Associate Professor/Professor - J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair in Jewish Studies

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Jewish Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. The successful candidate will be appointed to a Faculty of Arts & Science Department depending on their field of expertise (51%), and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre of Jewish Studies (49%). The successful candidate is eligible to be named the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair in Jewish Studies for a five-year term, which will be renewable following a favorable review. 

Candidates must hold a PhD in Jewish Studies or closely related field, with a clearly demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be a specialist in the study of Judaism or Jewish religious practices broadly defined, or someone specializing in medieval or modern Hebrew literature and culture. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement our existing institutional strengths. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research, and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program in areas pertaining to Jewish Studies.   

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained and important scholarly publications, including books and articles in top-ranked and field relevant journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, a research statement as well as strong endorsements from referees. 

The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the Faculty of Arts & Science’s undergraduate and graduate education in Jewish Studies. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below).  

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. 

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; one recent publication (under 50 pages); and a teaching dossier which includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. 

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three referees. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each referee the day after an application is submitted. Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit recent letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the candidate FAQ

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact  

All application materials, including recent reference letters, must be received by November 2, 2023.  


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.
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