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How to Apply

Candidates should send an electronic application via email attachments (in PDF format) to Jeffrey Veidlinger, Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, 202 S. Thayer St., Suite 2111, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 at  The dossier should include:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • evidence of teaching excellence
  • 2 sample syllabi and sample instructional materials
  • the names and contact information of three referees, each of whom should also be asked to send a letter of reference directly to

Job Summary

The Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for a full-time Lecturer III position to begin September 1, 2018.  This is a non-tenure track position with a university Year appointment period (September 1 through May 31), and may be renewed annually, for up to three years.  The appointment is subject to final approval by the College.  Renewal is contingent upon programmatic need, funding, and performance review based on excellence in classroom teaching, curricular development and administrative service.  A typical full-time (100%) load for a Lecturer III in the College of LSA is three (3) courses per semester, or the equivalent in administrative and/or service duties. 

The Frankel Center has a longstanding commitment to Yiddish, and includes several faculty members who research and teach on different aspects of Yiddish literature and culture.


The successful candidate will have a 3-2 teaching load, consisting of introductory and intermediate Yiddish language and an additional course in Yiddish language and/or culture. We expect a firm and demonstrated commitment to employing innovative and dynamic pedagogy and to exploring novel ways to study Yiddish at the university level in an effort to increase enrollment in the language.  In addition, the candidate will be responsible for administrative duties (16% of position) including advising of all students in the Yiddish minor and conducting internal and external outreach aimed at the recruitment of students of Yiddish. Outreach activities include administering extra-curricular opportunities for Yiddish enrichment, such as the existing weekly Yiddish reading group; developing additional enrichment activities, such as Yiddish table; and conducting recruitment activities on campus and beyond.

Required Qualifications*

Qualified applicants should have a Graduate degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field, a range of instructional expertise and fluency in the Yiddish language. Applicants should also have a strong knowledge of Yiddish literature and culture.  Excellence in teaching and instructional service will be the principal criteria used to select the successful candidate.

Additional Information

Review of applications will commence on November 1, 2017.

Offers for this appointment are contingent on successful completion of a background screening.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Selection Process

Excellence in teaching and instructional service will be the principal criteria used to select the successful candidate.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.