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Position Overview:

The Departments of Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at the University of the South seek applications for a professor at the Assistant level in gender in politics, with a preference for a specialization in Black feminist politics. The position will begin in August 2024.

Position Description:

The teaching load for this position is five courses per year.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate:

The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses in both Politics and the WGS program on Black feminist politics and theory, as well as courses on gender in the global and/or domestic realm. This may include courses on Black feminist political engagement, political behavior, political thought, and/or history. An introductory course on Black Women’s Studies is also highly desirable.

The successful candidate will show evidence of inclusive and effective classroom teaching and a commitment to scholarly research and publication. The University has committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarship and teaching, and to that end, candidates whose research contributes to DEI are particularly urged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following material:

  • Cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Course evaluations,
  • Graduate transcript,
  • A statement demonstrating a commitment to and experience supporting diversity, equity, and how the applicant’s teaching and,
  • Research or service agenda contributes to the mission and goals of the TRHT cohort mentioned above.

Applicants will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of three references, who will receive an auto-request to submit their confidential e-letters of recommendation.

Applicant materials should be submitted through the application portal at

Employment eligibility is contingent upon successful prescreening.

For full consideration, please submit materials by September 30, 2023.

Additional information about the Politics Department and the Women and Gender Studies Program is available on their respective websites.

Supplemental Information: 

Sewanee has been chosen by the American Association of Colleges and Universities as one of 16 campuses to host a Truth, Reconciliation, Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center for our ongoing work to foster racial reconciliation. The faculty member hired in this position, together with others across a range of disciplines, will form the inaugural TRHT Scholars. This cohort will have enhanced institutional support to engage in teaching, research, and service projects to further the Center’s goals: to create a positive narrative about race in our community; to promote racial healing activities on campus and in our community; to erase institutional barriers to equal treatment; to prepare the next generation of leaders to build just and equitable communities.

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The university is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville, AL. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to support students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and identities.

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate based on sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This nondiscrimination requirement extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

DEI Institutional Statement:

At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

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