Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Position Type:

Faculty, Tenure Track

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Position's Functional Title:

Assistant Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Position Summary:

Governors State University (University Park IL) is a minority-serving institution inviting applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, to begin in the Fall 2023 semester. This position is a 10-month contract with a teaching load of 21 credit hours (7 courses) in the fall and spring semesters; summer teaching is sometimes available, but not required.
We seek a teacher-scholar committed to enhancing our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will become the first full time faculty member in our Gender and Sexuality Studies baccalaureate and minor programs. The candidate will teach core and elective courses for Gender and Sexuality studies majors and minors such as Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies, Junior Seminar, GNSX Methods, and/or Senior Seminar, as well as courses specific to the applicant’s specialty. The ability to teach general education courses such as Interdisciplinary Humanities First Year Seminar and Mastering College and to contribute to cross-disciplinary programs such as Black Studies, Global Studies, or Political & Social Justice Studies is also preferred.
The Gender and Sexuality program at GSU is made up of affiliated faculty, we seek candidates who demonstrate an interest in collaboration with not only affiliated faculty, but other departments/programs, and the larger South Suburban Chicago community.
We seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, evidence of (or potential for) a distinguished record of scholarship as well as service to the institution, discipline, and/or community.
Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and first-generation college graduates are especially encouraged to apply.

Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 5500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With among the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. or terminal degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Women’s Studies, or a related field; ABD in the final stages of completion will also be considered.
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in academic writing and gender and sexuality studies more broadly.
3. Documented record of an ability to make intellectual contributions through scholarly publications or presentations.4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience teaching first-generation, returning adult, culturally diverse, and non-traditional students.2. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.3. Experience teaching courses in gender and sexuality studies, academic writing, career planning, or service learning.4. Ability to contribute to Global Studies, Political & Social Justice Studies, or other multi-disciplinary GSU programs.5. Evidence of teaching excellence.6. Teaching or professional experience in multiple fields/subfields.7. Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Arabic preferred).

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, sample syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and list of 3-4 professional references by December 1, 2022 to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will only be contacted prior to candidate interviews.


Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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