Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies (Tenure-Track)

Santa Clara University
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Aug 25, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Title:

Assistant Professor in Critical Gender and Race Studies (Tenure-Track)


Hiring Range: Tenure-stream salary and benefits competitive. Recognizing the high cost of housing in the local area, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified faculty: [1] a rental assistance program and [2] a purchase assistance program. For details, please refer to:


Job Description: The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Critical Gender and Race Studies, to begin Fall 2021. Specifically, we seek a feminist teacher-scholar who conducts engaged social research at the intersection of gender and race, focusing primarily on the United States. Areas of research specialization for this candidate may include but are not limited to: science and technology studies, health and reproductive justice, labor and migration studies, institutional/structural violence, carceral studies, environmental justice, digital/media cultures, social movements, and policy/advocacy studies. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose work is interdisciplinary and firmly grounded in intersectional and anti-racist analysis that draws on women of color feminisms, Black studies, Latinx studies, Asian American studies, and/or Indigenous studies.

The teaching load for a tenure-track faculty is seven courses, with one release for research, so a successful candidate typically will teach six courses a year including a mix of lower division courses (such as Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Women of Color in the U.S., and Gender, Race, and Technology) and upper division courses in the major (such as Feminist Theory, Feminist Methods, and Senior Capstone), in addition to other courses in their area of specialization. We seek candidates who will qualify one or more of their specialty courses for the University's core curriculum, particularly in areas such as social science; experiential learning for social justice; science, technology, and society; and other core areas consistent with the candidate’s expertise.

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Catholic Jesuit university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. Faculty members are teacher-scholars who balance a commitment to excellent teaching with active programs of research or creative scholarship.

Applicants are invited to visit the university’s web site at for descriptions of the university’s mission, core curriculum, and demographic information on the diverse student population we serve. More specific information about our curriculum can be found at our department webpage

Santa Clara University is committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.


Basic Qualifications
  • Candidates for this position will have a strong scholarly trajectory demonstrating innovative research on gender and race as well as a significant record of curriculum development and teaching in this area.
  • Candidates who have earned a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or Feminist Studies are preferred, though applicants with a Ph.D. in a social science discipline or related field closely tied to the intersectional study of gender and race are also encouraged to apply.
  • The Women’s and Gender Studies Department is actively engaged in advancing University-wide efforts related to racial and gender justice and inclusive excellence, so evidence of leadership and contributions in these areas are highly valued.
  • In addition, we seek applicants who are interested in and have the potential to involve undergraduate students in participatory action research, community-based advocacy, internships, and other types of social justice advocacy and experiential learning.

Responsibilities Duties include but are not limited to:

1.       Teaching.
  • Typically teach 6 courses per year, typically a combination of upper and lower-division courses within the WGST major and in the area of specialization, including some that meet Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Use appropriate measures of student performance, providing timely feedback to students.
  • Assign grades and offer substantive feedback that offers an accurate and fair assessment of student work. 
  • Post and maintain regular office hours. 
  • Serve as an advisor to assigned students.
  • Develop new courses in line with WGST major and minor, as needed for the Core Curriculum, and that align with areas of student interest.

2.         Research.
  • Engage in active scholarship that leads to peer reviewed publications and professional activity commensurate with rank.
  • Pursue interdisciplinary research collaborations and/or dialogues.
  • When possible, engage undergraduate students in research.

3.         Service.
  • Engage in service to the Department, College, University, and the profession. 
  • Participate in professional organizations and activities, serve on committees.
  • Advance the Department, College and University’s commitments to gender and racial justice and diversity and inclusion initiatives within SCU and beyond via community-partnerships, service, etc.

Deadline for Applications: 10/16/20


Start Date: 9/1/21


Application Procedure Applicants should submit:

(1) Cover letter and/or personal statement that includes:

  • the applicant’s focus on critical gender and race studies,
  • a statement of teaching philosophy,
  • a projected research agenda/plan,
  • the applicant’s experience or interest in working with people from underrepresented communities and diverse cultures and identities,
  • a statement on how the applicant’s research plans might foster intra-departmental and interdepartmental connections and contribute to College or university priorities, and
  • the applicant’s understanding of the mission of Santa Clara as a Jesuit, Catholic university;
(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) Evidence of teaching excellence (portfolio of course syllabi, student evaluations, faculty evaluations and sample assignments)

(4) A representative sample of scholarship, e.g. in-press or published article, dissertation chapter, etc.

(5) Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts

(6) Three letters of recommendation

All application materials, except for confidential letters of recommendation, should be submitted online in electronic form via the Workday system at Confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed to the Department Chair, Sharmila Lodhia at



Work Authorization: A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.