Assistant Professor in Premodern Jewish Studies

York University Department of Humanities

Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Premodern Jewish Studies

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Premodern Jewish Studies at the Assistant level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in hand by July 1, 2021 in Jewish Studies or a cognate field with a concentration in Rabbinic and/or Medieval Jewish Culture is required, with a promise of excellence in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and specialize in one or more of the following areas: history, literature, religion, and/or thought of the Rabbinic and/or Medieval periods. The successful candidate will teach in the Department of Humanities and offer courses for the Undergraduate Program in Jewish Studies as well as the Program in Religious Studies. In addition to courses in the candidates area of specialization (e.g., Rabbinic Judaism; Church, Mosque, and Synagogue), the candidate is expected to be able to teach broad introductory courses in Jewish Studies (e.g., The Jewish Experience; Torah and Tradition) and to develop new humanities courses exhibiting interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Knowledge of Hebrew is expected.

Additionally, the successful candidate will become an active and engaged member of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, one of York Universitys Organized Research Units (ORUs).

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) in significant journals in the field, edited volumes, and/or monographs; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

Evidence of evidence of excellence in teaching or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Carl Stephan Ehrlich, Chair of the Search Subcommittee, at (Subject line: Position in Premodern Jewish Studies).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 12, 2021.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest and teaching philosophy and pedagogy, and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on January 18, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Elicia Clements, Chair, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Premodern Jewish Studies).

Posting End Date: March 12, 2021