Brandeis University — Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies

Brandeis University invites applications to fill the Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies. This is a full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty position in a department appropriate to the candidate’s discipline and area of research. The incumbent of the Chair will be a scholar of the history and culture of Ottoman, Sephardi, and/or Mizrahi Jewry in modern contexts, including Israel.  In addition to holding research expertise in one or more of these subspecialties, candidates should have interest and teaching experience across a broader scope of these areas. The successful candidate will display a record of scholarly achievement, teaching excellence, expertise in relevant languages (e.g. Hebrew, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Judeo-Spanish, etc.), and an ability to work with primary sources. The holder of the Chair is expected to teach four courses every year, mentor graduate students in the field, and participate in University activities. The successful candidate may be invited to affiliate with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis. Applications will be considered at the rank of Full Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor for candidates with demonstrated records of achievement and extraordinary promise.

Applications must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14425 and should include a cover letter, c.v., a writing sample of approximately 10,000-12,000 words, and a sample course syllabus. Applicants not holding tenure should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted; applicants currently holding tenure should provide the names and e-mail addresses of three references but are not required to have letters submitted at this stage.  Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, teaching, and service.  The cover letter should address the applicant’s scholarly accomplishments, experience and philosophy of teaching, how potential course offerings will complement existing offerings at Brandeis, and ways in which the candidate’s experiences, interests, commitments, or future goals could promote and build pluralism, inclusion, and social justice at Brandeis. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 7, 2019 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair, Jonathan Decter, Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (decter@brandeis.edu).

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission and are considered essential components of achieving academic excellence.  Therefore, we value and are seeking candidates who represent a variety of social and intellectual identities, including those who have been underrepresented in higher education and, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, can contribute to building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, socially just, and inclusive campus community.

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