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 updated each Friday. Jobs are posted by deadline date. Those with the closest deadline will be posted first. 

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

The Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University invites applications for an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor working on race and public policy. This is conceived broadly to include research on racial inequality, for example, in income, education, social mobility, health, housing, policing, and incarceration. The position is 50% research and 50% teaching and advising.

The successful candidate will be part of Cornell’s new School of Public Policy and will have the opportunity to be jointly appointed in a disciplinary home in the social sciences. We are seeking applications from candidates in sociology, economics, public policy, and related fields. We will begin reviewing applications on October 1, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply please visit: 

Applications must include:

(a) Cover Letter;

(b) Curriculum Vitae;

(c) Research Statement;

(d) Teaching Statement;

(e) up to three examples of written work(s);

(f) Statement of contribution to diversity:;

(g) Three References (just names and email addresses; final candidates will be asked to submit letters later).

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Sociology, Economics, Public Policy or related field.

Contact search committee chair, Maureen Waller (, with any questions. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

For more information, contact Maureen Waller.

Tenured Associate Professor Position, Social Work and Global Health Equity, Boston University

As one of the nation’s top schools of social work, Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, and evidence-based practice to advance social, racial and economic justice and solve the most pressing societal problems of the 21st century. The BUSSW currently invites applications from academics and researchers with a strong commitment to research, scholarship and teaching in the field of global health with a focus on addressing the structural and social determinants of health to promote health equity in the U.S. and globally, to join our faculty in the 2021-22 academic year.

Applicants’ research and scholarship may focus on the role of social work in such areas as:

  • strengthening public health systems globally to stabilize and build the health capacity of communities around the world that are heavily impacted by disease and vulnerable to other adverse health outcomes.
  • addressing the negative effects of phenomena such as political/economic upheaval, violence/war, and climate change/natural disasters on health and wellbeing, particularly for marginalized groups and those faced with forced dislocation and migration.
  • creating collaborations with stakeholders from social work, health, and other sectors (private and governmental) to develop strategies that build on existing community resources to develop customized, culturally appropriate physical and behavioral health care interventions, programs and policies, that are locally sustainable.
The candidate will also lead the design and implementation of study abroad and exchange educational, research, and training initiatives for faculty, PhD, MSW, and dual degree students such as those in the dual degree MSW/MPH programs, in collaboration with other universities, and community-based and globally oriented organizations.
The School believes that diversity in the race, gender, sexual orientation, and other backgrounds of our faculty, staff, and students is vitally important to the distinction of our academic and research programs. We are especially eager to have join our ranks a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to social justice and to ensuring that BU is inclusive, equitable, and a place where all constituents can thrive.
The successful candidate will have:
  • a doctoral degree in social work or an MSW and a doctoral degree in an allied health profession,
  • established scholarship, research and practice in global health,
  • experience in global health project implementation,
  • strong record of publication and externally-funded research (i.e., USAID, UNESCO, WHO, NIH) in global health.
BUSSW seeks an individual who has the leadership skills for interdisciplinary, collaborative research and practice and will actively pursue opportunities across Boston University’s schools and colleges, local and national organizations as well as global organizations such as USAID, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization, (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), among others.
The candidate will join a dynamic school with an extensive research portfolio with extensive funding from NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, and private foundations, among others, as well as supportive alumni. The candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers in the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH), an endowed research center, and the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER).
The School of Social Work is located in the heart of BU’s Charles River Campus and is currently ranked #10 among graduate schools of social work by U.S. News & World Report. With nearly 1000 MSW and PhD students from across the U.S. and abroad, 34 full-time faculty and approximately 60 lecturers participating in the main campus, off-campus, and online programs, the BU School of Social Work is a vibrant and diverse community.
The School is distinguished by its vision to advance a just society that promotes the health and empowerment of all marginalized groups, and by its mission to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars in a multicultural environment. (For additional information on the Boston University School of Social Work please visit our website (
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application and current CV. In your letter of application, please outline your research, scholarship and teaching skills and experience. In the letter, we welcome a description of how, as a teacher, researcher, scholar, and/or practitioner, you engage and sustain a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to working with communities.
Search Committee/Dean’s Office
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Senior Faculty Position, The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Social Work

The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Social Work in the College of Health Sciences invites applications for a full-time tenured/tenure-track Associate or Full Professor. The position is for an academic year appointment with potential for summer assignments.

The University of Texas at El Paso is on the US/Mexico border with Juarez as its sister city. This bi-national and bi-cultural community gives our students a unique perspective on social work. The Department of Social Work is committed to educate culturally competent practitioners who are able to serve the border region.

The UTEP Department of Social Work administers both a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) that prepares students for generalist practice and a Master of Social Work (MSW) that prepares students for advanced practice with a concentration in Social Work in the Border Region. A Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) is in development.

This position represents an excellent opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on a record and program of research and external funding commensurate with rank at the time of appointment. The applicant should demonstrate a commitment to social justice and diversity with a record of community-based research. Being that the Department is part of the College of Health Sciences, there is also an emphasis on addressing health inequalities as they relate to the border region. Tenured/Tenure Track faculty members of the Department participate with the college’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences.

Required qualifications

1) An earned doctorate in social work or a closely related discipline

2) An MSW from a CSWE-accredited program

3) A minimum of three years of post-MSW experience as a practicing social worker

4) Knowledge of and experience with CSWE accreditation guidelines

5) A record and program of research and extramural funding commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor or senior-level Associate Professor

6) Background and experience that promotes social justice, diversity, and student access/success

7) Licensure or eligibility for licensure as an LMSW or LCSW.

Preferred qualifications

1) Experience in an Hispanic Serving Institution

2) Bilingualism in English and Spanish

3) A record of service and leadership in graduate and doctoral education

4) An understanding of and commitment to community and globally engaged scholarship

Department of Social Work
The department has been educating social workers for over four decades and founded the accredited MSW degree in 2008 - the only such degree in the country with a concentration on Social Work in the Border Region. The student body is highly diverse, comprises an Hispanic, bilingual majority, and includes a significant number of first-generation and international students.

The highly diverse departmental faculty is active in research programs in behavioral health, child welfare, migrants and refugees, partner violence, aging, and health disparities. Current extramural funding in the department is nearly $3 million. In addition to active research programs and scholarly engagement with the community, social work professors chair Ph.D. committees and direct doctoral dissertations.

Application instructions
Review of applications will begin January 1, 2021. Preliminary interviews will be conducted by video spring semester 2021 and on-campus finalist visits to follow. The position will remain open until filled. The successful applicant will commence duties mid-August 2021.

Applicants must submit the following information:

1) Letter of application that includes experiences (including courses taught and extramural funding) and demonstrated commitment to working in a minority serving institution;

2) Curriculum vita;

3) A sample of research publications; and

4) Names and contact information of three references (references will not be contacted until an applicant has been selected for an on-campus visit).

For questions about the position, contact Bruce D. Friedman (, Chair, UTEP Department of Social Work

To apply, please visit

Online MSW Program Director of Graduate School of Social Work, Touro College (NY)

The Graduate School of Social Work at Touro College (NY) ( is expanding program delivery options through the addition of a new CSWE accredited online MSW program. We are searching for an enterprising and resourceful pioneer whose deep understanding of the trends in online higher education is paired with innovative ideas, teaching acumen, and management and leadership skills.

The position begins 11/1/2020, with the first program cohort beginning Fall, 2021. The position description is attached.

Further details about the position and instructions for applying can be found here.

Open-Tenure Track Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Civil Society & Community Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The successful candidate must have expertise in community-based research, excellent quantitative research skills, and knowledge of critical theory perspectives. The topical focus of this position is open. We encourage candidates with expertise in a variety of mixed-methodological approaches to apply, but the successful applicant will bring a strong quantitative expertise to the department's research and teaching portfolio.

The successful candidate will contribute to the CSCS departmental mission to be a national leader in cutting-edge research and community collaborations that promote social justice and equity in Wisconsin and beyond. We are broadly interested in candidates whose interests are in the areas of racial justice, economic justice, environmental/climate justice, community health and wellness, alternative and caring economies, sustainable communities, immigrant rights, positive youth development, restorative justice, local governance, community/labor organizing, and civil society.

We are particularly interested in candidates with curriculum development and teaching experience in community-engaged service learning courses who can support educational innovations relevant to the Community and Nonprofit Leadership undergraduate curriculum and Civil Society and Community Research graduate curriculum.

Applicants at the Associate and Full Professor levels are expected to have a competitive research portfolio with one or more extramural grants and/or fellowships.

