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Adjunct Faculty - Human Sexuality Doctoral Program
California Institute of Integral Studies
Job Location: San Francisco, CA
Location: San Francisco, CA Category: Other Positions Posted On: Wed Feb 24 2021 Job Description:


CIIS seeks adjunct lecturers for select courses offered in our doctoral program. Course descriptions and semesters these will be taught are found below. Please indicate which course/s you are interested in teaching in your cover letter.

HSX 7173 Sexual Theory and Intersectionality (3.00 Units) - Fall 2021

This foundational course surveys various theories through a lens of critical sexuality studies (CSS) using a triadic framework: (1) concepts, (2) abjection, and (3) normativities. It is a primer for orienting the vast works that inform the field using CSS as a central way of understanding and synthesizing these. The theories examined in this course are not exhaustive, but many have been applied to provide fruitful insights into various questions regarding sexuality. Further, this course supports the idea that experiences of sexuality and gender are collocated within power structures articulated as intersectional positionalities, such as race, ethnicity, class, nation, geographic location, age, religion, sexed body, dis/ability, and various other salient social and cultural locations, identities, and ascriptions?neither sexuality nor gender may be accurately understood without such contextual specificity. The emergent field of critical sexuality studies aims to agree not on content but on a basic orientation for thinking about the phenomena of sexuality and related praxis in research and applied work.

HSX 7263 Sexual, Gender, and Reproductive Rights (3.00 Units) - Fall 2021

This seminar is an overview of sexual, gender, and reproductive rights in the context of the culture, politics, government and history of rights and social movements. The course will primarily focus on the United States context but will also integrate examples of rights-based movements, advocacy, and policymaking from various countries and municipalities as applicable. It describes the policy-making process and why sexuality, gender, and reproduction are often the subjects of policymaking. Threaded throughout the course will be an examination of the concept of sexual citizenship. Analytic techniques will draw on the fields of policy evaluation and health communications. Central goals of this course are for students to analyze the epistemological assumptions within a current sexuality, gender and/or reproductive policy, deconstruct the historical context of the policy then propose recommendations for a new or improved policy and communications campaign.

HSX 7229 Sexual Function and Practices (3.00 Units) - Fall 2021

This course represents the core knowledge students are required to engage about sexuality practices and behaviors to be competent in the field. Topics covered include: bio-psycho-social developmental models of sexuality and gender identity, reproductive biology overview, sexual anatomy and physiology, socio-cultural and familial influences, LGBTQQIA identities and experiences, intimacy enhancing skills and diversities of sexual expression, STIs, desire, arousal and orgasm, and sexual health and pleasure. These content areas are aligned to AASECT's core knowledge areas.* This course will be addressed from an inclusive and sex positive perspective.*For more details, visit

HSX 7234 Sex Therapy Professional Skills (4.00 Units) - Spring 2022

This professional training course builds on the AASECT aligned core knowledge sequence (e.g. Sexual Function and Practices and Problems and Professional Issues in Sexuality) in an applied manner in service of developing the skills for diagnosis and treatment of sexual issues for licensed professionals. Content areas are aligned with AASECT's course knowledge areas.* By sexual issues we mean, anything related to sexuality and gender that causes distress for someone seeking therapy, and those issues that fall within the three chapters of the DSM-V (Sexual dysfunctions, paraphillias, and gender dysphoria). The course supports competent development of sexual assessment and diagnostic skills; theory and methods of intervention; collaboration with clinical sexologists and sex medicine among other professionals; ethical sex therapy practice; working within interdisciplinary teams; treatment planning; and biopsychosocial case conceptualizations or formulations. *For more details, visit


Teaching responsibilities include but are not limited to: Preparing and teaching over 3 weekends per semester (usually only in 3-4 hour blocks on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday; dates are determined by CIIS and are not flexible but are communicated well in advance); adapting the syllabus and building the online CANVAS portal (support is available); providing students feedback weekly during the semester using CANVAS; and, maintaining office hours or responding to student questions in a timely fashion.

These teaching positions are adjunct contract positions and are not associated with full-time faculty contract duties.

Job Requirements:


PhD required in a field related to the course you are applying to teach. For the sex therapy course, someone who is AASECT certified.


  • Preference is given to candidates who hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field related to the course. Teaching, scholarly and/or research experience in the areas that you are applying to teach.
  • For the Sexual Function and Practices course, we are specifically seeking someone with background in reproductive biology/sexual medicine to co-teach this with one of our core faculty members.
  • For the sex therapy course, someone who is AASECT certified and/or an AASECT supervisor for sex therapists or/and sex educators.
  • Experience teaching at the graduate level, preferably doctoral students.
  • Experience designing and running courses in online learning management software like CANVAS, Blackboard, etc.

Additional Information:


Working Conditions -- The Human Sexuality PhD Program is a hybrid program meaning that students learn in online and in-person modalities. With current shelter-in-place rules in effect, the in-person portion of classes are taught virtually and we expect that this will be the case through Fall 2021. In Spring 2022, we hope that classes will return to the standard hybrid model for our program, which would mean that there would be an online portion of the six course taught per semester that includes Canvas activities (discussions, assignment posting, group work, etc.) and three trips per semester for in-person teaching over long weekends called academic residencies (Friday-Sunday). The in-person teaching usually entails 4-6 hours of teaching on at least two days per weekend with the schedule determined about a month before the first day of classes begin. First day of classes for Fall 2021 is: 8/26/2021, and first day of classes for Spring 2022 is: 1/18/2022. Academic residency weekends for academic year 2021-2022 are: Fall 2021 - September 10-12, October 22-24, and December 3-5 (semester ends 12/13/2021; grades due 1/7/2022) and for Spring 2022: February 4-6, March 18-20, and April 29 through May 1 (semester ends 5/9/2022; grades due 5/25/2022).

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.


CIIS values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Every applicant will be considered regardless of race, color, ethnicity, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All qualified persons legally authorized to work in the United States are encouraged to apply.

Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided on request.



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