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Position Description: The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for the position of Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, to commence on July 1, 2014. The Katz Center is devoted to post-doctoral research on Jewish civilization in all its manifestations. We seek a senior scholar who is widely conversant in all areas of Judaic Studies, with outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to maintaining the Center's high standards of academic excellence. He or she should possess a distinguished publication record, strong English and Hebrew language skills, and an encompassing vision of how an institute for advanced study can help chart the future of scholarship in Judaic Studies. The Director should be a proven leader and administrator, capable of working effectively with scholars around the world, within the Penn community, and with the Center's Board of Overseers. She or he will serve as mentor to roughly twenty annual fellows and visiting scholars in a variety of academic disciplines within Judaic Studies and must foster the highest standards of research and intellectual exchange. Fundraising, community outreach, supervision of a staff of seven, and oversight of various publications sponsored by the Katz Center will also fall under the Director's responsibility.
Appointment as Director will be for a five-year renewable term. The Director may also become a member of the standing (tenured) faculty in the appropriate department within Penn's School of Arts and Sciences, or may instead hold a title within the Associated Faculty in the appropriate department.
Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact information of three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation.
Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Affirmative Action Statement: The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).