. Applicants' research and teaching should be consistent with our mission, which emphasizes a commitment to diversity and to collaborative projects nationally and internationally.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in-hand by August 1, 2015, clear evidence of research and publication activity, solid evidence of teaching effectiveness, and knowledge of Modern Hebrew. Please see the University of Cincinnati website (, and the Department website ( for information about the Department’s programs and projects with faculty in other departments and institutions including experiential learning, travel study, and collaboration with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the American Jewish Archives, and the Klau Library. A complete list of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and University may be found at

  • Application Process and Deadline: Application deadline is Sunday, November 8, 2015. Screening of applications will begin shortly thereafter and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the annual meetings of AAR/SBL and AJS. All applications must be submitted online at Cover letter should address the candidate’s effectiveness and consistency with both the position and the mission of the Department and indicate experience and success with teaching and interacting with culturally diverse populations. Include a current vita, samples of scholarly work, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Three letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to Matthew Kraus (phone: 513-556-2298) or mailed to Judaic Studies Search Committee C/O Matthew Kraus Dept. of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210169 Cincinnati, OH 45221-0169. For questions, please contact Professor Matthew Kraus, Chair of Search Committee (513) 556-2298 [].
  • invitation to interview - Nov 16
  • Any news post AAR? Are they interviweing at AJS?
  • What was the news from AAR? They are interviewing at AJS.
  • No news. Regular interview.
  • Invited to campus - December 25th.

University of Dayton (OH) - Jewish Studies / Modern Jewish Religious Thought / History[]

The University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies with a specialization in modern Jewish religious thought and history. Responsibilities include teaching the undergraduate introductory course in religion, a general introduction to Judaism, a study of the Holocaust, as well as specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in Judaism. The normal teaching responsibility for the position is three courses per semester. Position begins August 16, 2016. The Department of Religious Studies offers introductory and advanced courses in the University's Common Academic Program for undergraduates, supports a vibrant major and minor in Religious Studies, offers M.A.s in Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry, and features a Ph.D. in Theology, with a focus on U.S. Catholic experience.

By the time of application applicants must have a doctorate in hand with a research focus and area of expertise in Jewish religious thought and history in the 20th and/or 21st centuries, must demonstrate academic training and continued research interests in modern Jewish religion, must show evidence of an ability to engage classical texts (Tanakh and ancient rabbinic literature) in classroom and research, must demonstrate potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate level, and must be able to articulate a clear research agenda. Preference will be given to specialists in Jewish Studies with evidence of academic training and interests in the U.S. context, particularly in Jewish-Christian relations, with knowledge of Catholic intellectual traditions, with familiarity with the characteristics of Marianist higher education, with successful teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, with the ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds, with a demonstrated record of quality publications, and to those demonstrating a potential for service, leadership, and collaboration within the department, university, and community.

A complete application for the position consists of a letter of intent that addresses all the qualifications, c.v., teaching statement, statement of research interest, writing sample, copies of transcripts, and three signed letters of reference. If the degree is not on the transcript, the applicant should make sure that one of the letters is from the advisor and attests to the completion of the doctoral requirements.

  • The deadline for completed applications is November 5, 2015. Applications must be submitted electronically at Applicants should anticipate that preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Atlanta, November 21-24, 2015. Address inquiries to Silviu Bunta, Ph.D., Chair, Religious Studies Search Committee, at
  • Any word? I know it's only been a week, but they did mention AAR interviews. Or is "applicants should anticipate that preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Atlanta" just, like, life advice and not an actually expression of their timeline? Be ready for anything! Ever vigilant! (11/12)
  • Contacted for an interview (AAR or skype) by phone (11/16) x3
  • Anyone hear anything post-AAR? (12/7)
  • They told me 3 weeks but haven't heard anything yet (12/17)
  • Invited to a campus interview (12/15) X2
  • Can those invited share their fields?
  • Rejection email 12/18
  • Any news here?
  • Offer made and accepted

University of Maryland, College Park (MD) - TT Asst. Professor - Jews of Muslim Lands/Mizrahi Jews in Israel[]

The Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies and the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, seek to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in the Jews of Muslim Lands/Mizrahi Jews in Israel. The position is open to scholars trained either in History, the Social Sciences, Religious Studies, or Cultural Studies, and it is part of a larger initiative to strengthen Middle Eastern Studies on campus. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate with other departments at the University of Maryland, which values interdisciplinary research and teaching. Position start date: August 16, 2016.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have completed the doctoral degree either in History, Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Israel Studies, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, a social science discipline or other related fields by the time of the appointment; must demonstrate theoretical and methodological sophistication in their approach to the study of the Middle East; must demonstrate knowledge of the history, political, and social forces of the Middle East; and must demonstrate the ability to teach specific courses on the Jews of Muslim lands and on Mizrahi Jews in Israel. Candidates must show promise of excellence in research; promise of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and proficiency in Hebrew and at least one other Middle Eastern language, preferably Arabic.

  • Preferences: For best consideration, applicants must apply by October 23, 2015. A complete application must include the following: a letter of application stating qualifications, experience, research plans, and teaching interests; a complete curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and two representative samples of the candidate’s scholarship, such as dissertation chapters or published articles. Questions regarding this position may be sent to Prof. Marsha Rozenblit, Search Committee Chair, or 301-405-4267.
  • Anyone hear anything? --> No, absolutely nothing.
  • Nothing (12/3) I made and inquiry, and was answered that my application is now "inactive" (12/9).  To clarify:  This communication was not in a mass email.  I emailed a direct query to ask if my application was still "active." and was told (in a personal email) that it is not. (12/10)
  • --> What does "inactive" mean?? Jesus! These committees... 
  • --> Does it say "inactive" on your application online? Was this a mass email? What's your area, if I might ask?
  • It is probably safe to assume that those of us who have not heard anything, probably will not hear anything, and our status is "inactive"
  • --> (12/9) Where does it say "inactive"? I just checked and my status is still "in progress". 
  • nothing yet (12/5)
  • Campus visits (without preliminary skype interviews, which they apparently skipped) took place late November/early December. 
  • Are you sure? A friend of mine asked about the status of his application last week, and was told that decisions hadn't been made.
  • Yes. A decision about who to hire, as far as I know, has not been made, but finalists have visited campus already. 

University of South Alabama (USA:AL) - Jewish History[]

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Jewish History (Fanny & Bert Meisner Professorship)
  • Responsibilities will include program development, research, community outreach, and teaching courses in Jewish history, the Holocaust, and continental European history as well as introductory classes in Western Civilization.
  • PhD in history required.
  • Applications should include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and names and email addresses of three referees. Three letters of reference with original signatures and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning from which a degree was received will be required prior to approval of an offer of employment. Send all materials to: Dr. Mara Kozelsky, Jewish History Search Committee, Department of History, HUMB 344, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, 36688.
  • Review begins: 2 Nov. 2015 and continues until position filled.
  • Any news on this one?
  • [27 Jan] I haven't heard anything.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (TN) - Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies and Program Director[]

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville invites applications for an associate or full professor of Religious Studies, beginning August 2016.  Research area of expertise is open, with preference given to candidates whose area of specialization is early modern/modern Judaism and candidates who can teach courses in Religious Studies as well as Judaic Studies.  The successful candidate will hold an Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies and will direct The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies. The position carries a competitive salary and generous research and travel funds.  Candidates should have demonstrated prominence as leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Judaic Studies. Applicants should have knowledge of languages relevant to their research, including Hebrew, and will complement existing UTK faculty in Religious Studies, Judaic Studies, and/or The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

  • Please send a cover letter, a full curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Dr. Christine (Tina) Shepardson, Search Committee Chair, Department of Religious Studies, The University of Tennessee, 501 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0450,  Review of applications begins October 21, 2015 for applicants wanting to be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta and the Association for Jewish Studies in Boston, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2015-2016
  • invited for AAR interview and asked to send additional materials (11/12)
  • 12/28--received email stating that I was not chosen as a finalist x2

University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)-Asst Professor, East European Jewish Studies[]

The Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison invites applications for the Lipton Professorship in Eastern European Jewish Studies. Appointment will be as assistant professor, full-time, tenure-track. Field of research and teaching specialization is open.  Scholars working in the social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply. We seek applications from literature, history, religion, sociology, anthropology, art history, musicology, gender and womens studies, and other disciplines. The appointee will hold a joint appointment between the Center for Jewish Studies and a relevant department as appropriate. Appointment is to begin in August 2016. - See more at:

  • any word on this?

