Job Opportunity: Two Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies Positions, Virginia Tech

Job no: 517486
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: Sociology
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Women’s and Gender Studies program (WGS) at Virginia Tech invites applications for two three-semester Instructorship positions beginning Spring 2022 and will run through Spring 2023. Our program offers an undergraduate minor, a graduate certificate and a graduate concentration. In the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the undergraduate WGS program is housed in the Academy of Transdisciplinary Studies (ATS), and its graduate curriculum is hosted by the Department of Sociology.

The successful candidate will participate fully in the teaching mission of the WGS program to deliver our undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to sustain cross-disciplinary, cross-departmental connections with other units on campus. The candidate will teach a graduate Feminist Research Methods course, and possibly Women and Creativity and Introduction to WGS.

We seek dynamic and collaborative candidates who demonstrate excellent evidence of teaching and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates should be prepared to teach in person as well as using online modalities.

The ATS is an innovative and highly interdisciplinary Academy that is creating a slate of new interdisciplinary minors and majors including Asian American studies, Latino/a/x studies, Queer studies, Food Studies and Animal Studies. It also houses established programs in WGS, Africana Studies, and American Indian Studies.

The Sociology Department is recognized for excellence in research, teaching, and community outreach. We specialize in sociology and criminology with concentrations in Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Inequality, Research Methods, and a minor in Peace Studies.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law: (

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 22, 2021, at (posting #517486). The application package should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, and list of three references with email addresses. Questions should be directed to Dr. Bonnie Zare (, Instructor Search Committee, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 560 McBryde Hall (0137), 225 Stanger St., Blacksburg VA 24061.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand, though consideration will be given to ABDs, MAs and MSs in any relevant field of study. We are looking for a WGS candidate with an expertise in any of these areas: Decolonial Feminisms, Transnational Feminisms, Latinx Studies, Queer Studies, Disability Studies, Indigenous Feminisms, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

It is preferred that the candidate will bring one of the dimensions listed below to the program’s teaching missions:
● A knowledge of Queer Studies as it relates to identities but also to queering as a method and a theoretical framework
● An engagement with decolonial, diasporic, affect, Latino/a/x, or disability (Crip theory) studies
● Intersectional approaches to scholarship related to gender, race, class, sexuality and/or disabilities; a demonstrated ability to locate queer theory within and alongside additional dimensions of experience
● Anti-racist and decolonizing pedagogies

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Bonnie Zare at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Applications close: Open until filled