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Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

University of Richmond
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 18, 2022

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Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies - 000142

The University of Richmond Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) invites applications for the Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the rank of endowed full professor to begin in the 2023 academic year.

The Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair will be an accomplished teacher-scholar will hold an appointment in an academic department and have primary teaching responsibilities in WGSS. It is an interdisciplinary program that draws from many programs and departments across campus. WGSS has strengths in feminist & queer theories, methods, gender and violence, transnational and historical perspectives and has a thriving relationship with the will program, the WGSS board, and a large affiliate faculty across campus, including the new Africana studies program.

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding teacher with demonstrated success in a diverse undergraduate environment, a distinguished record of scholarship in women, gender, and sexuality studies, and demonstrated effectiveness advancing inclusive curricula and community. In addition, the SBS chair stewards the program in various ways, working closely with the program coordinator and board in program development, long-term vision and planning, and in workshops for UR faculty development. A doctoral degree and experience in teaching in a college or university setting are required. Candidates should have a record of accomplishment appropriate for the rank of full professor in a department related to their discipline at the time of appointment. Applicants from all disciplines are welcome to apply. Candidates with expertise in philosophy, political science, psychology, comparative literature, sociology, and English are especially encouraged to apply. While the person holding the SBS chair in WGSS will be affiliated with an academic department, their teaching obligations and duties will be to the WGSS program. We seek a candidate with a strong commitment to a liberal arts setting with the proven ability to work collaboratively across academic disciplines.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment.

Applicants should apply online at, or by contacting Dr. Sydney Watts, Associate Professor of History and WGSS at They will be asked to supply a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including a summary of current teaching and research interests, and teaching statement that articulates the candidate's teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy, and a list of three references. Candidates at a later date may be asked to provide additional materials. Review of applications will commence November 1st and will continue to consider candidates until the position is filled.

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