FEATURED JOB: Visiting Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies, Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University

Visiting Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies


The Department of History at Western Kentucky University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position in Jewish Studies to begin August 2022. This one-year appointment is potentially renewable for a second year, pending funding. The successful candidate will offer two courses per semester, including the upper-level Judaism course (RELS 304), special topics in Religious Studies and/or History, or other courses in any of the department’s several programs. The department offers undergraduate majors in History, Social Studies, Legal Studies, Religious Studies, and Asian Religions and Cultures and minors in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, History, Legal Studies, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies. It also offers an M.A. in History. The successful candidate will perform public and engaged scholarship, presenting two public programs per year and working with the university’s Jewish student organization. Ideal candidates will have teaching experience.

As articulated in its Justice and Equity plan (approved Fall 2020), the Department of History is committed to creating a more just and equitable environment by increasing faculty diversity, engaging with underrepresented student and community groups, and working toward culturally sustaining pedagogies. The Department of History at WKU is uniquely positioned to extend the reach of the successful candidate’s programming, outreach, and teaching. The Social Studies major and the History graduate program train dozens of social studies teachers for regional secondary schools every year. These educators will shape instruction across the Commonwealth. History also houses the Legal Studies program, which the Department of History administers in collaboration with the Political Science Department. As a new major in Fall 2021, Legal Studies is poised for dramatic growth and will train scores of students who aspire to join professions in the law, government, and advocacy. History is also home to a growing African American Studies program that draws students from across the university. Every student at WKU engages the past in History’s classrooms when they complete World History, a required core course in our general education program, and many students complete general education elective requirements by taking Religious Studies courses.


Candidates for the position must be ABD or have a recent PhD in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, History, or a related field. 

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system by 1/3/2022, although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled (https://www.wku.edu/hr/careers/index.php):

  • A Letter of Interest, outlining the candidate’s research and teaching interests and record, plans for public presentations and student engagement, and philosophy on diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
  • Curriculum Vita
  • A one-page course proposal discussing a course the candidate would like to teach. Candidates should provide a brief overview of their approach to the course, including themes and topics. Candidates may write about existing courses or one of our special topics courses.
  • Contact Information for Three Academic References 

Reference letters will be requested by the Search Committee through an online process at a later date. You will receive email confirmation once you have successfully completed the application process.

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 15,567 students (29% first generation, 17% underrepresented minority) and just over 2,600 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. Our population is ethnically diverse, with more than 85 languages spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at wku.edu/about.

Additional Information:

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU's Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at joshua.hayes@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-5121.

The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at deborah.wilkins@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU’s https://www.wku.edu/titleix/ website. Information concerning educational programs offered by WKU are provided at: http://www.wku.edu/atwku/academics.php



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