A Statement from the Faculty of the University of Virginia’s Jewish Studies Program

We, the faculty affiliated with the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia, condemn in the strongest possible terms the antisemitic, racist, homophobic, and xenophobic intimidation, hate speech, and violence promoted and perpetrated by neo-Nazis and self-proclaimed white supremacists on August 11 and 12, 2017, in Charlottesville and on the grounds of the University of Virginia. We deeply mourn the tragic deaths of Heather Heyer, who dedicated her life to the creation of a just society, and Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates of the Virginia State Police, who were acting to contain these groups and protect those who oppose their odious views and acts of violence.

We who teach and study Jewish civilization, history, and culture, are acutely aware of the dangerous ramifications—both for democratic societies and for innocent individuals and communities—of the ideas and actions of the hate-inspired groups that besieged Charlottesville. In light of these acts of violence and horrific expressions of ignorance, intolerance, and hatred, we rededicate ourselves as educators to fostering learning environments in which all students—regardless of skin color, place of birth, faith, gender, sexual orientation, political views, or heritage—feel welcome and able to engage in civil and productive discourse in a spirit of mutual respect. 

Manuela Achilles

Elizabeth Alexander

Gerard Alexander

Jessica Andruss

Asher Biemann

Gabriel Finder

Blaire French

Jennifer Geddes

Robert Geraci

Zvi Gilboa

Jeffrey Grossman

Martien Halvorson-Taylor

Michelle Kisliuk

Daniel Lefkowitz 

James Loeffler

Charles Mathewes

William McDonald

Peter Ochs

Vanessa Ochs

Caroline Rody

Joel Rubin

Gregory Schmidt-Goering

Assistant Professor in Modern Hebrew, General Faculty — University of Virginia

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures (MESALC) at the University of Virginia invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor, General Faculty (tenure-ineligible) in Modern Hebrew. This is a three-year, renewable appointment. The appointment begins with the fall term 2018 with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2018.  

The successful applicant will have native or near-native fluency in Israeli Hebrew, demonstrated excellence in teaching Modern Hebrew at an American university, experience developing academic programs, and the ability to contribute to the University’s Jewish Studies, Global Studies, and Digital Humanities programs. This position also requires a record of innovation and sophistication in second-language pedagogy that integrates texts derived from the Israeli electronic mediascape while  developing students’ transnational literacies alongside language skills. Teaching responsibilities include first- and second-year language classes in Modern Israeli Hebrew, as well as advanced Hebrew Language courses that focus on conversational skills, media Hebrew, or topics in Israeli literature, film or culture. This position carries a teaching load of three courses per semester. A Ph.D. in Hebrew language, literature, or linguistics; second language pedagogy; or a related field is required by date of appointment. 

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile on-line through Jobs@UVA (, and electronically attach the following: CV, cover letter, statement of (language) teaching philosophy, a sample of relevant course syllabi (attach as Writing Sample 1), and a representative sample of course evaluations as evidence of teaching effectiveness (attach as Writing Sample 2); search on posting number 0621351. Please include in the CV the name and contact information for three people who would be willing to write confidential letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions about the position to: Daniel Lefkowitz at

Questions regarding the on-line application process should be directed to: Cameron Clayton, 434-982-2665,


The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.


The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.