Director of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
December 16, 2022
Starting Date: 
July 1, 2023
Post date: November 18, 2022

Position Summary Information

Minimum Qualifications
  • A PhD in GWS or related field
  • Evidence of:
    • leadership in an academic program or department
    • outstanding and active research, teaching, and service contributions to Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies appropriate for appointment at the rank of Advanced Associate or Full Professor
    • commitment to shared governance
    • leadership promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
    • GWS program advocacy and recruitment of majors and minors
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

In addition to teaching in the candidate’s area of specialization, the program has teaching needs in Global Women’s Issues, Feminist Theories, and Sex, Gender, Power.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

Description of the GWS Program:

Appalachian’s GWS program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the IDS Department. It is the oldest GWS program in the University of North Carolina system and the second-oldest in North Carolina. In addition to the Director, the program has 4 standing faculty (one of whom is full time in GWS) and many faculty affiliates from departments and colleges across campus. It offers innovative courses and 4 undergraduate degree programs (a BA in GWS and minors in GWS, LGBT Studies, and Girls Studies) and a graduate certificate. More information about the program can be found on the GWS program website.

Description of the IDS Department:

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies is one of 17 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. IDS has16 faculty members, 120 undergraduate majors, and 20 graduate students. We offer BAs in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies; a BA and BS in Interdisciplinary Studies; an MA in Appalachian Studies; and 13 interdisciplinary minors. IDS also houses the premier first year experience at App State, the Watauga Residential College, a living-learning community. Further details can be found at the IDS Department website.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Schedule GWS courses
  • Recruit qualified faculty to teach courses
  • Student advising, outreach, and retention
  • Schedule and facilitate GWS faculty meetings
  • Coordinate GWS committees
  • Mentor faculty
  • Coordinate GWS assessment
  • Manage operating budget and foundation accounts under the charge of the IDS Department Chair
  • Manage program communication (email, website, social media, etc.)
  • Lead strategic planning discussions
  • Attend IDS department meetings and participate on IDS department committees
  • Provide regular input to the IDS Department Chair
  • Hire and supervise a 20-hour GA
  • Advocate for the GWS program
  • Coordinate campus-wide GWS co-curricular programming
Type of Position Full Time Position
Appointment Type 1.0
Number Of Months Per Year 9
Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments in a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Posting Details Information


Posting Date 11/16/2022
Closing Date  
Open Until Filled Yes
Evaluation of Applications Begins 12/16/2022
Proposed Date of Hire



Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Application Instructions 

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s job board:

  1. a letter of application detailing:

    • relevant leadership experience and philosophy

    • teaching experience in GWS

    • recruitment success in GWS

    • evidence of promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  2. a current CV

  3. a statement detailing the candidate’s research accomplishments in GWS

  4. the names and contact information of three references


Review Begins: 
December 16, 2022

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