FEATURED JOB: Seminar Instructor, Jewish Studies at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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Seminar Instructor, Jewish Studies


The Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research seeks instructors to teach courses, of the instructor’s design, on a specific topic in the humanities in which the instructor has done considerable research or otherwise has particular expertise.

YIVO’s historical focus is Eastern European Jewry and the diaspora of Ashkenazi Jews around the globe, so this class may be grounded in that tradition, but need not be limited solely to it. The class may focus on a particular text or idea, or a set of texts or ideas. Interested instructors are encouraged to think creatively and consider this experience an innovative laboratory for teaching the subject through a Jewish studies lens.

YIVO is considering a broad range of course topics in Jewish studies or Jewish history and culture. Subjects may include anthropology, art, art history, comparative race and ethnic studies, creative writing, gender and sexuality studies, history, history of mathematics, history of science, literature, medieval studies, music, philosophy, psychology, queer studies, religious studies, sociology, or theater and performance studies.

The class will meet weekly for ten sessions via Zoom in spring 2022. The class will be taught in English and any readings should be given in English, or in the original language with English translation as well. YIVO’s community of learners represents a range of identities (Jewish, non-Jewish, college and graduate students, professionals, retirees, religious, secular) and are united in their keen interest in engaging in vibrant discourse.


  • Develop a thorough curriculum and syllabus for the course
  • Teach the 10-session course to a class of about 15 students


  • PhD or Master’s degree (or in progress on advanced degree) in relevant field to the subject of the instructor’s choosing, or considerable equivalent work experience in relevant field to the subject of the instructor’s choosing
  • Experience teaching adults (college-age or above) via Zoom

Preferred Skills:

  • Innovative approach to teaching
  • Readiness to teach a diverse set of students
  • Lively, effective oral and written communicator
  • Experience with Canvas or similar learning management system


Instructor will be paid $3,000 for developing and teaching the 10-session course.

To Apply:

To apply please email a resume, cover letter, and syllabus proposal to Ben Kaplan, Director of Education, at bkaplan@yivo.cjh.org. Applications will be accepted through November 18, 2021.

Please include Seminar Instructor in the subject heading of the email.