Assistant/Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

University Park Campus
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College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, together with The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State (, seeks a faculty colleague at the assistant or associate level whose teaching and scholarship focus on ethics and LGBTQ studies, beginning fall 2017. We are particularly interested in candidates who focus on the ethics of critical sexuality and gender studies in the context of issues and practices concerning queer community and activism, sexual violence, sexual pleasure, and/or queer theories, including indigenous queer theory, black queer theory and queer of color theory. This new faculty member will have access to resources with which to contribute substantively to campus-wide, interdisciplinary research and programming on sexual and gender identity in ways that develop awareness of ethical issues, ethical reasoning skills, and moral imaginations in relation to dynamics of sexual violence and sexual pleasure. Our new colleague will also develop at least one introductory undergraduate course on the ethical aspects of critical sexual and gender identity studies. We encourage applications from candidates trained in women’s, gender and/or sexuality studies, as well as those trained in any cognate fields in the humanities or social sciences with an explicit focus on ethics and or ethical aspects of LGBTQ studies. Candidates must have completed all requirements for a PhD by the time of the appointment. Penn State ( is embarking on a transformative series of co-funded hires in ethics designed to ensure that Penn State becomes a leader in ethics-informed interdisciplinary research. This is one of twelve tenure-track appointments funded by the University to augment the Penn State mission in this important area. Co-funded faculty will be hosted as affiliate faculty in the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute ( We are seeking candidates who will build on the Rock Ethics Institute’s tradition of excellence in collaborative, interdisciplinary ethics research and ethically informed decision support for significant societal issues, as well as their success in integrating ethics into the curriculum. We are looking for individuals who will be effective in working on and leading interdisciplinary teams that embed ethical analysis into research projects including decision support research, and who have experience and interest in integrating ethics in undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Faculty who are hired will receive a one-course release for the first five years designed to enhance collaboration with faculty and students on existing ethics research and curricular initiatives, as well as building new initiatives and programs in conjunction with the Institute’s mission. Applicants should upload: 1) A cover letter; 2) a complete curriculum vitae; 3) a statement addressing how the candidate’s work is relevant to the University and Rock mission statements, and how this position is likely to augment their own work; 4) the names and addresses (including emails) of three referees; and 5) one writing sample. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be direct to the search committee chair, Dr. Carolyn Sachs,

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088