Faculty Positions

Multiple Tenure-Track Positions at Hollins University

Invitation to Apply from Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D., Hollins University’s Thirteenth President 

Last year, Hollins University embarked on a bold and necessary plan to ensure all of our students – including the voices and concerns of students of color – are heard, seen, and valued, and feel safe on campus; to create an environment of inclusive excellence that supports rigorous teaching and learning in the liberal arts tradition; and to develop a plan that guides our efforts to be an inclusive community. This year, we continue to actively advance the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Inclusive excellence at Hollins encompasses our commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning for all students. It’s an exciting and hopeful time to join our community; I invite you to learn more about us and to submit an application.  

Levavi Oculos!

President Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D. 

Hollins University


For more information about Hollins, please visit our website. 

Hollins University is hiring the following faculty positions beginning July 2022:  

About Hollins University

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational learning experience.  

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 

Hollins University seeks to further diversify our faculty and curricula through several ongoing initiatives. Hollins has adopted best practices in equitable hiring through Oregon State University’s Search Advocates program, while its membership in the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) informs its anti-racism work at all levels of the institution. The annual Leading Equity, Diversity, and Justice conference is a campus-wide day of learning dedicated to truth-telling, individual healing, and institutional transformation that holds each member of the campus community accountable for the work of justice. Hollins faculty are also currently engaged in a general education revision process that will launch in fall 2023 and provide its undergraduates with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to thrive in a changing world with creativity, resilience, and purpose. Additionally, the Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning ensures that faculty and students have the opportunity to situate learning in real-world contexts.   

Faculty Development  

Hollins offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement benefits, and paid parental leave. Faculty also receive financial support for research, travel, and pedagogy; mentoring; ongoing professional development opportunities; and support through campus affinity groups. Faculty also benefit from Hollins’ active membership in SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia), CICV (Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia), CIC (Council of Independent Colleges), and AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities).  

Students at Hollins  

The creative spark is alive and well at Hollins University. Nationally recognized for programs in film, dance, creative writing, and theatre, Hollins is also seeing markedly increased interest in STEM fields. Its undergraduate programs emphasize interdisciplinary and experiential learning. The majority of Hollins students participate in undergraduate research and internships. In the Princeton Review’s The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 EditionHollins’ students state, “the internship and study-abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional.”  

Hollins is proud to serve 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. The 2022 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 16 in the category of “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” Limited-income students and first-generation students are invited to join the university’s HU Connect program to support their sense of belonging and success at Hollins. Networks for students of color, such as the Asian Student Alliance, Unión de Estudiantes Latinx, the Black Student Alliance, and the Early Transition Program (ETP) provide rich opportunities for connection. The SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) and Safe Haven program provide supportive spaces for Hollins’ LGBTQIA+ students and their allies.  

The Roanoke Valley  

With approximately 100,000 residents, Roanoke is a diverse city, located just south of the Hollins campus. The city of Roanoke is a part of the larger Roanoke Valley, which is home to 300,000 residents. The area offers a variety of cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities, including excellent schools, many restaurants and breweries, the Taubman Museum of Art, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Kids Square children’s museum, and the Jefferson Center, which hosts performances by organizations such as the Mill Mountain Theatre and the Roanoke Ballet. Roanoke’s Berglund Center also hosts a range of larger events and concerts. Roanoke is a hub for innovation and the medical center for the region, and home to two major hospitals, as well as the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.  

Roanoke is especially well known for its outdoor recreational resources. Home to numerous nature and hiking trails and one of the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA’s) top mountain biking destinations in the world, Roanoke has been named “Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family.” Domestic travel is also convenient from Hollins with the nearby Roanoke Regional Airport, which has non-stop service to cities including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. There is Amtrak train service as well for passengers to Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. 


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Biology

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley. 

Position & Qualifications 

Biology is one of the university’s most popular undergraduate majors, and the department offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees. The department faculty has expertise in a broad range of biological sub-disciplines, and the successful candidate will add to this expertise with teaching and research experience at the cellular and molecular level. The position carries six courses per academic year; each laboratory section of a course counts as 0.5 teaching credit (e.g., two laboratory sections of the same course equal one teaching credit). The successful candidate will teach the lecture and laboratory sections for molecular and cell biology (one of three required courses for the biology major) each year. In addition, this person will offer an upper-level course in genetics with one or two laboratory sections every other year, alternating with at least one other upper-level molecular course in the successful candidate’s area of interest.   

