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The Profession

A guide to articles, conference papers, and other materials on professional issues in the field of Jewish Studies, with particular emphasis on issues facing advanced graduate students and pre-tenure scholars.

Professional Development Workshop Webcasts

Fundraising for Jewish Studies: Insights from the Academic and Foundation World
Friday, October 29, 2010
Center for Jewish History

Features a conversation between David Ruderman,  Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Ella Darivoff Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Judith Ginsberg, Executive Director of the Nash Family Foundation and former program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. The session is moderated by Michael Glickman, Chief Administrative Officer of the Center for Jewish History and head of the Center’s development initiatives. The discussion considers how to cultivate support for specific projects and events, as well as how to involve donors and foundations in the long-term vision and aspirations of your program and institution.  The session also explores how fundraising for Jewish Studies has changed over the past few years, and ways in which Jewish Studies programs can best communicate their goals and activities in these new economic times.

Click here for access to the archived webcast of Fundraising for Jewish Studies.

Careers Outside of Academia for the Jewish Studies Scholar
Friday, November 20, 2009
Center for Jewish History

This event consisted of a structured discussion among four distinguished panelists: Dr. Jonathan Brent, Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Visiting Professor of History and Literature at Bard College; Dr. Nina Goodman, Coordinator of Academic Support at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Lower School; Dr. Felicia Herman, Executive Director of the Natan Fund; and Dr. Jacob Wisse, Director of the Yeshiva University Museum and Associate Professor of Art History at Stern College. Careers outside of Academia was moderated by Dr. Rona Sheramy, Executive Director of the Association for Jewish Studies. 

Over the course of the session, the panelists discussed job opportunities in the non-profit world, including foundations, academic publishing, Jewish education, archives, and museums. They also discussed how best to seek and apply for non-academic positions, as well as how to maintain a research agenda.

Click here to access the archived webcast of Careers Outside of Academia.

Preparing for the Job Market: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Academic Hiring Process
Friday, October 23 2009
Center for Jewish History

Preparing for the Job Market is a structured discussion among three distinguished panelists: Dr. Judith Hauptman from the Talmud and Rabbinics Department at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Dr. Yael Zerubavel from the Jewish Studies and History Departments at Rutgers University, and Dr. Hartley Lachter from the Religion Studies Department at Muhlenberg College.  The panel is moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.  Over the course of the session, the panelists address the hiring process from both sides of the table: providing tips on how best to present oneself to an academic search panel as well as a “behind-the-scenes” look at how different academic departments approach the hiring process.  The panelists also address the vital elements of an academic job application, from cover letters and CVs to in-person interviews, from the perspectives of their varied institutions and departments.

Click here to access the archived webcast of Preparing for the Job Market.

Other Resources

Non-Academic Careers for the Jewish Studies Scholars
Papers Presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies AJS/AAJR Panel: "Beyond the Ivory Tower: Career Opportunities for the Jewish Studies Scholar"

Aleisa Fishman, Ph.D.
Editorial Coordinator, Academic Publications,
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Felicia Herman, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Natan

Avinoam Patt, Ph.D.
Applied Research Scholar for Jewish Life and Culture,
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Judith Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
Director of Education, Jewish Women's Archive

Getting the First Book Published

"Publishing the First Book: A Conversation with Eric Zinner," AJS Perspectives
Fall/Winter 2004

Papers Presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies AJS/AAJR Panel: "Getting the First Book Published"

Glenn Dynner
Sarah Lawrence College

Melissa R. Klapper
Rowan University

The Job Interview

"What to Expect in a First-Round Interview," The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 31, 2011

"What to Expect in a Second-Round Interview," The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 1, 2012

"Applying for an Academic Position," AJS Perspectives
Fall/Winter 2003