The Simon And Riva Spatz Chair In Jewish Studies



The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University invites applications for The Simon and Riva Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies. This appointment will be a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate should be an exceptional scholar of international reputation, with a proven track-record suitable to a Research Chair at a major university.

The Chair is inclusive of scholars from a wide variety of arts, humanities, and social science backgrounds. Dalhousie welcomes applications from scholars engaged in teaching and research related to Classical Judaism; Jewish Philosophy and Thought; Jewish History and Social Sciences; Jewish Cultures, Languages, and Literatures; Judaism and the performing and visual arts; Holocaust studies; or contemporary Middle Eastern politics. Candidates are expected to have broad expertise and documented research and teaching experience in several areas and/or historical periods treated within Jewish Studies, as well as a working knowledge of the primary languages within Jewish Studies, especially Hebrew.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies is intended to bring a distinguished scholar to Halifax to share their expertise with students and faculty at Dalhousie University, with the closely-affiliated University of King’s College, and with members of the broader Halifax community; to lead new initiatives in the field of Jewish Studies at Dalhousie and beyond; and to foster excellence in research, teaching, and outreach in the field.

The Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies will teach two 3-credit-hour courses per year in their home unit (normally, one each in the Fall and Winter terms, to include both introductory and more specialized courses in their field of expertise); give at least one public talk in each of the two terms; and participate in community outreach and knowledge mobilization. As a Research Chair, they will engage in a rigorous research program as appropriate to their discipline and fields of study. The Spatz Chair will also be expected to initiate and be involved in cross-faculty initiatives at the university and to coordinate projects across academic and non-academic sectors. Building on existing academic units including the Religious Studies program and the Minor in Abrahamic Religions, as well as faculty members’ interests and current courses, the Chair will work towards establishing a robust program in Jewish Studies at Dalhousie University.

Dalhousie University is currently engaged in numerous fruitful collaborations with the Jewish community, including among others the annual Shaar Shalom Lecture ( The Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies will be expected to contribute to planning for these and related initiatives.

The salary for the Chair will be based upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The Spatz Chair includes an annual travel and research fund of $10,000.  Timeline: An open start date for the position, any time from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022.

Dalhousie University is a member of the ‘U15’, a group of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. As the largest research institution in Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie attracted more than $181 million in external research grants and awards in 2019-20. With a strong commitment to graduate training and both discovery and applied research, Dalhousie provides a collaborative, supportive environment for its researchers and contributes significantly to the broader communities within which it is embedded. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is one of the largest of Dalhousie’s thirteen Faculties, with approximately 120 tenure-stream faculty members spanning a number of disciplinary and thematic research clusters and institutes. Further information about the Faculty and the University can be obtained at

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: For further information about this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact Laura Godsoe at

For academic-related questions please contact Professor Yuri Leving, Chair of the Search Committee for The Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at

The application deadline is June 7, 2021. Applications for this position must be made through Dalhousie’s online portal

Applications should include a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a two-page research statement, a two-page statement (Portfolio) on the proposed research and teaching program for the Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies, and the names and contact information for three referees. Applicants will also be required to submit a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire through the online submission process. Dalhousie recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please apply for this position online via PeopleAdmin. The Posting can be found at

The closing date for applications is June 7, 2021.