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Associate or Full Professor in Feminist and Gender Studies

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Associate Professors: approx. $98,000 to $113,000 Full Professors: approx. $114,000 to $175,000

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Job Title: Associate or Full Professor in Feminist and Gender Studies

Position Summary:

The Feminist and Gender Studies Department at Colorado College invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the Associate or Full level to begin August 2024. We seek a senior teacher/scholar/leader whose work is critically situated in intersectional and/or transnational frameworks with a focus on Environmental Racism, Critical Science and Technology Studies, Labor Studies, Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies, and/or (Dis)ability Studies. We are especially interested in applicants who can further strengthen our interdisciplinarity by broadening the epistemological and methodological orientations of our curriculum. In addition, we are looking for applicants who are committed to fostering equitable learning environments where all students can thrive, and who take a decolonial and liberatory approach to all aspects of their work by centering subjugated knowledges and methodologies. The position is part of a multi-year hiring initiative meant to help diversify the professoriate at Colorado College and to support the college’s antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts through the targeted hiring of senior faculty members across the college.

We are looking for applicants with well-established records of undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and campus leadership who are interested in contributing to our program’s mission of fostering “inquiry into structures and modes of power as they are mediated by gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class, caste, nation and citizenship, age, and ability” and vision of embodying “a feminist ethos of critical engagement and responsiveness that is attentive to shifting relations of power; to be an intellectual, political, and creative space for the pursuit of exemplary collaborative initiatives locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally; and to remain conversant with myriad intellectual legacies while reimagining the possibilities of feminist knowledge and practice.”

Responsibilities for the position include regularly contributing to the department’s core curriculum, teaching elective courses in the applicant’s areas of specialty, and advising students on their capstone projects; the typical teaching load at Colorado College is 3-2 plus senior capstone advising. The applicant will also be expected to advise/mentor students, take on leadership roles within the department, serve on various campus committees, and build ties across campus and the larger community. Finally, the applicant will be expected to maintain an active research portfolio, to contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the department, and to play an active role in Feminist and Gender Studies as a field.

Our department currently has three tenure-track faculty lines and is one of the few undergraduate liberal arts Feminist and Gender Studies departments composed entirely of faculty from under-represented backgrounds. It offers both a major and minor in FGS and contributes substantively to diversifying the college’s curriculum through a variety of cross-listed, first-year, general education, and off-campus courses in places as diverse as New York City and Berlin, Germany. Our faculty offer courses in queer and trans theory, black feminist theory, transnational and postcolonial feminist thought, sexuality studies, media studies, (dis)ability studies, masculinity studies, and critical race feminism. In addition, our faculty work in research areas such as Hip-Hop Studies and Black Feminist Theory, Transnational Trans and Film Studies, as well as Critical Muslim Studies and Postcolonial Feminist Thought. Our student leaders play an integral role in the life of our department through monthly publications, participating in our student honors society, and annually attending the National Women’s Studies Association meeting. For more information about our department, applicants are encouraged to review the various documents on our website including our mission and vision statements, response to our most recent external review, student and faculty FAQ, alumni updates, annual newsletters, antiracism reports, and statement on scholarship, among many others.

Colorado College is a private, undergraduate, selective liberal arts institution enrolling approximately 2,200 students. The college has a distinctive academic program, the Block Plan, in which professors teach, and students take, one course at a time, allowing unique learning and teaching strategies such as off-campus teaching and convergence classes. Each block is three and a half weeks long, with an academic year of eight and a half blocks. The average teaching load is five blocks per year, with an additional block overseeing senior research. Faculty can apply for a limited number of release blocks, as well as various sources of funding, to pursue research.

Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes members of all groups and reaffirms its commitment not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, caste, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, and employment practices. Colorado College is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and to becoming an antiracist institution. We actively promote a dynamic and inclusive environment in which students and employees of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives can learn and work. The department believes the College grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty committed to building an inclusive community. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

A demonstrated commitment to fostering interdisciplinary forms of knowledge and collaborative communities of learning.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD in Feminist and Gender Studies or a related field; Associate or Full Professor at current institution.

Instructions to Applicants:

For more information about tenure requirements at the college and in our department, applicants are encouraged to read the faculty handbook and our statement on scholarship (which is available on our website).

Questions about the position may be directed to:
Professor Heidi R. Lewis (, Chair of the search committee; or Professor Nadia Guessous (, Chair of the Feminist and Gender Studies department.

Expected Timeline:

  • Applications will be accepted until November 10th, 2023
  • Zoom Interviews are expected to take place during the first two weeks of December 2023
  • Campus Interviews are expected to take place in January and February 2024


Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Statement describing the candidate’s teaching and pedagogical philosophy/experience
  • Two sample syllabi
  • Statement describing the candidate’s leadership and service philosophy/experience
  • Research statement describing their past and ongoing research projects
  • Two sample publications (journal articles or book chapters)
  • Contact information for three references (contacted only for candidates invited to campus). Applications will be accepted until November 10th, 2023.

You must meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for this position.

Accommodation Statement

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Colorado College’s policies, if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Colorado College, or if you cannot use the online application system, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (719) 389-6421 or

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Associate Professors:

Majority of Associate Professors 

$98,000 to $113,000

Full Professors:

Majority of Full Professors

$114,000 to $175,000 

Reference Letter Information

Accept References? Yes

Minimum Number of References 3

Maximum Number of References 4

When will references be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation? When candidate is invited to campus interview


This college was founded in 1874 with an adventurous spirit. The people who decided Colorado needed a first-rate, East Coast-style liberal arts and sciences college were visionary mavericks. They came to the foot of Pikes Peak and created a distinctive city and a unique college. Colorado College people are still adventurers – trying new ideas for courses, exploring classical ideas from fresh angles, and venturing out into the community, the wilderness, and the world.

At Colorado College, teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do. We have fewer than 2,050 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio.   Our student to faculty ratio ensures that professors and pupils have the privilege of face-to-face interaction and in-class discussion. Of CC's 168 full-time professors, 96% hold the highest degree in their field. 

colorado_college2.jpgColorado College is the only liberal arts and sciences college in the Rocky Mountains, a stunning backdrop for our campus. Faculty and students take full advantage of our Southwestern location, some studying geology in the Grand Canyon or anthropology in Anasazi ruins and nearly all taking off during block breaks (four well-deserved free days between blocks) to rock-climb, mountain-bike, ski, build a Habitat for Humanity house or tutor local school children.

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