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Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
Closing date
Oct 14, 2021

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California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,500 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program through The Arts at CIIS and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs division, including workshops, lectures, and certificate programs. The University provides affordable mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 10 award-winning clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

Job Description:


CIIS seeks adjunct lecturers, who are CIIS recent graduates (ABD may be considered) to team-teach one of two courses offered in our doctoral program in Spring 2022. Course descriptions are found below. This is an opportunity for PhD's to get opportunities and experience teaching at the doctoral level and gain pedagogy mentorship in the process. Please indicate which course/s you are interested in teaching in your cover letter. We will not review applications without cover letter, CV, and teaching philosophy.

CIIS seeks adjunct lecturers for select courses offered in our doctoral program. Course descriptions and semesters these will be taught are found below. Please indicate which course/s you are interested in teaching in your cover letter.

HSX 7170 Introduction to Human Sexuality (3.00 Units)

This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality and sexual literacy. It reviews theoretical, methodological, epistemological, historical, clinical, policy, and public health areas of knowledge in understanding the spectrum of sexual meanings and practices across time and space.

HSX 7173 Sexual Theory and Intersectionality (3.00 Units)

This foundational course surveys various theories through a lens of critical sexuality studies (CSS) using a triadic framework: (1) concepts, (2) abjection, and (3) normativities. It is a primer for orienting the vast works that inform the field using CSS as a central way of understanding and synthesizing these. The theories examined in this course are not exhaustive, but many have been applied to provide fruitful insights into various questions regarding sexuality. Further, this course supports the idea that experiences of sexuality and gender are collocated within power structures articulated as intersectional positionalities, such as race, ethnicity, class, nation, geographic location, age, religion, sexed body, dis/ability, and various other salient social and cultural locations, identities, and ascriptions?neither sexuality nor gender may be accurately understood without such contextual specificity. The emergent field of critical sexuality studies aims to agree not on content but on a basic orientation for thinking about the phenomena of sexuality and related praxis in research and applied work.

HSX 7175 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (3.00 Units)

This is an advanced introduction to theories and methods used to understand and frame sexual orientation and gender identity in the field of human sexuality. Gender identity and sexual orientation, taken together or held distinctly, profoundly shape how human populations are managed and understood, and are centrally significant in what types of bodies, lives, behaviors, and pleasures are considered human. This course approaches the categories of gender, sex, and sexuality across various scales: transnational research, scholarship, politics, and social justice.

HSX 7228 Global Sexualities (3.00 Units)

This course considers sex- and gender-related practices, desires, and identities around the world with an emphasis on non-Western contexts. In the first part of the course, students will become familiar with some of the problematic assumptions that have imbued theorizing gender and sexuality from within Western frameworks. Additionally, it will examine alternatives to approaching knowledge production about other peoples and practices that decenter a Western gaze. After becoming acquainted with this general approach, the course continues with a survey of contemporary issues and debates centering on different ways of knowing that inform sexual cultures. Special topics of focus may include sexual migration, globalization, and its impacts on Indigenous sexual/gender identities; transnational comparisons of sex work; virtual intimacies; body modification and desire; and the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, among others. Prerequisite: HSX students only.

HSX 7229 Sexual Function and Practices (3.00 Units)

This course represents the core knowledge that students are required to engage about sexuality practices and behaviors to be competent in the field. Topics covered include biopsychosocial developmental models of sexuality and gender identity, sociocultural and familial influences, LGBTQQIA identities and experiences, intimacy-enhancing skills and diversities of sexual expression, sexual anatomy and physiology, STIs, desire, arousal and orgasm, and sexual health and pleasure. These content areas are aligned to AASECT's core knowledge areas.* This course will be addressed from an inclusive and sex-positive perspective.*For more details, visit

HSX 7232 Problems and Professional Issues in Sexuality (3.00 Units)

The focus of this course is to address issues of ethics, axiology, exploitation, abuse, harassment, assault, trauma, rape, rape culture, sex trafficking, problematic sex (e.g., compulsions, dysfunction, sexuality and substances, and disease), and other issues that can be thought of as problematic. While not necessarily subscribing to a pathologizing or criminalizing view, these important issues will be thoughtfully considered in a historical, contextual, reflexive, and critical manner. Attention will be paid to the history of the field, current controversies with internet sexuality, ethics, philosophical issues, and professional communication skills. These content areas are aligned with AASECT's course knowledge areas* and are part of the required content for sex therapy and sex educator certification. *For more details, visit

HSX 7234 Sex Therapy Professional Skills (4.00 Units)

