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

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The Department of History and theCentre for Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the Universityof Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in thearea of Jewish History. The appointment will be at the rank of AssociateProfessor or Professor and will commence on July 1, 2019, or shortlythereafter. The successful candidate will be appointed as the endowed Samuel J.Zacks Chair of Jewish History for a five-year term, renewable following a favourablereview, and will be appointed to the Department of History (51%) and the Centrefor Jewish Studies (49%). 

The successful candidate must hold a PhD inHistory or a closely related field, and have a demonstrated exceptional recordof excellence in research and teaching with a focus on Modern Jewish History.We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement andstrengthen our existing departmental strengths: and Candidates will have an established internationalreputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independentresearch at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding,competitive, and externally funded research program.

Excellence in research must be demonstrated by anexceptional, sustained record of scholarship, including a well-received book orbooks, high impact articles in leading journals, the submitted researchstatement, presentations at international conferences, distinguished awards andaccolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibilityand prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from refereesof high standing. The committee seeks candidates whose work speaks to a broadgeographic range. The committee seeks candidates whose work speaks to a broad geographic range. Required specializations include the modern history (in the 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 bedemonstrated through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submittedas part of the application including a strong statement of teaching philosophy,sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, and graduate supervisions, as wellas strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will teach at alllevels of the undergraduate and graduate program and supervise theses at thehonours, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. Undergraduate courses will include anintroductory survey of Jewish history from antiquity to the present, anupper-level course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more specializedcourses that complement the Department’s existing strengths in the history ofearly modern Mediterranean Jewry, modern Polish Jewry, and the Holocaust. TheZacks Chairholder should demonstrate active engagement with innovativemethodological and theoretical approaches. The Zacks Chairholder will alsoteach interdisciplinary courses administered by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre forJewish Studies and contribute to the collaborative graduate program in JewishStudies. 

Salary and rank will be commensurate withqualifications and experience.

This position will be held at the University ofToronto campus in downtown Toronto (St. George campus). Learn more about theHistory Department at andthe Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at

All qualified candidates are invited to applyonline by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, acurrent curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and futureresearch interests, sample(s) of recent scholarly work (e.g., an article orbook chapter), a teaching dossier to include a statement of teachingphilosophy, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, description of graduatesupervisions, and a proposal for a “dream” course intended for advancedundergraduates in History.

Applicants must also arrange to have at leastthree letters of reference sent directly by the referees via email (onletterhead and signed) to Amy Ratelle at [email protected] bythe closing date. Please ensure “Zacks Chair” and the applicant’s name are inthe subject line.

Submission guidelines can be found at: Werecommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Wordformat. If you have any questions about this position, please contact [email protected].

Review of applications will begin after November15, 2018, however the position will remain open until filled. To ensureconsideration during the first round of review, applicants should submitcomplete applications (including letters of reference) by the above-mentioneddate.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within itscommunity 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 thefurther diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief DiversitySurvey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you isconfidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resourcesstaff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For moreinformation, please see

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

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: History
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Oct 4, 2018
Job Closing: Ongoing




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Posted: 12/30/2018
Application Due: 5/21/2019
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