Wednesday, 12 September 2007

McMaster U's job posting

McMaster now has an ad out for hiring someone to fill the previous position of my beloved Annette Reed sensei.

The Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Early Judaism, beginning July 1, 2008. The position is at the rank of Assistant Professor.

We are seeking candidates who specialize in Second Temple Judaism, with competence in the literature of classical Rabbinic Judaism. Possible areas for research and teaching (at the graduate level) include Philo, Josephus, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, and early rabbinic literature. The appropriate primary and research languages, both ancient and modern, are required; candidates will be expected to teach graduate courses working with texts in the original languages. At the undergraduate level, teaching may be in a variety of courses, especially in Hebrew Bible.

Early Judaism is a component of the Biblical field in our department, in which Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman era are studied in conjunction with one another at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A range of methodologies and approaches is employed (philological, literary, social historical, archaeological, philosophical, theological). Candidates should have an active interest in the broader field of Jewish Studies.

The successful candidate must have completed the PhD and will be expected to carry out an independent program of scholarly research yielding significant peer-reviewed publications. Responsibilities include effective undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision of MA and PhD students.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a sample of scholarly writing and three confidential letters of reference should be sent to Dr. Eileen Schuller, Acting Chair, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

The deadline for applications is November 26, 2007. Candidates whose applications are received by November 5 will be considered for pre-interviews at AAR/SBL in San Diego (Nov. 17–20). Pre-interviews at AJS in Toronto (Dec 16–18) are also a possibility.

I can only say that my future is dim as hell. I will not be qualitifed for a job like this. Geez, competence in Second Temple Judaism AND classical Rabbinic literature? And need to teach graduate classes in Philo, Josephus, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, and early rabbinic literature, PLUS undergrad courses in Hebrew Bible? I can handle Second Temple material, but definitely not Rabbinics and HB stuff.

Well... I prophesy that I'll be unemployed. Let's see if I have a prophetic charisma.