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Academic Job Market Workshop

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston is proud to announce its first annual Academic Job Market Workshop for junior scholars seeking tenure-track positions in Jewish Studies.

Our two-day workshop (August 12-13, 2020) will gather a small cohort of promising scholars on the beautiful College of Charleston campus, located in historic downtown Charleston. The Workshop will be facilitated by senior Jewish Studies faculty who will share their many years of experience on the job market and serving on academic search committees. Participants will spend the first day of the Workshop exploring every aspect of applying for academic positions: from the early stages of preparing for the academic job market through the successful completion of a campus interview and job offer. On the second day, they will prepare actual job applications for academic positions advertised on the AJS and other job lists, and receive expert guidance and feedback.

Participants in this workshop will learn about:

• Crafting compelling cover letters and CVs

• Assembling a complete teaching portfolio (including a teaching philosophy statement)

• Preparing research portfolios and writing samples

• Diversity statements

• Preparing for Skype/conference and campus interviews

• The academic job market more broadly

• Career planning, including post-docs, visiting professorships, and non-academic options

The workshop is open to candidates whose primary area of research is Jewish Studies, broadly defined, and who have not yet secured a tenure-track position. The ideal applicant should be ABD and poised to enter the job market, or should have been awarded the PhD no earlier than May 2017.

Workshop fee: $100. The fee covers round-trip airfare to Charleston (from within the US), accommodation for two nights, and all meals.

To apply: Submit a cover letter explaining your reasons for attending the workshop and a CV to: https://apply.interfolio.com/74160

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020. Invitations to participate in the workshop will be issued by mid-June.

For further details and questions, please contact Dr. Yaron Ayalon, Director of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, ayalony@cofc.edu.