Brandeis University, Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies - Marash and Ocuin Chair

Position ID:Brandeis-OcuinChair-OCUINCHAIR [#11519]
Position Title: Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Jewish Studies / Ottoman, Sephardic, Mizrahi
Israel Studies
History / Ottoman Empire
Appl Deadline:2018/09/30 finished (2018/07/27, finished 2019/07/15, listed until 2019/01/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

Brandeis University invites applications to fill the newly endowed Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies. This is a full-time faculty position to carry tenure in a department appropriate to the candidate’s discipline and area of research. The incumbent of the Chair [Associate or Full Professor] will be a scholar of the history and culture of Ottoman Jewry as well as of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewry in modern contexts, including Israel, with expertise in a given sub-specialty and teaching depth across a broad range of the field. In addition to the expectation of a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, teaching excellence, and leadership in her/his respective discipline, expertise in relevant languages (e.g. Hebrew, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Judeo-Spanish, etc.) and primary sources is essential. The holder of the Chair is expected to teach four courses every year, mentor graduate students in the field, and participate in University activities. The successful candidate may be invited to affiliate with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis. Applications from advanced assistant professors with a demonstrated record and extraordinary promise may also be considered.

Applications must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at and should include a cover letter, c.v., a writing sample of no more than thirty pages, and a sample course syllabus. Applicants not holding tenure should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted; applicants currently holding tenure should provide the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, teaching, and service. The cover letter should address the applicant’s scholarly accomplishments, experience and philosophy of teaching, how potential course offerings will complement existing offerings at Brandeis, and ways in which the candidate’s experiences, interests, commitments, or future goals could promote and build pluralism, inclusion, and social justice at Brandeis. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 30, 2018 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair, Jonathan Decter, Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission and are considered essential components of achieving academic excellence. Therefore, we value and are seeking candidates who represent a variety of social and intellectual identities, including those who have been underrepresented in higher education and, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, can contribute to building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, socially just, and inclusive campus community.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Search Committee Chair
Ocuin Chair Search - MS 054
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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