The Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University is seeking applications for a tenure system opening at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in Judaism. The successful candidate will be appointed on an academic year basis and will engage in an active program of teaching (normally, two courses per semester), research and service, including teaching in the College of Arts and Letters’ general education program in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities and contributing to the College of Arts & Letters commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Founded in 1948, the Department of Religious Studies is a vital presence in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, featuring outstanding teachers, engaged students, a lively series of public events and outreach activities. The Department, a dynamic inclusive community, promotes intellectual and cultural diversity, prepares students for a range of careers that require global cultural knowledge, and is an integral part of the College of Arts & Letters and Michigan State University’s international engagement. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching mission of the Department, teaching courses that include Introduction to Religious Studies and Introduction to Judaism, and other undergraduate-attracting courses on Judaism that are consistent with the research and teaching foci of the candidate.
Active participation in the Jewish Studies Program is expected. The Jewish Studies Program is a dynamic university program spanning multiple disciplines, Colleges and Departments. The position is one of five core positions in the Jewish Studies Program. As a core position, at least two of the undergraduate Religious Studies courses taught each year will count toward the minor in Jewish Studies, and the faculty member will contribute to the needs and growth of the program.
Contribution to one or more of the following is encouraged: community engagement; scholarly outreach and collaborative interdisciplinary work in digital humanities; grant writing; and contribution to the Religious Studies Department’s unique career track for students in Nonprofit Leadership.
A PhD in Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, or other relevant field must be completed and in hand by the appointment date of August 16, 2018. A scholarly agenda consistent with a research-intensive land grant institution and demonstrated competence in theoretical and methodological issues in the academic study of religion are expected. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of strong research and teaching in Judaism, including reading proficiency in relevant research languages. Effective teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate level in the areas of expertise is expected, as is a record of teaching excellence supported by instructional technology. Opportunities to mentor undergraduate research are plentiful.
Required Application Materials
Letters of Reference
Review of applications will begin Nov. 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site at https://careers.msu.edu. Applications should include: 1) a letter expressing interest in this position and describing qualifications and experience, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) a writing sample, 4) a teaching statement, including experience teaching and mentoring diverse students among other aspects of teaching, 5) teaching evaluations from relevant courses to the position, 6) three letters of reference, and 7) a summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past or planned research endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goal of inclusive excellence.
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