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Assistant Professor in Jewish Cultures, Literatures, and Languages of the Eastern Mediterranean

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

Title: Assistant Professor in Jewish Cultures, Literatures, and Languages of the Eastern Mediterranean

Position Details

Position Description

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, 9-month position.

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 assistants,
  • will be expected to engage in the multiple graduate programs related to Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington,
  • will be expected to contribute to University, programs and departmental committees,
  • will be expected to take active part in community outreach efforts

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:  and


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:

  • 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 directions
  • A CV
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation
  • A representative example of research (such as a chapter, article)
  • 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:

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 filled.

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The University of Washington is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877)997-8807.

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