Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Position ID:Brandeis-NEJS-ASST [#17461]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Hebrew Bible
Appl Deadline:2020/12/11 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/11/04, finished 2021/04/06, listed until 2021/05/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible

The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible in the historical and textual context of the ancient Near East. A candidate will have command of relevant philological and critical approaches to the text as well as of pertinent languages and literatures of the ancient Near East used in biblical study. Knowledge of post-biblical exegetical literature and theoretical approaches used in the Humanities as well as an ability to build connections with other areas of the department are also desirable. The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies offers a variety of courses in the religion, literature, history, and culture of the ancient Near East, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including biblical Hebrew text courses, and to supervise MA and PhD students. Only applicants with the Ph.D., or who expect to have the Ph.D. by August 2021, will be considered. Pending budgetary approval, employment will begin July 1, 2021.

Applications, which must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at, must include a cover letter, c.v., a writing sample of approximately 10,000-12,000 words, and two sample course syllabi, one for an undergraduate course and one for an advanced text-centered course that assumes knowledge of biblical Hebrew. The cover letter should address the applicant’s scholarly work and vision, experience and philosophy of teaching, how their scholarship informs their 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. The candidate should also arrange the submission of three letters of recommendation through the AcademicJobsOnline portal. First consideration will be given to applications received December 11, 2020. Questions can be addressed to the search committee chair, Jonathan Decter (

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions and to creating a diverse intellectual community. 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. We strongly encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds with respect to race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and disability.

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Professor Darlene Brooks Hedstrom
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Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies - MS 054
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453