Course Instructor

COMPETITION CLOSED - Course Instructor: Two (2) Positions Available

CJS Graduate Student Competition to Teach CJS390H1-F/S in 2020-2021

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that we will be running a competition for the 2020-2021 academic year for two half-course (0.5 FCEs) to be taught by CJS graduate students. The courses will be at the 300-level and taught under the rubric of "Special Topics."

The courses will be offered as H units (12 weeks, two hours per week). The Fall semester course, CJS390H1-F, will be offered on Tuesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm EST. The Spring semester course, CJS390H1-S, will be offered on Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm EST. You must be available to teach during these days and times.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the University of Toronto is offering Dual Delivery model courses for Fall 2020. You will be expected to deliver your course through the HyFlex Model: Lectures will be delivered in-person (if permitted by UofT and Public Health guidelines) and live-streamed and recorded on an online platform (e.g. Bb Collaborate, Microsoft Teams software, etc.). This means students can attend lectures in-person on campus OR watch the live-stream online at the allotted time of the lecture OR watch the recording of the lecture at a later time. As of right now, Spring courses will be delivered fully in-person. Updates will be provided as the 2020-2021 academic year nears.  

Graduate students are invited to propose courses within their own areas of expertise; the proposals will be adjudicated on a competitive basis. Suitability of topic proposals will be assessed on the basis of academic promise and appropriateness to the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies’ undergraduate curriculum, including how well the proposals address the skills, and curricular needs of Centre’s students, second and third year students in particular.

Preference will be given to applicants who have completed at least two years of doctoral study and have passed the comprehensive examinations. The topics may be related to the applicant’s dissertation topic, but this is not obligatory.

The rate of pay will be the amount stipulated by the CUPE3902 Unit 1 collective agreement for course instructors.

Duties include: preparing and presenting two hours of lectures a week; uploading lectures onto online platform; keeping online course platform up to date at all times; grading papers and final assessments (including make-up examinations if required); and other pedagogical and administrative tasks associated with an undergraduate course.

Applicants should provide:


Which semester (Fall or Spring) is your preference


One-page prospectus of the course they would like to teach


Sample syllabus


Up-to-date curriculum vitae


Name(s) of one or more referees who can comment on their work and teaching potential


Applications should be submitted electronically to and the heading should be Student Initiated Proposals. The applications and questions about the program can also be addressed to Professor Adam Cohen at

Deadline for applications will be 5:00pm on Monday, June 22nd, 2020. Posted on Monday, June 1st, 2020. The results of the competition will be announced within a few days of the closing date.

 The Centre’s hiring policy is available in the Centre or in the CUPE 3902 Office. This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement.


Sessional Lecturer: CJS 1000/2000H Core Methods in Jewish Studies

Job Field: CUPE 3902 Unit 3 

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto) 

Job Posting: Jun 23, 2020 

Job Closing: Jul 13, 2020 

Description: Co-instructor

Course number and title: CJS 1000/2000H Core Methods in Jewish Studies

Course description: This year-long, half-credit course exposes students to advanced methods employed in understanding texts, contexts, and concepts in the main areas of Jewish Studies. A diverse team of scholars from a range of academic disciplines will model methods such as textual exegesis and criticism; history of interpretation; social history; cultural studies; comparative approaches; and analysis of philosophical and theological problems and arguments. Students will read short, standard texts in Jewish Studies, write three short responses each semester to specific presentations, and participate in group discussions after the scheduled guest lectures.

Estimated course enrolment: 35

Estimated TA support: None

Class schedule: Mondays 4:00-7:00

Sessional dates of appointment: Sept 2020 - April 2021

Salary: The minimum stipend as of January 1, 2020 is $8,323.20 (inclusive of vacation pay) for a half credit course. As of September 1, 2020, the minimum stipend is $8,489.66 (inclusive of vacation pay) for a half credit course. (Salary will be prorated based on the appointment percentage of 50% 

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Minimum qualifications: Candidates should possess a doctorate degree in a relevant discipline in Jewish Studies and demonstrated mastery of the subject area. Mastery may be demonstrated, but not limited to scholarly publications establishing expertise in the area.

Preferred qualifications: Over and above the minimum qualifications, preference will be given to individuals with prior graduate teaching experience in Jewish Studies. Preference will be given to candidates in disciplines other than History. Prior experience teaching online is an asset and should be highlighted in your application cover letter.

Description of duties: Prepare, organize, and teach this half-course graduate seminar with your co-instructor; be available to students seeking assistance between classes; evaluate and provide students with feedback on their work.

Application instructions: Please indicate in a letter of application why you believe your experience qualifies you to teach this particular course. Please include a current CV and names of two referees in your cover-letter. If you are selected for an interview, we will notify you to provide reference letters. Please apply to
Given the current uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing, courses for the Fall session will be offered online- using a combination of synchronous tools (like Zoom ) and UofT asynchronous applications (Bb Collaborate).  

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. 

It is understood that some announcements of vacancies are tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolment. Should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail. 

Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12 of the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 collective agreement.

Please note:  Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement.


The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies seeks 1 Course Instructor for the following course:


CJS392H1F (cross-listing with SOC395H1F): "Applied Statistics and Data Science in Jewish Studies"

This course offers an introduction to research methodology, with an emphasis on research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, and the digital humanities. The course teaches students how to read, evaluate, and plot data in tables, charts, and graphs, using cutting-edge data analysis and illustration tools. For sample data and in-class exercises, we will draw heavily from datasets of interest within the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, this course will be offered as an Online Asynchronous course. You will be expected to deliver the course through an online platform (e.g. Bb Collaborate, Microsoft Teams software, etc.). You will require a high-speed internet connection and hardware (webcam, microphone) to record and upload lectures online.


Applicants should have at least an MA in the social sciences (e.g. Political Science) as well as a background in Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities. First consideration will be given to full-time graduate students at the University of Toronto.

Duties: Developing syllabus, providing two hours of weekly classes, academic counselling of students, responding to student inquiries, uploading all course materials to online platform, marking course materials and reporting on final grades. Please note there is no TA support for this course.

Estimated Course Enrolment: 30

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The position posted above is tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Application Process                                                                                                             

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and names of two references by Monday, July 13, 2020. Applications should be sent by email to:

Professor Anna Shternshis

Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 218, 170 St. George Street
Toronto, ON  M5R 2M8

 This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement. The Departmental Hiring Policy is available in the Department office and in the CUPE Local 3902 office.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020