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Josephine Berry Weiss Chair in the Humanities and Professor/Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The College of the Liberal Arts at The Pennsylvania State University seeks a tenured professor, or tenured associate professor with a record that is close to promotion, in rhetoric and social justice broadly construed among one or multiple intersections of feminist rhetoric; cultural and political advocacy; the discursive analysis of race and racism; the evolution of gender and sexual identities in rhetorical theory and practice; and/or queer theory as it relates to the creation and circulation of symbolic, visual, and material expression. The successful candidate will be appointed jointly in the departments of Communication Arts and Sciences (51%) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (49%). 

The position includes a four-year appointment as the Josephine Berry Weiss Chair in the Humanities, a term chair with the possibility of renewal, that provides one course release (from a standard 2/2 teaching load) and substantial resources to spend on a transformational initiative that addresses a contemporary social exigency infused by issues of gender and sexuality and that benefits from rhetorical inquiry. Examples include, but are not limited to, diversity and community activism, national or local health disparities, environmental justice, and immigration policy and practice. The topic of the candidate's initiative is less important than its quality, originality, and potential for impact, and the candidate's capacity to build intellectual and institutional programming. The Weiss Chair will receive a minimum of $125,000 over four years to support the programming that they develop. 

Candidates for Professor must hold a Ph.D., should have an outstanding publication record and a track record of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Duties for the position involve a combination of administrative labor, teaching, and research based on the candidate’s qualifications.  

Candidates for Associate Professor must hold a Ph.D., should have a significant publication record and a track record of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Duties for the position involve a combination of administrative labor, teaching, and research based on the candidate’s qualifications.  

Candidates must be well grounded in both rhetorical studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Successful candidates must provide evidence of intersectional research that facilitates transdisciplinary conversations. Additional considerations for review include expertise teaching and mentoring graduate students across disciplines, administrative skill, experience with program development, and a record of constructive engagement and collaboration with diverse communities within and/or beyond the academy.                                                                              

Applications must include a cover letter describing the candidate’s research, teaching, and service, along with a CV, representative publications (typically three), evidence of effective teaching, and a description of the social exigency the candidate plans to address as the Weiss Chair in the Humanities. Applications should provide three references; however, the Search Committee will not contact references without first informing the candidate.    

Apply online at https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Josephine-Berry-Weiss-Chair-in-the-Humanities-and-Professor-Associate-Professor-of-Communication-Arts-and-Sciences-and-Women-s--Gender--and-Sexuality-Studies_REQ_0000018464-1 

The search committee will be an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Communication Arts and Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments at Penn State. Inquiries can be sent to the Search Chair, Kirt H. Wilson (khw2@psu.edu). 

Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is August 2022. 

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.