(Job Opening) Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies (Judaism)

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Assistant Professor: Judaism
The Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) invite applications for the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies, who will be appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Religion to begin August 2020. We are seeking a colleague broadly trained across the field of Jewish Studies with demonstrated facility in the study of Religion, including theories and methods.

Candidates should demonstrate areas of specialized interest in one of three rubrics but with possible points of overlap between: gender, texts in cultural context and ethnographic approaches to “lived religions.”

The successful candidate will make significant contributions both to the undergraduate and graduate curricula of the Department of Religion and of the undergraduate Jewish Studies Program. At the undergraduate level, we are looking for a scholar with specialized research focus in Jewish Studies, and teaching competence across a broad range of Jewish Studies outside her or his area of specialization. At the graduate level, in addition to Judaism, the successful candidate will contribute to one or more of the Religion Department’s methodological concentrations: communities & identities, critique-image-politics, texts & contexts.

While scholars of all historical periods and geographical areas are welcome to apply, we are particularly interested in a scholar whose work contributes to the understanding of modern and contemporary Jewish texts, ideas, and cultures.

In addition to completing an online application, please include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, sample syllabi and contact information for at least three letters of reference.


The Search Committee will begin reviewing files on October 15.

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About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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