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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 positions will help the school's Institute for LGBT Studies develop into a leading resource.

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

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

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