The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) is an interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, sexuality, feminist theory, and women's studies. Its affiliated faculty and students study how people from diverse racial, ethnic, national, and sexual backgrounds live in and engage with the world and how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally, and internationally. GenCen is searching for a new Assistant Director to provide support and advocacy in women’s and gender studies in alignment with the Center’s strategic initiatives
The Assistant Director will report directly to the two Co-Directors and work collaboratively with the entire GenCen team. Major position responsibilities include:
Providing support and advocacy in women’s and gender studies through faculty recruitment, networking, outreach activities and events.
Supporting international engagement of GenCen affiliated faculty and staff and in larger team projects supported by MSU and/or ISP
Working with GenCen Faculty Fellows to develop research funding plans and research proposals
Tracking campus awards and supporting the nomination of GenCen faculty to awards
Developing and supporting international partnership initiatives in line with ISP and wider university priorities
Coordinating with units across campus and in ISP on global gender issues, research, and outreach
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate - specialization on gender, LBGTQ/sexuality or women’s studies
PhD in any field with a focus or specialization on gender, LBGTQ/sexuality or women’s studies; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Previous work experience in higher education or with research grant writing
Demonstrated success in an administrative or leadership capacity, such as having successfully engaged with collaborative research, educational or outreach activities
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective internal and external relationships
A history of interdisciplinary collaboration in research, education, or outreach activities
Ability to work collaboratively with good interpersonal skills, active listening skills, and attention to detail.
Ability to identify and capitalize upon emerging opportunities for research
Ability to generate interest and excitement for new ideas and engage relevant partners
Demonstrated success in working on and having a leadership role in funded research projects
Facilitate high-quality national/international research
International research experience
Required Application Materials
letter of interest
three professional references
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The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) is an interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, sexuality, feminist theory, and women's studies. Its affiliated faculty and students study how people from diverse racial, ethnic, national, and sexual backgrounds live in and engage with the world and how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally, and internationally.
Working together with the academic colleges, the Center promotes outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, facilitates research and scholarship of the highest caliber, and undertakes innovative outreach and active learning initiatives.
In teaching and active learning, the Center also works with colleges and departments to provide students with academic and active learning opportunities focused on gender and global change through gender-related degrees, minors, and graduate specializations. In addition, new co-curricular activities will help students develop cultural competencies and global consciousness, including gender-focused internships, research mentoring, and study abroad programs. These and other active learning experiences will deepen students' understandings of gender relations, the cultural and material politics of place, and the relationships between global and local transformations in real-world contexts. Students will be prepared to be socially responsible citizens, professionals, and leaders of the 21st century.
The Center concentrates on gender and women's studies through interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and transcultural approaches. It connects faculty and students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, residential colleges, agriculture and natural resources, and professional fields and has support from all associated academic deans. Those affiliated with the Center will consider how global flows of ideas, people, trade, and new communication networks are transforming people's lives and gender relations, and they will examine how gendered power structures affect processes of globalization.
Through our Community Board and partnering with local events and organizations, we strive to reach out to Michigan communities, families, and schools. This outreach will increase knowledge about how local lives are affected by global processes and heighten appreciation for gender, racial, ethnic, sexual identity, class, and other forms of diversity. The intersections of gender identities with racial, ethnic, sexual, socioeconomic, and other differences will be highlighted in the context of global change.
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