Stephen H. Hoffman Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature (open rank) - Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, invites applications for the Stephen H. Hoffman Professorship in Modern Hebrew Language and Literature. A Ph.D. in Hebrew literature, Hebrew language, or comparative literature with a focus on Hebrew is required. The department welcomes interdisciplinary approaches. The successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of professor, associate professor, or assistant professor, commensurate with experience. Successful candidates for appointment as associate professor should have a substantial publication record and a national reputation in the candidate’s area of scholarship. Successful candidates for appointment as professor should have demonstrated both an international reputation and continuing accomplishment in the profession, including a strong record of scholarly publications. 

Expectations include the teaching of courses in Hebrew language, literature, and culture; departmental and university service; and contributions to the Program in Judaic Studies. Contributions to curricular development are encouraged, and excellence in teaching is expected. The successful candidate should be capable of teaching in both English and Hebrew and should have near-native fluency in both languages.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a vibrant, research-oriented department with 11 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members. It currently offers 8 language disciplines of study, with majors or minors in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. In addition, course work or a minor is available in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and Russian. The department offers language as well as advanced literature, cinema, culture, and study-abroad courses. It also houses the World Literature program. The successful candidate will also be a core member of the Program in Judaic Studies, which has existing strengths in the religion, history, and cultural anthropology of the Jews and offers a minor in Judaic Studies. More broadly, the candidate will be encouraged to participate in the many interdisciplinary opportunities within the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, which organizes interdepartmental colloquia, offers funding support for faculty research, hosts public lectures, and organizes the Cleveland Humanities Festival. 

Case Western Reserve University is part of University Circle, which has one of the nation's largest concentrations of educational, cultural, medical, and performing arts organizations. The College of Arts and Sciences houses educational and research programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and biological sciences, and mathematical sciences. The College comprises 21 academic departments, 35 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and 270 faculty members. Students are encouraged to conduct research in their chosen or related fields within the College as well as in collaboration with nearby cultural institutions. 

To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/98459) by January 10, 2022.  A complete application consists of a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; a statement on research; a statement on teaching; at least one sample syllabus; and a diversity statement, which explains either:  

a) How their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future, 

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b) How they value diversity, equity, and inclusion within their research and discipline(s) and how their own scholarly work might contribute to structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also suggest how the candidate’s work, while as a member of Case Western Reserve University, will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion and how moving forward they intend to foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference.  

Letters of recommendation will be requested from long-listed candidates.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request reasonable accommodations. Determinations as to granting accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.