Associate Professor - Classical Judaism

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Job FieldThe Departments of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Study of Religion in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the field of Classical Judaism. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, and is expected to commence on January 1, 2020. It will be a joint appointment between the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (51%) and the Department of the Study of Religion (49%).

We are seeking a scholar who will contribute to our programs in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, with demonstrated expertise in gender and temporalities in rabbinic literature, and Jewish-Christian polemics.

A demonstrated commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, involving research opportunities for students, is strongly desired. Teaching responsibilities will be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive and externally funded research program.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Classical Judaism or a related area and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with the rank of associate professor. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. 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.

Evidence of excellence in research should be demonstrated by a record of sustained high impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant 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. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will have competence in the essential primary research languages (Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Judeo-Arabic) and languages of modern scholarship (German, French, Modern Hebrew, Modern Standard Arabic).

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All application materials should be submitted online. Applications should include a cover letter, a statement outlining current and future research interests together with an updated curriculum vitae, a sample of publications, and a teaching dossier which includes a teaching statement, sample course syllabi and course evaluations. If you have questions about this position, please contact [email protected]. The deadline for application is August 7, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word format. Applicants should also ask three referees to send signed letters on official letterhead via email directly to Professor Timothy Harrison, Chair, Dept. of NMC, University of Toronto, at [email protected].

For more information about the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, please visit, and for the Department for the Study of Religion, please visit

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

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

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Jun 27, 2019
Job Closing: Aug 7, 2019




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Posted: 6/28/2019
Application Due: 8/9/2019
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