Jeffrey B. Plevan Chair in Modern Israel Studies (Tenured) Associate or Full Professor (UPDATED)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Jeffrey B. Plevan Chair in Modern Israel Studies (Tenured) Associate or Full Professor (UPDATED)
Department AZ Center for Judaic Studies (0457)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please Note the review date has been extended to 2.16.2018

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies invites applications for a tenured appointment in Modern Israel Studies to begin in August 2018. The Center seeks a faculty member whose scholarship and teaching deal with Modern Israel Studies, broadly defined. Knowledge of theoretical approaches used widely in the Humanities and Social Sciences and a commitment to interdisciplinary research are essential. The successful candidate will possess excellent academic credentials, clear potential for scholarly excellence, a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and a desire to raise the visibility of Judaic Studies on campus and beyond.

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies’ mission is to contribute to the overall goals of The University of Arizona by promoting advanced scholarship, by translating faculty research into dynamic undergraduate instruction, and by contributing to the community through educational outreach and professional advising. We seek to transmit, interpret and critique Jewish historical, religious, and cultural traditions for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Center is especially interested in candidates whose research, teaching and service activities will contribute to The University of Arizona’s reputation for academic excellence and its commitment to prepare students for success in a pluralistic society.

The faculty member will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The faculty member will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the faculty member will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

A complete application packet will include a CV; the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references that must be at the level of tenured associate professor or higher; and the candidate’s statement on teaching pedagogy. Referees suggested by the candidate will be contacted by the search committee and asked to provide written reference letters no later than February 28, 2018. A personal statement describing the candidate’s experience in and/or commitment to working with diverse students and promoting a sense of academic inclusiveness

Preliminary interviews may be conducted by Skype. Finalists will be invited to campus for interviews in late February and March.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Beth Alpert Nakhai, Judaic Studies Search Committee Chair, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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The Center is seeking an individual who is able to work with diverse students and colleagues, and who has experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

Duties & Responsibilities

The position carries a 2-2 teaching load that includes introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in Modern Israel Studies, as well as occasional graduate-level courses and seminars.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Full Professor:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Over 7 years teaching experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Experience in or statement on engaging diverse communities in outreach efforts
  • Ability to disseminate information to wide range of constituents
  • Sufficient scholarly publications to warrant appointment at a senior level
  • International scholarly reputation
  • Administrative experience

Associate Professor:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • At least 5 years teaching experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body
  • Experience in or statement on engaging diverse communities in outreach efforts
  • Ability to disseminate information to wide range of constituents
  • At least one scholarly book and several peer-reviewed articles
  • National scholarly reputation
    *Administrative experience
Preferred Qualifications

*Special consideration will be given to candidates with specific research and teaching interests in Modern Israel, broadly defined.

Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21276
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Please contact Dr. Beth Alpert Nakhai (bnakhai@email.arizona.edu) for more information.

Open Date 01/08/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 02/16/2018
Special Instructions Summary

A complete application packet will include a CV; the names, titles, and email addresses of at least three references that must be at the level of tenured associate professor or higher; and the candidate’s statement on teaching pedagogy. Referees suggested by the candidate will be contacted by the search committee and asked to provide written reference letters no later than February 28, 2018. A personal statement describing the candidate’s experience in and/or commitment to working with diverse students and promoting a sense of academic inclusiveness

Preliminary interviews may be conducted by Skype beginning in February. Finalists will be invited to campus for interviews in late February or March 2018.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Beth Alpert Nakhai, Judaic Studies Search Committee Chair, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. The Center for Judaic Studies supports Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity strategic initiative that values and practices diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of the university. 

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Upon hire, will you have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you able to disseminate information to a wide range of constituents?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Briefly describe your experience using a variety of teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Personal Statement
Optional Documents