Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
The University of Kansas seeks a Teaching Fellow/Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies in the Jewish Studies Program to begin on 8/18/2023. This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment for two years.
The University of Kansas is located in the city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest school within the campus and plays a central role within the University. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and research university and is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The University enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate and professional programs, which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science and humanities disciplines.
KU’s research residential campus is in the center of a vibrant and culturally-rich community – a quintessential college town. Visitors, students, and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts, and music scenes, and an indelible history. Lawrence is home to nearly 95,000 people and is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture, and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provide quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues, and professional sports teams.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.
The College emphasizes interdisciplinary, experiential learning and global awareness and houses a vibrant university-wide Honors Program that highlights undergraduate research and service activities and has created strong affiliations with outstanding cross-disciplinary research centers. Faculty and academic staff have emphasized the importance of continuing and expanding relationships with centers and entities, including the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Life Span Institute, the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. These relationships have brought a broad range of disciplines together to pursue and conduct sponsored research and education at the international, national, state, regional, and local levels and have created employment structures in which faculty and academic staff share appointments to emphasize collaboration. College faculty and research staff are welcomed as members in all of KU’s designated research centers and institutes. The College is home to internationally recognized scholars and scientists who brought in $44M in research funding in FY 2021, nearly 30% of the total funded research at KU Lawrence.
The Teaching Fellow/Assistant Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies Program will teach 4 undergraduate courses a year on a 2:2 rotation on the Lawrence campus. At least three of the four courses will focus on modern Israel’s society, culture, history, and/or politics.
Other duties will include participating in and developing Jewish Program events, including 4 outreach events/talks a year. This position is sponsored by the Israel Institute. This position is a full-time, academic year (9 -months), non-tenure track appointment with a two-year term.
80% Teaching Responsibilities:
Teach four (4) undergraduate courses/academic year in the Visiting Assistant Professor’s field of specialty. The VAP is expected to conduct teaching responsibilities according to departmental and university standards and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the Fellow must make arrangements for a substitute to teach the class. Classes should not be canceled. Provide instruction throughout the semester. Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. The VAP should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours. Adhere to departmental, college, and university policies.
Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.
Organize outreach events, including 4 outreach events/talks a year with a focus on Modern Israel.
Visiting faculty members must share in the department’s work, which includes attending faculty meetings and participating in departmental committees.
Visiting faculty members must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom.
All visiting faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at: http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in the letter of application, (2) evaluations of recommendations, and (3) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in the C.V.:
Ph.D. in a field related to Modern Israel Studies.
Expertise in Israeli politics, history, culture, and/or society courses.
Contact Information to Applicants
Prof. Renee Perelmutter
Additional Candidate Instruction
Please apply online at https://employment.ku.edu/academic/24201BR. A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) a cover letter; (2) a Curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy statement; and (4) the names, email, and contact information of three professional references. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented with the following question at the time of application:
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Applicants are encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of belonging through DEI initiatives within the required application materials.
Application review will begin February 17, 2023 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.