Core Faculty- Associate Professor, Women's Spirituality

California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Core Faculty- Associate Professor, Women's Spirituality

Category: Faculty Positions

Department: Women's Spirituality

Locations: San Francisco, CA

Posted: Nov 19, 2021

Closes: Feb 1, 2022 - 11:59 PM EST

Type: Full-time

Position ID: 139682


About California Institute of Integral Studies:

The Women's Spirituality program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) announces a full-time core faculty position, effective July 1, 2022.

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:


California Institute of Integral Studies is an accredited institution of higher education that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the Earth. The Women's Spirituality graduate program at CIIS offers a transdisciplinary feminist and womanist approach to the study of spirituality and religion. Our curriculum incorporates scholarship from women's/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, philosophy, and other related fields. We offer two degrees: an MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality, and Social Justice (WGS) and a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality (WSE). We are the first MA and PhD program in the nation to integrate a study of the sacred feminine with an examination of contemporary social, political, and ecological issues. Faculty and students meet together to generate innovative ways to combine rigorous academic scholarship with the passionate pursuit of personal transformation, community healing, and social justice.

Our program is committed to resisting and transforming hierarchical systems that have been constructed on the basis of gender, race, class, religious identity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, ability, and nationality. Students are invited to examine issues of power and privilege within both spiritual traditions and societal institutions. They are also invited to view social and ecological justice work as forms of sacred practice. While we have an emphasis on the historical, political, and spiritual experiences of women, we recognize and affirm the existence of diverse gender identities.

Courses are delivered in an online format using the Instructure Canvas platform and Zoom.



Full-time CIIS core faculty members are responsible for teaching 18 units of graduate-level courses, or their equivalent, per academic year. Core faculty also advise students, serve on dissertation committees, and participate in CIIS faculty meetings and institutional committees. Core faculty are expected to stay engaged in academic production through publication, presenting at academic conferences, and other scholarly activities.

An individual with the rank Associate Professor must meet the following criteria:
  • A doctoral degree or its equivalent and further evidence of career development in the area of specialization
  • At least 5 years full-time equivalent (FTE) of full-time college-level teaching or a combination of 2 years of directly relevant professional work experience and teaching
  • Continuing scholarly activities
  • Significant contributions to the field of specialization through professional activities (presentations, etc.)
  • Evidence of university service through governance activities or other efforts on behalf of the university

Because we are a relatively small program, all core faculty in the Women's Spirituality program are expected to contribute to administrative aspects of the program. The ideal candidate will have administrative experience in higher education and may be considered for the position of Program Chair when the position opens up. In addition, the candidate should have the ability to fill in for the current Chair during sabbaticals.

Candidates are to be conversant with current scholarship emerging from the fields of women's spirituality and women's studies and have research and teaching expertise in two or more of the following areas:
  • Women and world religions
  • Multicultural feminist spiritualities (e.g. womanist theory, theology/thealogy, Goddess studies)
  • Africana/African Diasporic, Indigenous, Latina/Chicana, Asian, or Pacific Islander frameworks and spiritualities
  • Contemporary feminist theory and its intersections with critical race theory, postcolonial and decolonial frameworks, and queer theory
  • Sacred mysteries, arts, healing, and ritual
  • Ecofeminism and environmental justice
  • An additional area of expertise related to our field (e.g. gender-based violence, mythology, modern matriarchal studies)

Candidates should have a PhD and university-level teaching experience. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a record of publication, online teaching experience, strong facilitation skills, experience teaching in a multicultural classroom, and a commitment to feminist pedagogy. Expertise in one or more methods of transformative dialogue (e.g., restorative justice, non-violent communication, or intergroup dialogue) would be particularly valuable.

Additional Information:

Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


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.

Working Conditions -- WSE holds a 6-day intensive at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters that core faculty are required to attend. This position may work remote or onsite depending on operational needs of the department and with approval from the immediate supervisor.

CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).

Application Instructions:

Using the Apply Now link, please submit the following documents online:
  • Teaching portfolio (statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations)
  • List contact information for three professional references.


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