Gender Institute Director Call for Nominations (including self-nominations)

Dear Colleagues,

The UB Gender Institute is searching for a new director. The current director, Carrie Tirado Bramen, will be stepping down on July 1, 2023 after the maximum two three-year terms. She has provided invaluable service to the Institute, increasing its impact, visibility, and funding. The GI is on an exciting trajectory. We are looking for a new director with the vision to continue and develop the Institute.

We are requesting nominations, including self-nominations. Ideally, the nominee will be a full professor with prior involvement with the Gender Institute or similar organization(s), a robust research record, and an eagerness and ability to contribute—through their research, teaching, and/or service—to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Responsibilities include:

•forwarding yearly programming (i.e., Signature Lecture Series, The New Books, Feminist Directions Series, and the Feminist Research Alliance Workshops),
•overseeing budget, staffing, and planning,
•creating and sustaining a dynamic vision for the Institute,
•pursuing grant opportunities,
•overseeing the distribution of internal fellowships and grants to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates,
•maintaining a positive culture and community,
•collaborating with other campus units and community organizations to amplify the impact of the Institute and to showcase the feminist research at UB, and further enhance the University’s research mission and reputation.

Established in 1998, the UB Gender Institute (originally known as the Institute for Research and Education on Women & Gender, or IREWG) is a unit at the University at Buffalo within the Office of the Vice-Provost of Faculty Affairs. The Institute is a dynamic place for transformative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research on women, gender, and sexuality in all their dimensions. The UB GI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and across UB’s scholarly communities. Its affiliated faculty network includes over 125 faculty from more than 40 different departments, and in 11 different schools/colleges. It continues to be the only research institute devoted to the study of women, gender, and sexuality in the entire SUNY system.

Candidates for the Director of the Institute shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and submitted to the Provost as well as the Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs. The Director will serve at the discretion of the Provost. The term of each Director and Deputy Director shall be three years, renewable with the approval of the Executive Committee and at the discretion of the Provost (or the Provost’s designee) for no more than two consecutive terms. The term of the position is effective beginning July 1, 2023. Compensation for the Director is negotiated with the Vice-Provost of Faculty Affairs and may include course release, stipend, and research support.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include--as two separate documents--a CV, and a letter of interest attending to current and/or potential programming and other ways to amplify the vision of the Institute. Please submit these materials by Monday, February 27, 2023 to . 

Inquiries can be made to Gender Institute Director Carrie Tirado Bramen and Deputy Director Jo Freudenheim or sent to


The Executive Committee of the Gender Institute

In Support of Colorado Springs

Dear UB Gender Institute Community,
Like many of you, I am saddened and outraged by the mass shooting that occurred at Club Q, a club for the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs, this past weekend. It occurred on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day dedicated to the victims of anti-transgender violence, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous trans women and femmes, who are the most vulnerable to such violence.
I was moved and heartened to read Ben Fabian’s powerful statement on behalf of UB’s LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association and I have his permission to share with our community. Please share with your networks. 

In Response to Great Tragedy in Colorado Springs

In solidarity,
Carrie Tirado Bramen (she/her)
Professor of English
Director, UB Gender Institute
University at Buffalo