FEATURED JOB: Assistant Professor of Modern Judaism, Towson University

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Towson University, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Assistant Professor of Modern Judaism



The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor of Modern Judaism in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies beginning August 2023.


PhD in Religious Studies. Applicants whose teaching approach demonstrates a commitment to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.


Faculty are assigned an instructional workload of 21 credits (4-3) per academic year and are also expected to maintain a robust research agenda. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory level courses in Religious Studies, including Introduction to the Study of Religion; Introduction to Judaism; and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as upper-level courses in their areas of expertise and one course per year in Towson’s MA program in Jewish Studies and Leadership. We especially invite applicants whose work touches on issues of gender and sexuality, racial identity, or lived religious experience; we also invite applicants who could complement and expand the department’s existing offerings in American religion.

Undergraduate and graduate advising is part of teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with a diverse student population and be sensitive to the educational needs of these students.

Department Information:

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a major in philosophy, a major in religious studies, and both a philosophy minor and a minor in religious studies. The department’s courses commit to helping students partake in engaging discussions and research related to the history and development of philosophical and religious perspectives.

Towson University prioritizes inclusion and equity, and more information can be found here: https://www.towson.edu/about/diversity.html. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies also aims to increase diversity in multiple forms including but not limited to identity, culture, background, lived experiences, ability and opinions.

Towson University:

Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as a Top 100 National University, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges, has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of application begins December 2, 2022 and continues until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom meeting.

Please submit a letter of application (cover letter); a statement about your teaching philosophy including evidence of teaching effectiveness; a diversity statement; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; and at least two recommendation letters, and the contact information (name, address, email, phone number) for at least two professional references.

Click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you are applying is CLA-3624.


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up-to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in “A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25).” TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage applications from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expressions, national origins, ages, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientations and belief backgrounds.



For questions, please contact:  Dr. Carl Yamamoto, Chair of the Search Committee


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