Job Opening: Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for the Isaac Swift Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies, beginning Fall 2022.  Rank: tenured Associate or Full Professor.  The particular area of expertise is open.  We encourage applications from scholars who have achieved national and international recognition and who focus their work upon the historical, literary, intellectual, social, material, linguistic, political, religious, folk, and/or artistic dimensions of Jewish culture/community life in one or more of its global setting(s) within a chronological period that can range from late antiquity to the present.  Preference will be given to candidates who display an academic engagement with the historical, political, religious, and social issues surrounding the Jewish experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and/or Jewish-Muslim relations in their ancient, medieval, or modern contexts.

Required: (1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning; (2) an exceptional record of scholarly accomplishment commensurate with a tenured appointment in one of the constituent departments of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; (3) evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (4) an attested interest in fostering engagement and dialogue within the wider community; and (5) a demonstrated commitment to model and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in the department, College, and University.  A record of significant, externally funded grant activity is preferred, but not required.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ( is characterized by its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research. In addition to several interdisciplinary departments, it offers over a dozen interdisciplinary undergraduate minors, two interdisciplinary M.A. programs, and five interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A new unit, the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, provides administrative support for these various programs and serves as an incubator for emerging instructional and research initiatives.

As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. With its 34 undergraduate degrees, 56 undergraduate minors, 24 master’s degrees, 10 doctoral degrees, 17 undergraduate certificates, 19 graduate certificates, 23 graduate early-entry programs, and 23 honors programs, the College is connected to the world and its concerns and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte region.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive urban university, located on an expanding modern campus. The second largest of the 16 UNC System campuses, UNC Charlotte is a diverse and inclusive institution, offering more than 30,000 culturally and ethnically varied students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus and an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. It supports faculty with excellent family and medical leave policies, junior faculty development awards, internal faculty research grant opportunities, and other research opportunities. Charlotte offers a dynamic space to live, work and connect for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, with its outstanding cultural, recreational, and business amenities. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Charlotte is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live (#20 on the 2021-22 list by U.S. News and World Report).

Salary competitive.  Applicants must apply electronically at (use position number #005886 ) and the following documents should be attached:  a letter of interest responding to the job qualifications and description and CV.  Applicants selected for further consideration will be asked to have sent three confidential letters of recommendation to the search committee chair.  Questions about the position should be directed to Dean Nancy Gutierrez ( As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.  The candidate chosen for this position will subject to criminal background check and will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.  To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by December 15, 2021.

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