Kent State University Political Science – Open Rank Tenure Track Position

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Kent State University Political Science – Open Rank Tenure Track Position Location: Kent State University, OH, USA | Department: Department of Political Science | Deadline: open until filled
The Department of Political Science at Kent State University invites applications for a tenure-track position, open with regard to region and rank, in Comparative Politics, to begin in August 2017. We seek scholars studying marginalization, structures of oppression, and the politics of dissent, with potential topics including, but not limited to: identities (race, gender, sexualities, ethnicity), global inequality, settler colonialism, migration, borders, and labor…[Read More]


Job – Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Communication, Civic Engagement, and Race/Ethnicity

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Communication, Civic Engagement, and Race/Ethnicity
(Job Ad quick link: http://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/107957 )
The Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado-Boulder invites applicants for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Communication, Civic Engagement, and Race/Ethnicity, with the ability to make connections in the College across units and to contribute to the required curriculum in one or more of the three departmental areas: Discourse & Society, Organizational Communication, and/or Rhetoric & Culture. Eligible candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas, working from an intersectional perspective: critical race studies, ethnic studies, Native American and indigenous studies, and/or transnational politics. The candidate will be expected to help build outreach on and off campus as part of BoulderTalks, a new center to foster community and knowledge through democratic engagement.  An ideal candidate will have experience working in, facilitating, consulting, advocating, and/or publicizing communities mobilizing around racial/ethnic justice. A PhD is required at the time of appointment, as is a record of excellence in service, teaching, and research.
The position involves 40% research, 40% teaching (i.e. 2 courses per semester) and 20% service, and it will start August 2016. Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience.
To apply candidates should submit: a letter of application; a current CV; a copy of 1-2 published articles or chapters; evidence of teaching excellence; and contact information (email address and phone) for three qualified reviewers. Applications are accepted electronically at http://www.jobsatcu.com/posting/107957. Review of applications will begin October 23rd, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Additional questions may be emailed to Professor Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Search Chair at COMMsearchcmte@colorado.edu.

Job – Director of the School of Gender, Race and Nations

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Director of the School of Gender, Race and Nations

The School of Gender, Race and Nations (SGRN) is a ground-breaking and newly established collaboration that will advance the dynamic interdisciplinary studies of historically underserved populations and their contributions. The founding units of the School include: Black Studies; Indigenous Nations Studies; Chicano/Latino Studies; and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The School’s mission is to forge alliances across disciplines to critique and displace entrenched orthodoxies, discourses and practices of power and privilege. Its research agenda and curriculum will critically examine and challenge exclusionary disciplinary boundaries as well as conceptual and systemic borders including, but not limited to, those of the nation-state, race, ethnicity, immigration, gender and sexuality—as reflected in the name “School of Gender, Race and Nations.”

The School of Gender, Race and Nations in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University invites applications for a 3-year renewable position as Director to begin September 16, 2016. The Director will also hold a tenurable academic rank of Associate or Full Professor in Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies or Indigenous Nations Studies. We seek an individual with proven success in the administration of interdisciplinary academic units, a distinguished scholar in a field related to the School’s mission, and an experienced teacher. The Director will report to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Why Gupta’s Casual Racism Should Worry You

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Why Gupta’s Casual Racism Should Worry You



GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — In this bustling lakeside town I spent a wonderful Christmas evening baking pizza in an outdoor oven, sipping a cold bottle of the local Primus brew. Earlier in the day, I was at a lakeside café reading a good book, watching families dressed in their Sunday best, as they strolled toward the adjoining restaurant for their holiday meal. Little children in their miniature suits and gowns paused to take photos with the Santa Claus cut-out propped next to the entrance.

This American Jew had a lovely Congolese Christmas–a perk I was able to enjoy as a UBC student studying abroad in South Africa, where my holiday trip began. And yet I felt guilty.

I felt guilty because I neglected to heed the call of my university’s new president, Arvind Gupta, and ask the locals celebrating here on December 25 whether they knew it was Christmas.

Perhaps the several thousand cases of Ebola, currently solely concentrated in the adjacent West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, had gotten these folks so mixed up that they weren’t actually sure what all those small, colorful orbs were doing decorating their restaurant. And why, they might have wondered, were faux fir trees scattered around the lakeside?

If that sounds a bit absurd, that’s because it is. Even in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country routinely ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, the Christian population sure as heck knew it was a day of celebration.

Maybe if I could have reassured President Gupta that the Congolese, residents of what the West has variously termed the “Heart of Darkness”, the “Bleeding Heart of Africa,” and otherwise written off as one more “War-Torn Region in Africa,” were happily celebrating Christmas despite a public health crisis ongoing thousands of miles away – for perspective, the epicentre of the outbreak, Sierra Leone, is closer to Berlin than Cape Town – he would not have felt the need to “challenge” UBC’s 300,000 students and alumni to join a campaign led by an aging British musician to generate pity for supposedly sickly Africa and donate around $20 to an opaque foundation seeking to “fight ebola.”

