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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

Position description

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 ( 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.

Adaptive measures

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 or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.

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