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Senior Lecturer & Director of Jewish Studies
Department: UNT-Philosophy & Religion-122200
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Job Location: Denton
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
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
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.
PhD in Philosophy, Religious Studies or Comparative Religions, and related fields. The candidate must have experience teaching courses in Judaism.
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.
Physical Requirements: Ability to communicate
Area of Specialty
Jewish Philosophy and/or Jewish Religious Studies and/or Jewish Theology; Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Middle East Studies
Security Sensitive: This is a security sensitive position.
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
Driving University Vehicle: No
Posting Number: F797P
Special Instructions to Applicants
The following elements of the application must be submitted online (in PDF format only):
Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references.
The Department of Philosophy and Religion will solicit and collect letters of references. Applicants are, however, responsible for ensuring that their references submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed).
The University of North Texas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution committed to diversity in its employment and educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone.