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Call for Applications: Brandeis University: Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies

September 30, 2018

Brandeis University invites applications to fill the newly endowed Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies. This is a full-time faculty position to carry tenure in a department appropriate to the candidate’s discipline and area of research. The incumbent of the Chair [Associate or Full Professor] will be a scholar of the history and culture of Ottoman Jewry as well as of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewry in modern contexts, including Israel, with expertise in a given subspecialty and teaching depth across a broad range of the field.  In addition to the expectation of a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, teaching excellence, and leadership in her/his respective discipline, expertise in relevant languages (e.g. Hebrew, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Judeo-Spanish, etc.) and primary sources is essential. The holder of the Chair is expected to teach four courses every year, mentor graduate students in the field, and participate in University activities. The successful candidate may be invited to affiliate with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis. Applications from advanced assistant professors with a demonstrated record and extraordinary promise may also be considered.

Applications must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11519 and should include a cover letter, c.v., a writing sample of no more than thirty pages, and a sample course syllabus. Applicants not holding tenure should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted; applicants currently holding tenure should provide the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, teaching, and service. The cover letter should address the applicant’s scholarly accomplishments, experience and philosophy of teaching, how potential course offerings will complement existing offerings at Brandeis, and ways in which the candidate’s experiences, interests, commitments, or future goals could promote and build pluralism, inclusion, and social justice at Brandeis. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 30, 2018 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair, Jonathan Decter, Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies ([email protected]).


September 30, 2018
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Brandeis University
Waltham, MA