“Tonight, we’re reaching out and touching you,” Gupta crooned in the grainy webcam video, posted on UBC’s official Facebook page, singing lyrics from “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” before the clip fades to black.

Creepy. But not nearly as creepy as what a closer examination of Gupta’s participation in the Band Aid 30 challenge, as well as what an assortment of his public statements tell us about the type of university he intends to run. Read More…

Assistant Professor in Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology Job Announcement

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Type: Assistant Professor in Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology

Institution: College of Liberal Arts, California Polytechnic State University

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA (USA)

Date: from 15 September 2014

Deadline: 6.1.2014


The College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks applications for a full-time (academic year), tenure-track assistant professor in gender, race, culture, science, and technology (GRCST) to begin September 15, 2014. Candidates must demonstrate the ability/potential to collaborate across disciplines and contribute to the curricular and scholarly development of the interdisciplinary area of GRCST. Although applications are sought from any traditional liberal arts discipline (arts, communications, humanities, social sciences) or interdisciplinary area, we are particularly interested in applicants with backgrounds in or connections to  anthropology, ethnic studies, geography, philosophy, sociology, or women’s and gender studies. Disciplinary expertise alone is not sufficient; that expertise must intersect in meaningful ways with science and  technology.

This is one of four, college-wide searches in the broad area of science, technology, and society (STS), reflecting the college’s commitment to integrating liberal arts disciplinary knowledge and values into efforts to solve pressing contemporary problems while preparing our students for future leadership roles in such efforts. The four interdisciplinary, STS search areas are, in alphabetical order, (1) ethics, public policy, science, and technology; (2) gender, race, culture, science, and technology; (3) media arts, society, and technology; and (4) science and risk  communication.

Cal Poly operates on a teacher-scholar model in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, produce scholarship in their field(s) of interest, and provide service to the institution. The typical teaching assignment is three, four-credit courses per quarter. For this specific position, teaching and service assignments will be divided between the interdisciplinary program in GRCST and the new faculty member’s home department in proportions agreeable to all parties. For applicants in philosophy, expertise in feminist ethics and feminist social and political philosophy is required as is an ability to teach introductory courses in the history of philosophy. For applicants in Ethnic Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies, the ability to teach ES/WGS 350 – Gender, Race, Science, and Technology is required. A completed terminal degree (Ph.D., in most disciplines) by the listed start date and evidence of successful university teaching are required. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should complete the online faculty application at WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and submit it to Requisition #103079. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application: cover letter, current vitae, transcript copy, teaching portfolio and evidence of teaching effectiveness (with course syllabi and evaluations), and an example(s) of scholarship. Applicants must also provide names and email addresses for a minimum of three professional references when completing the online application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the people listed by applicants. A transcript copy may be attached to the above application or sent to the address listed for Requisition #103079. Official sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment. Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Completed applications (all required materials submitted) received by the REVIEW BEGIN DATE will receive full consideration.

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.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is a comprehensive polytechnic university with a strong commitment to its Learn by Doing philosophy. Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts offers 17 highly selective Bachelor of Arts programs and 5 Master’s degree programs with 250 full-time faculty and nearly 3,000 undergraduate majors. Our distinguished faculty is actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service. Cal Poly is among the most selective universities nationwide; student quality is high, with applications significantly exceeding admissions.

ETHNIC STUDIES: The Department of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly invites applicants whose scholarship uses creative inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to study the lives of Indigenous, African, Latino/a, and/or Asian peoples in the United States within a global and postcolonial context. The department offers a Comparative Ethnic Studies major and minor. Ethnic Studies courses also fulfill both general education and United States Cultural Pluralism requirements. The successful candidate seeking a tenure home in Ethnic Studies should be prepared to teach ES/WGS 350 (Gender, Race, Science, and Technology) and ES courses in her or his areas of expertise, including those at the lower division level, as well as design new courses that integrate an ethnic studies approach to science and technology studies.

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES: The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies strongly encourages individuals with PhDs or graduate certificates/concentrations in WGS or related fields (and a PhD in another discipline) to apply for this position. In addition to offering existing and new courses in WGS focused on the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, and technology, applicants seeking a tenure home in Women’s & Gender Studies should be prepared to teach introductory courses and the upper-level feminist theory seminar in the department. Areas of particular interest to the department include transnational, postcolonial, indigenous, and/or anti-racist feminisms; environmental justice, sustainability, development and/or globalization studies; media and/or information studies; and masculinities, sexualities and/or queer studies. Candidates must demonstrate a record and commitment to working to ensure an equitable and inclusive campus for all students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the Department or Minor in Women’s & Gender Studies, please see http://cla.calpoly.edu/wgs.html.

Website: http://www.calpolyjobs.org

(submit to Requisition #103079)