Assistant or Associate Professor - Jewish Studies - #21-10

California State University, Northridge
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 09, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Department: Jewish Studies

Faculty Hire Number: 21-10

Rank:  Assistant or Associate Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 23, 2021 (Contingent upon Provost’s approval and budget considerations)

Salary: Dependent upon qualifications

About the College:

For information about the College of Humanities, see:

About the Department:

For information about the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program, see:


Teaching: The standard teaching load is 12 units (4 courses) per semester (3/3 for the first two years). The successful candidate will teach a variety of existing undergraduate courses in Jewish Studies, some of which may be cross-listed with History, Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology, or other departments. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Program Director to develop new courses that complement existing curriculum, draw on faculty strengths, and meet the needs and interests of students.

Contributions to the Field: All faculty are expected to demonstrate successful research, publication and other scholarly, professional, and/or creative activities in their field of specialization.

Service: The successful candidate will work closely with the Jewish Studies Program Director on scheduling classes, managing the Program's budget, and other duties. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in maintaining and developing Jewish Studies program ties throughout the local Jewish community and within the CSUN community. 

The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she is housed for recommending tenure and promotion.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited institution by the time of appointment, and a thorough knowledge of the field of Jewish Studies. Candidates must provide evidence of teaching effectiveness and a commitment to teaching a diverse student population, including first-generation college students. Evidence of potential for successful research, publication, and other scholarly/professional/creative activities is also required, with peer-reviewed publication in the field of Jewish Studies preferred.

Field of specialization is open, excluding U.S.-focused specializations. The successful candidate will be comfortable as a generalist in Jewish Studies, teaching courses such as Jewish Religion and Culture, the History of the Jewish People, and/or Israel’s History and Peoples. Candidates must be able to make their work relevant to students and be willing to engage in community outreach. Leadership experience in an academic setting is preferred, as the successful candidate may serve as Director of the Jewish Studies program in the future. Must be willing to reach beyond Jewish Studies to form collaborative relationships with other academic departments and programs.  

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment and ability to teach, mentor and work with a diverse student population.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

All positions are contingent upon Provost’s approval and budget considerations.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2020.  Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, applications will continue to be evaluated until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit a letter of application that addresses the required qualifications, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample to the Interfolio application web address below.  In later phases of the search process, selected applicants will be required to submit current letters of recommendation and may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates. 

How to Apply:

This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants for this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge to:

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As both an AANAPISI & HSI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution & Hispanic Serving Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

For more information about the University, visit:

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Jewish Studies at (818) 677-6762.

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