Wake Forest University (NC) - Presidential Chair of Jewish History (Open Rank)[]

Wake Forest University invites applications for the Michael and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History for an appointment beginning July 2016. Rank is open, at or above the advanced assistant professor level or its equivalent. Research may focus on any aspect of Jewish history; preference will be given to those who will enhance the strengths of the Department of History and the University. The teaching duties include Jewish history and an introductory level course in the history of the world, Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, or the Middle East, depending on the interest of the candidate. Excellent teaching of undergraduates and high-quality scholarship are central to Wake Forest’s mission. Presidential Chairs embody the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and mentorship at the University. The position includes research and travel funds, a reduced teaching load, and opportunities for program development.

  • To apply, please send a letter of application, c.v., graduate transcript copies, and separate statement of teaching philosophy to Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to Technical problems with submissions may be directed to (336) 758-4700.
  • Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. AA/EOE.
  • Contacted for campus visit 1/16
  • Any other news out there on this one?
  • Offer accepted.

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term Appointments[]

Brandeis University (MA) - Post-doctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies[]

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for the 2016-17 academic year. Post-doctoral fellows teach one course per semester in Israel studies, related to programs in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics or other relevant disciplines. They are expected to be in residence at Brandeis, participate actively in the intellectual life of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and present at least one public lecture. This position offers an annual stipend of $52,500 plus benefits and a $3,000 research and travel fund.

Center for Jewish History (NY) - NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars[]

The Center offers a fellowship to senior scholars through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history. Applications are welcome from college and university faculty in any field who have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit considerably from consultation with materials 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. Fellowships carry a stipend of up to $50,400 for a period of one year. Fellows are expected to conduct original research at the Center, deliver at least one lecture based on the research conducted, actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center, acknowledge the Center and NEH in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship, and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience.

  • The application deadline for the 2016-17 fellowship is December 1, 2015
  • Full eligiblity requirements and application guidelinese are posted at

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

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 $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.

  • Application deadline: January 11, 2016
  • Full eligibility requirements and application guidelinese are posted at

Colby College (ME) - Faculty Fellow in Jewish Studies (1 yr.)[]

The department of religious studies and the Jewish studies program at Colby College invite applications for a one-year faculty fellow (sabbatical replacement) in Jewish studies, beginning September 1, 2016. The successful candidate will teach two survey courses on Jews and Judaism (one premodern, one modern) and two additional courses in the candidate’s areas of interest. Applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds and relevant areas of expertise are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts setting and to scholarly research. Candidates who will contribute to the goals of Colby’s Center for Small Town Jewish Life preferred. PhD preferred.

Please submit as a single pdf file a letter of interest, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research interests to; please name the file “lastname, firstname”. Please have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same address.

  • Applications received by November 1 will receive full consideration; preliminary interviews will take place at the AJS conference in Boston.
  • Also posted at Religious Studies 2015-2016
  • (from the Religious Studies page) Email notification of AJS interview (11/12) x3
  • Campus invitations extended (1/20)
  • Email rejection, 51 applications and an unnamed hire has been made (3/21)

College of Charleston (SC) - Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies - Fall 2016[]

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston invites applications for the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies for the Fall semester of 2016. Leading academics, writers, artists, and policy makers with expertise on any aspect of the Jewish experience are encouraged to apply. The visiting scholar will participate in the intellectual life of the Jewish Studies Program and the broader college community, and teach one undergraduate course. We are especially interested in candidates who extend our curriculum into areas not well-covered by existing faculty. The position offers an ideal opportunity for research and writing in a beautiful, relaxing environment and carries a salary of up to $20,000, plus free housing in a spacious three bedroom house a short walk from campus. Interested applicants should send a c.v. along with a syllabus or course proposal to

For further information, please contact Prof. Martin Perlmutter, Director of Jewish Studies, at For more information about the Jewish Studies Program, visit our website at

  • Those attending the AJS conference in Boston and wanting to meet with us should submit their application by December 1, 2015. The final application deadline is January 15, 2016.

Duke University (NC) - Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies, 2016 - 2017[]

The Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University invites applications for the Perilman Post-Doctoral Fellowship in any field of Jewish Studies for the academic year, with the possibility of renewal for the following year. The Fellowship provides a stipend of $45,000 per year, as well as benefits, for one full year.  The Fellow will be expected to present a public lecture on his or her research in the Fall, to teach one undergraduate course in Spring, and participate in the intellectual life of the Center.  The Fellow may not undertake any other sustained teaching or employment during his/her tenure at Duke. Preference will be given to candidates whose area of research and teaching most enriches the offerings already available on campus and whose presence in the Research Triangle promises the greatest contribution to the faculty and student intellectual community, as well as those for whom the use of the Duke library holdings and Special Collections will be most profitable.  This postdoctoral fellowship honors the memory of Rabbi Nathan Perilman, who, after serving at Temple Emmanu-El in New York City, joined the Triangle-area Jewish community in his retirement.

Applicants must have earned the PhD within the past three years. Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the PhD in hand by July 1, 2016. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, in .pdf form:

-   A letter of intent stating how applicant would use the year to further his/her research and scholarly publication (not to exceed five pages); -   A current CV; -  A writing sample, not to exceed 20 pages; -   Three letters of recommendation, including one that speaks to applicant's teaching ability, emailed directly to Duke in .pdf form; -  A teaching portfolio, including statement of teaching interests, syllabi, and evaluations as available;   - An official transcript from the applicant's doctoral-granting institution.

Duke welcomes applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, age, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other factors as prohibited by law. Previous applicants are eligible to re-apply.   Candidates from all American and foreign universities are welcome.

Applications should be sent to

Phone interviews may be conducted for finalists.

Further information about the Duke Center for Jewish Studies may be found on our website:   Further information about post-doctoral services at Duke may be found at: Please send any questions to

  • Deadline: Applications received by January 15, 2016 will be given full consideration.
  • Email invitation for skype/phone interview (2/18)
  • Offer made and accpeted.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Jewish Studies for 2016-2019[]

The Mandel Fellowships are intended for scholars, from Israel and abroad, who have shown exceptional excellence, depth, and originality, and whose research may enrich academic and cultural discourse.

Applications will be accepted from candidates who completed their doctoral degrees recently, no earlier than October 1, 2011. Candidates who have not yet graduated may apply if they have submitted their dissertations by October 7, 2015. If awarded the fellowship, their acceptance will be conditional upon approval of their degrees by April 1, 2016.

Mandel Scholars engage in research in optimal conditions and teach one annual course (2 hours per week). Teaching in English is possible.

Mandel Scholars receive approximately 150,000 NIS per year in addition to a research grant.

The fellowship is for three years, beginning October 1, 2016. There is an option for a two- or one-year tenure.

Scholars are selected on a competitive basis with no preference for a specific field of study.

Contact: Online application only, via the Humanities section of Hebrew University’s Scholarship System


  • Deadline for Applications: October 7, 2015.

McGill University (CAN: QC) - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies[]

The Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, invites applications for the Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The fellowship is for the 2016-2017 academic year and can be renewed once. Scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies are encouraged 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 2012 and have PhD in hand by June 1, 2016.

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 For questions about the postdoc, please contact Prof. Daniel Heller at Electronic letters of recommendation should be attached as PDF documents only or sent directly by the referee. All materials must arrive by December 1, 2015.
  • rejection recieved via email 1/27 x2
  • I never received the rejection email (nor did I receive an offer)-- anyone else in the same boat?
  • An offer has been made, but I am not sure if it has been accepted (2/1)
  • Offer was accepted.

Oberlin College (OH) - Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaism/Jewish Thought[]

The Religion Department at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall 2016, and will carry the rank of visiting assistant professor or instructor.

