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Associate Professor/Professor - Samuel J. Zacks Chair of Jewish History

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Requisition Title: Associate Professor/Professor - Samuel J. Zacks Chair of Jewish History - 1804081


The Department of History and the Centre for Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the area of Jewish History. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and will commence on July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate will be appointed as the endowed Samuel J. Zacks Chair of Jewish History for a five-year term, renewable following a favourable review, and will be appointed to the Department of History (51%) and the Centre for Jewish Studies (49%).

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in History or a closely related field, and have a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching with a focus on Modern Jewish History. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths: http://www.history.utoronto.ca and http://www.cjs.utoronto.ca . Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Excellence in research must be demonstrated by an exceptional, sustained record of scholarship, including a well-received book or books, high impact articles in leading journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at international conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing. The committee seeks candidates whose work speaks to a broad geographic range.

Required specializations include the modern history (in a broad sense of the term "modern") of the Jews in Europe, or in the Middle East and North Africa. Candidates will also be expected to teach the history of Zionism, the Zionist-Palestinian conflict, and the state of Israel. Command of languages relevant to the subject area is essential.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, and graduate supervisions, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate program and supervise theses at the honours, Master's, and Doctoral levels. Undergraduate courses will include an introductory survey of Jewish history from antiquity to the present, an upper-level course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more specialized courses that complement the Department's existing strengths in the history of early modern Mediterranean Jewry, modern Polish Jewry, and the Holocaust. The Zacks Chairholder should demonstrate active engagement with innovative methodological and theoretical approaches. The Zacks Chairholder will also teach interdisciplinary courses administered by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and contribute to the collaborative graduate program in Jewish Studies.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position will be held at the University of Toronto campus in downtown Toronto (St. George campus). Learn more about the History Department at http://www.history.utoronto.ca and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at http://www.cjs.utoronto.ca .

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, sample(s) of recent scholarly work (e.g., an article or book chapter), a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, description of graduate supervisions, and a proposal for a "dream" course intended for advanced undergraduates in History.

Applicants must also arrange to have at least three letters of reference sent directly by the referees via email (on letterhead and signed) to Amy Ratelle at [email protected] by the closing date. Please ensure "Zacks Chair" and the applicant's name are in the subject line.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply . We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact [email protected] .

Review of applications will begin after November 15, 2018, however the position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration during the first round of review, applicants should submit complete applications (including letters of reference) by the above-mentioned date.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: History
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Oct 4, 2018
Job Closing: Nov 15, 2018 Open Until Filled

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