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University of Arizona seeks to boost transgender studies program

Thursday, September 5, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona is creating four tenured professor positions to expand its transgender studies courses.

University Provost Andrew Comrie said Wednesday the new positions will help the school’s Institute for LGBT Studies develop into a leading resource.

The school says two positions would start a year from now and be based in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The other two will not be filled until next year, with a start date of fall 2015.

Comrie says the issues that transgender people face in politics, medicine and other areas are relevant topics that warrant university-level expertise.

Institute director Susan Stryker says the professors would offer courses related to transgender issues along with classes in their primary area of study.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. $50 says all 4 of the tenured professors are going to be cisgender.

    Because reading a few books gives you WAY more insight into the transgender experience than actually being transgender, right?

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  2. Much as I agree with that, it's not like they can just find an unqualified trans* person and throw them into the role. "Hey, buddy, here's a well-paying job that requires experience you don't have. Go teach about yourself to people!" It's better than not having anyone.

    Replied on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:46pm
  3. Don't you think, if the position was transgender studies, there would be at least one transgender person in that path of study? I find it ridiculous to believe that there would not be one qualified transgender person capable of talking about transgender issues? Doesn't the entire concept of "I'm not transgender but I'm going to teach you all about the transgender experience" seem weird to you?

    Replied on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:00pm
  4. I´m not a horse, but teach about horses. Knowledge is not the same as experiencing every aspect. Besides, the transperson that would be teaching might be too much about his or her own feelings rather than knowing about all the other aspects. Not every transperson is the same! I´m a non op and have no problem with being in this body f.i. Others struggle a lot. And in fact I don´t think there are many trans people in teaching at all. Or they might be stealth. And we don´t know if all the teachers will be cis for a fact. It´s just an assumption.

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:06am
  5. Koli LeStrange

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:29pm
  6. Very good news!

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:04pm
  7. BTW there are many trans grad students doing some amazing research out there! Have you never been to a conference on this issue?

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:06pm
  8. in a GOP state…..wow…..did I read this correctly?

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:25pm
  9. remember not to judge a book by its cover. you never know someones gendered experiences just by looking at them. and gender queer is a huge category that is not just appearance.

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:38pm
  10. That’s awesome, if only they could boost the Democrats to get rid of that Brewer idiot!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:49pm
  11. Arizona sucks

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:43am
  12. Yay! This is good news for me and my chosen career path!!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:49am
  13. That. Is. So. Very. Kook to. Hear

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:29pm