Job Opportunities

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) provides a free career center for members and non-members to browse current job opportunities related to sociology. Please remember to contact each employer individually if you would like more information about a job listing. SSSP hopes you find this service valuable.

Job postings are done each Friday.

Position Title: Instructor

Institution: Northern Arizona University 
Department: Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice 
Contact Name: Dr. Stephani Williams 
Contact E-mail:  
Job Description: Northern Arizona University’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a non tenure-track INSTRUCTOR position on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus beginning August 2019. This position is teaching focused, non-tenure eligible. Renewal is contingent upon successful completion of a probationary year and continued effective performance, department needs, and continued funding. NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position. Job Description The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice seeks applicants for a non tenure-track instructor position; the teaching load is 4-4 for the academic year. The applicant will have a Master’s degree by the time of appointment. We are seeking individuals who have a demonstrated ability to teach a wide variety of criminology and criminal justice-related courses in a University setting. Minimum Qualifications A Master’s degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Justice Studies or a closely related field at time of appointment, and one of the following university teaching-related experiences: • one-term experience as an instructor of record, or • one-term experience as a university-level teaching assistant, or • the completion of a graduate-level teaching practicum. Preferred Qualifications • Demonstrated ability or willingness to teach lower level courses, including those required for the major or that contribute to NAU’s Liberal Studies program: Introduction to Crime and Justice; Courts and Justice; Crime, Justice, and the Media; Law Enforcement Systems; Criminology; and Corrections. • Evidence of effective teaching as an Instructor of record and of effective teaching in a variety of instructional formats (i.e., face-to-face, online and blended). Submission Deadline This vacancy will be open until filled or closed. Priority review of applications will begin on June 17, 2019. How to Apply To apply for this position, please view the original post and to apply, proceed to, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 604418, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page. Application must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (4) names and contact information for three references. Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

Run Date: 06/02/19-09/02/19
Date Posted: 06/03/19

Position Title: Assistant Professor 

Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Department: Sociology 
Contact Name: Joseph Conti 
Contact E-mail:  
Phone: 608-262-4866 
Address: Department of Sociology 1180 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706
Job Description: The Department of Sociology and School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with research and teaching interests in the societal aspects of sexual violence. Job duties for faculty positions include research, teaching, and service. Ph.D. in Sociology or Social Work, with a specialization in sexual violence research is required. Candidates should have a deep knowledge of research on sexual violence and a research program on sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, violence against sexual minorities, or gender-based violence. The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 1, 2019; however, positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled. This faculty position is part of the University of Wisconsin's Cluster Hiring Initiative. Two additional searches concern the psychological aspects of sexual violence and policy approaches to sexual violence. Please follow this link for additional details and/or to apply for this position:

Run Date: 07/16/19-10/16/19
Date Posted: 07/18/19


Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Work


Institution: Hood College
Department: Department of Sociology
Job Descriptions: Job ID: 15655. Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor.  Areas/Special Programs: Medical Sociology. For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at


Run Date: 07/16/19-08/16/19
Date Posted: 07/16/19

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology

Institution: Michigan State University
Department: Department of Sociology
Job Descriptions: Job ID: 15629. Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor.  Areas/Special Programs: Medical Sociology. Mental Health. For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

Run Date: 07/16/19-08/16/19
Date Posted: 07/16/19

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology

Institution: California State University-Fullerton
Department: Department of Sociology
Job Descriptions: Job ID: 15633. Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor.  Areas/Special Programs: Public Policy , Social Welfare/Social Work. For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

Run Date: 07/16/19-08/16/19
Date Posted: 07/16/19

Position Title: Assistant Professor 

Institution: Syracuse University 
Department: Sociology 
Contact Name: Cecilia Green 
Contact E-mail: 
Phone: 315-443-3079 
Address: 302 Maxwell Hall Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 13244 
Job Description: The Department of Sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs invites applications for a tenure-track position at the advanced Assistant Professor level to begin Fall, 2020. We are seeking a scholar of race who has a strong background and research interest in African American/Black American/Black immigrant experiences and issues, and whose work uses ethnographic research methods. The successful candidate for this position will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in qualitative research methods, with an emphasis on interviewing and ethnography, in addition to substantive courses on race and related topics. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to other strengths in the sociology department (please visit as well as to Maxwell School-wide priorities. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related discipline and must show success in scholarly achievement and productivity, as well as a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching. The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Faculty members have the opportunity to affiliate with one of the Maxwell School’s research institutes or a number of other interdisciplinary centers and programs. For full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by September 3. For consideration, interested candidates must apply at by completing a brief faculty application. Candidates must attach a letter of interest, vita, teaching statement, and one publication or writing sample on line. In addition, candidates must ask three people to submit letters of reference by September 3. Candidates will be notified if additional letters are needed. Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Run Date: 07/05/19-09/05/19
Date Posted: 07/05/19

Position Title: Research Associate (Post-doc)

Institution: Michigan State University 
Department: Sociology
Contact Name: Aaron M. McCright 
Contact E-mail:    
Job DescriptionThe Dean of the College of Social Science (CSS) at Michigan State University (MSU) has launched a Research Associate (Post-Doc) Program, which is aimed at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment in which outstanding scholars in the social sciences support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy.