The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of Jewish religious thought and practice from the Second Temple period to the present and participate in advising senior capstone projects that focus on Judaism and other areas of the incumbent’s expertise. Research and teaching specialties are open. Knowledge of primary texts in their original languages and the theory and methods of Religious Studies are essential.

Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree; in hand is preferred, but advanced Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders. [NOTE: By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our application 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 at

  • Review of applications will begin on March 28, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the March 28th, 2016 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration. Questions about the position can be addressed to: or, Chair of Religion, at 440-775-8579.
  • Offer accepted

Oberlin College (OH) - Faculty-in-Residence/Lecturer in Jewish Studies - 1 yr. renewable[]

Summary Description: The College of Arts and Science at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of Faculty-in-Residence and Lecturer in the Jewish Studies program. This is a full-time, 10 month, live-in position. The appointment will be made for the academic year 2016-17 beginning mid-August and will have the possibility of renewal. The appointment will carry the rank of Lecturer.

The incumbent will teach courses in Modern Hebrew over two semesters at the introductory level and, as needed, at the intermediate level. The incumbent may also teach a course in Jewish cultural studies. As Faculty-in-Residence in Hebrew Heritage House, a residence hall which houses approximately 28 students, s/he will design and carry out successful programs for residents and the campus community at large for the purpose of supporting the acquisition of Modern Hebrew language, the understanding of Jewish experience, and the varieties of Jewish expression through art, music, philosophy and literature. S/he will work with the Jewish Studies faculty to build a community for Hebrew learners. The incumbent is required to live at Hebrew Heritage House while the College is in session (September through May) and to dine with students in the program. Responsibilities also include supervising the student Program Director by providing direction, support, mentorship and constructive feedback.

Qualifications: Required educational and experiential qualifications include native or near-native proficiency in Modern Hebrew, a broad familiarity with Jewish cultures, and the M.A. degree or above in Modern Hebrew or related fields in hand or expected by August 2016. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate language instruction. Successful teaching at the college level is desirable.

Apply AT:

  • Date Review Begins: 06-27-16.

University of California - Los Angeles (CA) - Viterbi Visiting Professorship in Mediterranean Jewish Studies[]

The UCLA Alan De. Leve Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for the Viterbi Visiting Professorship in Mediterranean Jewish Studies during the 2016-17 academic year. Rank is open; however, preference will be given to junior scholars, including post-doctoral students. The duration of the appointment will depend on rank, and includes the prospect of a full-year postdoctoral appointment. The successful candidate will be in residence at UCLA during the tenure of the appointment and is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in his/her field of expertise. The candidate's research could focus on any dimension of the experience of Jews, including their interaction with other peoples and cultures, in the Mediterranean basin.

A letter of application, along with a CV, names of three recommenders, proposed length of stay at UCLA, and a list of prospective course offerings is required.

Apply on line:

  • Review of Applications will begin January 4, 2016 and candidates will be considered until the position is filled.
  • [18 Jan] Request for letters of reference.
  • [29 Jan] Any news on this?
  • (25 Feb) Has anyone been contacted for an interview or heard anything about this job?
  • 3/10 nothing...
  • contacted them about a competing offer...never heard back...accepted other offer...good luck to all!

University of Pennsylvania (PA) - Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2016–2017 - Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: ‘Political Ramifications: Expanding Jewish Political Thought'[]

Over the course of their history, Jews have championed a range of ideological views and operated within a variety of political contexts. These experiences have generated a rich body of political thought, but there is an ongoing need to advance such thought in light of new developments in political theory and a changing world beyond academia. One way forward is to continue to stretch the boundaries of Jewish political thought in ways that intersect with the study of law, religion, history, literature, and other subjects, or that approach the subject in a comparative framework.

