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Director of Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

Furman University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2022

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Director of Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

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Job Title:
Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

Job Family:
Furman Faculty

Full time

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Pay Type:

Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Job Summary:
Furman University seeks an inaugural professor and director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) to build and develop outstanding curricular and co-curricular teaching, research, and community engagement on women, gender, and sexuality at Furman and in the surrounding Greenville, SC community.

Job Description:

We are seeking a visionary and engaging leader who holds a Ph.D. in a humanities, social science, or relevant academic field with a strong record of interdisciplinary and intersectional research/teaching on women's, gender, and sexuality studies; demonstration of effective teaching and mentoring; evidence of committed professional, campus, and community leadership; and expression of an innovative vision for the future of WGSS at Furman. Appointment will be at the rank of full professor (or advanced associate, with extensive relevant experience) within a department appropriate to the successful candidate's field of study. Please visit the WGSS website at for more information.

The professor and director will lead existing academic and co-curricular collaborations and facilitate new interdisciplinary initiatives and community partnerships. Candidates should exhibit advanced program-building skills and effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with individuals and groups from various identities, cultures, and backgrounds. Scholars with strong leadership experience in policy, practical, and/or activist realms, in global and local contexts, are encouraged to apply.

Primary responsibilities:
  • Create and direct activities and programming of the WGSS program in coordination with other university partners, such as the Center for Inclusive Communities, the Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Committee, LGBTQ+ Affairs Subcommittee, the Furman Humanities Center, and student organizations.
  • Serve as an advocate for the WGSS program with senior leadership and advance the University's commitment to anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and accessibility through high-impact initiatives and strategic collaborations; supervise and mentor faculty and staff within the WGSS program; and facilitate professional development and program evaluation/assessment.
  • Coordinate curricular matters such as course schedules, degree audits, major/minor recruitment and advising; and maintain program budgets.
  • Design and teach courses in their area of expertise and lead curricular development in ways that advance existing WGSS offerings, including but not limited to: critical race feminisms, transnational feminisms, queer and sexuality studies, trans studies, immigration and human rights, gender-based violence, and disability studies.
  • Participate in academic conferences and symposiums to critically engage with other scholars in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

The successful WGSS director will also:
  • Take initiatives to centralize diffused areas on campus that promote WGSS.
  • Apply for internal and external grants to support the WGSS program.
  • Support and mentor students, with respect for the integrity of their individual paths.
  • Bring together scholars and students to engage in and disseminate publicly facing research that focuses on gender justice.

Load all documents in the My Experience area under Resume/CV. This should include the following documents as a single PDF in the order listed: letter of interest, C.V. diversity statement, and complete contact information for three references. The diversity statement should describe how the candidate might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values.

Application deadline is October 15, 2022.

Education Requirements:
Doctorate (Required)

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Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits. jeid-ad645bd156cd7e4d968279303a94388f
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