Jewish Studies Professor

Teach university students about Jewish studies.

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$36,000 – $132,000

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What do Jewish Studies Professors do?

As one of the oldest on Earth, the Jewish civilization carries with it a history rich in culture, literature, religion, art, and language. You don’t need to be Jewish or a follower of Judaism yourself to be a Jewish Studies Professor; you simply need an appreciation of its past and a love for sharing it with others.

With a good couple thousand years of history to cover, you won’t be teaching everything as a Jewish Studies Professor, and certainly not in one class. The Diaspora (a fancy word for the scattering of the Jewish people across Europe) caused the Jewish culture to spread around the globe, and each geographical facet is unique and full of history. From the Old Testament to the medieval era to modern times, each period offers proof of how a population deeply influenced all of civilization as a whole.

There’s a lot out there to know, but you have a specialty as a Jewish Studies Professor that brings something unique to your school’s Jewish studies program. Perhaps you’re a master of Hebrew and can translate old documents, like the Torah, to your students, or your numerous trips to Israel allow you to lead classes based around recent politics. More than just a machine that assigns readings and grades papers, you’re a living window for students to gaze into, bringing your own personal experience to each lesson.

While math and chemistry might lose your interest five minutes into a lecture, you’ve never even thought about nodding off during your history class. The best part about teaching at a university is that you get to keep studying and researching your favorite topics while passing it all on to your pupils.

Should I be a Jewish Studies Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Jewish Studies Professor

    Most Jewish Studies Professors have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aabaq9&chl=||associate%27s+%282%25%29||master%27s+%2821%25%29|doctorate+%2877%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,77
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