Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies

The Department of English at Rice University, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (CSWGS), seeks to hire an assistant professor or associate professor of Sexuality Studies in literature and media of the twentieth century, with special emphasis on intersectional and historically-informed approaches.

The tenure line is housed in the Department of English. The position has a 2/2 teaching load with teaching obligations shared equally between English and CSWGS (including at least 1 undergraduate or graduate core course for CSWGS every 3 years).

We seek outstanding applicants working within the field of Sexuality Studies and particularly welcome scholars specializing in one or more of the following areas: race, ethnicity, feminist theory, LGBTQ and trans* studies, media studies, environmental studies, medical humanities, digital humanities, science and technology studies. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a strong research and teaching portfolio, and a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The 2/2 teaching load includes instruction in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula. The University expects faculty members to maintain an active program of scholarly research and publication and to contribute service to the Department, University, and profession.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in English or a related field by no later than July 1, 2024, and evidence of effective writing and teaching. Applications should include a cover letter detailing research interests and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, 2 writing samples (max. 25 pp. each), diversity statement, and 3 letters of recommendation. Finalists will also be asked for teaching evaluations (if available). The Department is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates, including from women and minorities. Applications must be submitted online via Interfolio. We will begin reviewing applications on October 30, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Initial interviews will be conducted via Zoom or Teams in December.

Rice University is located in Houston, Texas. The city is amongst the most vibrant and diverse in the country. Rice is a comprehensive and highly selective private research university consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in North America. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools (including in the Department of English) and has a student body of approximately 4,200 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students; its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. The University is strongly committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse community. General information about the Department and the CSWGS can be found at and Questions about the position may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Rosemary Hennessy (

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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