Instructional Professor (open rank) in Modern Hebrew

Position Description

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College of the University of Chicago seek an experienced teacher of modern Hebrew to help grow its existing program. We invite applications for a position as an Instructional Professor (open rank) in modern Hebrew language. The position begins in academic year 2020-21, with a start date of September 1, 2020. The selected candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background. The initial appointment will be for one year, with review and progression schedule determined by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.

Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of seven courses across three quarters, at least five of which are in modern Hebrew, at all levels of the language. Two additional courses may include non-language courses in the College Core or in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, to be determined in consultation with the Department and College. Service duties may include coordination of the Hebrew Language Circle, Conversation Table, or other program-specific duties. Successful candidate will be required to participate in training for Reading Exam test development.


Applicants are required to have at least one year of previous language teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level. An M.A. degree or equivalent is required. A Ph.D. in a related field is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency for teaching modern Hebrew in a university context, e.g. through an ACTFL-certified result at the Superior level or higher, or through receipt of an advanced degree earned in a Hebrew-language context. Candidates with specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, and/or assessment are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your application through the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website at An application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, one sample syllabus for elementary modern Hebrew and another sample syllabus for a non-language course, a video demonstrating classroom teaching, and three letters of recommendation.

Application deadline: All applicant materials must be received by January 6, 2020. To ensure sufficient time for recommenders to submit letters, applicants are encouraged to request letters of recommendation through the Interfolio system before submitting the complete application.

This position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union. For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to For questions about the position, please contact Amanda Young at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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