Many of the department faculty regularly make interdisciplinary contributions across campus, offering courses that are cross-listed with other departments, especially within the sciences. Flexibility in the teaching responsibilities of this position allows for regular contribution to the university’s general education curriculum and to the biology department’s sophomore seminar and senior capstone courses in rotation with department colleagues. Biology faculty advise majors and minors, actively engage in research that frequently involves mentoring or co-advising undergraduate student researchers, and participate in department and university service.  

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022, a record of teaching success at the undergraduate level, evidence of scholarly promise and accomplishment, and a clear understanding of and strong commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution.   

About Hollins  

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.  

Application Process  

Screening of candidates will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses how your writing, research, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance the institution’s efforts to support these values and an increasingly diverse student population.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • Evidence of effective teaching;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bpdDLMnGobjsnAi). Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search chair, Dr. Morgan Wilson (mwilson@hollins.edu).     

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.  


Tenure-Track Senior Business Faculty

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track, experienced business faculty member. This is a full-time, open rank and business sub-field position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position & Qualifications

The Department of Economics and Business strives to prepare students for leadership positions in a global society and offers a major in economics and tracks in general business, international business, finance, and a new entrepreneurship track, along with business and international business minors, and a new minor in entrepreneurship. This position carries a teaching load of three undergraduate courses per semester. Other duties include maintaining scholarly activity in the form of publications and presentations; developing curriculum; advising, mentoring, and recruiting students; participating in department and university service; and engaging with the vibrant local Roanoke Valley business community.

The successful candidate will have a strong record of innovative, student-centered teaching at the undergraduate level, evidence of scholarly accomplishment, demonstrated leadership in business curriculum development, and a strong commitment to the liberal arts and women’s education. They will be able to teach introduction to business, international business, and business law and ethics, in addition to other required and elective courses in business, such as organizational behavior, marketing, e-commerce, and entrepreneurship. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in business, business economics, marketing, or organizational behavior or a D.B.A.

Hollins seeks to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. As such, the successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity to partner with department faculty to help lead the business curriculum and to infuse it with a newly invigorated vision that includes the cultivation of women’s leadership; experiential learning and career preparedness; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. In alignment with institutional and programmatic priorities, the business program is also poised to take full advantage of cross-disciplinary partnerships with academic programs across campus and in the Roanoke community to develop the next generation of successful women business leaders.

About Hollins

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

Hollins University is highly ranked for student participation in alumni network (#5 private schools, Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021), internships (#12 private schools, Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021), and social mobility (#16 in U.S. News Best Colleges 2022). Hollins University’s Batten Leadership Institute and the Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning provide students with robust access to multiple networking and career preparedness opportunities from leadership development to internships to study abroad.

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin November 15, 2021; the search will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter that includes your vision for and experience with supporting and growing a business program uniquely dedicated to serving women;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses how you promote inclusivity, bring in diverse perspectives, and/or discuss racial, diversity, and equality issues in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities);
  • A writing sample;
  • Three sample syllabi;
  • Teaching evaluations; and
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efHrJZGKfXXG8Ga). The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For any questions and confidential inquiries about the position, please contact Laura Hawley, Assistant to the Provost, at lhawley@hollins.edu.

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English

The Hollins University Department of English and Creative Writing in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley. 

Position & Qualifications 

Hollins is searching for a generalist with a research concentration in multiethnic American literature before 1900. Secondary fields of interest are open; other areas of teaching interest should be addressed in a letter of application. The successful candidate will join a collaborative department with interconnected literature and creative writing programs; will teach engaged undergraduates at all levels from introductory courses to senior honors projects, including writing-intensive courses; and will have ample opportunities for new course development. Teaching load is six courses per year. Other duties include advising students, participating in department and university service, and ongoing scholarly activity.  

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022, a record of successful teaching at the undergraduate level, evidence of scholarly promise and accomplishment, and a strong commitment to the liberal arts and women’s education. The institution seeks to recruit and retain outstanding candidates who exhibit a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and who will enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff.   

The Department of English and Creative Writing is the university’s largest department and is internationally known for its history of supporting developing writers and scholars who go on to shape literary studies. With 12 full-time faculty members, the department offers a B.A. in English with concentrations in multicultural literature, creative writing, and literature and performance; a B.A. in Creative Writing; and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. The department houses three student-produced literary magazines:  Cargoes (all genres), Gravel (multicultural writing), and The Cyborg Griffin (speculative fiction).  

