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Assistant Professor in Transgender Studies

Application Window

Open date: August 13th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Nov 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Nov 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis seeks applications for a full-time, tenure track, assistant professorship in Transgender Studies to begin July 1, 2022. This position requires a teaching and research focus on transgender studies with an emphasis on at least two subfields. These subfields could include, but are not limited to, the following: critical prison studies; global migration and refugee studies; critical legal studies; science, technology, health, and environmental studies; or media, literature, performance, and cultural studies. We are seeking a critical, interdisciplinary orientation to transgender studies. A transnational research focus is preferred. Attention to histories or legacies of race and colonialism, broadly conceived, is required.

We seek dynamic and collaborative candidates who demonstrate exceptional promise as scholars and teachers. The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the research, teaching, and service of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, to deliver our undergraduate and graduate curriculum, and to sustain cross-disciplinary, cross-departmental connections with other units on campus.

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor program and a graduate level Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Faculty members may choose to participate in a wide range of graduate groups. GSW maintains and encourages close ties to other interdisciplinary departments and programs, notably the African and African American, American, Asian American, Chicana/o, Middle East/South Asia, and Native American Studies departments, as well as the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies. UC Davis supports multiple interdisciplinary research centers, including the Feminist Research Institute

Interested candidates should submit an application that includes: 1) a cover letter including a statement of research and teaching interests, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) one writing sample , 4) a statement of contributions to diversity; and 5) contact information for three references. Candidates should submit an application packet through the Recruit online portal at:

To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted by November 15, 2021. The position is open until filled.

The University of California, Davis and the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” ( into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor, Steps 4, 5, or 6, will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Candidates are required to have a PhD or equivalent in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies or a related field in hand no later than September 19, 2022 (beginning of Fall Quarter 2022).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - A cover letter including a statement of research and teaching interests

  • Writing Sample - A 20- to 30-page writing sample from recent research (preferably published or under contract with a publisher)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information - UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” for refences checks into RECRUIT as part of their application

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA