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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Amherst College Open-Rank Position

The Amherst College Department of Women's and Gender Studies seeks to appoint a full-time Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (tenure-track or tenured) to begin in the fall of 2010. Ph.D. required. Submission deadline: November 15, 2009.

Amherst College - Open-Rank Position: Gender, Images, and Textualities in the Global South
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Institution Type: College/University
Position Type: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor
Submitted: Monday, September 14th, 2009
Main Category: Humanities
Secondary Categories: Area Studies/Ethnic Studies
The Amherst College Department of Women's and Gender Studies seeks to appoint a full-time Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (tenure-track or tenured) to begin in the fall of 2010. "Images and Textualities" suggests a focus on interactive media, such as written or printed texts, pictures (including art) or film; the Global South is defined as Africa, the Middle East, Asia or Latin America. The person hired must have completed her/his PhD, in a humanities discipline, by the time of appointment. A degree from an interdisciplinary program such as Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, Cultural Studies, Film/Media Studies or the various Area Studies would be acceptable provided the person's main expertise is in the humanities. We would also entertain applications from social scientists with a strong humanities focus, though our already existing strengths in history and political science preclude hiring in those two fields.
The teaching load is two courses per semester. All members of the Women's and Gender Studies department participate in teaching required departmental courses, offer both lower and upper division courses in their area of expertise, and oversee honors theses. College-wide emphasis on writing encourages us to favor applicants with an interest, if not actual experience, in teaching writing. Strong commitments to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, especially to working with a diverse student body, are essential.
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically to wags@amherst.edu: a letter of application that outlines the candidate's scholarly and teaching interests; a curriculum vitae; and a one-page description of an interdisciplinary course (either upper or lower division) that the candidate would like to teach that fits broadly into the topic-area of Gender, Images and Textualities in the Global South (writing samples should not be sent at this time). Candidates should also arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent either electronically to wags@amherst.edu or in hard copy to: Media Search, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Box 2257, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. Candidates whose application file is complete (including the three outside letters of recommendation) on or before November 15, 2009, will be assured full consideration. We expect to interview our shortlist at the MLA convention in Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 27-30, 2009). Inquiries may be directed to Amy Ford, Academic Coordinator, Women's and Gender Studies Department, wags@amherst.edu.
The Amherst College Women's and Gender Studies Department, founded in 1987, is committed to inclusion, diversity and a high standard of interdisciplinary scholarship and instruction. Our area boasts one of the largest concentrations of women's studies scholars in the world, and we also maintain linkages with the Five College Women's Studies Research Center and the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement.
Amherst is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for women and men, with 1,650 students and a teaching faculty of 200. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium. More information about the College can be found at http://www.amherst.edu.
Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff to ensure that full participation and inclusion are an integral part of the culture of the institution.
Contact Info:
Media Search
Department of Women's and Gender Studies
PO Box 5000/Campus Box 2257
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Website: http://www.amherst.edu