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Senior Lecturer & Director of Jewish Studies
University of North Texas


Date Posted Apr. 18, 2022
Title Senior Lecturer & Director of Jewish Studies
University University of North Texas
Denton, TX, United States
Department UNT-Philosophy & Religion-122200
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Senior Lecturer
    Director/Manager
  • Religion and Theology
 
 

Department Summary
The Department of Philosophy and Religion is the leading program in social-environmental philosophy and religion in the United States. We offer BA degrees in philosophy and religion, and MA and PhD degrees in philosophy. Our department is strongly committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education, those with experience working with minoritized populations, and individuals with life experiences that have challenged them to know themselves as multicultural beings are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNT is recognized as a Minority- and Hispanic-Serving institution, and substantial proportions of our majors (approximately 50%) and graduate students (approximately 30%) are from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. A documented commitment to and engagement with diversity in all its forms is expected.

UNT has a highly diverse campus with a wide range of languages spoken in addition to English. We welcome candidates who have experience with HSI/MSIs and/or who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and other variations), Arabic, Tagalog, Farsi, French, or/and Yoruba
Position Summary
The work distribution is 60% teaching and 40% service. This means the successful candidate will teach a 3/3 load, including introductory and advanced undergraduate religion courses, and the service portion of the workload will primarily (though not exclusively) consist of directing the Jewish Studies Program (JSP), the only JSP at a public university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The JSP is an interdisciplinary program offering a minor and a certificate. As JSP does not have any of its own courses, a significant portion of directing the program involves making students aware of and interested in the Program, working with department chairs and their faculties to offer courses needed for the JSP minor and certificate, and ensuring those courses are offered in a manner that enables them to enroll at expected levels and students to complete the minor/certificate timely. Currently, there are 60 courses on Jews and Judaism across 11 of UNT’s departments, involving 30 faculty. Thus, the JSP Director will develop and manage undergraduate recruitment, retention, and graduation in the minor and concentration; contribute to the JSP curriculum, facilitate course scheduling and new course development; and organize outreach activities, events, and public lectures. The Director will also administer the Program’s seven scholarships and oversee its extensive library of over 2,600 books and 350 films.
Minimum Qualifications
PhD in Philosophy, Religious Studies or Comparative Religions, and related fields. The candidate must have experience teaching courses in Judaism.
Preferred Qualifications
The candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate religion courses including some of the following: Introduction to Judaism, Judaism and Philosophy, Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic Judaism, Kabbalah, Maimonides, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern European Philosophy, Islam and Philosophy, World Religions, Religion in American Society. Because the candidate will have to collaborate with multiple departments, they should have an interdisciplinary approach to Jewish Studies.


 
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