Professor and Department Chair - Women and Gender Studies

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University

Application Deadline
August 15, 2021

Position Details
The Department of Women & Gender Studies (WGST) at Texas Christian University invites applications for the position of department Chair at the rank of associate or full professor. Building on 25 years as an innovative interdisciplinary program, WGST gained departmental status in 2018. Housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS), we serve a community of faculty, staff, and students from numerous disciplines, representing every college on campus. We seek a creative and experienced leader who is both prepared and eager to provide intellectual and administrative leadership in the development of our interdisciplinary department and its links to the community. While areas of specialization are open, we are most interested in candidates whose expertise would contribute to the foundational, interdisciplinary curriculum of our department, particularly scholars whose inquiry focuses on one or more of the following: feminisms of color, decolonial feminisms, intersectional feminisms, queer/trans feminism, and transnational feminisms.

Successful candidates will have experience in administration, ideally including program building, fund-raising, and mentoring of junior faculty. Candidates should also demonstrate evidence of dynamic and effective teaching and an active research agenda centered on women, gender, sexualities, feminist, and/or queer/trans studies. We especially seek scholars who employ intersectional analysis in their teaching and research. They should also possess interpersonal and networking skills that will enable the successful candidate to represent the department effectively to the campus and the community, and enhance our visibility and impact on campus, locally, and nationally.

The teaching load is 3 courses per year, including lower- and upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate courses in our graduate certificate program, which draws participation from across campus. The successful candidate will provide financial/budgetary oversight, supervise staff, hiring, scheduling, and mentor junior faculty. Providing leadership in curriculum development for our undergraduate majors and minor, the Chair will also promote our strong relationships with stakeholders across campus and in the broader community.
Required qualifications:
• A doctoral degree in women's, gender, and sexuality studies, or another affiliated discipline with clear and convincing scholarly and interdisciplinary experience in WGST that would support intellectual leadership in the department;
• A research, teaching, and service portfolio appropriate to the rank of associate or full professor at an R2 university with a strong liberal arts heritage;
• Experience in feminist/womanist activism, community engagement, or service learning;
• Administrative experience, preferably including budget management, financial planning, and fund-raising;
• A track record in curriculum development, strategic planning, program building, and/or academic program leadership

Department Details
Women's Studies was founded 25 years ago at TCU as an interdisciplinary program with a minor, emphasis, and graduate certificate. Our program was renamed Women & Gender Studies in 2014, and gained departmental status two years ago, when we launched both BA and BS programs. Our BA emphasizes theory and interdisciplinary studies; our BS emphasizes application and activism. WGST students complete community-engaged and action-oriented projects, as well as internships with local organizations. Requirements for the major include newly developed courses in Queer Theories, Feminisms of Color, Feminist/Queer Inquiry, and Transnational Gender & Sexuality. We also offer a graduate certificate to students in the departments of English, History, Art History, Education, and Social Work, as well as students from Brite Divinity School. We have over 160 affiliate faculty and staff from schools and colleges across campus. In addition to active affiliates, the department houses an Associate Director, a half-time administrative assistant, a graduate assistant, and, starting this fall, our first tenure-track Assistant Professor. Our course enrollments, programs, and campus impact have grown exponentially in recent years with the addition of new resources, making this an especially exciting time to join our team.

School/College Description
Established in 2018, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies connects experts, ideas, and communities to promote empathy, respect, and social justice. Our vision is to transform the TCU community through diversity, equity, and inclusion; to enable scholarly and radical collaborations; and to model deep, integrated learning that connects TCU's academic disciplines, faculty, and students to our broader communities. The School offers bachelor's degrees and graduate certificates in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies; a bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Inquiry; and undergraduate minors in CRES, WGST, African American and Africana Studies, and Latinx Studies. The School also oversees the student success program University Life, the Intensive English Program, and the IdeaFactory, an innovation hub that provides workshops and courses on human-centered design.

University & Fort Worth Description

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU's actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums-the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions
To apply, upload all application materials to [Select "School of Interdisciplinary Studies" and "full time" to more easily find the listing]. Include a letter of application, complete CV, statement of research, a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, syllabus for one potential upper-division WGST course (junior- or senior-level), and a 1-page statement explaining how the applicant will contribute to diversity and inclusion in WGST and at TCU. At least three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders or dossier service to

All questions regarding the application process may be directed to Human Resources at or 817-257-7790. Questions about the Department of Women & Gender Studies can be emailed to Review of applications begins August 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The position start date is January 2022.

AA/EEO Statement
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