Assistant Professor – Gender & Women’s Studies

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Assistant Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies, The University of Arizona

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies [] at The University of Arizona [] invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor, faculty position, with an expected start date of August 12, 2019.

We are seeking applications from candidates with thorough training in feminist, queer, or trans studies from any relevant discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. While all candidates with appropriate expertise will be considered, we are particularly interested in scholars who bring feminist transnational, decolonial, or postcolonial perspectives to bear upon critical Indigenous/Native studies, Black studies, or Environmental Justice studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, including the graduate feminist theories curriculum. As a partner hire with the University’s innovative interdisciplinary graduate minor in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory [], the candidate will also be expected to teach core courses in the minor and to be an active member of the program faculty.

Qualifications:  PhD or equivalent international degree at time of appointment. PhD at the time of application preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with a record of excellence in research and teaching. Candidates who will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service are preferred.

Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Interests
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Names and contact information for 3 references

Review of applications will begin November 16, 2018.

To apply, visit:

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a sample of their scholarship, sample syllabi, and to arrange for the submission of letters of recommendation. When candidates are invited to campus, their research presentation might be video recorded for voting-eligible members of the department who are unable to attend. Any recordings that are made will be subject to the university retention schedule and will be accessible only to authorized University personnel.

Please address questions to Sandra Soto, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Chair of the Search Committee, at

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer - M/W/D/V.


The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona stands at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary feminist research, curriculum, and programming. Founded as a program in 1975 and gaining full departmental status in 1997, GWS currently offers BA, MA/JD, and PhD degree programs. Its renowned faculty—composed of 13 core faculty and over 60 affiliates—work in a range of areas, including: Queer Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Chicana/Latina Studies; Migration and Borderlands studies; LGBTQ studies; Transgender Studies; Feminist Transnational Cultural Studies; Feminist Science and Technology Studies; Critical Health and Body Studies; and, Feminist Pedagogy and Curriculum Development. Several of the faculty are active members of the noted Transgender Studies Initiative and the Institute for LGBT Studies.

Our research partner, the internationally prestigious Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), was established in 1979. SIROW develops collaborative research-action projects of importance to women in the southwestern U.S. and the Mexico-U.S. border regions; links researchers, community organizations, and policy makers to encourage informed policies and accessible, responsive services for diverse women's health and well-being; encourages women's contributions in knowledge and cultural production; and supports science and engineering education of, by, and for women and girls through the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.

The department also has a member-based community organization, the Women's Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC), that promotes and supports the students and faculty of GWS and its activities. The Women's Plaza of Honor is sponsored by the Women's Studies Advisory Council and is a means to fund an endowment to support GWS students in their academic achievement.

Located 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and the export-processing zone across the border, and located on Tohono O’odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui traditional homelands, Tucson and the University of Arizona provide a particularly appropriate site for the study of global/local, cultural, and socio-economic processes. The University of Arizona is the state’s premier research university—ranking among the top 20 of public research universities nationwide.

The university features vibrant programs, departments, and institutes including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; Institute of the EnvironmentSocial, Cultural, and Critical Theory; Latin American StudiesAmerican Indian StudiesMexican American Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies (among many others), as well as top-ranked departments in numerous fields. It is also the home of the celebrated Center for Creative Photography and the UA Poetry Center.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Members of the University community enjoy a competitive benefits package, a nationally recognized work/life program, innovative leadership development initiatives, generous tuition reductions for employees and their dependents, and family-friendly options such as paid parental leave. Arizona is a spectacular setting, perfect for outdoor recreation. The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. Learn more about the University of Arizona and Tucson at Why UA ( The more you learn about the University of Arizona, the more you’ll want to join our community.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) places critical perspectives on social difference at the very center of our scholarship, teaching, and service. As the “People College,” we understand our identities to be intersectional, socially constructed, geographically and historically contingent, and – most important – as existing both discursively and materially. For each axis of difference there is a corresponding and interrelated source of oppression, and these infuse all social life, from the micro-aggressions of our daily interactions to life inside varied institutional spaces, including our own. Understanding that systems of oppression perpetuate historic inequities, we take responsibility for ensuring that all of our practices – hiring, promotion, instruction, research, outreach, and beyond – are guided by the values of equity and inclusion.

We are dedicated to creating a serious, open, free intellectual space for inquiry, one in which faculty, students, staff members, and community partners can participate fully, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, citizenship status, size, ability, language, religion, or any other characteristic. Strategically positioned to lead the University of Arizona’s status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, SBS foregrounds our awareness of the deep ancestral footprint of our region’s populations and cultures, including the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui people whose lands we inhabit. We honor diverse knowledge traditions and lived experiences, and we strive to foster accessibility and equity, the conditions in which our members together can produce new, rigorous, urgent, and evidence-based knowledge.

We in SBS are also committed to attracting and retaining the best and brightest students, faculty, and staff because we believe that interaction and collaboration among people with different perspectives, values, and backgrounds enhance the possibilities for sustained intellectual inquiry and positive social impact. We seek to create an environment that respects the dignity, civil rights, and academic freedom of all the College’s members and partners, so that it is our questions and not our ideologies, our joys and not our fears, that set our horizons.

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