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.