Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies

Job Details

Position Number:

005886

Working Title:

Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies

Classification Title:

9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty

College:

Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)

Department:

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Position Designation:

Faculty

Employment Type:

Permanent - Full-time

Months per year:

9

Primary Purpose of Department:

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the ethical discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity, and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow – educates students to be informed, critical thinkers, and competent communicators, to work successfully in a world of increasing diversity and change, and to be engaged citizens in a global society.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (https://clas.charlotte.edu/) is characterized by its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research. In addition to several interdisciplinary departments, it offers over a dozen interdisciplinary undergraduate minors, two interdisciplinary M.A. programs, and five interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A new unit, the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, provides administrative support for these various programs and serves as an incubator for emerging instructional and research initiatives.

As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. With its 34 undergraduate degrees, 56 undergraduate minors, 24 master’s degrees, 10 doctoral degrees, 17 undergraduate certificates, 19 graduate certificates, 23 graduate early-entry programs, and 23 honors programs, the College is connected to the world and its concerns and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte region.The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive urban university, located on an expanding modern campus. The second largest of the 16 UNC System campuses, UNC Charlotte is a diverse and inclusive institution, offering more than 30,000 culturally and ethnically varied students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus and an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. It supports faculty with excellent family and medical leave policies, junior faculty development awards, internal faculty research grant opportunities, and other research opportunities. Charlotte offers a dynamic space to live, work and connect for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, with its outstanding cultural, recreational, and business amenities. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Charlotte is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live (#20 on the 2021-22 list by U.S. News and World Report).

Vacancy Open to:

All Candidates

Description of Work:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website: http://provost.uncc.edu/academic-budget-personnel/handbook/search-committee

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for the Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, beginning Fall 2022. Rank: tenured Associate or Full Professor. The particular area of expertise is open. The Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor will provide the university and the Charlotte community with new expertise and prominence in Jewish Studies as part of its goal of developing interdisciplinary programs of study. The position will enhance the academic and research programs of a constituent department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and act as a resource for campus and community groups interested in various aspects of Jewish culture and experience in the Mediterranean and/or the diaspora. The faculty member holding the position will teach courses in their specialties, mentor younger faculty, and help guide programmatic development in the College.


Minimum Experience/Education:

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

We encourage applications from scholars who have achieved national and international recognition and who focus their work upon the historical, literary, intellectual, social, material, linguistic, political, religious, folk, and/or artistic dimensions of Jewish culture/community life in one or more of its global setting(s) within a chronological period that can range from late antiquity to the present. Preference will be given to candidates who display an academic engagement with the historical, political, religious, and social issues surrounding the Jewish experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and/or Jewish-Muslim relations in their ancient, medieval, or modern contexts. A record of significant, externally funded grant activity is preferred, but not required.Required: (1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning; (2) an exceptional record of scholarly accomplishment commensurate with a tenured appointment in one of the constituent departments of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; (3) evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (4) an attested interest in fostering engagement and dialogue within the wider community; and (5) a demonstrated commitment to model and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in the department, College, and University.

Special Notes to Applicants:

Applicants must apply electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu (use position number #005886) and the following documents should be attached: a letter of interest responding to the job qualifications and description and CV. Applicants selected for further consideration will be asked to have sent three confidential letters of recommendation to the search committee chair. Questions about the position should be directed to Dean Nancy Gutierrez ([email protected]). As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate chosen for this position will subject to criminal background check and will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by December 15, 2021.

Job Open Date:

11/18/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Date Review of Applications will Begin:

12/15/2021

Proposed Hire Date:

08/15/2022

Organization

About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/sites/diversity.uncc.edu/files/media/Campus%20Plan%20for%20Diversity%2C%20Access%2C%20and%20Inclusion%202016.pdf

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:

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    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.

       

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