JTS Invites Applications for Dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and New Chair in Gender/Women's Studies

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

November 7, 2007, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary invites applications for the position of dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and for the Women’s League Chair in Gender/Women’s Studies at JTS, a new chair.

The primary mission of The Davidson School is to train educators with the academic and professional skills demanded by the growing and changing needs of the Jewish community. Please refer to www.jtsa.edu/davidson for a full description of the school and its programs.

The dean is expected to guide the Jewish education faculty in fulfilling its commitment to teaching, research, and service to the field, and to be a leader in creating innovative programs in areas such as curriculum development, pedagogy, and methods of assessment. In addition, the dean will collaborate with faculty, staff, and outside agencies to envision, cultivate, implement, and support an array of co-curricular and extra-curricular projects and programs. Familiarity with the broad range of Jewish educational venues is essential, as are administrative experience and a substantial record of scholarly and/or professional achievement. Priority will be given to applications received by December 15, 2007.

The chair of Gender/Women’s Studies will be expected to provide leadership for the Women's Studies Program at JTS. Candidates should demonstrate exceptional achievement in the areas of research, publication, and teaching, and be comfortable with the prospect of teaching undergraduates and graduate students as well as students from JTS's three professional schools: The Rabbinical School, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, and the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music. The rank and specific area of expertise are open, although preference may be given to candidates whose work falls within one or more of the existing fields of study at JTS. Please refer to www.jtsa.edu for details.

Applicants for either position should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter including the names of, and contact information for, three references to Professor Alan Cooper, Office of the Provost, JTS, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, or via email to alcooper@jtsa.edu. All submissions will be treated as confidential.

All inquiries may be forwarded to Professor Cooper at the email address above or by phone at (212) 678-8065.

Editors/Reporters: For further information, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953.

Founded in 1886 as a rabbinical school, The Jewish Theological Seminary today is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism worldwide, encompassing a world-class library and five schools. JTS trains tomorrow's religious, educational, academic and lay leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.