The Graves of Academe: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Queer and Trans Studies

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

I’ve been intermittently visiting – sometimes with amusement, always with horror —  a website where academic jobs are advertised. I do this not  for myself, but to help keep tabs for a friend’s son, who has been looking for permanent employment in a university for several years. His problem is that he is, in every possible way, wrong, just wrong. He’s a white male. White males are so…well, you know. There are just so many – far too many — of them in the groves of academe. It’s only fair to put a hiring freeze on the entire category – no more white males,  until everything evens out. He studies European history. Europe is so…yesterday. Something has to be dropped, after all, to make room for Pan-African Studies, Islamic Studies, North African Studies, Qaddafi Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Black Queer Studies, Black Feminist Queer Studies,  Reparations Studies, Palestinian Diaspora Studies, Interpersonal Preference Theory, Psycho-Psychology, Latinx LGBTQ Studies, Scheduled Caste Studies, Identity Studies, und so weiter. He knows à fond four, or possibly five, languages, acquired at great effort. And he can do research in another three. But languages are out. Who needs them, now that we all have Google Translate? He’s attended – received high degrees from — several of the most famous universities in England and America. His doctoral thesis was a brilliant piece of work. So what? He has one book coming out this year, and another in 2024. Who cares?

What I have learned is that the Gods of the Copybook Headings are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sometimes the elements are rearranged, like those famous deck chairs on James Cameron’s doomed ship, just for fun, even though we all know it will soon be sinking. University X wants to hire only those convinced of the deep need for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, while University Y, on the other hand, wants to hire only those who positively pant to prove their worth in furthering Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.  University Z, the most tradition-bound of the three, hopes to employ only the most enthusiastic coney-barker promoters of that tripartite panacea for all our woes, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Did I mention Gender? Did I mention Race?

I don’t think I can take much more of this.

Framingham State UNIVERSITY  “Six Higher Education Excellence In Diversity Awards”

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

University of Richmond: “Developing A Diverse Workforce”

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Loyola University: “Diversity Reading Groups” and “Best Practices for Hiring”

“With a newly established Office of Equity and Inclusion headed by our Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, we are committed to providing an environment where everyone can learn, grow, and thrive. Key efforts include faculty development programming, opportunities for learning (e.g., Diversity Reading Groups), investment in pedagogical resources for differential instruction (e.g., Fellows Programs), affinity faculty and staff groups, and following best-practices for hiring.

Loyola University Maryland strongly values the benefits that diversity brings to the workplace. In accord with its Ignatian values, the University is committed to creating and promoting a community that recognizes the inherent value and dignity of each person. Loyola University Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, or any other legally protected classification.

University of California, Berkeley: “Equity, Inclusion, And Belonging”

“Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

“The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Beloit College: “Critical Identity Studies”

We welcome candidates from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as those who can contribute to programs in Justice and Rights, Critical Identity Studies or Environmental Studies. Teaching responsibilities include survey courses in modern U.S. history as well as introductory and upper-level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will share Beloit’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will demonstrate an ability to support students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college that attracts students from across the United States and the world. The college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty. It is recognized as one of the Colleges That Change Lives. AA/EEO

Rutgers University: “Racial Justice Work”

The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University—Camden invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, renewable for a second year, to commence September 1, 2023. The position will be funded by a Higher Learning grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the “Rethinking Race and Justice Through Childhood Studies” initiative. This initiative seeks to support emerging scholars of race and childhood, provide institutional support for racial justice work in the field, and demonstrate the justice and career potential of humanities training through civically engaged childhood studies.

The department has hosted several major international conferences, sponsors an array of lectures and symposia, including our speaker series in Centering Black Childhoods and workshop series on anti-racist pedagogy, and annually welcomes visiting scholars from around the world.

Applicants must have earned the Ph.D. in Childhood Studies or another humanities-related field, such as English, History, African American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latinx Studies, Film/Media Studies, Education, Geography, or Cultural Studies

Rutgers University—Camden’s Department of Childhood Studies is committed to fostering diversity within its community. We are eager to further diversify our faculty and encourage Black, Indigenous and people of color, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression to apply.

Wesleyan University: “Non-Position-Related Criminal Record”

Wesleyan University invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies beginning July 1, 2023. We seek candidates with expertise in research areas concerning the African Diaspora, particularly Latin America and/or the Pacific, with substantive research and teaching interests in Black feminisms, Afro-Atlantic history, disability studies, queer studies, and/or environmental studies. The successful candidate will offer courses originating in the African American Studies Department.

“In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious practice or creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record.

Northern Arizona University: “Focus On Queer And/Or Trans Studies and Transnational Feminisms”

“We are looking for a teacher-scholar with a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies or a related field. We especially welcome applicants who focus on queer and/or trans studies and transnational feminisms, and who demonstrate engagement with intersectionality. The ideal candidate will have a record of effective teaching in classes related to the WGS Queer Studies Minor, as well as WGS introductory, core, transnational or global feminisms, and other elective courses. Successful candidates should have experience in or attentiveness to working with underrepresented groups.

University of Winnipeg: “Preference Given to Indigenous Persons and Members of Racialized Communities”

The Department of History at the University of Winnipeg acknowledges that we live and work in the ancestral and traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Anishininew, Assiniboine, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and the heartland of the Métis nation.

We invite applications for a tenure-track position in Indigenous History at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2023, subject to budgetary approval. The successful candidate will have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Indigenous History or a directly related field, such as Indigenous Studies, with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples whose homelands are located in part or wholly within the modern boundaries of Canada and the continental USA. This can include those with a transborder specialization encompassing the present-day US-Mexico borderlands. This position is open to all with a preference given to Indigenous Persons and members of Racialized Communities.

“In the cover letter the applicant is strongly encouraged to provide a description of their relationship to the study of Indigenous History which might include (but is not limited to) family lines and relationality, community relationships, connections to place, Indigenous Identity, or organizational affiliations.

University of Hamburg, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin bzw. Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (w/m/d) in Literaturwissenschaft/Wissenskulturen und Interdisziplinarität § 28 Abs. 3 HmbHG,

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University of Innsbruck, Universitätsprofessur für Germanistische Mediävistik mit Schwerpunkt Spätmittelalter und Frühe Neuzeit (15.05.2023)

That means you too, Innsbruck.



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