The Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota invites applications for the position of Professor and Chair. The Chair is the department’s chief academic, financial, and strategic officer who works to recruit, mentor, and retain outstanding faculty and students at all levels. The preferred rank at the time of appointment is Professor; however, advanced Associate Professors with prior leadership and administrative experience will also be considered. We are seeking candidates who are willing to serve as Chair for at least two three-year terms, then join the department’s regular tenured faculty at the conclusion of the chair appointment.
Applicants from all disciplines are invited to apply, but we are especially interested in candidates whose scholarship will complement existing departmental strengths, which include health, science, and technology studies; transnational feminisms; women of color feminisms; black studies; postcolonial studies; queer and transgender studies; and cultural studies. Candidates must possess an excellent record of research as well as demonstrable commitments to engaging in national leadership in the field of women, gender, and sexuality studies; addressing structural inequalities within and outside of the academy; and cultivating an interdisciplinary core curriculum. We have a strong preference for candidates with experience mentoring junior faculty through tenure and with experience in budgeting and finance in higher education. The University of Minnesota is home to a number of vibrant interdisciplinary programs and initiatives that focus on critical exploration of race, indigeneity, gender, and sexuality studies from a variety of perspectives—locally regionally, and transnationally. These include Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS), the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), the African Studies Initiative (ASI), the Institute for Global Studies (IGS), and the Centre for Bioethics. The successful candidate for this position is expected to be a thought leader in the field of gender, women and sexuality studies; advance new conversations with related programs and initiatives; represent the department within the university; and promote its intellectual, pedagogical, and outreach mission beyond our campus.
This is a 100%-time position holding both a faculty appointment and an administrative appointment. The faculty appointment is a 9-month academic year appointment that will be at the rank of tenured associate or full professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with existing collegiate and University policy. The administrative appointment is a 12-month appointment at the rank of chair (with faculty rank). A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in a related field is required. Salary is competitive.
Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.
Faculty in the Department of GWSS in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research that includes publication; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.