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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Hollins University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 15, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
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Full Time
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Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS). Both entry-level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its c ommitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position & Qualifications

The Gender and Women’s Studies program is dedicated to intersectional, anti-racist, and holistic pedagogies and to providing a welcoming learning space for students where they are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and self-reflexively in the pursuit of a more just world. The successful candidate will be a teacher-scholar broadly trained in gender, women’s, sexuality, and/or feminist studies (GWSFS) with expertise in the areas of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and/or other women-of-color feminisms. The GWS faculty value interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, and experiential learning that further Hollins University’s commitment to diversity, equity, justice, and inclusive excellence. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate intersectional, innovative, community-engaged, and cross-disciplinary approaches to research and teaching within a liberal arts context, and who value mentoring students who are first-generation, limited-income, and from historically underrepresented groups in higher education. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in GWSFS, a Ph.D. in sociology or a doctoral degree in another cognate field with a certificate in GWSFS. The content and geographic areas of candidates’ research focus is open but should complement and expand current GWS and sociology offerings. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, queer studies, trans studies, disability studies, health equity and justice, transnational feminisms, and postcolonial/decolonial studies. Applicants should demonstrate an active record of scholarly and/or creative work.

The position carries six courses per year throughout the fall, spring, and January short terms, including the GWS introductory survey and major capstone seminar. At least two courses per year must be cross-listed with sociology, and at least two courses must center on GWS theory, potentially including cross-listed offerings. GWS electives may also support the social justice minor and the general education program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of the GWS program which offers a B.A. and a minor.

Additional duties include service to the department and university, such as student mentorship and advising; supervision of undergraduate internships, research, and theses; leadership in the GWS affiliate faculty council and in program development and management; and active participation in campus-wide faculty governance.

About Hollins

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses your approach to teaching, mentoring, and recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds, and how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service.
Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:
  • A teaching statement;
  • A sample syllabus;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts. 
Applicants should submit materials via this web page ( ). Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search co-chairs, Dr. LeeRay Costa ( ) and/or Dr. Jennifer Turner (

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

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