02 October 2010

Vacancy: Assistant Professor - Women's and Gender Studies, West Chester University

Post date: 02 October 2010
Deadline: 15 October 2010

Description: Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Womens and Gender Studies to begin in Fall 2011. We currently offer both a major and minor in Womens Studies with contributing faculty from a wide variety of departments across the University. Since the Womens and Gender Studies Program is not a department, this hire will be housed in the Philosophy Department, and will have a 25% teaching commitment there. The teaching load is 4-4. Competitive Salary and Benefits. (http://www.wcupa.edu/womensstudies).

Responsibilities: We seek candidates with expertise in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching womens and gender studies which draw on other fields in the arts and sciences. We also seek candidates with an interest in the development of innovative policies, practices or programs, and in participating in service and shared governance. Applicants should be prepared to teach introductory womens and gender studies courses, undergraduate courses in feminist theories, and courses in performance studies, sexuality studies and queer theories. The Philosophy Department requires teaching competency in a) Transgender or Queer Theory, b) Intro to Feminist Philosophy, and c) one of our regularly scheduled lower division courses such as (but not limited to) Intro to Philosophy, Intro to Existentialism, Philosophy in Film, Intro to Ethics (emphasizing theories of oppression/social justice).

Qualifications: Applicants must have a record of successful teaching and evidence of high-quality scholarship in Womens/Gender Studies and/or Philosophy. Demonstrated competency in philosophical methodologies (graduate coursework in philosophy strongly preferred), A Ph.D. in Womens and/or Gender Studies, or a Ph.D. in another discipline with a record of contributions in Womens and/or Gender Studies, is required.

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, CV, official graduate transcripts, 3 or more letters of reference, a statement of teaching philosophy, a writing sample demonstrating philosophical competency, and two sample syllabi (1. A course in Transgender or Queer Theory, or Gender Studies, and 2. A lower-division philosophy course [see c. above]) to Dr. Jen Bacon, Director of Womens and Gender Studies, West Chester University, West Chester PA 19383. In order to be considered a finalist, applicants must successfully complete an on-campus interview, which includes both a teaching demonstration and a scholarly presentation. Review of applications will begin October 15th, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.

West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, continues to build a culturally diverse, broadly trained faculty capable of fostering an inclusive environment. West Chester, located 25 miles west of Philadelphia, is convenient to major cultural and commercial institutions, recreational activities, and is within driving distance of Wilmington, DE, NYC, and Washington, DC.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCUs educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. The University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer encouraging diversity. Women and persons of color are particularly encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background and consumer reporting checks.

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