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This tenure track assistant professorship is named in honor of Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, Portland State University’s longest serving faculty member and rabbi emeritus of Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland. The Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies will

demonstrate intellectual passion and scholarly expertise in Israeli history, culture, society, philosophy, and/or politics within the wider contexts of Jewish history and civilization; add curricular strength to a growing Judaic Studies program through excellence in the teaching of courses on Israel; and enjoy interacting professionally with a diverse range of students, partner programs, and community groups. The Stampfer Professor is appointed to the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, and reports to the Academic Director of the Schnitzer Family Program.

Primary Responsibilities

  • build strength in the study of modern Israel and the Judaic Studies curriculum through a range of successful courses (courseload normally 6 courses per year on the quarter system), as well as individual advising to students pursuing relevant research topics
  • maintain distinguished record of publication and research, including peer reviewed publications and presentations at appropriate scholarly societies develop and maintain strong collegial and scholarly relationships across university departments and programs, including the Middle East Studies Center and Hebrew instruction in the Department of World Languages and Literatures
  • serve and interact professionally as a scholarly authority and educator with interested student, academic, community, media, business, and government groups
  • further academic and cultural exchange between Portland State University and Israeli academic and cultural institutions
  • work closely with the Judaic Studies faculty to develop and strengthen the program through recruitment and outreach, implementation of program goals (including a planned Major Degree in Judaic Studies), event planning, and fundraising activities
  • demonstrate a consistent, ongoing, and credible effort to secure external research funding
  • participate in activities of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University appropriate to interest, expertise, and level of university experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Israel Studies, Judaic Studies, or appropriate field required at time of hire
  • record of publication and research agenda appropriate to rank
  • demonstrated excellence in research and teaching
  • interest in community-based teaching, public speaking, and intellectual leadership

Preferred Qualifications

  • demonstrated success in working collaboratively and building community and inter-institutional partnerships
  • record of innovative thinking in curricular development, and instruction and engagement of diverse student populations


The starting annual salary rate for this position will be dependent upon qualifications and experience with an excellent benefits package including fully paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System schools.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a detailed letter of interest, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus, and three letters of reference to:
Prof. Michael Weingrad
Academic Director
The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies
Portland State University
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751.

Materials may also be e-mailed as Word attachments or pdf files to Correspondence will primarily be conducted by email.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 10, 2011 and initial interviews conducted at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington, D.C. The position will remain open until filled.

Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.

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