Assistant Professor in Feminist/Queer/Trans* Dis/Ability Studies (503261)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Health

Job Description


The Women's, Gender & Queer Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking Assistant Professor in Feminist/Queer/Trans* Dis/Ability Studies.

The Women's, Gender & Queer Studies Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, CA seeks applications for a full-time (academic year), tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in feminist, queer, and/or trans* dis/ability studies, with a particular focus on critical approaches that emphasize dis/ability as a social situation and a political process; consider dis/ability in the context of settler colonialism, cisheteropatriarchy, and racial capitalism; and center the knowledges and experiences of people with dis/abilities, studying cultural and artistic productions, social, cultural, and/or political theories, public laws and policies, professional practices, and/or everyday life.

Applicants must have graduate training in Women's, Gender & Queer Studies and/or Dis/Ability Studies, which can come from a range of disciplinary homes, and should approach scholarship and teaching from interdisciplinary perspectives. Candidates must demonstrate: 1) an ongoing commitment to scholarly inquiry, education, and activism in critical feminist, queer, and/or trans* studies that utilizes an integrative approach, exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, dis/abilities, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, religion, citizenship status, and other social categories within local, regional, national, and transnational networks and contexts; 2) the ability to collaborate with students/faculty/staff both from within the College of Liberal Arts and across the university; and 3) a record of and commitment to working to ensure an equitable and inclusive campus for all. The successful candidate must also have the ability to work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from a diversity of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other cultural backgrounds.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level and will teach WGQS core courses that contribute to the Women's & Gender Studies minor and/or the Queer Studies minor; new and existing courses in Dis/Ability Studies; and courses that contribute to the university's general education curriculum. Candidates should also demonstrate experience with and/or interest in curriculum and program development, especially via collaborations across departments, colleges, and/or additional institutional units.

Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a college-wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, as well as to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies across the university. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college's goals in these areas. The other searches in this cluster are for positions in the following disciplines across campus:
  • Rhetoric (Communication Studies)
  • African American Literature (English)
  • World History (History)
  • Public Policy (Political Science)
  • Counseling/Clinical Psychology with Cultural & Linguistic Competency (Psychology & Child Development)
  • International Political Economy (Social Sciences)
  • Latinx Studies (Ethnic Studies)

Candidates selected through this cluster hire will be given start-up funds to support their DEI work. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds for supplemental compensation, assigned time, and/or professional development activities.

The successful candidate will be expected to utilize Cal Poly's Learn-by-Doing pedagogy, which integrates project-, problem-, and service-based individual and collaborative learning experiences in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular contexts that are designed to create intersections between theory and practice.

Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, faculty members are expected to exhibit strong pedagogical skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty should be engaged in scholarly and creative work that is of very high quality as evidenced by external peer review. As colleagues, it is appropriate for faculty to perform service activities at all levels of the university.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Women's, Gender & Queer Studies, Dis/Ability Studies, or a closely related field with graduate training in WGQS and Dis/Ability Studies, and with an area of specialization in feminist, queer, and/or trans* dis/ability studies, is required and must be conferred by the time of appointment.

Candidates should demonstrate potential for or evidence of successful college-level teaching experience and successful scholarly activity.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Preference will be given to those with two or more years of college-level teaching experience in WGQS, Dis/Ability Studies, or a closely related field are preferred. In addition, we are interested in candidates who integrate (or have the potential to integrate) partnerships with California-based communities, as well as candidates with a track record of (or potential for) securing external funding related to their teaching, scholarship, and/or service/engagement, and we are also especially interested in applicants who have experience in working with students from underrepresented groups in research, teaching, service, advising, mentoring, and/or the community.

Preference will also be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

The California State University system is requiring that all employees and students accessing campus be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 20, 2021. Accordingly, you may be required to show proof of vaccination by your start date. You can find more information here.


To apply, please attach to your electronic application 1) a cover letter; 2) vita; 3) unofficial transcript(s); 4) statement of teaching philosophy; 5) statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship, and/or service; and 6) a writing sample indicative of area of scholarship.

In the cover letter, the applicant should address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate institution. In the statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship, and/or service, the applicant should describe past experience and contributions to DEI efforts; the impact on students, faculty, staff, and/or your field; and a description of how they will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly; please upload the DEI statement under 'other' in the online recruitment site. Please also be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. This position is open until filled. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: October 15, 2021. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map