During the 2016–2017 academic year, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to expand the study of Jewish political thought. The Center seeks applications from scholars working in fields from ancient to contemporary, welcoming projects that enlist philosophy and theory to unsettle regnant paradigms of power and statehood, that draw on archival research to challenge established understandings of Jewish political history, or that make use of other less expected sources for political thought. Research themes may include but are not limited to:

Intersections with Religion and Culture. Recent years have seen a revived interest in the subject of political theology. How does Jewish political thought address the entanglement between religion and politics? Can and should political debates inform the development of Jewish theology, and can Jewish theology provide conceptual resources with which to tackle political problems?
Comparative Study. How do categories and concepts from general political theory inform Jewish traditions of authority and membership? And what, conversely, can Jewish thought contribute to wider debates about topics such as sovereignty, allegiance, and citizenship?
Law as Politics. Relevant projects could raise questions that span law and politics such as those concerning governance, jurisdiction, and Halakhah. They may investigate the politics of those who develop Jewish legal traditions or explore the relationship between those traditions and their political contexts.
Finding the Political in the Local and the Everyday. General political theory has identified political logics and structures not only in the state but also in a range of more local contexts, including family, city, school, and congregation. What insights emerge from applying this theoretical approach to Jewish life?

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. Stipend amounts are based on academic standing and financial need with a maximum of $60,000 for the academic year. Recipients will be notified by March 1, 2016.

Applications are available on our website:

  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2015.

University of Toronto (CAN) - Assistant Professor - Contractually Limited Term (Professoriate) - Jewish History (3 years)[]

The Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, invites applications for the Samuel Zacks Visiting Professorship in Jewish History. This is a three-year contractually-limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The expected start date of the appointment is July 1, 2016, ending on June 30, 2019.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in History by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Candidates with demonstrated teaching experience and capacity, especially at the introductory and upper-level undergraduate levels, are of particular interest. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses ranging from a one-year survey of Jewish history from antiquity to the present as well as more specialized courses that augment the Department's existing strengths in the history of early modern Mediterranean Jewry, modern Polish Jewry, and the Holocaust. Preference will be given to applicants with proven competence to teach the history of the Jews of the United States, the modern Middle East, and/or the state of Israel. Evidence of excellence in teaching and research is required as demonstrated by University teaching experience in the area of Jewish History, with strong teaching evaluations; and an established or emerging record of scholarly accomplishment as evidenced by refereed publications, conference presentations, grants and awards.

Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below. If you have questions about this position, please contact . All application materials should be submitted online.

For more information about the History Department, please visit .

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

  • Deadline for submission is Monday 25 January 2016. Complete applications will include:1. a curriculum vitae; 2. a cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages; 3. a two-page statement explaining your teaching philosophy, and a proposal for a "dream" course intended for advanced undergraduates; 4. one writing selection of no more than 30pp. (for example, an article, conference paper or excerpt drawn from a dissertation chapter); finalists without a PhD in hand may be requested to submit their a copy of their completed dissertations; 5. the names and e-mail addresses of three referees. Three letters of reference should be sent under separate cover by the Monday 25 January 2016 deadline, preferably as signed PDF documents on letterhead to Jennifer Evans at (with "Jewish History Search" and the applicant's name in the subject line). Submission guidelines can be found at: . We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.
  • Received personalized rejection email (04/15)
  • Missed this advert. Was it posted here? If not, where? Thanks.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA) - Harry Lyons Distinguished Professorship on Judaic Studies (3 yr. Visiting Appt.)[]

The School of World Studies is a dynamic multidisciplinary nexus, combining programs in Anthropology, International Studies, Foreign Languages, and Religious Studies.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal: The chief purpose of this position is to support Judaic Studies as part of the Harry Lyons Distinguished Professorship on Judaic Studies. A faculty member will be hired at the assistant or associate rank into a three-year visiting professorship (non-tenure-track) to manage the Judaic Studies endowed program fund to support the development of Judaic Studies programming.

Position Responsibilities: The responsibilities for the Judaic Studies position are: to contribute scholarship on Judaism and Jewish culture; to teach courses on Judaism and Jewish Culture; to educate VCU students and the broader community regarding the history and diverse expressions of Judaism; to bring an interdisciplinary and global perspective to their work as a scholar and teacher; and to contribute to the overall educational mission of Religious Studies, World Studies, and the University.

