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Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications for a professional-track Assistant Professor of Instruction. The field of doctoral research is open; we seek a talented teacher/mentor interested in a faculty position that does not carry research obligations. This is a non-tenured appointment subject to regular renewal, contingent on performance, available funding, and programmatic need. Although the initial term of appointment is for one year, this position is designed to be long-term and continuing, with eventual extension to multi-year contracts, themselves expected to be renewed on a continual basis. This is a full-time position with a teaching load of three courses per long semester (six courses per academic year). Job responsibilities will include independently designing approaches to regularly-offered requirements for our degree programs, such as:

- Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 

- Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 

- Feminist Theories (undergrad and/or grad) 

- Feminist Research Methods (undergrad and/or grad) 

- Senior Seminar (topic of instructor’s choice) 

- Writing Workshop (grad) 

Service responsibilities may include serving as Graduate Advisor, Undergraduate Advisor, Honors Program Director, or committee work as needed by the department. Research, publication, creative practice, and other contributions to the University will be acknowledged and evaluated as part of Annual Review if desired, but are not required for this position. Specific teaching, service and other assignments will be negotiated and will vary with departmental needs and faculty interests.

DWGSS is a newly-approved department dedicated to research, teaching and learning about gender and sexuality, committed to intersectional, transnational, queer and feminist teaching and learning. Area of specialization is open, but areas of particular need and interest include: 

- Climate and environment 

- Science and technology studies 

- Indigenous, Black, Asian-American and/or Latinx feminist, queer and trans studies 

- Global feminisms, transnationalism, diaspora, migration 

- Critical policy analysis, demography, quantitative research 

- Popular culture, fine arts, sport, and performance 

- Disability studies, health, and medicine, reproductive justice 

- Religion, epistemologies, philosophy, critical theory 

- Restorative justice, legal and violence studies 

- Student and community-engaged research

The College of Liberal Arts also houses several successful departments and programs in related fields, including African and African Diaspora Studies, Mexican-American and Latino Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Asian American Studies, Latin American Studies, the South Asia Institute, Russian and East European Studies, European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and East Asian Studies. WGSS works closely with these and other units, especially through the GRIDS (Gender, Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Sexuality) Studies group and RIM (Race, Indigeneity and Migration) undergraduate major. The University of Texas at Austin is one of the top-ranked Research-1 public universities in the country, located in the lively city of Austin, famous for its greenbelts, nightlife, and thriving subcultures.

Professional-track faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts, and especially within the department, are fully integrated members of our faculty, serving alongside research-intensive faculty members in all facets of department life. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is committed to mentoring professional-track faculty and advancing their teaching careers by supporting professional development, pathways to promotion, pedagogical innovation, academic leadership, and contributions to the university’s broader curriculum.


An earned doctoral degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or related field and teaching experience at the college level is required. Preferred qualification: evidence of teaching excellence.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Appointment start date could be anytime between January 15, 2024 and Sept. 1, 2024. Please submit the materials below via Interfolio (

- Curriculum Vitae

- A letter of application of 1-2 pages that summarizes your intellectual, scholarly, and pedagogical training and experience, and ability to work effectively with a broadly diverse student population.

- Statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 paragraphs), plus separate one-paragraph descriptions of a lower-division and upper-division course you would like to teach 

- Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which includes a detailed evaluation of your teaching, including a teaching observation 



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