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Faculty Engagement

Reaching beyond the language of our own disciplines


Consortium team-teaching provides the opportunity for full-time faculty from the nine participating universities to collaborate with scholars from other fields and institutions.

Faculty reach beyond the language of their own discipline to enrich their research and other teaching through developing unique seminars, engaging in a collaborative review process with the GCWS Board of Directors, and team-teaching a diverse group of graduate students.

A true intellectual community

We believe that individual faculty support includes the cultivation of a fertile and supportive field. Therefore, we include in our event line-up several networking and community-building events for local area faculty working in the field or applying feminist methods to their work outside of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Develop a course for the GCWS.

Team teaching is a unique and generative process, particularly in the context provided by the GCWS. Faculty proposing courses work in collaboration with our Board of Directors to hone their syllabi and work out best practices for teaching graduate level interdisciplinary seminars. The cross-institutional make up of our student body provides an additional level of engagement and shared learning – Masters and PhD students in English, American Studies, Sociology, Public Policy, Education, the Social Sciences, and many more fields take these courses. Each brings their disciplinary knowledge to bear on the topic, illuminating it from a myriad of vantage points.

The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality seeks proposals for courses that extend and enhance the course offerings available to graduate students enrolled at member institutions and provide faculty with a unique opportunity for professional growth. If you are interested in developing a course, please explore the topics below or contact us at gcws@mit.edu.

Seeking instructors for courses

In addition to encouraging faculty to develop their own course curriculum, the GCWS has various topics and areas for which we would hope to find interested faculty with the expertise to expand these topics into full courses. Faculty are also needed for two courses which are offered each year: Feminist Inquiry and Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Faculty database

The GCWS is connected to over 900 instructors through our member institutions and can assist in facilitating course development discussions. Faculty are encouraged to sign up for our database and to use it to find other faculty members with similar interests. The database includes individuals’ institutions, departments, and research and teaching interests.


Each of our events is rooted in knowledge sharing and alliance building. Devoted to growing the field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, we bring local faculty together for professional development, workshops, panel presentations, and pedagogy discussions, all geared toward enhancing individual research and teaching and facilitating future cross-institutional, interdisciplinary teaching teams. 

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