Become a Women and Gender Studies Faculty Member

We invite members of our community to become a part of the Women & Gender Studies program at GMU by applying to be an Affiliate Faculty Member or a Program Faculty Member. Our program thrives on the active involvement of faculty across the University who are engaged at various levels in teaching, research and/or activism in women, gender, and sexuality studies. A detailed description of our two membership levels is provided below.


Affiliate Faculty Membership Term: Five (5) years, renewable

Affiliate faculty may be tenured, tenure-track, term, adjunct, administrative faculty, or classified staff with a specialization relevant to WGST. Retired faculty may continue as affiliates vis-à-vis their emeritus status.

 Affiliate Faculty Service Expectations:

  • Attend at least one WGST general faculty meeting per year and
  • At least once during the five-year affiliation period (for example):
    • Develop or teach a course related to women or gender issues
    • Recruit students for the minor, major, certificate, or MAIS degree
    • Serve on graduate student thesis/project committees
    • Organize and supervise internships
    • Plan a program through the Women’s Center or on a topic of interest to WGST
    • Serve on a WGST committee
    • Host a discussion on current scholarly or administrative work (e.g., brown bags)
    • Participate in a WGST research community
    • Attend a WGST event or program
      • Ex: Scholar’s Lecture or Sojourner Truth Lecture


Program Faculty Membership Term: Three (3) years, renewable

Program faculty contribute significantly to the mission and functioning of the WGST program through teaching, mentorship, and/or administration.

 Program Faculty Service Expectations:

  • Attend at least one WGST general faculty meeting per year and
  • Provide consistent and recent contributions to the program through (for example):
    • Serving on the WGST Executive Committee within the last two years
      • Note: Executive Committee members automatically receive Program Faculty status (no application necessary) during their service
    • Serving on MAIS thesis and project committees within the last two years
    • Serving as faculty representatives in units whose courses meet WGST requirements or are approved electives in WGST degree programs
    • Serving as representatives of key stakeholder units that collaborate on regular, on-going programming
      • Ex: LGBTQ + Resources or Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE)


To apply for either Affiliate Faculty or Program Faculty status, please submit:

  • A recent curriculum vitae or résumé and
  • A letter of interest demonstrating a commitment to WGST
    • Note: The letter of interest must show involvement in a specialization in WGST – through, for example, programming, teaching, research, and or activism

If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate or Program faculty member of Women & Gender Studies, please send your CV and letter of interest to Associate Director, Holly Mason Badra at After the membership committee reviews your materials, we will reach out with their decision.