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Assistant Professor, Modern Jewish Religion & Culture

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Job Overview

The Department of Judaic Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for the Jewish Foundation Chair of Judaic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Religion and Culture. This is a full-time tenure-track position, beginning August 15, 2022. Our mission emphasizes a commitment to diversity and to collaborative projects nationally and internationally.


Please see the University of Cincinnati website (www.uc.edu), and the Department website (www.artsci.uc.edu/judaic) for information about the Department’s programs and projects with faculty in other departments and institutions including experiential learning, travel study, and collaboration with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the American Jewish Archives, and the Klau Library. 

For questions, contact Professor Ari Finkelstein, Chair of Search Committee at finkelai@ucmail.uc.edu.

Essential Functions

Teaching responsibilities will be a 2-2 load and include Introduction to Jewish Civilization II: 1500 to the Present as well as other courses in the candidate’s field of study. Candidates will advise research projects of advanced undergraduate and graduate students and will be expected to integrate digital technologies into the classroom. The successful candidate will help grow Religious Studies at UC, eg. by developing new courses.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates should be trained and employ theories and methods in the study of Religion in their research. Prior to the effective date of appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or a related field. Candidates will have some teaching experience and will be evaluated on their potential for becoming leading scholars and achieving excellence in teaching.

Application Process

Qualified and interested applicants must complete our online application. In addition to the online application, please include a cover letter, current copy of your curriculum vitae, one or two samples of scholarly work (eg. a publication, or a sample chapter of their PhD), evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these items.


The search committee will begin to review applications after November 5, 2021. Preliminary interviews of selected applicants will be conducted online beginning the week of December 6, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 72564


Assistant Professor, Modern Jewish Religion & Culture

Date:  Nov 24, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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