Job vacancies: Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation and Loti Smorgon Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture, Monash University

  • Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation and Director, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
  • Loti Smorgon Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture

Monash University is an energetic and dynamic university committed to high quality education, outstanding research and international engagement.  A member of Australia’s Group of Eight research intensive universities, and consistently ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide, Monash is a university seeking to make a difference in everything we do, through seeking new answers and solutions to the challenges facing our world. Discover more at www.monash.edu.

Both positions are based in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), part of the School of Philosophical, International and Historical Studies within the Faculty of Arts. The Faculty, currently ranked 39th in the world in the QS World University rankings, is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic arts faculties in Australia. These are pivotal, strategic appointments for the ACJC, a Centre that has enjoyed considerable success to date and aims to become a world-leading Centre of Jewish Studies. More information on the ACJC can be found here https://arts.monash.edu/acjc

Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation and Director, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

The appointee will be an outstanding academic who has excelled in undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision and has a highly successful record in academic research in a field of Jewish studies. The position requires proven leadership skills and attributes to direct and guide the Centre into the next phase of its strategic development. The appointee will have proven capacity to:

  • Identify and act upon opportunities for advancing subject offerings within Jewish studies;
  • Ensure effective interaction between the Centre’s programs and other parts of the Faculty and University, particularly in relation to cooperative teaching and research activities; and
  • Participate effectively in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies policy-making and management process.

The Professor will also hold the position of Director, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, for a period of three years, with responsibility for leading and coordinating the teaching and research activities of the Centre. The Director is responsible for management of the Centre; building its teaching profile across the Faculty; building research capacity; and enhancing research performance. A key component of the role is external engagement and involvement with the Jewish community through ongoing development of the Centre’s external activities, which include an innovative and expansive public program. The position of Pratt Foundation Chair will be underpinned by a continuing appointment as Professor.

Loti Smorgon Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture

The holder of the Loti Smorgon Chair will have expertise in a discipline relating to contemporary Jewish life and culture: relevant fields include, but are not restricted to, cultural studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and religion. The incumbent will be responsible, in conjunction with the Director of the ACJC, for leading and coordinating research and teaching activities in the field of contemporary Jewish life and culture, and the Centre’s innovative and expansive public program.

The incumbent is an outstanding academic who has excelled in research, undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision. The incumbent will be able to:

  • Identify and act upon opportunities for advancing a range of subject offerings within contemporary Jewish life and culture;
  • Ensure effective interaction between the Centre’s programs and other parts of the Faculty and University, particularly in relation to cooperative teaching and research activities.

The position of Loti Smorgon Chair will be underpinned by a continuing appointment as Professor.

The University is keen to achieve greater gender balance in its academic leadership profile and applications from suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged.

For an information package and a confidential discussion, please contact Denise Wiseman at denise@carolwatson.com.aufor Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA or Sean Gillen at sean@carolwatson.com.au  for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and other countries

Closing date: No later than 5.00pm on 12 April 2019. Applications to Debbie Dickinson at debbie@carolwatson.com.au.  Early applications are encouraged.

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