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The Joyce Zeger Greenberg Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce that the inaugural appointee to the Joyce Zeger Greenberg Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies will be Dan Diner, who will be in residence at UChicago during Spring Quarters 2014 and 2015. Diner is Professor of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as the University of Leipzig, where he is also Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture. In the course of Diner’s appointment, he will teach two classes per quarter and give a public lecture, while also engaging with the many activities and intellectual community of the Center.

This exciting opportunity to connect prominent thinkers in the field of Jewish studies with the University of Chicago is made possible through the generosity of Joyce Zeger Greenberg, AB’52, whose $2 million gift will enhance the ability of the University to bring senior scholars to campus under the auspices of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. You can learn more about Ms. Greenberg’s philanthropy in support of Jewish history and heritage by reading this article in Tableau.

The Joyce Zeger Greenberg Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies will make possible one or two visiting appointments of distinguished senior scholars in any area of Jewish Studies for one or two quarters each year. (For details on the schedule, please see the UChicago academic calendar.) The Greenberg Visiting Professor will generally be expected to teach two courses a quarter—one of which will be a graduate course with the other open to undergraduates—and will also deliver a public lecture. The appointment will be in a department (e.g., History) or school (e.g., the Divinity School) and every attempt will be made to involve the appointee in the daily life of the Center for Jewish Studies. The Center intends to rotate the professorship among the various fields and disciplines of Jewish studies; candidates will be chosen based on their potential contribution to the curricula and scholarly pursuits at the University.

We invite letters of interest from senior scholars working on any aspect of the history, thought, literatures, languages, religion, or culture of the Jews and Judaism, who would be on leave from their home institution or are emeriti, and who wish to be considered for an appointment. Letters should include possible courses the candidate would teach as well as potential availability through 2017, and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae. All appointments will be made by the Provost of the University at the recommendation of the appropriate department or school and nomination by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. The salary will be very competitive with stipends provided for travel, housing, and research.

All materials or queries should be sent to


Attn: Greenberg Visiting Professorship

Chicago Center for Jewish Studies

The University of Chicago

1115 East 58th Street

Chicago IL 60637