Faculty, Tenure Track
Position's Functional Title
Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Position Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Governors State University (University Park IL) is a
minority-serving institution inviting applications for a full-time,
tenure track Assistant Professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies,
to begin in the Fall 2023 semester. This position is a 10-month
contract with a teaching load of 21 credit hours (7 courses) in the
fall and spring semesters; summer teaching is sometimes available,
but not required.
We seek a teacher-scholar committed to enhancing our culture of
diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will become the first full
time faculty member in our Gender and Sexuality Studies
baccalaureate and minor programs. The candidate will teach core and
elective courses for Gender and Sexuality studies majors and minors
such as Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies, Junior
Seminar, GNSX Methods, and/or Senior Seminar, as well as courses
specific to the applicant’s specialty. The ability to teach general
education courses such as Interdisciplinary Humanities First Year
Seminar and Mastering College and to contribute to
cross-disciplinary programs such as Black Studies, Global Studies,
or Political & Social Justice Studies is also preferred.
The Gender and Sexuality program at GSU is made up of affiliated
faculty, we seek candidates who demonstrate an interest in
collaboration with not only affiliated faculty, but other
departments/programs, and the larger South Suburban Chicago
We seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, evidence of
(or potential for) a distinguished record of scholarship as well as
service to the institution, discipline, and/or community.
Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and
first-generation college graduates are especially encouraged to
Governors State University is the only regional public
comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving
approximately 5500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969,
GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to
a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students,
returning adults, and veterans. With among the lowest undergraduate
tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have
earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU
accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it
transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a
regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general
education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm
and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to
Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access,
and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic
quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous
hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our
innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to
foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative
thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty
member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their
studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of
community college students to universities, and is leading through
the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as
tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college
students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college
full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and
several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and
1. Ph.D. or terminal degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies,
Women’s Studies, or a related field; ABD in the final stages of
completion will also be considered.
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in academic
writing and gender and sexuality studies more broadly.
3. Documented record of an ability to make intellectual
contributions through scholarly publications or
4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.
1. Experience teaching first-generation, returning adult,
culturally diverse, and non-traditional students.
2. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship
related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.
3. Experience teaching courses in gender and sexuality studies,
academic writing, career planning, or service learning.
4. Ability to contribute to Global Studies, Political & Social
Justice Studies, or other multi-disciplinary GSU programs.
5. Evidence of teaching excellence.
6. Teaching or professional experience in multiple
7. Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Arabic
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Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover
letter, sample syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy,
unofficial transcripts, and list of 3-4 professional references by
December 1, 2022 to receive full consideration, although
applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
References will only be contacted prior to candidate
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Teaching Philosophy
- List of Three Professional References