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WGSS Seeks Applicants for Position in Transgender Studies

September 27, 2021 The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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WGSS Seeks Applicants for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Transgender Studies

The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor with a specialization in transgender studies. 

We invite applications from candidates whose scholarly production falls within the more traditional format of monographs and refereed journal articles as well as those whose research is located in creative venues or in policy work. The successful candidate will be able to work across multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose work engages one or more of the following areas:

  • Race and racialization
  • Indigeneity and decolonization
  • Transnational genders and sexualities
  • Performance Studies
  • Digital 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 programs, including our B.A. and Ph.D. programs, the minor and certificate in LGBTQ Studies, the undergraduate minor in Black Women’s Studies (a joint program with African American Studies), and a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree by time of appointment. 

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.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • a 3-4 page letter of application describing their research experience and interests, approaches to and experience with teaching and mentoring, and community and/or professional contributions
  • a current curriculum vitae 
  • an article-length writing sample or, alternatively, a PDF or online portfolio containing a major sample of the applicant’s primary mode of scholarly/creative work
  • three letters of recommendation 

Questions may be sent to search committee chair Neel Ahuja at Additional information or materials from applicants may be requested after submission. For best consideration, please submit applications by November 1, 2021.

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.

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