Chairperson and Associate or Full Professor of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

The Department of WGSS invites applications for the position of Chairperson and Associate or Full Professor of the department, expected to begin as early as August 18, 2017.  The successful candidate will qualify for a tenured appointment with the rank of Full or advanced Associate Professor with research and teaching expertise in the field of women, gender, and sexuality studies (research specialization is open.)  The position requires a nationally recognized program of research in the discipline of women, gender, and sexuality studies that includes a sustained record of publication and external funding, with the promise of continued productivity.  The Chairperson also must communicate effectively, manage interpersonal relations, and contribute to a collegial work and learning environment.  Applications should demonstrate a commitment to and experience in academic administrative roles.  Candidates must also have a commitment to teaching excellence and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Department of WGSS began in 1972 as a result of activism by students, faculty, and community members and now boasts nine tenure-track faculty and over 70 affiliated faculty members.  The department offers undergraduate majors and minors in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and in Human Sexuality, and a vibrant graduate program, granting M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as a graduate certificate.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see

The University of Kansas (KU) is located in Lawrence, Kansas, a bustling and progressive college town of around 94,000 located 40 miles west of Kansas City.  Lawrence offers numerous cultural events, sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of great restaurants.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) letter of application describing experience and accomplishments; (2) record of productivity in research, teaching, and service as noted in CV; (3) research statement and supplemental materials (e.g., representative publications); (4) teaching statement and supplemental materials (e.g., teaching portfolio, sample syllabus, peer evaluations, student evaluations); and, (5) the names and contact information for three professional references.
Questions may be directed to Professor Marta Vicente, Search Committee Chair, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, Blake Hall, 318 Blake Hall, 1541 Lilac Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7594; e-mail:  Initial review of applications begins November 16, 2016, and continues as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool.

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