Chairperson / Associate or Full Professor

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POST DATE 9/14/2016
END DATE 1/1/2017

University of Kansas Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)


Position Overview
The successful chairperson candidate will qualify for a tenured appointment at the rank of Full or advanced Associate Professor with research and teaching expertise in the field of women, gender, and sexuality studies (research specialization is open). The position requires a strong record of significant scholarly achievement, as evidenced by an established program of research with the promise of continued productivity. The candidate should also demonstrate a commitment to and experience in academic administrative roles, including the ability to communicate effectively, manage interpersonal relations, and contribute to a collegial work and learning environment.

Additionally, the candidate should exhibit teaching excellence and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty member will conduct research leading to publications and external funding; teach courses and mentor students; perform academic advising responsibilities; and engage in departmental, College, University, and national service. The University of Kansas is also interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives of Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge, Building Communities, and Expanding Opportunities. See for more information.

Job Description
Chairperson (0.50 FTE)

* Provides oversight and leadership for all unit activities.

* Administers the undergraduate and graduate academic programs of the unit.

* Reviews and modifies, in consultation with the unit s Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, the long-range planning for the unit as it concerns the unit s curriculum and direction.

* Develops and supports departmental committees, the WGSS advisory board, and affiliations across the University.

* Oversees all internal budgetary, administrative, and personnel matters.

* Supervises and reviews the unit s faculty and professional, academic, and University support staff.

* Seeks enhancement of all unit resources by actively seeking external funding.

* Develops and enhances research and educational relationships between the unit and other units across the College and University as well as with agencies outside the University, e.g., governmental, public, or private.

* Develops long-term planning for future leadership by recruiting/cultivating/ mentoring future faculty members.

* Executes College and University policy in the unit effectively.

* Represents the unit and reports to the College, and represents the unit to other University entities.

* Attends national meetings of chairs of WGSS departments, and ensures that KU s WGSS Department is represented at the National Women s Studies Association Annual Conferences.

Faculty Member (0.50 FTE)

20% Research:

* Continued engagement in a significant scholarly research program in the faculty member s field leading to continued and advanced scholarly and/or creative activity, publications (appropriate peer-reviewed books, articles, and/or artistic productions), scholarly presentations, and competitively awarded research funds.

20% Teaching/Advising:

* Teach undergraduate and graduate courses and mentor undergraduate and graduate student research. Departmental teaching may include traditional lecture courses, small group laboratory sections, professional seminars, individual research instruction, and online instruction.

* For a chairperson appointment, the teaching load is one course per semester. All classes must be assessed by student and peer evaluations.

* Advising of undergraduate and/or graduate students is required. Faculty are expected to hold regular office hours.

10% Service:

* Provide general service to the academic unit, the College, the University, the state, and to the profession.

Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct,

COLLEGIALITY - All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.

Required Qualifications
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in C.V., and (3) information provided from three professional references:

1. Eligibility for tenured appointment at the rank of Full or advanced Associate Professor with research and teaching expertise in the field of women, gender, and sexuality studies. It is expected that candidates are tenured associate or full professors or have equivalent credentials.
2. Demonstrated experience in academic administrative roles.
3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, manage interpersonal relations, and contribute to a collegial environment.
4. Established record of effective teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure:
(1) an established independent programmatic line of research that includes a record of peer-reviewed publication; (2) record of regular local and/or national service participation; (3) meet University criteria for tenured Associate Professor. Depending on research specialty, a record of external funding may be required.

For appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure:
(1) a nationally recognized program of research that includes a sustained record of peer-reviewed publication; (2) sustained record of local and national service contributions, including leadership roles; (3) meet University criteria for tenured Full Professor. Depending on research specialty, a record of external funding may be required.

Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete application includes the following materials: (1) letter of application describing experience and accomplishments; (2) CV; (3) research statement and supplemental materials (e.g., representative publications); (4) teaching statement and supplemental materials (e.g., teaching portfolio, sample syllabus, peer evaluations, student evaluations); (5) the names and contact information for three professional references.

Initial review of applications will begin on November 16, 2016, and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants
Professor Marta Vicente, Search Committee Chair
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department
Blake Hall
318 Blake Hall, 1541 Lilac Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, education, and experience.

Strategic Initiative
Strategic Initiative #3: Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities

Additional Strategic Initiative(s)
Strategic Initiative #4: Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge

Application Review Begins

Anticipated Start Date

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