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Visiting Assistant Professor - Women and Ethnic Studies

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The Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST) in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor. This visiting assistant professor (VAP) will be for the 2022-2023 academic year. This VAP will work closely with the Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies. This position will have expertise in African American studies, Asian American studies, and/or Globalization studies; or another sub area of specialization, which complement our departments.

These VAPs should have prior teaching experience in ethnic and gender studies, should demonstrate strong research potential in their field, display the ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, and value interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to scholarship and pedagogy.

The Department of Sociology is also hiring for a VAP! If you are interested, please apply to job ad # 25727 also!

Who We Are: 

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 9,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS offers 53 undergraduate degree programs, 24 graduate degree programs, and 8 doctoral programs. UCCS is also home to the world’s only Bachelor of InnovationTM program, which allows our graduates to master multi-disciplinary skills and graduate ready to create real change in the world. UCCS was recently classified as a “High Research Activity” university by the Carnegie Foundation and takes pride in being the only higher education institution in southern Colorado that explicitly includes research as part of its mission. We have a strong focus in fueling student success by creating, using, and maintaining a multitude of offices – First Year Experience, Excel Centers, Academic Advising, and the Career Center just to name a few. Overall, UCCS is constantly focused of preparing our students to have success in the future, and we understand that every single employee on our campus has a significant effect on that focus.

The city, which was recently ranked as the number six Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2021, known as Olympic City USA, rests at the base of Pikes Peak, the inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful” and a must-see for residents and visitors alike. The 14,115 foot summit is just one of dozens of area attractions, including scenic trains, museums, parks, a zoo and more. With a mild climate and 247 days of sunshine each year, the Springs boasts some of the state’s best recreation opportunities.

Job Duties:

    This VAP will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a 3/4 teaching load including face-to-face and online courses (up to one course a semester may be offered in the online or hybrid format).

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Job Competencies:

    The ability to teach a capstone-flagged WEST course in the area of their specialty.

    Have scholarship and teaching expertise in African American, Asian American and/or Globalization studies.

Work Location: Typically, on-site; position may be partially remote, based on the semester-to-semester need of the department, as determined by the supervisor.

Remote work may be available for emergency events. This will be offered based on the emergency and allowance will come from leadership and the guidelines provided at the time of the emergency.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $56,000 - $59,000 per academic year

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers excellent benefits, some of which include:

    Medical insurance, with the lowest cost option being $0 to the employee

    Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance

    Mandatory retirement plans. Employees contribute 5% of their annual compensation. CU doubles that and contributes 10%

    Tuition Assistant Benefit available to you or a dependent

    Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of employment

    Faculty Housing Assistance Program

Tentative Search Timeline:

    Priority will be given to applications submitted by May 10, 2022. However, this posting will remain open until filled.

    The potential dates for interviews will be May 11-15, 2022.

    The potential employee start date is August 15, 2022.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs 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 individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Please note that while the position details both required qualifications as well as preferred qualifications below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

    Terminal degree in a field relevant to the position (e.g., American Studies, Africana/African American Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, History, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Gender/Women's Studies, Psychology, Public Policy, Political Science, Visual and Performing Arts).

Preferred Qualifications:

    Demonstrated excellence in teaching, such as submitted teaching evaluations

    Desire and ability to educate and mentor students

    Demonstrated commitment to Inclusion and Diversity

 Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to move. Employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Colorado Springs
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 26, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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