Lecturer and Associate Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS)

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Lecturer and Associate Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS)

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Mar 11, 2023

The Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a Lecturer and Associate Director of WGS, beginning August 1, 2023. This is a career-track (NTT) position with a teaching load of three courses per semester (spring and fall) with administrative responsibilities for the entire year, including the summer months. Additional teaching in the summer may be available (for additional pay). Administrative responsibilities will include some combination of the following based on the candidate’s interests and experience: advising, student-focused programming, and communications/social media. Primary teaching responsibilities will include WGS200: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality, as well as courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. We are particularly interested in candidates who can deepen and expand course offerings in LGBTQ+ studies and sexualities, as well as intersectionality and transgender issues. The position will be renewable yearly, contingent upon evidence of excellent teaching and performance of programmatic duties, though the initial appointment will be for one year.

The WGS Program at UT is a thriving interdisciplinary unit currently led by an multidisciplinary core faculty of nine scholars with expertise in various disciplines, methods, and approaches to women, gender, sexuality, race, and intersecting dimensions of difference and inequality. Launched in 2016, the WGS Program has grown to one of the largest interdisciplinary programs in the College of Arts and Sciences with over 40 undergraduate students enrolled in the major and minor, and at least 10 graduate students annually who pursue the Graduate Certificate in WGS. This position will be the first dedicated faculty line in WGS and represents the culmination of the program’s tremendous growth and the College’s support of the academic study of gender and sexuality. 


A Ph.D. in women, gender, and sexuality studies or any related field (e.g. sociology, anthropology, history, literature, American studies, philosophy, geography, etc.) with sufficient concentration in WGS theory and methods is required at the time of appointment. Applicants must demonstrate excellent teaching and the potential for successful academic administration and advising, as well as scholarly expertise that will strengthen the unit’s course offerings. A focus on LGBTQ+ issues and/or sexuality studies is preferred.

Application Instructions:

Please upload a cover letter (letter of application), curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references to http://apply.interfolio.com/122122. A sample syllabus for introduction to women, gender, and sexuality studies and a writing sample are optional.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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