Towson University, Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies

Dec 17, 2012 Feb 01, 2013

Towson University seeks applicants for chairperson of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies to begin in summer 2013. Applicants should have excellent records in teaching and a strong record in scholarship appropriate to appointment as a Professor with tenure.

Position: The Chairperson, who reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, works collaboratively with faculty, manages the day-to-day operations of the department, promotes faculty professional development and scholarship, fosters appropriate change and program expansion, advocates for the academic mission, values, and needs of the department, college and university, and engages in outreach to external constituencies in the Baltimore metropolitan region and the State of Maryland.

The Chairperson is appointed to a three-year term, subject to annual review and evaluation by the Dean in collaboration with department faculty. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in appropriate field. Significant administrative experience and a leadership style reflecting feminist values are desirable. The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies currently offers a BA in four concentrations: (1) Health and Sexuality (2) Culture and Creativity (3) Diversity and Global Contexts (4) Leadership and Community and a MS in three areas (1) Health and Sexuality (2) International Contexts and (3) Leadership and Social Change. Our preference is for an interdisciplinary scholar with a broad research agenda. Applicants should be competent in one or more of our areas of concentration. We also welcome scholars who could add to the program in the areas of transnational feminism, queer theory, LGBT studies, masculinity studies, transgender studies, race/ethnic studies, or cultural criticism.

The ideal candidate will have had success in developing and expanding programs and should be able to contribute to Towson’s mission as a Metropolitan University by building relationships within the broader community. Applications from minorities and scholars with international prominence are encouraged.

Towson University: Founded in 1866, today Towson University is recognized by U.S. News & World Report's as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Towson is nationally recognized for its programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, communications, health sciences, and the fine and performing arts. The University places a strong emphasis on service learning and civic engagement through such activities as internships, practica, clinical placements, course assignments and student events. As the Baltimore area’s largest university and Maryland’s Metropolitan University, Towson articulates its research and scholarship mission through partnerships that link the University to the economic, educational and cultural life of the state of Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region. Towson enrolls more than 21,000 students and offers more than 100 bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields. Located on a rolling 328 acres, the striking campus is eight miles north of downtown Baltimore and 45 miles from Washington, D.C. The campus and its surrounding cities provide an excellent environment for teaching and supporting the academic pursuits of the 830 full-time faculty who work here.

Application Process: Please submit letter of application, curriculum vita, sample of scholarship, and three letters of reference to:
Professor Cecilia Rio
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252.

Review of applications will begin January 10, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled.

Upon submitting your Curriculum Vitae to indicate your interest in this position, please be sure to visit Towson to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical purposes only and shall not be used to illegally discriminate for or against anyone. Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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