Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Department of Race, Ethnic, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (REGSS) seeks a candidate at the rank of Assistant Professor who holds a Ph.D. in Critical Ethnic Studies, Critical Indigenous Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or related fields, and whose scholarship and teaching reflect developing trends in these areas. The successful applicant will teach core courses and electives at all levels in two distinct programs–Race and Ethnic Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies–housed within REGSS. A full-time teaching load at St. Olaf includes six courses per year. An ability to connect teaching and scholarship to engage communities both on and off campus, with responsibility and integrity, is desired. Applicants with interests in decoloniality, queer studies, and critical trans studies are especially encouraged to apply.


Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Critical Ethnic Studies, Critical Indigenous Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or related fields, and whose scholarship and teaching reflect developing trends in these areas are encouraged to apply.

About the Department:

St. Olaf’s newly formed department of Race, Ethnic, Gender and Sexuality Studies houses two academic programs—Race and Ethnic Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies—each with its own curriculum. Backed by 100 years of combined curricular strength and interdisciplinary innovation, RACE and GSS share commitments to critical indigenous studies, critical race and ethnicities theories, feminist critique, intersectionality, lived experiences, postcoloniality and decolonial knowledge production, and queer and critical masculinities critique. 


At St. Olaf, we are committed to equity and inclusion. We strive to be a campus of welcome where students, faculty, and staff thrive by bringing their full humanity—gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age—to the Hill each day. Our goal is to generate conversations and processes that over time create greater clarity, transparency, trust, cooperation, consensus, respect, and measurable outcomes. Practices that support this goal include listening, cultivating a growth mindset, respecting those with different views, being informed by data, and understanding that the work is ongoing, collaborative, organic, and ever evolving. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

How to Apply:

A complete application includes:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Diversity statement (200-500 word limit): Describe how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at our college through your teaching, research, and/or service. Include examples of your contributions when possible.
4. Writing Sample: A writing sample that best represents your scholarship
5. Evidence of Teaching Excellence: Individual course evaluations and/or summative documents that provide insight into your teaching, ideally in more than one course that is relevant to the position.
6. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: A statement that offers insight into your pedagogical methods, values, and ambitions (1000 word limit)
7. Transcript(s) - Graduate (unofficial is acceptable)
8. The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and scholarship (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date will receive fullest consideration. Finalist interviews are expected in January. Questions about the position, department, or College may be directed to Professor Anthony Bateza, Search Committee Chair, at

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire. 

St. Olaf College requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the CDC. A reasonable accommodation may apply because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief. Compliance with St. Olaf's COVID-19 policy is a condition of employment. Under current guidelines, "up to date" means two boosters for people 50+ and one booster for most people under age 50. If and when this guidance changes, employees will be required to get additional boosters as indicated by CDC guidelines.

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Kari Hohn, Director of Title IX and Equal Opportunity
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 144
Northfield, MN 55057

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