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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Women & Gender Studies, Full Time


Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies (Reproductive Justice), Department of Women & Gender Studies


The Department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Delaware is growing and searching for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin August 16, 2024. To learn more about our 51-year-old program which offers a B.A., a B.A. with a Concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention & Services, and four unique minors, visit us at Women & Gender Studies.


QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The University of Delaware’s Department of Women & Gender Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position in gender and sexuality studies with a specific focus on reproductive justice, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 16, 2024. The Department seeks scholars whose research and teaching centers on reproductive justice with a focus on U.S. communities of color and/or the Global South. Reproductive justice addresses the social reality of unequal opportunities for women and people of diverse genders and sexualities to control their reproductive destinies. We seek applications from candidates whose work is both interdisciplinary and firmly grounded in anti-racist analyses and critical race studies. The selected candidate will contribute directly to core courses in the Sexualities & Gender Studies minor that draw in significant numbers of undergraduate STEM and health services students. They will also work to develop scholarly collaborations across disciplines and colleges at the University of Delaware. The selected candidate will hold a Ph.D.  in a social science, humanities, or health-related discipline with a demonstrated record of scholarship and/or creative activities in gender and sexuality studies and reproductive justice. We also seek a colleague whose teaching, research, and service will support and advance UD’s core values of diversity and inclusive excellence. The Department extends a warm welcome to candidates with non-traditional academic career trajectories and from a wide range of disciplinary and theoretical backgrounds.


WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES AT UD: The Department of Women & Gender Studies is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences and offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the past and current status of women around the world, as well as opportunities to learn about new and old formations of gender and its intersections with sexuality, race, class, nationality, religion, and age. Questions are addressed within the context of a transnational world and from perspectives as diverse as history, sociology, communication, political science, linguistics, economics, anthropology, literary and cultural studies, philosophy, science, religion, and the arts. The Department offers a B.A. degree in Women & Gender Studies, with an Honors Degree option, and minors in Women & Gender Studies, Sexualities & Gender Studies, Women in Religion, and Domestic Violence Prevention & Services (DVPS). Each minor carries 18 credits. Majors may also choose to complete a concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention & Services or in Women in a Global Perspective. Interdepartmental and double majors are also other options. Additionally, internships are available, providing students the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with practical competencies that can only be gained from actual experience.


The Department of Women & Gender Studies’ mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge about women and gender, utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to learning that engage faculty, students, and staff as well as the community at large.  The Department also houses the Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence.  We strive for excellence through teaching, scholarship, cultural events, and public engagement, anchoring our work in core principles of diversity, social justice, and inclusion in a globally connected world.


The Department is currently home to eight full-time faculty members, with more than 200 students enrolled in our majors and minors.  Annually, we teach more than 2,000 students throughout the University, with many of our courses serving as University and College graduation requirements. Women and Gender Studies graduates often go on to pursue graduate or professional school training at highly regarded universities, or enter the world of nonprofits, policy, and advocacy.


The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware ( offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research, and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs, and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and more than 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations, and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.


The University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission.  We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore implements policies that contribute to work-life balance, including dual-career services.


TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a (1) cover letter, (2) research statement, (3) teaching statement, (4) statement detailing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI-J) efforts in teaching, research and/or service/community engagement, and (5) current CV. Letters of reference and additional material will be requested of the semi-finalists. For further information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Angela Hattery, at All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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