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Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Critical Ethnic & Community Studies

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Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Women's Gender Sexuality Studi
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The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and the MS Program in Critical Ethnic and Community Studies (CECS) invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position beginning September 1, 2020.  We are especially interested in a candidate keen to contribute to program development of the relatively new graduate program of CECS and undergraduate minor of Sexuality Studies. This would be a joint appointment, with the tenure home in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; teaching and service responsibilities would be equally shared across both units and supported through a Memorandum of Understanding. We are seeking candidates who specialize in queer/sexuality studies and critical ethnic studies, especially within the racial, ethnic, and political contexts of the United States. We particularly welcome candidates with research areas that include—but are not limited to—sexuality studies and critical race theory, settler colonialism and indigenous studies, imperialisms, and postcolonial studies.

The standard teaching load is four courses a year, including both undergraduate and graduate courses.  Courses might include core courses for WGSS or CECS, courses central to the WGSS Sexualities Studies minor, and courses in the candidate’s area of focus as well as WGS undergraduate and CECS graduate courses in queer theory, queer of color critique, transnational/diasporic queer studies, and/or community-engaged research methods. Responsibilities also include advising and mentoring students in both CECS and WGSS.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. (in hand or by August 2020), in a relevant discipline in the humanities, social sciences, or related inter or transdisciplinary fields. Examples of preferred backgrounds include a Ph.D. and/or a graduate certificate/concentration, in feminist, gender, sexuality, or women’s studies with focus on issues of race, racism, or immigration, or a PhD in critical ethnic studies with a focus on gender and sexuality.

For more information about CECS, see:

For more information about WGSS, see:

Application instructions: 

Applicants should apply online with a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests/experiences, one writing sample of no more than 30 pages, and provide contact information for three letters of recommendation to be submitted online.

Please direct questions to Search Co-Chairs, Chris Bobel (WGSS) at and Cedric Woods (CECS) at

The position is open until filled. The review of the applications will begin October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

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