Report on the State of Jewish Studies

September 22, 2015

The Association for Jewish Studies has released a report on the state of the field, based on a survey of more than 2,800 faculty members. Among the findings:

  • 78 percent of those who earned a Ph.D. before 1980 report finding a full-time, tenure-track position immediately or within one year. For the most recent Ph.D.s (awarded since 2010), only about one-third found a full-time, tenure-track position within a year of graduating.
  • More respondents (30 percent) reported enrollment declines in their programs than reported enrollment increases (21 percent).
  • The most widely taught courses are modern Jewish history, Bible, Holocaust studies, ancient Jewish history, Jewish thought and theology, and Jewish literature.
  • About 10 percent of instructors have taught one or more online courses.

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