Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 30, 2019
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Tenure Status Tenure Track Position Number 009361 Department Interdisciplinary Studies - 250450 Minimum Qualifications

The Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies program ( GWS ) in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies ( IDS ) at Appalachian State University invites applicants for a TT position at the rank of Assistant Professor in GWS with a specialization in LGBTQ Studies to begin August 9, 2021.


  • PhD in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies by Fall 2021. Advanced ABDs in GWS will be considered.
  • Evidence of a newly developing or already well-developed research agenda.
  • Evidence of ability to teach courses in the GWS major. The three required courses in the major are LGBT Studies, Introduction to Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, and Global Women’s Issues.
  • Evidence of willingness to participate in service activities.
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

We have a particular interest in developing a Transgender Studies component of our LGBT Studies coursework and minor should the successful candidate have strengths and interests in that area.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers courses and programs of study that challenge disciplinary boundaries.

We offer degrees in the interdisciplinary fields of Appalachian Studies, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies, plus the university’s only “DIY” major: the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. The Department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an alternative general education program that emphasizes integrative and experiential learning.

The GWS program is the oldest such program in the UNC system and the second oldest in the state of North Carolina. Appalachian’s Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies program offers a GWS B.A., an undergraduate and graduate GWS minor, an LGBT Studies minor, a Girls’ Studies minor, and a GWS graduate certificate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach three courses per semester for the GWS program, maintain an active research agenda, and serve the GWS program, IDS department, college, and/or university.

GWS service may include, but is not limited to, GWS student recruitment and engagement, GWS programming, and/or outreach to the university at large and to the local or regional community.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical classroom and educational environments at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of the following:

  • CV with names of 3 references.
  • Cover letter that addresses the candidate’s research, teaching, and service.
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy.
  • A one-page statement about how your scholarship and teaching contribute to diversity and inclusion for underrepresented individuals or groups.

Applicants must apply and submit all required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s job application website.

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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