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Assistant Professor - Women's and Ethnic Studies

Job description

The Women's and Ethnic Studies (WEST) Program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs invites applicants to apply for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position set to begin in Fall 2018. We seek a dynamic scholar with a strong foundation in ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies, with an emphasis in trans and queer studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach elective courses in gender and sexuality studies and to cover sections of our "Introduction to Social Justices Studies" course (an interdisciplinary and intersectional survey of topics concerning social identity, difference, and inequality). Preference will be given to applicants with prior teaching experience in gender, sexuality, and ethnic studies, who demonstrate strong research potential in their field, who display ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, and who value interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to scholarship and pedagogy. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by August 13, 2018 from a relevant discipline including but not limited to: Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Geography, History, and English.

In the letter of application, candidates should describe how they perceive the relationship among teaching, research, and service; what they value about undergraduate teaching; and how their research initiatives fit into the mission and ideals of WEST. Additionally, candidates should address teaching philosophy and experience; evidence of ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds; experience with and commitment to intellectual and experiential diversity; and research program.

Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of application that specifically addresses the job requirements and qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts

About the program: The Women's and Ethnic Studies Program (WEST) is an interdisciplinary course of study that includes a major and minor. Both the major and minor center on the experiences and cultural expressions of women and/or racial and ethnic groups in the United States and globally. Our theoretical framework focuses on how race, gender, class, nationality, sexuality and other hierarchies influence people's life chances and alliances. The WEST Program emphasizes analytical sophistication, cross-disciplinary thinking, creative and innovative teaching, and community engagement. WEST promotes curricular and faculty development and sponsors a variety of cultural programming including the Mary and Carrie Dann Native American & Indigenous Scholarship, the Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez Scholarships, and the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion. By teaching and modeling ways to work effectively with people from various socioeconomic classes, genders, racial/ethnic, religious, sexual, and national backgrounds, the degree prepares students for work in a range of fields (health care, social justice work, global education, creative and performing arts, education, etc.) and advanced masters and doctoral work in a variety of disciplines. https://www.uccs.edu/~west/

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS is among the fastest growing universities in the state and is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. New & World Report. Colorado Springs, (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.


The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package. Information on benefits programs can be found at: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits.

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living, and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

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Minimum Qualification:
  • Ph.D. in hand by August 13, 2018 from a relevant discipline including but not limited to: Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Geography, History, and English

Special Instructions to Applicants:Full consideration will be given to completed applications received by March 15, 2018. Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:In order for an application to be considered, applicants must label each required attachment with the relevant title, attach the required documents for this position announcement to the submission and check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in the submission. When applying, applicants must include: 1. Letter of application that specifically addresses the job requirements and qualifications 2. Current curriculum vitae 3. Unofficial transcripts If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or [email protected] Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Colorado Springs

Department: C0001 -- Colorado Springs Campus - 40080 - LAS-Women's & Ethnic Studies

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 2, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Stephen Suh

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00485102





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Posted: 3/3/2018
Application Due: 3/24/2018
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