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Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology 

Institution: Christopher Newport University

Department: Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Contact Name: Director of Faculty Recruitment

Contact E-mail:

Phone: 757-594-7579

Address1 Avenue of the Arts Newport News, VA 23606

Job Description: Working Title Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Position Number F0174 Appointment Type Full Time Purpose of Position The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, effective August 2018. This position is a two-year, full-time, non-tenure-track appointment with a nominal teaching load of 4-4. The successful candidate will regularly teach the department’s upper-level, required course in sociological theory, and other elective courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching sociological theory, and expertise in women’s and gender studies. This position may carry additional responsibilities in lower division courses in support of the sociology major and the liberal learning core. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and potential for scholarly research are required. The Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. Individuals who are ABD and will not hold the Ph.D. by the time of appointment and/or possess a master’s degree in a related field may be considered for appointment at the rank of Visiting Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable. Departmental Information The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University is composed of 16 full-time faculty, and offers majors in Sociology and Social Work, as well as concentrations in Criminology and Anthropology. Our goal is to develop students into critical thinkers, readers, and writers who go on to become global citizens with compassion, communicative skills, and knowledge to help others. In new faculty we always seek excellent teaching, promising scholarship, supportive collegiality, and the ability to inspire passion for research in our students. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit Faculty Information CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2017 freshman class of 1,290 students was selected from over 7,000 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1210, respectively. Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus, located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at Posting Detail Information Posting Number F49P Number of Vacancies 1 Posting Date 05/09/2018 Application Deadline 05/29/2018 Application Instructions To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference with at least one addressing the applicant’s teaching capabilities. Letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to Letters of reference will be the only documents accepted via email. Review of applications will begin on May 29, 2018. Applications received after May 29, 2018, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check. Quick Link for Internal Postings EEO Statement Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.

Run Date: 5/10/18-6/10/18
Date Posted: 5/17/18

Position Title: Associate or Full Professor – Demography/Population Studies 

Institution: University of Minnesota & Minnesota Population Center

Contact Name: Rob Warren

Contact E-mail:

Job Description: The University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time faculty member at the Associate or Full Professor level with interests in demography and population studies who can actively and innovatively advance the missions of the University, the Minnesota Population Center (MPC), and its affiliated colleges and academic units. This is an open-discipline/area search. The tenure home will be determined based on the candidate’s background/interests, in consultation with the appropriate colleges and academic units, and in accordance with University policy. One-half of teaching and service obligations will be fulfilled in MPC as part of the population studies program. Housed in the University of Minnesota's Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation (ISRDI), the MPC is a hub for interdisciplinary population research. Its members include more than 100 faculty, research staff, and student affiliates from two dozen academic units across ten colleges in the University. Established in 2000 and funded by the National Institutes of Health, MPC cultivates innovative population research by providing a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary exchange, a vibrant and growing population training program, and generous research support services designed to develop and nurture promising areas of new population research. Research and training at the MPC are characterized by a focus on four core substantive areas: population health and health systems; population mobility and spatial demography; reproductive and sexual health; and work, family, and time. Affiliates of the MPC benefit from co-location with the renowned IPUMS data infrastructure projects, the University of Minnesota’s Life Course Center, and the Minnesota Research Data Center (which is part of the Federal Statistical Research Data Center Network). The University of Minnesota provides equal access and opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. MPC and its affiliated units support the work-life balance of their faculty and staff, have a history of accommodating dual academic career couples, and encourage applications from women and members of under-represented groups. The University offers excellent and affordable health care and retirement benefits. QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidate will: (1) have a PhD in a relevant academic discipline (2) continue and expand their own independent research initiatives, as well as seek out and develop new interdisciplinary collaborations, especially with early-career scholars; (3) have a strong record of obtaining external funding (e.g., from NIH, NSF, or other public and private sources) to support their independent and collaborative research initiatives; (4) be an exceptional mentor, advisor, and teacher to post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students in and outside of demography and population studies; (5) have a track record of working with diverse individuals, groups, and communities as defined by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity; (6) have experience leading academic departments, research centers, and/or more targeted research and training programs and be willing to assume similar leadership roles within MPC. The ideal candidate will also be eager to exploit synergies with the IPUMS data projects and help to build MPC’s interdisciplinary graduate and postdoctoral training program. APPLICATION PROCEDURE Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in April 2018 and continuing until the position is filled. The position is available beginning August 2018, but will remain open until it is filled. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please apply online via the University's Employment System at Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on "APPLY" and follow the instructions. You will have an opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach materials related to your candidacy, including 1) a cover letter describing your qualifications and noting your possible tenure home and 2) a curriculum vitae. All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background verification. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment. If you have any questions about the positions or the application process, or to request application materials in an alternate format, please contact MPC Director Rob Warren via e-mail at .

Run Date: 5/10/18-11/10/18
Date Posted: 5/17/18

Position Title: Chair and Professor - Social Work

Institution: George Mason University

Address: Fairfax, Virginia 22030, United States

Job Description: Chair and Professor Department of Social Work The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University (Mason) seeks an energetic and visionary leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Social Work. Mason, a Carnegie Research I institution, is the largest and most diverse public university in Virginia with more than 36,000 students from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Mason ispart of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, offering easy access to the cultural, scientific, and political resources of the nation's capital. Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. This position will be filled by a tenured Professor with a 12-month appointment. The option exists for an endowed professorship (Elizabeth Enochs Endowed Chair) if the successful candidate has expertise in the welfare of Latin American children. Responsibilities: The Chair will provide visionary leadership for the department's academic, research, practice, and service mission, while managing fiscal resources. The Chair is also responsible for faculty recruitment, promoting mentorship of early and mid-career faculty, facilitating professional development of all faculty and staff, strengthening the undergraduate and graduate academic enterprise, and promoting the department to various constituent groups in keeping with the College and University's strategic initiatives. The Chair is expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills serving as a strong advocate for the department, while nurturing a culture of consensus and collaboration with a focus on transparent decision making. Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an M.S.W. degree from a C.S.W.E. accredited program and a Doctorate in Social Work or closely related discipline; significant post-MSW practice experience; thorough knowledge and understanding of CSWE accreditation; demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and mentoring student research; demonstrated academic leadership in a university setting; and a record of refereed publications in high impact journals and extramurally-funded research to merit tenure as a Full Professor. The Department of Social Work offers an accredited B.S.W. and M.S.W. with specializations in Social Change and in Clinical Practice, a unique dual M.S.W./M.S. in Conflict Resolution, and a graduate certificate in Gerontology, enrolling 195 undergraduate and 215 graduate students. The department includes 17 full-time faculty with diverse academic and professional backgrounds and various research interests. Please send inquiries or nominations to Dr. Robert M. Weiler, Search Committee Chair at . An offer of employment is contingent upon background verification. Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply for position number F8095Z using Applications must include: (1) cover letter describing the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) vision and leadership statement for a Department of Social Work in an R1 academic institution (other); (3) teaching philosophy statement; (4) research accomplishments; (5) statement of contributions to diversity in the field or in their last position (other); (6) curriculum vitae; and (7) contact information for three references. For each reference, include title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2018 and continue, thereafter, until the position is filled. Only complete electronic applications submitted using will be reviewed. George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Apply Here: PI101296487

Run Date: 2/21/18-8/21/18

Date Posted: 2/22/18