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Senior Lecturer & Director of Jewish Studies

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

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Arts & Humanities, Philosophy & Religion
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas invites applications for a full time, Senior Lecturer position as the Director of Jewish Studies to start in Fall 2023.

AOS: Jewish Philosophy and/or Jewish Religious Studies and/or Jewish Theology

AOC: Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Middle East Studies

The work distribution is 60% teaching and 40% service. This means the successful candidate will teach a 3/3 load, including introductory and advanced undergraduate religion courses, and the service portion of the workload will primarily (though not exclusively) consist of directing the Jewish Studies Program (JSP), the only JSP at a public university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The JSP is an interdisciplinary program offering a minor and a certificate. As JSP does not have any of its own courses, a significant portion of directing the program involves making students aware of and interested in the Program, working with department chairs and their faculties to offer courses needed for the JSP minor and certificate, and ensuring those courses are offered in a manner that enables them to enroll at expected levels and students to complete the minor/certificate timely. Currently, there are 60 courses on Jews and Judaism across 11 of UNT’s departments, involving 30 faculty. Thus, the JSP Director will develop and manage undergraduate recruitment, retention, and graduation in the minor and concentration; contribute to the JSP curriculum, facilitate course scheduling and new course development; and organize outreach activities, events, and public lectures. The Director will also administer the Program’s seven scholarships and oversee its extensive library of over 2,600 books and 350 films.

The appointment is in the UNT department of Philosophy and Religion. We seek candidates who will complement and add to our strengths in social and environmental philosophy and religion. Our department is strongly committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education, those with experience working with minoritized populations, and individuals with life experiences that have challenged them to know themselves as multicultural beings are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNT is recognized as a Minority- and Hispanic-Serving institution, and substantial proportions of our majors (approximately 50%) and graduate students (approximately 30%) are from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. A documented commitment to and engagement with diversity in all its forms is expected.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of North Texas is an AA/ADA/EOE.

Further information about the department can be found at Inquiries are welcome at [email protected] or (940) 565-2134. Information about the University of North Texas can be found at

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum qualifications:

PhD in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Comparative Religions, or a related field. The candidate must have experience teaching courses in Judaism.

Preferred qualifications:

The candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate religion courses including some of the following: Introduction to Judaism, Judaism and Philosophy, Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic Judaism, Kabbalah, Maimonides, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern European Philosophy, Islam and Philosophy, World Religions, Religion in American Society. Because the candidate will have to collaborate with multiple departments, they should have an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish Studies.

The candidate may have the opportunity to teach graduate courses in our MA and PhD programs in philosophy in the candidate’s area of expertise and to develop new courses that complement our department’s focus on the history of philosophy, social and political philosophy, and environmental philosophy.

Please apply directly via

The following elements of the application must be submitted online (in PDF format only):

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

References - List of Names and Contact Information for 3*

Summary of Teaching Evaluations

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Diversity Statement

*Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion will solicit and collect letters of references. Applicants are, however, responsible for ensuring that their references submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed).


Working at University of North Texas

Since 1890, the University of North Texas has been a catalyst for transformation for its students and the North Texas region. As the nation’s 26th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States.

A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates more than 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As UNT’s strengths in science, engineering and technology grow, the university continues to nurture its core areas of distinction in music, education, social sciences, business, the arts and humanities. Leading Texas public universities in the number of Goldwater Scholars and designated a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review, UNT is known for its academic excellence.

By providing access, welcoming diversity and strengthening collaborations with our many educational, business and community partners, as well as building new partnerships across the globe, UNT's faculty and staff work each day to prepare students for the challenges they will meet in our changing world.

Fostering global understanding and promoting cultural appreciation are central to preparing tomorrow's successful global leaders. Our strategic international partnerships seek to improve quality of life, facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture, and allow for important research addressing global issues. UNT's campus benefits from a rich diversity of about 2,500 international students representing 140 countries.

UNT faculty produce groundbreaking research in a wide range of disciplines spanning the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology while also making nationally recognized contributions in the arts and humanities. The College of Music is one of the nation’s best music colleges with an internationally respected jazz program. UNT has the oldest program in emergency administration and planning and a unique program in applied philosophy and environmental ethics.

UNT also is home to many national centers and institutes, including the Net-Centric Software and Systems Center — a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center; the Center for Electronic Materials Processing and Integration; the Institute of Applied Science; the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling; and the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

UNT has developed many state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the federally funded Center for Advanced Research and Technology, one of the nation’s most extensive facilities for powerful materials characterization and analysis; a high-performance computational facility; and a clean room/nanofabrication research facility (under construction). UNT’s research extends outside the academy as well, with field stations as close as a neighboring lake and as far away as southern Chile.

In addition, UNT is developing Discovery Park, a research park with technology incubator facilities on a 300-acre property near the main campus. The university also has developed a Design Research Center in the heart of the Dallas design district.

As the largest and most comprehensive university in the North Texas region, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement — the pillars of a great public research university. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a green light to greatness by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

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