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WGSS Seeks Applicants for Black Feminist Thought and/or Black Women’s Studies Faculty Position

September 16, 2021 The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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WGSS Seeks Applicants for Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Black Feminist Thought and/or Black Women’s Studies

Black Feminist Thought/Black Women’s Studies.  The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a tenure track/tenured appointment as advanced assistant or associate professor in our interdisciplinary Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  We seek a colleague with a well-established record of research and pedagogy that focuses on Black Feminist Thought and/or Black Women’s Studies.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in their area of expertise as well as to share in teaching the core undergraduate and graduate courses in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The scholar in this position will have the opportunity to contribute to building departmental strengths and emphases, including the minor in Black Women’s Studies, as well as new curricula at the graduate and undergraduate level.  They will also be expected to participate actively in the life of the Department and the University.

We welcome all areas of specialization.  However, a successful candidate will have a distinguished record of research and scholarship in the area of Black Feminist Thought and/or Black Women’s Studies, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an aptitude for mentoring graduate students in an interdisciplinary program.  Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree required. Rank at appointment will be commensurate with evidence of experience and expertise.

Applications should be submitted online to and include

  • a 3-4-page letter of application (describing scholarly achievements, contributions to relevant fields, and trajectory of work as it relates to current research agenda; teaching philosophy and experience, including experience in mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students; and major contributions to the institutions, professions and communities in which the applicant has served)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample (one article or book chapter)
  • one syllabus
  • and the contact information for three recommenders who will submit their references online. 

If there are other forms of work or URLs related to their work that candidates want the committee to consider, applicants have the option of submitting a single PDF file with a representative sample. 

The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies maintains a long intellectual and institutional commitment to issues of race, racialization, and social justice.  We see the mentoring and training of graduate and undergraduate students of color as critical to changing the power hierarchies of the academy.  As such we challenge ourselves to build curricula and programming that are anti-racist, trans-inclusive, and non-ableist.  We invite applicants to show how their ongoing research, teaching, and service address these principles of equity and representation.

For best consideration, please ensure that all application materials are uploaded by October 20, 2021.

Inquiries may be sent to the chair of the search committee, Professor Elsa Barkley Brown, at  Applications must be submitted online.

The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland is recognized as one of the leading programs in its field within the United States and beyond.  In addition to the B.A., Ph.D. and graduate certificate, our department offers an undergraduate certificate and a minor in LGBTQ Studies and an undergraduate minor in Black Women’s Studies (jointly with African American Studies).   

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. 

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  

This search is contingent upon the availability of funds.