This professional training course builds on the AASECT aligned core knowledge sequence (e.g., Sexual Function and Practices, and Problems and Professional Issues in Sexuality) in an applied manner in service of developing the skills for diagnosis and treatment of sexual issues for licensed professionals. Content areas are aligned with AASECT's course knowledge areas.* By sexual issues, we mean anything related to sexuality and gender that causes distress for someone seeking therapy, and those issues that fall within the three chapters of the DSM-V (sexual dysfunctions, paraphilias, and gender dysphoria). The course supports competent development of sexual assessment and diagnostic skills; theory and methods of intervention; collaboration with clinical sexologists and sex medicine among other professionals; ethical sex therapy practice; working within interdisciplinary teams; treatment planning; and biopsychosocial case conceptualizations or formulations. *For more details, visit

HSX 7236 Sex Education and Learning Theory (4.00 Units)

This practical and professional training offers an overview of the theory and methods of sexuality education, including curriculum development, teaching, pedagogy, and assessment of learning. Attention is paid to addressing diverse learning styles, classroom facilitation, ethical issues, and social-emotional and transformational dimensions of learning. Content areas are aligned with AASECT's course knowledge areas. For more details, visit

HSX 7237 Methodology I (3.00 Units)

This course examines core concepts in quantitative methods and reviews the basic steps used in constructing a rigorous, empirically valid research study on sexuality and/or gender. It reviews the purpose of an institutional review board (IRB)/human subjects committee and the existence of institutional and independent IRBs. The course grounds technical learning with an examination of scientific positivism by drawing upon critiques from anticolonialist, queer, and feminist scholars. Students apply these concepts and theories to critically assess statistically based evidence. It is the first in a series of two.

HSX 7238 Methodology II (3.00 Units)

This course introduces students to the basic techniques of conducting and analyzing qualitative research to answer questions in the field of sexuality studies. Students will learn about qualitative selection criteria and ethical research practice, questions design, and modalities of data collection, description, and interpretation. Students will also learn about various software programs available to increase the power of qualitative data inquiry. This is the second in a series of two.

HSX 7263 Sexual, Gender, and Reproductive Rights (3.00 Units)

This seminar is an overview of sexual, gender, and reproductive rights in the context of the culture, politics, government, and history of rights and social movements. The course will primarily focus on the United States context but will also integrate examples of rights-based movements, advocacy, and policy making from various countries and municipalities as applicable. It describes the policy-making process and why sexuality, gender, and reproduction are often the subjects of policy making. Threaded throughout the course will be an examination of the concept of sexual citizenship. Analytic techniques will draw on the fields of policy evaluation and health communications. Central goals of this course are for students to analyze the epistemological assumptions within a current sexuality, gender, and/or reproductive policy; deconstruct the historical context of the policy; then propose recommendations for a new or improved policy and communications campaign.

HSX 7274 Gender and Queer Theory (3.00 Units)

This course will examine gender as a category of analysis alongside the ideas that together constitute queer theory. Particular attention will be paid to understanding power relations such as between sexuality, gender, race, class, dis/ability, indigeneity, nation, and geographic location.


Teaching responsibilities include but are not limited to: Preparing and teaching over 3 weekends per semester (usually only in 3-4 hour blocks on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday; dates are determined by CIIS and are not flexible but are communicated well in advance); adapting the syllabus and building the online CANVAS portal (support is available); providing students feedback weekly during the semester using CANVAS; and, maintaining office hours or responding to student questions in a timely fashion. These teaching positions are adjunct contract positions and are not associated with full-time faculty contract duties.


  • PhD required in a field related to the course you are applying to teach, ABD considered for the team-teaching positions.
  • For the sex therapy course, someone who is AASECT certified.


Preference is given to candidates who hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field related to the course. Teaching, scholarly and/or research/work experience in the areas that you are applying to teach.

For the Sexual Function and Practices course, we are specifically seeking someone with background in reproductive biology/sexual medicine to co-teach this with one of our core faculty members. For the sex therapy course, someone who is AASECT certified and/or an AASECT supervisor for sex therapists or/and sex educators.
  • Experience teaching at the graduate level, preferably doctoral students.
  • Experience designing and running courses in online learning management software like CANVAS, Blackboard, etc.

Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


Working Conditions -- Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically, Monday through Friday.
Background Check -- Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver's license.
Visa Sponsorship -- Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
Relocation Assistance -- This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.


CIIS values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Every applicant will be considered regardless of race, color, ethnicity, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All qualified persons legally authorized to work in the United States are encouraged to apply.

Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided on request.

Application Instructions:

Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Using the Apply Now link, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter online.

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