Instructional Professor in Northwest Semitics (open rank)

Position Description
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago seeks to add to the University’s existing program in Northwest Semitics. We invite applications for appointment as Instructional Professor (open rank) in Northwest Semitics, particularly Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Syriac, and related dialects/languages. The start date of the appointment will be September 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Instructional Professor, Associate Instructional Professor, or Instructional Professor, depending on qualifications and educational background. The position is renewable, with an initial minimum appointment term of two years, which may be longer depending on experience and rank, with reappointment possible following a successful review.

Responsibilities include both teaching and service duties. Teaching consists of six courses in Northwest Semitic languages across three quarters, as well as a seventh topical course at the undergraduate level. Service duties may include assistance with student placement, programmatic assessment, independent studies, advising BA or MA theses, or other program-specific duties. Instructional Professors of all ranks are required to engage in regular professional development.

The successful candidate must hold an MA in a field related to the language or literature of Northwest Semitics, and ideally have successfully completed all requirements for receipt of a Ph.D. in a related field by the effective date of the appointment. Evidence of successful teaching experience or the potential to be an excellent teacher is required.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, candidates must submit the following materials through the University of Chicago’s Academic recruitment site (Interfolio) at

The application must include:

· a cover letter,
· CV
· a teaching statement,
· a sample syllabus for an introductory-level course in any Northwest Semitic language
· a sample syllabus for a topical undergraduate course
· a writing sample demonstrating command of one or more Northwest Semitic languages
· and the names and contact information of three recommenders.

All materials from each applicant must be received by 11:00 PM Central Time/Midnight Eastern Time on November 1, 2023. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following initial review.

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. This position is contingent on final budgetary approval.

For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please visit For further questions about this position, please contact Annie Diamond, the Academic Affairs Coordinator for the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.


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