Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
- The University of Kansas
- Lawrence, KS
- Faculty Jobs
- Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies
- Position Type
- Assistant Professor
- Employment Type
- Full Time
- Institution Type
- Four-Year Institution
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Job DescriptionThe Teaching Fellow/Assistant Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies Program will teach 4 undergraduate courses a year on a 2:2 rotation on the Lawrence campus. At least three of the four courses will focus on modern Israel's society, culture, history, and/or politics.
Other duties will include participating in and developing Jewish Program events, including 4 outreach events/talks a year. This position is sponsored by the Israel Institute. This position is a full-time, academic year (9 -months), non-tenure track appointment with a two-year term.
80% Teaching Responsibilities:
- Teach four (4) undergraduate courses/academic year in the Visiting Assistant Professor's field of specialty. The VAP is expected to conduct teaching responsibilities according to departmental and university standards and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the Fellow must make arrangements for a substitute to teach the class. Classes should not be canceled. Provide instruction throughout the semester. Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. The VAP should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours. Adhere to departmental, college, and university policies.
- Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.
- Organize outreach events, including 4 outreach events/talks a year with a focus on Modern Israel.
- Visiting faculty members must share in the department's work, which includes attending faculty meetings and participating in departmental committees.
- Visiting faculty members must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom.
- All visiting faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at: http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights Required QualificationsEvaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in the letter of application, (2) evaluations of recommendations, and (3) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in the C.V.:
- Ph.D. in a field related to Modern Israel Studies.
- Expertise in Israeli politics, history, culture, and/or society courses.
- Teaching experience.
- Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Application review will begin February 17, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained. Contact Information to ApplicantsProf. Renee Perelmutter
Advertised Salary Range$55,000 plus benefits (funded by a grant from the Israel Institute) Application Review Begins17-Feb-2023 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2023
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