The Dean’s Research Associates will have a minimal teaching load, will be mentored and supported, and will participate in a Dean’s Research Associate Development Institute, with the goal of possibly transitioning them into tenure-system positions at MSU.  The College has hired 4 Research Associates who are beginning their positions in August 2019.  Now, we are searching for another 2-3 Research Associates to begin in August 2020.  Each will have an appointment within a College department.

MSU’s Department of Sociology ( is actively seeking high-quality candidates for this Research Associate Program.  Scholars must have a PhD in Sociology (or closely related discipline/field) earned between May 2017 and August 2020.  We especially encourage underrepresented minority scholars to apply for this novel Research Associate Program.  The most competitive candidates would help strengthen departmental signature areas: health/medicine, environment and migration.

Highly qualified applicants should contact the Sociology Chair, Aaron M. McCright ( ), who may help them craft their application materials to optimize the match with departmental signature areas (health/medicine, environment and migration) and the Dean’s Research Associate Program.  The Department will write a letter of support for the most highly qualified applicants.  To draft a strong letter to the College-level search committee, Dr. McCright will need evidence that the applicant:

A. is an outstanding scholar with potential to transition into a tenure-system faculty position;

B. is interested in an appointment at MSU; and

C. will support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU.

Here is the official position description, where interested scholars may begin the application process:

The College-level search committee will begin reviewing applications on August 28, 2019 and will continue until this year’s positions are filled.

Run Date: 07/09/19-09/09/19
Date Posted: 07/09/19

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Institution: University of California, Irvine
Department: Criminology, Law and Society
Contact Name: Professor John Hipp
Contact E-mail
Job Description: The Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for one or more Assistant Professor positions in CLS. We welcome applications from outstanding candidates in all fields. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests and expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) Policing; 2) Global challenges in criminology, law & society; 3) Technology, law, and social control. We also aim to deepen our departmental strengths in conducting innovative research that addresses problems of inequality and injustice in a range of social and institutional settings, including within those three substantive areas of interest.

To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by September 20, 2019. Priority will be given to applications received by that date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in a field related to Criminology or Law and Society. The position will begin July 1, 2020 (teaching duties will begin Fall 2020). Applications must be uploaded electronically through the on-line Recruit system:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, representative publications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded electronically. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (e.g. mentoring activities, committee service, research or teaching activities) is also required. For an appointment at an advanced Assistant Professor rank, evidence of success in securing extramural funding to support research and graduate students is desired.

Please direct questions about this position to the chair of the search committee, Professor John Hipp ( ).

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education

Run Date: 07/09/19-09/09/19
Date Posted: 07/09/19

Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology 

Institution: University of South Alabama 
Department: Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work 
Contact Name: Christopher R. Freed 
Contact E-mail:  
Phone: (251) 460-6348 
Address: 5991 USA Drive North Room 34 Mobile, AL 36688 
Job Description: The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at the University of South Alabama, a Carnegie-classified high research activity doctoral university, welcomes applications for a full-time (9 month), tenure-track faculty position in Sociology at the rank of assistant or associate professor to begin August 15, 2020. Applicants for the position must have primary expertise in sociological theory; secondary areas of specialization are open. Applicants should possess an earned doctoral degree in Sociology or a related field, but ABDs near completion of the degree will be considered. Prospective candidates for the position should expect to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in sociological theory, introductory courses in sociology, and upper-division undergraduate as well as graduate courses in sociology consistent with secondary areas of specialization. The candidate who fills the position should be ready to pursue and sustain an active research agenda involving sociological theory and secondary areas of specialization that attracts and includes undergraduate and master’s students in Sociology. The position also carries expectations for service to the Department, College, University, and local community. Please see the following link to apply for the available tenure-track faculty position in Sociology at the University of South Alabama: To be considered for the position, applicants must initially upload a letter of application, a curriculum vitae that includes complete contact information for three references, evidence of outstanding teaching skills, and a sample of published or other written scholarship. Applicants who are selected for a telephone interview should additionally arrange for three letters of recommendation and for unofficial academic transcripts of all doctoral-level coursework to be sent directly to the search committee chair at this address: Dr. Christopher Freed Humanities Building, Room 34 5991 USA Drive N. University of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 Candidates for the position who are invited for a campus interview must arrange to have official academic transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended sent directly to the search committee chair. Subsequent to meeting with potential applicants at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, review of all initial application materials will begin on October 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or more information about the available tenure-track faculty position in Sociology at the University of South Alabama, please contact Dr. Christopher R. Freed, Chair, Faculty Search Committee for Sociology, by telephone at (251) 460-6348 or by email at The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Run Date: 07/09/19-11/09/19
Date Posted: 07/09/19