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Instructional Assistant Professor of Gender Studies


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Sarah Isom Ctr for Women&Gender Studies (10000895)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description


The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies invites applications for an Online Instructional Assistant Professor (IAP) position in Gender Studies beginning August 18, 2022. The successful candidate will have a 4/4 teaching load, teaching three online courses in GST 201, Introduction to Gender Studies, and one additional online course (based on demand).
Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching Introduction to Gender Studies (or equivalent). online and who have a deep background in gender theory. Applicants with additional specialization in Black Feminism, Black Queer Studies, and/or Black Trans Studies are encouraged to apply. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies or a graduate minor or certificate in Gender Studies  at the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2022. 

About the Position

In addition to teaching introductory course offerings in Gender Studies and Queer Studies, the IAP will have the opportunity  to develop courses in their areas of specialization. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the programs, advise students, serve on academic committees, and participate in the broader scholarly community.
The position is primarily focused on teaching, although research and service to the profession is encouraged. The position includes a promotion ladder. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Retirement and health benefits are offered. The position does not require physical residence at the Oxford campus, but we do ask online faculty to come to Oxford, Mississippi, for the annual Isom Student Gender Conference in March and for professional development workshops in August.

Rank and Salary

The positions will be at the rank of Instructional Assistant Professor; the teaching load is four courses per semester. The position includes a promotion ladder; the position is primarily focused on teaching, though research is encouraged. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 
This position is funded through the Division of Outreach, and its continued funding depends upon student enrollment in online classes.  The online IAP “owes” Outreach 8 courses per year; each course must have at least 12 students enrolled for it to “make.” If the IAP’s four courses do not make in a given semester, the IAP will be expected to teach a half semester course and/or a course during  intersession or the summer terms until that 8-course obligation is fulfilled. If an IAP fails to meet these requirements of eight courses a year, the position will be terminated, per Outreach’s policies.


Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Non-Tenure Track)

Minimum Qualifications

●    Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies or a graduate minor or certificate in Gender Studies  at the time of appointment.
●    A background and research specialization in some combination of women, gender, and sexuality studies.
●    A record of online teaching appropriate to the level of appointment.
●    Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and community.
●    Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.
●    Demonstrated experience developing and teaching high-quality and engaging online learning courses.
●    Strong commitment to excellent teaching, a commitment to innovation, and demonstrated excellence in the use of online technology.


To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing research interests, teaching experience, and teaching philosophy; a curriculum vitae; and three letters of reference. Combine the documents into two individual documents and utilize the "cover letter" and "resume" upload feature.
Please have recommenders mail or email letters of recommendation confidentially to:
Dr. Theresa Starkey, Chair IAP Search
Associate Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and Associate Instructional Professor of Gender Studies
Suite D, Lamar Hall
University, MS 38677
The University of Mississippi

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


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EEO Statement

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