FEATURED JOB: Gimelstob Endowed Director of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Film and Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University

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Florida Atlantic University

Gimelstob Endowed Director of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Film and Multimedia Studies


Florida Atlantic University seeks a tenure-line Associate Professor capable of occupying the prestigious Gimelstob Chair in Judaic Studies to assume the Directorship of its Jewish Studies program and lead it successfully into the future to begin August 8, 2022.

The teaching load for this position is 2/2 which includes courses cross-listed in Jewish Studies and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies as well as other programs depending on area of specialization. We are particularly interested in scholars and/or creative practitioners with expertise in film, television or digital culture studies that engage in work on Judaic history, tenets, or culture in unique and contemporary ways. The ideal candidate would have the demonstrated capacity to engage in theoretical, methodological, or creative achievement examinations of Judaic culture across the diaspora including spaces both within and beyond the United States. Particular issues such as Judaic philosophy and political ideology, Judaic community-building and narrative, Israeli media representations and public memory, and Judaic intersections among race/ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexualities, ability, class, geography, citizenship, national origin, and age are preferred.  This position carries with it a dedicated research budget.

The Jewish Studies program hosts a Bachelors of Arts and Minor in Jewish Studies. Florida Atlantic University has a strong commitment to its Jewish Studies program which is bolstered by highly successful initiatives such as the Center for the Study of Violence and Values after Auschwitz, the Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) and by substantial community support. The latter is evidenced by receipt of several recent multi-million dollar gifts including a $20 million dollar gift to establish the Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Studies to be housed in a building to be constructed for the purpose of serving as a hub for academic study, instructional efforts, public programming and community interface and engagement. In addition to the Gimelstob Chair, Jewish Studies also hosts the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies.

Jewish Studies courses are featured in the Department of History, the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, the Department of English, the Religious Studies Certificate and its faulty participate in a number of related program and initiatives including CHHRE, the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative, and the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies.

The College of Arts & Letters at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and to the diverse internal and external communities that it serves.


The ideal candidate would have previous administrative experience and be capable of managing all aspects of the Jewish Studies program including the ability to: 

  • Develop and articulate the program’s goals and to effectively implement plans for achieving those aims
  • Enhance the visibility of the program through routine and impactful messaging on all appropriate platforms including the program website; social media accounts; public programming, fora and workshops; and all internal and external communications 
  • Oversee curricular efforts including the promotion and management of the BA, minor IFP (general education) courses as well as overseeing any relevant curricular development
  • Sponsor public programming, research and/or creative activities and awards and community engagement efforts appropriate to the mission of program
  • Foster partnerships and affiliations with community partners, like-minded departments, institutes, government entities and NGO’s 
  • Interface with and support, as needed, the Center for the Study of Violence and Values after Auschwitz, the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education and other activities related to Judaic studies and the Jewish community including those emerging from Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education and the Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Studies.
  • Manage budgets and seek additional sources of support through pursuit of external grants and by cultivating relationships with potential donors
  • Document accomplishments, perform program assessment and report on program viability as needed

Minimum Qualification: Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Jewish Studies, Communication, Cinema or Film Studies, Multimedia Studies, or related field by time of application.

The assignment for the position is on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, located approximately 45 miles north of Miami and two miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. For detailed information on FAU, visit www.fau.edu. For additional information about the Jewish Studies Program, visit https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/jewishstudies/ For more information about the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, visit https://www.fau.edu/artsandletters/scms/

All applicants must apply electronically to the position on the Office of Human Resources' job website (https://fau.edu/jobs) by completing the required online employment application and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. Application review will begin January 3, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The position may close without prior notice.

For more information and to apply, visit www.fau.edu/jobs and go to “Apply Now”, then “New Applicant Portal” to search for REQ11775.

The selected applicant must provide official transcripts scanned into an electronic format. Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

Questions about the position can be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Stephen Charbonneau (scharbo1@fau.edu) or to Dr. William Trapani (wtrapan1@fau.edu), Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

FAU is dedicated to intentional expansion of its contribution to a more diverse, inclusive and equitable university experience and society. We are particularly interested in candidates that strengthen the climate for diversity, equity & inclusion, that demonstrates and support a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, that demonstrate skill in understanding of cultural differences and are passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates whose research and/or scholarship and teaching is attentive to these commitments are especially welcomed to apply.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or other protected status. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service.  All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.



Dr. Stephen Charbonneau, search chair (scharbo1@fau.edu) or Dr. William Trapani, Director School of Interdisciplinary Studies (wtrapan1@fau.edu)

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