Assistant Professor – Gender & Women’s Studies

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Assistant Professor – Gender & Women’s Studies

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The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2021.

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) at the University of Rhode Island seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2022 with expertise in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Queer and Sexuality Studies. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality with a focus on the experiences of BIPOC queer individuals and communities. We seek a scholar whose teaching and research are located in the interdisciplinary field of Queer Studies with expertise in at least one of these areas: local, national, transnational and/or global queer studies; race, sexuality, and queer theories, queer Black/Latinx/Indigenous and/or ethnic studies, transgender studies, queer politics and human rights, postcolonial and decolonial queer studies, and anti/decolonial pedagogies and research methodologies.


The successful candidate will contribute to the GWS undergraduate and graduate programs and the development of the Queer Studies minor. In growing the minor, we seek a candidate who will teach the gateway course Queer Studies, have the option to teach courses such as Transgender Lives and Cultures, Queer Politics and Social Change, Latinx Masculinities, Black Feminisms and/or Black Masculinities, and design and teach courses in their areas of expertise. They will advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. In accordance with the candidate’s strengths, there will be opportunities to collaborate with the Department of Africana Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and/or other departments and programs in Arts and Sciences and across the University. They will also have opportunities to offer GWS courses in the Honors Program. URI values the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. URI is also home to a highly active and visible Gender and Sexuality Center that serves our LGBTQ+ students, allies, and the larger community. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 1. Ph.D. (in hand or expected by summer 2022) in Gender, Sexuality, and/or Women’s Studies, LGBTQ+/Queer/Transgender Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, or Geography or related interdisciplinary fields such as, but not limited to, Africana, Ethnic, Indigenous, Latinx, American, Environmental, or Urban Studies. 2. Demonstrated specialty in BIPOC queer and sexuality studies. 3. Evidence of excellence in teaching using inclusive, antiracist, and/or postcolonial/decolonial perspectives. 4. Evidence of, or potential for, research excellence, as shown by publications, works in progress, presentations, and/or funding. 5.Demonstrated experience teaching, advising, and/or mentoring students from diverse backgrounds. 6. Demonstrated proficiency in oral communication. 7. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication. 8. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations. PREFERRED: 1. Complementary expertise in a social science discipline with preference for cultural anthropology, political science, or sociology. 2. Research experience and/or interest working in/across national, transnational and/or global contexts. 3. Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies, including ethnography. 4. Successful collaboration or outreach with the broader academic and non-academic community. 5. Interest or experience in developing experiential learning opportunities for students that may include national/international internships and/or study abroad programs in BIPOC Queer Studies or related areas. 6. Focus on race/ethnicity, racialization, and/or racial inequality.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


Gender and Women's Studies


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(#1) Letter of application that describes your qualifications and interest in the position.
(#2) Curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for three references. (#3) One-page statement of teaching philosophy, recent teaching evaluations, and at least one sample syllabus. (#4) One-page research statement along with a chapter or article-length sample, of no more than 30 pages, of scholarly work (as one complete document). (#5) “Other Document” – A one-page statement describing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship will support student success through the integration of the values of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in accordance with the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan of URI’s College of Arts and Sciences, here

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