Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies

Oberlin College and Conservatory
Ohio, United States
Commensurate with experience
Sep 19, 2018
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Program in Comparative Literature (CMPL) and the Program in Jewish Studies (JWST) in the College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track, faculty position in the intersecting curricular areas of Comparative Literature (.5 FTE) and Jewish Studies (.5 FTE). Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning fall semester 2019, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.

The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load of 4.5 courses per year in the area of Jewish literatures. In addition to literature in Hebrew and Yiddish, this includes literary sub-traditions in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and other languages. It is expected that most or all of the incumbent’s literature courses will be cross-listed between JWST and CMPL. This is an equal joint appointment in CMPL and JWST so the incumbent will teach core courses for these interdisciplinary programs as well as intermediate and advanced topics in their subfields. Once every two to three semesters, the incumbent will teach Introduction to Jewish Studies and Introduction to Comparative Literature, which has units in Literary Theory, World Literature, Translation, and Literature and the Other Arts.

The incumbent will also engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

The successful incumbent will have a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, in hand or expected by the first semester of academic year 2019, with a research specialty in Jewish literatures. Preference will be given for candidates whose languages include those taught at Oberlin College. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching.

To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at A complete application will comprise: 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching philosophy; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) An unofficial transcript; and, 4) Letters of Reference from three recommenders. By providing Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Oberlin’s employment website to *By providing these letters you agree that we may contact your references.
Review of applications will begin on November 10, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates selected for MLA interviews will be notified in early December. Completed applications received by the November 10 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration.