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English Building at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

The English Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Welcome!

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois is among the most exciting and unique programs in the country. Along with the religious aspects of Judaism, it places special emphasis on the social and cultural dimensions of Jewish life, from the difficult existence in early modern Europe to the literary glories of the early 20th century and from the history of Jewish immigration to the United States to everyday life in Israel today. In addition to scholarship in the field of religion, it thus draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to explore anthropology, history, political science, economics, as well as languages and literatures within a Jewish Studies context.

The Program is committed to supporting all undergraduate and graduate students desiring to study Jewish culture and society in the spirit of free and open inquiry appropriate to a public, secular university. In addition to a broad range of courses, we offer a major and minor in Jewish Studies as well as many opportunities for graduate studies with a concentration in Jewish culture and society.

Each semester, the program also awards scholarships, provides research support to faculty, and sponsors conferences, lectures, and workshops in the field of Jewish Studies.

NEW: Job Positions

Program in Jewish Culture and Society Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2015-2016

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Proposed research projects should have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of Israeli Culture.  Recipients must be in residence full-time at the University’s Urbana campus for the duration of the service period (August 2015-May 2016) and may not hold other fellowships or awards during the service period.  Associates will teach one course each semester. Please include information about teaching experience and list 2-3 courses focusing on Israeli culture you would be interested in teaching. You may include syllabi with your application.Responsibilities include a public lecture and participation in the faculty workshop as part of the Israel Studies Project at the university. Initial interviews may be conducted at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference in Seattle, March 26-29, only for those attending. The majority of interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Stipend and Benefits

Nine-month salary of $42,000 paid over a 12-month period, including health, dental and life insurance benefits, as well as participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).  Eligibility for the listed benefits is contingent on your citizenship or work authorization.  For full details on eligibility requirements, please reference http://www.ahr.illinois.edu/employees/current/other.html#Benefits

Minimum Qualifications

PhD (degree conferral obtained between 8/16/12 – 3/1/15).  The primary focus of the successful candidate’s research must be Israeli Culture, Hebrew Literature, Israeli Cinema, Israeli Art or other relevant field. Expected to teach courses in Hebrew literature and Israeli Culture.

To Apply

To apply for the postdoctoral position, we will need the following:

  • --Letter of intent, addressed to Professor Harris

  • --Curriculum vitae

  • --Statement of the research/writing project to be undertaken during the appointment

  • --Scholarly writing sample

  • --Graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable, but official transcripts may be requested at a later date)

  • --Contact information for two professional references. Note: You must request that your letter writers email their recommendations directly to the program (by the deadline):

Please send all documents to jewishculture@illinois.edu

To be considered, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2015.

Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

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