Call for Applications: California Institute of Integral Studies, Human Sexuality PhD Program

Position: Core Faculty

Department: Human Sexuality PhD Program

Supervisor: Department Chair

FLSA Status: Exempt, either Two Part-Time (50% FTE) Positions, or one Full-Time


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,600 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. 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 & Performances division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The University provides low-cost mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 10 award-winning counseling and acupuncture clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).


The Human Sexuality PhD Program (HSX) has experienced rapid growth over the past few years and is searching for either two 50% core faculty candidates or one 100% core faculty candidate to complement its interdisciplinary and intersectional focus on critical sexuality studies. The Human Sexuality PhD Program is only one of two accredited doctoral programs in sexuality in the US and is an institutional provider of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) continuing education (CE) courses leading to AASECT professional certification.

The HSX doctoral program is a critical sexuality studies program drawing on sexuality and gender studies, critical race studies (including Queer of Color Critique), social science fields (anthropology, sociology, psychology, behavioral economics), public health, reproductive biology, critical education studies, feminist/women’s studies, humanities, and public policy studies (including reproductive justice work) to foster critical content knowledge, research and analysis skills that support doctoral works delving into important social science questions and applied work with a social justice emphasis.

The HSX doctoral program is a hybrid program that includes two years of coursework, followed by comprehensive exams, and dissertation research and writing. We do not offer summer courses and we accept students in Fall semesters only following a cohort model. The first two years of coursework are completed in an online hybrid format meaning that students travel to CIIS’ campus in San Francisco for three long weekends each semester of intensive class time, while the balance of the semester’s course work is completed asynchronously online using CANVAS (online learning system). More information about the program may be found here: Successful candidates will be expected to live in the San Francisco Bay Area or be within commuting distances to our campus in the vibrant South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, which is home to renowned restaurants, walkable to a weekly farmer’s market, theatre, museums, SF City Hall, and many of the biggest technology companies in the world.


The Human Sexuality PhD Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies is conducting an open-rank search for either two 50% full time core faculty members who will take on a 2+1 teaching load per year including dissertation students, or one 100% full time core faculty who will take on a 3+3 teaching load per year including dissertation students. Successful applicants will be asked to create one required and one elective course in their area of research/interest in alignment with program objectives. In addition, all core faculty, whether 50% or 100%, participate in faculty governance and committee service as well as their own scholarly pursuits.

We seek candidates with some combination of the following skills and with preferred areas of interest/skill sets into two categories with the understanding that some applicants may have expertise across these groups. If you have areas of interest/skill sets that cross these groupings, please discuss these in your cover letter and in your research and teaching philosophies.

All candidates will have broad knowledge of the field of sexuality studies, including critical sexuality studies and women’s/gender/feminist/trans studies with experience or interest in designing and running online hybrid courses using an online learning management software systems (i.e. CANVAS and Blackboard). Candidates will have an active record of research/advocacy, service and/or teaching in higher education. Those engaging in a scholar-practitioner model with an advocacy and/or social justice emphasis are preferred.

Clinical/Sexual Health

PhD level licensed clinician, licensed clinical psychologist, physical therapist, or sexologist with an active clinical practice preferably conducting sex therapy with experience in or ability to teach about sex therapy/treatment modalities including professional issues in the field, sexual reproduction/reproductive health including HIV/AIDS and/or pelvic pain issues, quantitative and/or mixed methodology, contemporary trends in peer-reviewed literature on sexual orientation and gender identity based, and clinical/community praxis. Successful applicants preferably maintain or are willing to obtain AASECT certification (preferably at the supervisory level) and will be engaged in active research.

Critical Sexuality Scholar

PhD in human sexuality, women’s/gender studies, transgender studies, social sciences (anthropology, medical anthropology, sociology, psychology, behavioral economics, etc.), humanities, linguistics, communications, digital media/human computer interaction (HCI)/science and technology studies, American/Ethnic/Critical Race Studies, public health, public policy studies, or related field. Expertise in at least one of the following areas: critical sexualities studies, women’s/feminist/gender theory, queer theory, critical race theory/whiteness studies, sexual/gender rights, neoliberalism/economics/governmentality, feminist new materialisms, masculinity studies, postcolonial theory/diaspora/borderland studies, and/or digital media.


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.


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).


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

Using the Apply Now link, please submit the following online:

  • Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications, research and teaching interests
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Philosophy
  • Writing Sample 1
  • Writing Sample 2
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • List of References (and their email addresses), minimum of three individuals who may be contacted, upon review of your application, to submit written letters of reference upon request

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