Professor and Chair of Women's Studies

The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a tenured faculty member committed to interdisciplinary work in women, gender, and sexuality studies to serve as Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies.

The Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. As chief academic, administrative, and financial officer of the unit, the chair is responsible for course assignments, instructional workload, and scheduling; the appointments, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review processes; shared governance; faculty mentoring; staff supervision and development; strategic planning; and budgeting. The chair also serves as a liaison to other academic units of the College and University as well as the wider community of academic institutions, policy and advocacy organizations, foundations, and private donors who support the department.

The preferred rank at appointment is Professor. The five-year administrative term begins July 1, 2020. While serving as chair, the tenured faculty appointee will hold a 12-month appointment and be expected to teach one course per year in the scholar’s area of expertise.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by Friday, November 15, 2019. Review will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must possess a PhD or equivalent, a demonstrated excellence in research, and the capacity to provide leadership in the areas of scholarship, teaching, administration, and institution-building.

Preferences: The selected candidate will be expected to take creative leadership in steering the future direction of the department. We are interested in candidates who will strengthen the department’s core commitments and add to the department’s research profile. All disciplinary locations and fields of inquiry within women, gender, and sexuality studies are invited and welcomed. We have a strong preference for candidates with an ability to support interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and teaching, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, genuine interest in an open and inclusive environment, and familiarity with finance, budgeting, development, and donor relations. We also seek candidates who are comfortable engaging with and advocating for the public face of our field. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.