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Associate Professor- Tenure Track and Director, Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Apply now Job no: 492454
Work type: Tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Faculty

Widener University is seeking a Tenure track faculty member (12 months) at the Associate Professor rank who will carry a reduced teaching load and also serve as the Director of Center for Human Sexuality Studies and whose expertise is in sexuality education, program development and evaluation, and a content area in human sexuality studies. This position reports to the Associate Dean and provides leadership for all programs, activities and initiatives of the Center. We encourage applicants to make a solid case in their cover letters regarding their fit for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Essential Duties

  • Serve as organizational leader of the unit, including leading faculty development opportunities for all faculty, promoting inter-disciplinary connections amongst faculty, and cultivating an environment for innovation and creative pedagogy.
  • Provide vision and leadership for the programs in the unit, working in partnership with individual graduate program directors and the Associate Dean/Dean.
  • Mentor faculty development in terms of scholarship, teaching, and service, and also managing the Promotion, Tenure, and Academic Freedom process for tenure-track education faculty.
  • Coordinate the recruitment and search processes for faculty and adjunct faculty in the unit.
  • In collaboration with other academic departments, facilitate, encourage and guide all curriculum development, revision and approval in the Center.
  • Facilitate the work of the unit to develop grant proposals to corporations, foundations, and government agencies; collaborate on research-based and community-based initiatives with faculty.
  • Cultivate external relations with relevant agencies, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, alumni, foundations, etc.
  • Oversight and strategic management of goals, processes, systems, and programs to enhance student admissions, enrollment, retention, and persistence to degree.
  • Develop a strategy to grow the quantity, quality, strategic impact, and diversity of student enrollment.
  • Collaborate with offices/departments such as Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, and others to provide an integrated experience that helps graduate students successfully complete their program.
  • Develop and direct entrepreneurial programs such as professional development offerings as well as continuing education, distance learning and nontraditional formats for degree completion.
  • Teach graduate courses on campus, online or via hybrid formats (when requested) in area of expertise, carrying a load similar to others that hold faculty and administrative responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in teaching and student assessment; use faculty development opportunities and teacher effectiveness tools to improve teaching.
  • Supervise students on special projects, practicum and dissertation (including chair or member of committee).
  • Maintain currency in the academic discipline through continuing study, research, and/or participation in professional activities.
  • Engage in scholarly work related to area of interest on a regular basis and as required by expectations of the program and Center (As referenced in the Center Guidelines for Tenure Track Faculty).
  • Pursue an active research agenda, resulting in contributions and dissemination through research, presentations and/or publications.
  • Participate in relevant service responsibilities as a member or chairperson of committees/task forces at the Center, School, and/or University level.


  • In-depth knowledge of at least one area human sexuality studies and sexuality education and related areas of knowledge.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of overall history, structure, and contemporary issues in the field.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication abilities.   
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Teaching and Academic experience.


This position will supervise  individuals in the position of Academic Secretary and Graduate Assistants, Student Workers, and Research Assistants (depending on budget, grants).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

  • Earned doctoral degree (PhD, EdD, etc.) in human sexuality or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience, qualifications and record of teaching excellence and scholarship for faculty appointment at the Associate Professor rank. 
  • Candidates with experience mentoring doctoral students and with technology in instruction (including Web-based or hybrid instruction) are preferred.
  • Higher education administrative experience at department or college level. 
  • Experience with higher education in recruitment and retention of students, curriculum development, and fiscal management of resources. 
  • Higher education personnel and/or faculty mentoring experience. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Experience with curriculum development and assessment processes. 
  • A strong record of research and publication in one or more areas of expertise.
  • Demonstration of collaborative experiences with colleagues in their profession and workplace.

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

  • Must be able to sit, stand and move about classroom and campus for extended periods of time. Must be able to sit and work behind a computer for 2 or more hours at a time.
  • May need to lift supplies of up to 20lbs per item.
  • Teaching and special events in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies often occur on some evenings and weekends, so this position will need, at times, to be available to students via phone, email or other means of communication on nights and weekends.

Review of applications will begin February 10, 2020. This position will remain open until filled.

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at


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