Gender Studies: Department Chair
Oct 09, 2023
Department of Gender Studies
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Department of Gender Studies invites applications for the position of Associate Professor with tenure or Professor with tenure, and Chair of the Department of Gender Studies. Rank and status of the appointment will be determined in accordance with the Unit Standard of the Department and the provisions of the Collective Agreement. The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2024.
Duties will include research, teaching, and service, as well as administrative service as the Chair of the Department for a 5-year term starting July 1, 2024.
The successful candidate will have a PhD. with expertise in research and pedagogical engagement in one or more major areas of study in the field of gender studies. They will also have experience in administrative leadership.
Additionally, the successful applicant will demonstrate:
The ability to lead a small Gender Studies department administratively with a strong commitment to the discipline of gender studies.
Demonstrate experience and skill in innovative administrative leadership within educational institutions that must balance financial needs while striving to transform to meet the aspirations of decolonization, reconciliation, anti-racism, increased accessibility, and climate justice.
Administrative experience that includes some but is not limited to the following: chairing meetings and committees; promoting teaching and research excellence; fostering effective communication and generative relationality among administrative staff, sessional instructors, and faculty; transparency in decision-making within the department and between the department and the administration; building community among administrative staff, sessional instructors, and faculty; budget planning and financial management; program planning and logistics; making difficult decisions in the face of competing interests; working on cross-faculty and university committees and initiatives; providing effective supervision, professional growth, and advising across different collective agreements; advocating for the interests of the department; and ensuring a positive public profile.
Advocating for and supporting faculty at various stages of their career, providing effective supervision and professional development opportunities for administrative staff, and supporting sessional instructors with recognition of the structural precarity of this work.
Fostering collegial governance within the Department and the Faculty and with the Dean of Humanities and other administrative units at the University.
Supporting student engagement and success.
Experience leading the implementation of institutional commitments such as Indigenization, decolonization, anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
It will be considered an asset if the candidate can demonstrate: - Experience working with university-community partnerships. - Experience mentoring and/or evaluating faculty, sessional lecturers, and staff. •- Experience chairing or serving on an appointment, reappointment, tenure, and promotion committee. - Familiarity working in a unionized environment. - A vision for decolonizing leadership and pedagogies.
Everyone is welcome to apply. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to members of the following groups: Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, people of Black, African, and Caribbean-descent, people of colour, people of diverse gender identities or expression and/or diverse sexual orientations. Candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must clearly self-identify in their cover letter.
To be considered, please send:
A cover letter that addresses the candidate’s interest in and suitability for this position with reference to the job requirements, including a statement about their personal philosophy of administrative leadership.
A curriculum vitae.
Two sample publications.
A 500-word teaching statement, which reflects on past teaching and offers aspirations for future teaching.
Two sample syllabi of courses taught or designed relevant to the field of gender studies.
The names of and contact information for three academic references, and optionally, one community reference.
To be considered, application packages (in Word or PDF electronic format) must be received by midnight on October 13, 2023 and sent to:
Dr. Annalee Lepp Dean, Faculty of Humanities firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please contact Dr. Annalee Lepp, Chair, Appointment Committee at email@example.com. Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.
Gender Studies Mission Statement
The Department of Gender Studies at UVic actively pursues social justice. With attention to networks of power and how power circulates, we examine the relationships between gender and other socially constructed categories (e.g., race, class, sexuality, and other important locations). This examination is undertaken in the context of ongoing (de)colonization, neoliberal capitalism, globalization, transnationalism, and environmental degradation.
Through our myriad forms of teaching, research, and community engagements, we mobilize tools of interrogation, resistance, and transgression. Our work is guided by an ongoing process of theorizing, practice, and critical reflection. At the forefront of change, we proceed with an ethics of care and accountability.
Department website: www.uvic.ca/humanities/gender/index.php
We acknowledge with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. https://www.uvic.ca/services/indigenous/facultystaff/territory-acknowledgment/index.php The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next— for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself. UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.
Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (www.uvicfa.ca). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.