Joining Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Faculty

Faculty who wish to become members of the Women's Studies Faculty must send a copy of their curriculum vitae (updated every five years) to the Women's Studies Director, along with a cover letter that explains how the CV demonstrates that the faculty member possesses the following qualifications for initial appointment (as evidenced on the CV): activity in feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies scholarship through peer reviewed publishing (including dissertations), presentation of papers at peer-reviewed conferences, and/or activity in critiqued performance arts and juried exhibitions; and at least one of the following:  (a) significant teaching experience teaching courses with women's studies content, (b) significant participation in disciplinary-specific and/or interdisciplinary feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies professional organizations or caucuses, including publication in local and regional periodicals, (c) a graduate degree in Women's Studies, significant graduate coursework in Women's Studies or a related field, and (d) participation in seminars and institutes designed to promote feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies scholarship and/or pedagogy or feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies contribution to community service, volunteer work with local organizations, workshop planning and implementation.

In almost all cases, WS courses are taught by members of the WS faculty. However, in exceptional cases individuals (such as visiting instructors and adjuncts) who meet the criteria for WS faculty status can be approved by the WS Director to offer a WS course(s) for a maximum of one academic year. Subsequently, in order to continue teaching courses that count for the WS major, minor, and/or graduate certificate, these individuals must apply formally for WS faculty status and, if approved, their courses would be eligible for consideration for WS credit.

In order to maintain active Women's Studies faculty status, every five years (in the year of post-tenure review) faculty should send an uploaded CV and cover letter addressing the above points to the Women's Studies Director.


Dr. Kim Q. Hall
Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies
(828) 262-7603

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