Assistant Professor - Contemporary Judaism

Assistant Professor - Contemporary Judaism


The Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University invite applications for the Phyllis Backer Professor of Jewish Studies, and assistant professor tenure-track position of Religion to begin August 2019. We seek a colleague with a specialization in modern and/or contemporary Jewish religion and culture with possible areas including but not limited to America, Israel, and/or Europe. Candidates should demonstrate Jewish Studies research and teaching interests at any variety of possible intersections such as the arts, science, history, ethnicity, race, gender, politics, and/or sexualities. We are seeking in particular a colleague trained in Religion and humanistic social sciences and/or cultural studies methodology, with demonstrated interest and competency in Theory and Method in the study of Religion.


The successful candidate would make significant contributions both to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. At the undergraduate level, we are looking for a scholar with research focus in modern and/or contemporary Jewish Studies, and teaching competence across a broad range of Jewish Studies outside her or his direct area of specialization. At the graduate level, in addition to their area of specialization in “Judaism,” the successful candidate would contribute to the exploration of religion and spirituality in contemporary and/or modern societies, both local and global, through the lenses of anthropology of religion and history of religions.


Areas of possible interest include globalization and religion, religious materialities, ritual and performance, space and place, and spirituality and community.


Information about the Department of Religion and its structure of concentrations is posted on our website:


The Department is committed to a diversified faculty and persons from groups underrepresented in the American academy are especially encouraged to apply.


Applications should be made on-line at: (job #074022) and should consist of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three letters of recommendation.


Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.


The school seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a diverse work force. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.