Required Qualifications: - Ph.D. in Judaic Studies or related field; - Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member.

Preferred Qualifications: -Administrative experience; -Teaching and research interests in social justice and/or religion and the arts.

  • Applications must be submitted electronically at Candidates will need to upload the following: 1. a cover letter; 2. a curriculum vitae; and 3. contact information for three professional references. Completed applications must be submitted by January 15, 2016 in order to be considered for this position. For additional information, please visit, or direct questions to Dr. Angelina Overvold, search committee chair, at
  • Received phone call to schedule Skype interview (02/02)
  • received phone call to schedule campus visit (02/15)

Virginia Tech (VA) Postdoctoral Fellow in Judaic Studies[]

The Department of Religion and Culture ( at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow in Judaic Studies. The initial appointment is for one year, but the fellow is eligible for reappointment for another year, subject to departmental approval. Research specialization is open but preference given to candidates whose work broadly intersects with other research strengths within the department. Please see the faculty list at . The qualified candidate will be expected to teach 3 courses per year, including the introductory course on Jewish History and Culture and either the course on the Holocaust or the course on the State of Israel. (See our list of departmental courses at ). In addition to advancing an active research program, the successful candidate will be responsible for arranging special events supported by the Judaic Studies endowment and contributing to the intellectual life of the department, the university, and/or the local community. Ph.D. or evidence of completion by August 2016 required.

  • Review begins 3/14/2016
  • Also posted on Religious Studies 2015-2016 wiki
  • Invited for Skype interview via email (3/26).
  • Received an email stating it has been offered and accepted.

Yale University (CT) - Postdoctoral Associate in Ancient Judaism/Jewish History[]

The Program in Judaic Studies at Yale University is offering a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship that will begin on July 1, 2016. Candidates for the fellowship must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2016 and must have received the degree no earlier than 2013. The Program seeks a specialist in Ancient Judaism/Jewish History who will work closely with appropriate members of Yale's faculty. The Judaic Studies Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to be in residence, to conduct research in Yale's library and archival collections, to participate actively in the intellectual life of the university, and to teach two semester courses over two years. The annual stipend will be $57,000 plus health benefits. Candidates apply online at or send a cover letter, CV, project proposal, three letters of recommendation, and a list of proposed courses to: Judaic Studies Program, P.O. Box 208282, New Haven, CT 06520-8282. EMAIL:

  • The deadline for receipt of application materials is February 8, 2016.
  • Rejection email March 15, 2016. Relatively nice one, tone-wise 
  • Offer accepted.

See Also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2015-16[]


  • I added Wake Forest. Maybe I'm the only person who cares.
  • Why aren't the Wake Forest and Nebraska jobs posted on here?  Says something about the usefulness of this website if the list of positions isn't even complete...
  • Stuff only gets posted if users add them. Either no one thought to add those, or people were trying to game the system by not posting them in the hopes that others wouldn't know about them.
  • TBH positions like the Nebraska job don't quite help the majority of the folks who are looking for a job. They want someone at Associate or Full Professor rank. So anyone who is finishing up their Phd or who has a postdoc (which I would posit are the vast majority of people on the job market) aren't even eligible to apply for it. Ugh. 
  • Is this page only for folks who are finishing up their PhDs or postdocs?
  • That said, any word on Wake Forest or Nebraska?
  • As someone who was "encouraged" to apply by a SC member at Wake Forest - nada. Zilch. Bubkes.
  • Same here. Also "encouraged" to apply, and haven't heard a word from Wake Forest. Bizarre.
  • Wake Forest: Offer accepted.
  • The UNL job has contacted people about skype interviews.
  • Nebraska finalists chosen (1/19)
  • Any new on the JTS potsdoc?
  • How many people are using this site?  There seem to be very few updates?
  • A fair number I think. But Jewish Studies is always a month or so behind on notifications, and this has been a fairly light year for jobs it seems.
  • Added a tally for users at the top of the page. [11/21]
  • Has anyone heard anything? Any news about the UM College Park position?
  • Please post questions about specific jobs under the listing for that job. It'll be chaos (chaos, I tell you!) if everyone starts using this space to communicate.