Principal Duties:

This is a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment in the CSCS department in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The position carries a commitment to the three functions of UW-Madison faculty: undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and outreach/service as is appropriate to position and rank.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Complementing the department's existing strengths in action-oriented and community-based research through the use of quantitative research methods and critical theory.
  • Developing and leading an independent, externally funded research program (through individual funding and/or collaborative grants) that actively attracts and engages graduate students;
  • Publishing results in leading journals/academic presses appropriate to the scholar's research area(s);
  • Disseminating high-impact, action-oriented scholarship to community partners and/or policymakers;
  • Teaching a 2-2 load including graduate courses and undergraduate courses (including one on mixed-methods research) and contributing to program development;
  • Supervising student research and providing high quality academic mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Modeling best practices for inclusive, student-centered teaching and actively contributing to the teaching repertoire of SoHE and UW campus colleagues;
  • Collaborating with other faculty in the CSCS department, School of Human Ecology, and/or other research centers at UW-Madison or its partner institutions;
  • Participating in and contributing to the activities of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS), a hub for faculty, students, and community partners to collaborate on research, practice, and evaluation that examines and advances the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors;
  • Contributing to shared governance and other departmental, university and professional service activities as appropriate for career stage;
  • Promoting respect and the practice of civility and inclusiveness in the workplace by demonstrating citizenship, professionalism, and positive collegial interactions

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Candidates must hold a doctorate with a specialization directly related to civil society and community studies by August 2021 and illustrate their ability to develop strong collaborations with community partners. Disciplinary training may include, but is not limited to fields such as community psychology, human ecology, sociology, anthropology, public policy, public health, social work, urban planning, American studies, ethnic studies, and environmental studies.

The topical area of specialization is open. We are particularly interested in scholars who take an asset-based and solutions-oriented approach to researching systems of oppression impacting LGBTQ+ communities, African American communities, and/or rural communities. We are also interested in scholars who take a participatory/inclusive approach to quantitative data collection and analysis.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Years of academic experience will be commensurate with the rank sought. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research and teaching appropriate to their career stage. Associate/Full Professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials for appointment with tenure at UW-Madison. Required expertise in community-based research, advanced quantitative methods, and critical theory;

  • Minimum two years of post-doctoral or assistant level professor experience or minimum of two years of community-engage scholarship and practice
  • An interdisciplinary, action-oriented research agenda that advances the department's mission;
  • A track record of community-based and/or community-driven research;
  • Potential to achieve excellence in a program of scholarly research and secure external funding from federal agencies and/or foundations;
  • A commitment to and record of inclusive, highly effective undergraduate and graduate teaching supported by the applicant's statement of teaching philosophy, student/peer/institution evaluations, teaching honors/awards, and/or record of professional development in the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Capacity to teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of quantitative methodological approaches including advanced statistical methods;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals, organizations and communities as defined by multiple identities including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

Additional Information:

The Department of Civil Society and Community Studies collaborates with communities, civil society organizations, and social movements to co-create a just and sustainable future for all. We are a department that:

  • Strives for social justice, common good, and sustainability for current and future generations;
  • Elevates the power of those who are marginalized by various forms of oppression and dominant cultural norms;
  • Embraces ways of knowing and being in the world;
  • Engages with community in aspects of our work as researchers, teachers, and members of civil society;
  • Uses systems thinking, mixed-methods, and community-engaged research approaches to gain a holistic and comprehensive understanding of community issues and how to address them;
  • Emphasizes positive youth development, asset-based evaluation/programming, and appreciative inquiry; and
  • Understanding the ways in which people come together to effect policy and programmatic change in their communities.

The department is home to an undergraduate major in Community & Nonprofit Leadership (CNPL) and a Ph.D. program in Civil Society & Community Research (CSCR). Our diverse faculty encourages CNPL undergraduate students to expand their worldviews and provides them with the skills to both historicize contemporary social problems and address the root causes of systemic injustice. The home for the Community and Nonprofit Studies, includes the graduate certificate program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, and the Indigenous Eco-Wellness initiative This emphasis on public service is reflected in the "Wisconsin Idea" that education should influence and improve people's lives beyond the classroom. See In accordance with the CSCS departmental values, successful candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate their ability to form meaningful connections with community and campus partners.

The CSCS department is invested in the university's commitment (see below) to bring awareness of deeper understanding regarding the Ho-Chunk Nation and other regional Indigenous peoples and cultures.

Land Acknowledgement
UW-Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. UW-Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

Anticipated Begin Date: AUGUST 23, 2021

Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a current CV, a detailed statement of interest addressing your relevant background for and interest in the position and one document with a sample teaching statement and research statement.

In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references willing to be contacted for letters of recommendation at a later date within the application system. Additionally, you may be asked to provide other application materials at a future date.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 15, 2020, however the position(s) will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

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Michelle Hamilton