Applications are invited for the position of Head of the Department of Gender Studies, which houses the Gender Studies and Black Studies programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University.

For this tenured position, we are searching for an outstanding academic at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, with proven leadership and administrative skills and scholarly expertise in studies of race and racism, anti-racism and decolonization. The ideal candidate will be an innovative and visionary thinker who has administrative experience in interdisciplinary environments, demonstrated excellence in teaching and curriculum development, proven ability to lead diverse groups of stakeholders and advocate for social and institutional change, as well as research and teaching expertise in two or more of the following areas: intersectional and transnational studies in race, gender, sexuality; critical disability studies; Black Studies; Indigenous Studies; queer and trans studies; Critical Muslim/SWANA Studies; feminist activism and solidarity work; class and socio-economic justice; and decolonial, post-colonial and/or diaspora studies.

Throughout its thirty-five-year history, the Department has demonstrated a longstanding and steadfast commitment to social justice work both at and outside of the university and across local, national, and international scales. Centering the importance of challenging and addressing interlocking systems of power and how they manifest across structures and relationships, the Department is committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional knowledge production which provides students with critical thinking skills, experiential learning opportunities devoted to community-based activism, and tools for future leadership. The Department demonstrates an ongoing commitment to activist work, has made intersectional approaches to race and gender central to both its curriculum and hiring processes, and plays a leadership role on campus and in the local community by initiating much-needed conversations among faculty, staff, and students.

Applications are to be directed to: Lynda Jessup, Chair of the Search Committee, c/o Danielle Gugler, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University. Electronic submissions can be forwarded to Applicants who prefer to send their submission by post, please contact All applications must be submitted by Monday, February 14 2022.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status; see position description for details);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a 2-page statement outlining experience in administration and leadership
  • a 2-page statement of research interests;
  • a 1–2-page teaching philosophy statement; and,
  • The names and contact information of three references.

References, representative publications, and teaching outlines and evaluations will be collected only at the short list stage.

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