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Dr. Jason Kalman Promoted to Associate Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dr. Jason Kalman, holder of the Dr. Alfred Gottschalk – John and Marianne Slade Chair for an Emerging Scholar in Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation as of July 1, 2011.  

In announcing Dr. Kalman’s promotion, Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, “Dr. Kalman’s recent appointment as the Gottschalk-Slade Emerging Scholar in Jewish Intellectual History reflects his prodigious talents and the range and quality of his research. As an editor of H-Judaic, the world's only online network devoted to on-going research and current events in academic Jewish Studies, he occupies a significant role in the Jewish Studies scene. He is an excellent teacher and role model, and we are privileged to have young scholars of his caliber on our faculty.”

Dr. Kalman received his Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University, with a dissertation focusing on interpretations of the Book of Job in Jewish thought from antiquity to the modern period. A research fellow affiliated with the University of the Free State, South Africa, he specializes in the history of Jewish biblical exegesis, and his specific research interests include rabbinic anti-Christian polemic, medieval intellectual history as reflected in biblical commentary, and biblical interpretation after the Holocaust. The author of numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Kalman is the co-author with Jaqueline Du Toit of Canada's Big Biblical Bargain: How McGill University Bought the Dead Sea Scrolls (McGill-Queen's University Press, May 2010), and is working on a biography of noted HUC-JIR scholar Dr. Harry Orlinsky.

He has been a member of the HUC-JIR faculty since 2005 and in October 2010 was presented with the Gottschalk-Slade Chair, which was established by John and Marian Slade in honor of their friend, Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, former HUC-JIR President (1971-1996), Chancellor (1996-2000), and Chancellor Emeritus (2000-2009). Dr. Jason Kalman presented the lecture “Excavating the Dark Places of the University: The Johns Hopkins University Admisions Quota and the Jewish Community” at the presentation of the Chair on October 18, 2010.  Please click here for the video of the presentation and Dr. Kalman’s lecture.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.