Teaching Assistant


University of Toronto
Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies
Teaching Assistant Position
Winter Term 2017

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies seeks 1 Teaching Assistant for the following course:

CJS200H1S Introduction to Jewish Thought
This introductory course explores multidisciplinary approaches to Jewish religion and thought, and its purpose is to acquaint students with central concepts of traditional Jewish philosophy. Class discussions and readings will revolve around themes and practices that were developed in the “classic” Jewish texts, from the Rabbinic period to the Medieval period when, for the most part in the Islamic world, what is often referred to as “Jewish philosophy” first developed and flourished. We shall examine how important Jewish philosophers of that age―Sa‘adiah Gaon, Moses Maimonides, Joseph Albo, and others―used philosophical ideas and arguments in order to understand and defend the fundamental tenets of their own religion (with regards to topics such as reason and revelation, human free will, biblical prophecy, the Commandments, and the concept of supernatural). During the first part of the course we will consider modern academic critiques of these canonical views, and ask whether modern events (such as the Holocaust) might force us to re-evaluate the answers to central philosophical questions of religious belief formulated in earlier times. The course is taught by four professors, each of whom gives three lectures.

Applicants should have at least an MA in Religion or Philosophy or Political Theory, preferably with a concentration in Jewish Studies. First consideration will be given to full-time graduate students at the University of Toronto.


  • Office hours for academic counselling of students
  • Responding to student inquiries
  • Uploading readings to Blackboard
  • Marking course materials
  • Attending lectures
  • Course readings
  • Facilitating review session and invigilating final exam

Hours of work: 73
Estimated Course Enrolment: 30
Class Schedule: Wednesday 12:00pm–2:00pm
Rate of Pay: SGS 11-Mstrs/11-Phd - $43.22/hour (+4% vacation pay)
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, December 12. Applications should be sent by email to:
Professor Yigal Nizri
Email: cjs.undergraduate@utoronto.ca

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 December 7, 2016.

Note: Although a graduate student’s preference as to the campus location of his/her TA appointment will be taken into account, both the initial TA appointment (or CI appointment) and the subsequent appointment obligation related to that appointment may be met through position(s) on any one of the three University of Toronto campuses (UTM, UTSC or St. George) in courses in the same discipline as the initial appointment. TAs will only be assigned to courses in fields in which they are or should be qualified to assist.