Tenure-Track Position in Religions and Cultures – Chair in Jewish Studies
Last updated: October 2, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Job title: Chair in Jewish Studies
Position code: 20_R_RELI_M
Date posted: October 2, 2020
Application deadline: November 30, 2020
Advertised until: Position is filled
The Department of Religions and Cultures invites applications for a scholar specializing in the study of modern and contemporary Judaism in North America. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The ideal candidate will be engaged with innovative research in Jewish Studies both in terms of the objects of their research and the theoretical lenses they employ. The ideal candidate should also demonstrate a serious commitment to cutting-edge methodological approaches and themes, including but not limited to: the study of gender and sexuality, feminist and queer theory, ethnography and lived religion, popular culture, and materiality and material culture. We would be particularly interested if the candidate also works on immigration, disabilities studies, race, or Jews of color. We seek a candidate with a demonstrated or potential for excellence in teaching, and the ability to recruit and mentor students at the MA and PhD levels.
The successful candidate will also occupy the position of Director of the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. In that position, the successful candidate will oversee the operations and the development of the Institute which serves as a bridge between the University and the community.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.
Qualifications and assets
The ideal candidate will have training in modern and contemporary Judaism in North America and with the range of Jewish cultural and textual history. Working knowledge of the relevant languages is required. If the candidate’s primary focus has been on Judaism in the US, they must show some knowledge of and a serious commitment to the study of the Jewish community in Canada.
The candidate should demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching, and the ability to supervise students at the graduate level. The capacity to oversee projects which overlap with the candidate’s research expertise, but fall outside of Jewish Studies, would be desirable.
The candidate should demonstrate familiarity with innovative methodological approaches and themes as described above.
How to apply
Applications should be addressed to: Department of Religions and Cultures, Ms. Munit Merid (firstname.lastname@example.org) and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code 20_R_RELI_M, a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements. Applicants should also arrange three letters of reference. Electronic applications should be submitted by November 30 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2021.
Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio‐cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.
As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities
- committee work
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at email@example.com or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.
The Department of Religions and Cultures is committed to innovative scholarship and teaching. Jewish Studies has been and remains a core focus of our unit, taught in context with other religions and cultures. The Department also maintains a reputation for feminist and gender studies. We house multiple undergraduate and graduate programs in Religions and Cultures and Jewish Studies.
Established in the late 1990s, the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies (CICJS) provides leading academics, students and creative workers with a venue for specialized examination of Canadian Jewish history, culture, and daily life. It is a resource for students and faculty and a means to engage the public around the unique contribution of the Jewish community to the history and cultures of Canada, and North America more generally. The Director of the CICJS engages with local communities and enhances means of collaboration with them. It is one of the avenues available to the successful candidate to influence university and broader communities in Montreal and beyond.
The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.
The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning. For more about the Faculty of Arts and Science, please visit: www.concordia.ca/artsci.