The Kahanoff Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Sciences invites nominations and applications for the Kahanoff Chair in Israel Studies. Seeking an outstanding scholar from any social science discipline, the ideal candidate will have an established record of research on modern Israel and a desire to play a lead role in building the University's Israel Studies program. The chairholder will attract and supervise outstanding graduate students and will teach one graduate or undergraduate course each semester.
Founded in 2003, the University of Calgary’s Israel Studies Program, under the leadership of the Kahanoff chairholder, focuses on the study of modern Israel. The Program is dedicated to developing new knowledge about Israel; to increasing the understanding of Israel among students and the general public; and to training a new generation of scholars prepared to add to the body of research on Israel.
Already noteworthy, the university hosted the annual meeting of the Association of Israel Studies in 2005. Currently the Program has two Master’s students and two Ph.D. students, each of whom will receive a degree in one of the social science or humanities disciplines with a specialization in Israel Studies. The university seeks to grow the graduate program and to offer regular undergraduate-level courses. The chairholder will be expected to guide the development of the program and to help in acquiring additional resources to support that growth.
The appointment will be to a tenured or tenure-track position, with a preference for a candidate eligible for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The chairholder will have an appointment in one of the nine departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. A cross-appointment to the School of Policy Studies is also possible.
Consideration of candidates will begin on November 1, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications should be sent in confidence to:
Professor Kevin McQuillan
Applications should include a letter of application indicating areas of research interest and major accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three referees.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates and encourages diversity.