Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies

  • George Mason University
  • Fairfax, VA, USA
  • Jul 09, 2021
Full time Religious Studies & Theology

Job Description


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies:

George Mason University invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Judaic Studies to begin in Fall 2022. The successful candidate will be a core faculty member of the Department of Religious Studies within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Located within the Greater Washington, DC area, George Mason University is a research university designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an institution of “highest research activity” (R1). GMU is the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and has one of the nation’s most diverse student populations. 

About the Department:

The Department of Religious Studies and GMU as an institution have a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among their faculty and staff and strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. The Department of Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary unit that offers an undergraduate major and minor in Religious Studies as well as minors in Islamic Studies and Judaic Studies and oversees a master’s concentration in Religious Studies. Through its courses and faculty research, students examine the ways that religious ideas, texts, practices, and materials engage with and are influenced by cultural traditions. More about the Department of Religious Studies (including degree programs, courses and core faculty) are available at: https://religious.gmu.edu/


Within a 2-2 teaching load, the successful candidate will teach standard introductory comparative Religious Studies courses, lower through upper level undergraduate courses on Judaic Studies of their own design appropriate for a public university, and upper and graduate level courses on theories and interdisciplinary methods in the study of religion, as well as serve as Director of the Judaic Studies minor.


Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in the field of Religious Studies (or related course of study) by the time of appointment;
  • Broad knowledge of the history of Jewish religious, philosophical, and ethical thought;
  • Proficiency in the languages germane to the field and specifically their research focus within Judaic Studies (e.g., Hebrew, Greek, Yiddish, Ladino, etc.);
  • Competence with Second Temple period and rabbinic literature, including the Hebrew Bible;
  • A compelling research agenda that promises original and significant work in the field;
  • Competence in teaching a range of courses in historical, cultural, and global Judaism to a highly diverse student population;
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom and student advising.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to engagement with various campus and wider Jewish community organizations within the region;
  • Experience relevant to coordinating academic programs;
  • Competence in teaching courses in Religious Studies theories and methods; Competence in teaching scholarly research and professional writing to undergraduates;
  • Interest and ability to engage with other scholars and areas of scholarly inquiry across the university (e.g., gender and sexuality, identity and power, race and ethnicity, literary and material culture, modern philosophy and global ethics, etc.).


Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Preference will be given to complete applications received by October 1, 2021. Applicants should upload the following to the application at http://jobs.gmu.edu/:  a cover letter, CV, sample of scholarly writing (c.20 pages max., preferably published), and teaching statement that addresses commitment to and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At least three letters of recommenders are to be sent to: Kenneth Santos, ksantos6@gmu.edu; Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Garry Sparks, gsparks@gmu.edu, chair of the search committee.

Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

If you have any issues, please forward the above email to jobs@gmu.edu with your particular question or concern.


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