Job Opportunities

Associate or Full Professor – Gender & Women’s Studies/Black Studies

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Racialized Body Cluster Initiative, is pleased to announce a tenured faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor rank.  This search is part of a multiple-hire cluster initiative that brings together scholars who examine the ways that contemporary and historical notions of race, racial ideology and racial politics are manifested in how the “body” is represented, inhabited and regulated. The Cluster has two broad trajectories: the study of mechanisms by which racialized bodies are defined, policed and regulated; and the response to efforts to define and control racialized bodies through everyday practices and collective forms of resistance. The appointment will be jointly held in the Department of Black Studies and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and we seek a colleague who will help to deepen the long-standing intellectual connections between the two units. The areas of specialization for this position are open, and we especially welcome candidates whose scholarship offers international, transnational, or global analyses of the African diaspora through feminist and/or queer of color methodologies.

We are looking for a colleague who will bring with them some administrative experience and an interest in mentoring junior faculty, as well as guiding the Cluster activities and programs.  A successful candidate will be able to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of expertise, as well as general education survey courses. In addition to each department’s thriving majors and minors, both Black Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies offer robust and popular graduate concentrations. The ideal candidate’s fields of expertise will complement existing course offerings and areas of specialization at UIC.

Complete applications submitted by January 22, 2021 will be given full consideration.  To apply, please complete the on-line application including the names and email addresses of three referees at this link and upload a CV, a writing sample, a cover letter describing research trajectory, teaching philosophy, history of service and community engagement..  Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand. Please contact Prof. Jane Rhodes, Department Head of Black Studies and Chair of the Search Committee, with any questions: Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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