The Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
(NELC), University of Washington in Seattle, WA, invites
applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor
position in Jewish cultures, literatures, and languages of the
Eastern Mediterranean with a focus on the Sephardic
experience, to begin September 2022. This is a full-time,
University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research,
and service. Teaching duties will include, but are not limited to,
undergraduate survey courses on the written and print cultures,
literatures, and/or languages of Jews in the Ottoman Empire and
broader Middle East. Candidates may also offer other courses
related to the broad curricular needs of the Department of Near
Eastern Languages & Civilization.
The position will enhance the capacious framework of the
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations which
includes programs in Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Turkic
cultures, languages, and literatures. The candidate will also be
expected to participate in the Sephardic Studies Program housed in
the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of
International Studies, and other relevant departments and programs
at the University of Washington.
The successful candidate for this position:
- will be expected to develop curricula and teaching materials,
to engage in team-teaching, and to train and supervise teaching
- will be expected to engage in the multiple graduate programs
related to Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of
- will be expected to contribute to University, programs and
- will be expected to take active part in community outreach
Applicants will be expected to provide high quality teaching
across a range of different topics and to work effectively with
diverse student and community populations. They will be expected
to build connections with multiple campus units and be ready
to create productive connections to vibrant cultural institutions
in the community and to contribute to departmental or institutional
diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
For more information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages
and Civilization and on Sephardic Studies at the University
of Washington please see: https://nelc.washington.edu
The successful candidate for this position:
- will have research and/or teaching experience in
Ladino language and culture.
- will have an active research agenda.
Applicants should, by the start of the appointment, have in hand
a PhD, or foreign equivalent, in a field consistent with an
appointment in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and
Civilization in the Division of the Humanities.
Interested applicants are requested to submit the following
materials via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/93247:
- A cover letter that describes the candidate’s suitability for
this position and explains how the candidate’s experiences,
activities, and goals will lead to success in an interdisciplinary
department. This letter should include a research statement, not to
exceed one page, describing present projects and future
- A CV
- Three confidential letters of recommendation
- A representative example of research (such as a chapter,
- A teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching
philosophy and experience (not exceeding two pages) along with
evidence of teaching excellence. The portfolio may include items
such as: example syllabi, documentation for courses or student
activities, and student evaluations.
- A statement, not to exceed one page, on how their work would
contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the
department, the Humanities Division and the University (see UW
Diversity statement: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/)
Applicants are welcomed to contextualize their dossier by
providing details that might include experiences, aspects of
training, outreach, teaching or research that will contribute to a
distinctive professional profile.
Preference will be given to dossiers received by November 15,
2021. Review of applications will continue until the position is
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status,
pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age,
disability, or protected veteran status.
Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity
among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and
articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/).
Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty
efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity
and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty
member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and
Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation
21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a
UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will
be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For
more information, please visit https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement/.