About Hollins   

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.  

Application Process  

Screening of candidates will begin October 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  • A cover letter that includes information about how you promote inclusivity, bring in diverse perspectives, and/or discuss racial issues in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service; and 
  • A curriculum vitae. 

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials: 

  • Three letters of recommendation;  
  • A writing sample; 
  • Teaching evaluations; and 
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.  

Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5iDfuUfLvkIkuvY)Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search committee co-chairs, Dr. Pauline Kaldas (pkaldas@hollins.edu) and/or Dr. Julie Pfeiffer (jpfeiffer@hollins.edu).  

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.   


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Film

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Film. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley. 

Position & Qualifications 

The Hollins film program, one of the most expansive and long-established programs in Virginia, offers students a comprehensive foundation for studying both film studies and film/video production with the aim of developing and supporting film scholarship and creative goals for professional work after graduation. Areas of focus include film history, film theory and analysis, producing, directing, editing, sound design, animation, and cinematography.  

The position carries an undergraduate teaching load of six courses per academic year. Other duties include maintaining scholarly activity in the form of publications, presentations, or creative work; developing curriculum; advising students; participating in department and university service; and engaging with the local community. The position also periodically teaches an additional film studies course for the graduate screenwriting and film studies program that convenes during the summer term.  

The successful candidate will be able to teach all levels of film studies, including required courses such as Introduction to Film as Art, World Cinema, American Cinema, and various film studies electives. Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in film. However, candidates who hold an M.F.A. in a film-related field are also encouraged to apply. A basic understanding of production and prior teaching experience in film studies at the undergraduate level are strongly preferred.   

About Hollins  

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.   

Application Process  

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. However, priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2021. To apply, please submit the following materials:  

  • A cover letter; 
  • A curriculum vitae; and 
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses your approach to teaching, mentoring, and recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds, and how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials: 

  • A teaching statement; 
  • A sample syllabus; 
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and 
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts. 

Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3vGnM3VbpBow5Xo). Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search chair, Professor Amy Gerber-Stroh at agerber-stroh@hollins.edu.   

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply. 


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS). Both entry-level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022.  Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley. 

Position & Qualifications 

The Gender and Women’s Studies program is dedicated to intersectional, anti-racist, and holistic pedagogies and to providing a welcoming learning space for students where they are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and self-reflexively in the pursuit of a more just world. The successful candidate will be a teacher-scholar broadly trained in gender, women’s, sexuality, and/or feminist studies (GWSFS) with expertise in the areas of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and/or other women-of-color feminisms. The GWS faculty value interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, and experiential learning that further Hollins University’s commitment to diversity, equity, justice, and inclusive excellence. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate intersectional, innovative, community-engaged, and cross-disciplinary approaches to research and teaching within a liberal arts context, and who value mentoring students who are first-generation, limited-income, and from historically underrepresented groups in higher education.   

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in GWSFS, a Ph.D. in sociology or a doctoral degree in another cognate field with a certificate in GWSFS. The content and geographic areas of candidates’ research focus is open but should complement and expand current GWS and sociology offerings. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, queer studies, trans studies, disability studies, health equity and justice, transnational feminisms, and postcolonial/decolonial studies. Applicants should demonstrate an active record of scholarly and/or creative work. 

The position carries six courses per year throughout the fall, spring, and January short terms, including the GWS introductory survey and major capstone seminar. At least two courses per year must be cross-listed with sociology, and at least two courses must center on GWS theory, potentially including cross-listed offerings. GWS electives may also support the social justice minor and the general education program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the future of the GWS program which offers a B.A. and a minor.  

Additional duties include service to the department and university, such as student mentorship and advising; supervision of undergraduate internships, research, and theses; leadership in the GWS affiliate faculty council and in program development and management; and active participation in campus-wide faculty governance.  

About Hollins 

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.  

Application Process  

Screening of candidates will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  • A cover letter; 
  • A curriculum vitae; and 
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses your approach to teaching, mentoring, and recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds, and how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials: 

  • A teaching statement; 
  • A sample syllabus; 
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and 
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.  

Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wRpHB9F3GYaoCi). Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search co-chairs, Dr. LeeRay Costa (lcosta@hollins.edu) and/or Dr. Jennifer Turner (turnerj@hollins.edu). 

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply. 


Last updated: 11/11/21