Assistant, Associate, or Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies (Gender, Science, and

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 04, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in the field of gender, science, and technology studies that will begin on July 1, 2021. This is an open-rank search. Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Forty-five percent of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student's demonstrated need, and 57 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

We seek candidates whose scholarship and teaching make a creative and interdisciplinary intervention in science policy, medicine, and/or technology as they intersect in a global context with gender, race, and sexuality. Topics that candidates could address include (but are not limited to) the following: the role of race and gender in environmental policy and health care reform; the gendered dimensions of scientific and medical developments and controversies (e.g., surrogate motherhood, sex-selective abortion, medical tourism, HIV/AIDS, maternal/infant health); transgender health, identity, and rights; and contestations over reproductive rights (e.g., queer reproduction, and sex and gender reassignment). Although teaching and collaborating with lab scientists is encouraged, the successful candidate will not have the opportunity to conduct a laboratory-based research program. Candidates from the social sciences are especially encouraged to apply.

An appointment at the assistant, or, possibly, the associate professor rank will be tenure track. A senior appointment will be with tenure. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a positive tenure review.

To apply, please submit electronically to a letter of application, a CV, one writing sample not to exceed thirty pages, a teaching statement and three letters of recommendations. Review of applications will begin September 25, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment.

Inquiries may be directed to Stephanie Orion (, academic department coordinator, Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies.

The department, founded in 1987, is committed to inclusion, diversity, and a high standard of interdisciplinary scholarship and instruction. We benefit from our location in the Connecticut River Valley, which boasts one of the largest concentrations of women's studies scholars in the world, and includes Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. We maintain linkages with the Five College Women's Studies Research Center and offer Five College certificates in reproductive health, rights and justice, and queer, transgender, and sexuality studies.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst College has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying its student body.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


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