Competition for Jewish Studies Courses, Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, UChicago, Submission Deadline January 26

Graduate Student Teaching Opportunity:

Jewish Studies Courses at the Graham School

2011-2012 Competition

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, in cooperation with the Graham School of General Studies, is pleased to announce its first competition for Jewish Studies courses to be taught at the Graham School (at the Gleacher Center) in 2011-12.   The Graham School offers an array of open enrollment non-credit courses in the liberal arts for adult students; for examples of current courses, see  The Center for Jewish Studies will oversee three such courses on topics in Jewish Studies, to be taught by University of Chicago Ph.D. students, one in each quarter of the academic year 2011-12.

Each course meets for a total of 20 hours per quarter; usually they are taught over eight weeks, each meeting lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are contingent on minimal enrollment (typically six students). Each student teacher will be assigned a faculty mentor who will work with her on her syllabus and oversee her teaching.

Eligibility: University of Chicago Ph.D. students in all Divisions and Schools are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be admitted to candidacy at the time of application.

Topics:  Any subject relating to Jewish history, culture, thought, and language, from the Bible to contemporary Israel studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish literature in translation.  These courses should be geared to lecture and discussion; there is no grading and student preparation is usually limited to close reading of texts.  Courses need not be introductory surveys but they should not be specialized research seminars based on dissertation chapters.

Application: Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago, IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of the application. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to

There will be an information meeting for potential applicants with a representative of the Graham School in early January. Details will be forthcoming.

The application materials must include:

1. CCJS Course Cover Sheet

2. Course title, a one paragraph description, and the draft of a syllabus

3. Current CV

4. E-mail from the student’s departmental Chair of Graduate Studies stating that the student is in good standing and has been admitted to candidacy.

5. The names of two faculty referees

Salary: The Graham School pays graduate student lecturers $1300.  The Center for Jewish Studies will supplement this salary with research grants of $700 that can be used for any research expense (from books to travel).