Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences (Columbus, Ohio)
October 10, 2022
Post date: August 17, 2022


Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Position:  Tenure Track Faculty       

Rank: Assistant Professor    

Assistant Professor of Queer and/or Trans* Studies
Deadline for application: October 10, 2022

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Queer and/or Trans* Studies to begin August 15, 2023. The department seeks candidates whose research and teaching focus on histories or racial lineages of trans* and/or queer studies. This focus may include queer and/or trans* of color critique; trans*/queer Latinidad; decolonizing Indigenous two-spirit, sexual, and gender practices; Black genealogies of sexuality and gender; West/South/Central/Northeast/Southeast Asian queer/trans* diasporas; Global South and transnational approaches to sexuality and gender; and beyond. Research and teaching areas of interest include but are not limited to: critical race and ethnic studies; environmental studies; ethnography; history; geography and urban studies; science and technology; critical prison studies; legal studies; dis/ability studies; migrant and refugee studies; literary studies; cultural studies; film/media studies; and art and art history. This position will contribute to the growth of the new LGBTQ+ Studies undergraduate minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, which hosts a university-wide curriculum and draws from the broad network and history of queer and sexuality studies across OSU’s six campuses. The new faculty member will also assist in mentoring the growing number of doctoral students in the department who engage with this field.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at OSU has one of the longest running doctoral programs in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the country and is a leader in feminist studies. Rooted in feminist, anti-racist, and queer social movements in the 1960s, the department continues to deepen its intersectional and interdisciplinary scholarship; commitment to teaching and mentorship; and interrelational political and cultural activism.

Qualifications: Candidates must have their PhD in hand by August 15, 2023. Candidates with graduate training in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and/or a strong interdisciplinary background are preferred. Candidates who have undertaken non-linear academic paths and who have dedicated experience in activism, art making and creative work, and advocacy are encouraged to apply. ABDs are welcome to apply. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus: The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Application Instructions 

Application Instructions: Apply to Academic Jobs Online at: A complete application consists of a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a writing sample; a diversity statement that describes your demonstrated commitments and leadership in contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement; and contact information for three referees. (Referees will be contacted at a later stage in the application review). The application deadline is October 10, 2022.  Inquiries may be directed to Professor Jian Neo Chen at with “queer/trans* studies search” in the subject line.

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