Job Opportunities

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

Position Title: Irving May Endowed Chair

Institution: University of Richmond
Department: Department of Sociology
Contact Name: Dr. Miguel Diaz Barriga
Contact E-mail: 
Job Description: Irving May Endowed Chair in Sociology 
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a sociologist with a focus on critical race theory for a tenured position at the level of Associate or Full Professor. We are looking for a scholar whose research and teaching engage the social sciences and expressive culture -- ideally music -- and who can contribute to the development of programs in racial and ethnic studies. While this position is not limited by geographical or thematic areas, we are interested in work that focuses on African-American, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean and/or Latinx creative expression and experiences. The successful candidate will be housed within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and their teaching may include courses cross-listed in the Department of Music (contingent upon disciplinary expertise). The teaching load is five units per year. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, first-generation scholars, LGBTQ people, and members of other marginalized populations. PhD in sociology preferred though the search committee will consider candidates with an MA/MS in Sociology and PhD in an interdisciplinary field such as African-American Studies, American Studies, Latinx Studies, or Latin American Studies.

Applicants should apply online at http://jobs.richmond.edu and submit the following materials: a cover letter containing teaching and research statements, a diversity statement that highlights the candidate’s accomplishments in promoting diversity and equity, relevant course syllabi, and current curriculum vitae. Please provide the names and contact information for three references. One of these references must be able to speak to the candidate’s record of excellence in teaching. Questions about the search as well as any documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be addressed to Miguel Díaz-Barriga, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 302G Weinstein Hall, 231 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23173.

Run Date: 08/30/2019 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 08/30/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor 

Institution: University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Department: Department of Sociology
Job Description: The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice invites applications for one tenure track Assistant Professor of Sociology position for Fall 2020. Successful applicant will teach introductory level, intermediate, advanced and writing intensive courses in sociology. Opportunities may be available to teach graduate courses in sociology. This position may require teaching and advising assignments at off-campus satellite programs. Serve as faculty adviser to students. Perform administrative tasks as directed by the department chair. Engage in scholarship including, but not limited to professional publications, conference presentations, and grant acquisition.

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements: 

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in sociology. A juris doctorate and/or a doctorate in education will not be considered. All awarded degrees must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities. Preference will be given to candidates with specialization, expertise, and interest in Community, Community Development, Non-Profit Organizations, and the intersections of Class, Gender, and Race.

More details and application linked here: https://jobs.uncp.edu/postings/6007

Run Date: 09/25/2019 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 10/04/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Institution: The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Department: Department of Sociology
Job Description: The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start as early as July 1, 2020. We are seeking candidates with research and teaching interests in the areas of computational sociology, social networks, or other advanced quantitative methods with substantive expertise in any area of the discipline. Successful candidates must exhibit strong and innovative research and show potential for excellence in teaching.

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, up to three writing samples, a statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and four letters of recommendation through UNC’s online recruitment system. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but our review of applications will begin on October 1, 2019. The Department and University are committed to fostering diversity, and we strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 919-966-3576 or send an e-mail to  .

For more information visit https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/168547

Apply online at: http://hr.unc.edu/

Run Date: 10/01/2019 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 09/13/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Institution: University of Tennessee
Department: The Department of Political Science
Contact Name: Dr. Jana Morgan
Contact E-mail: 
Job Description: The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in economic, racial/ethnic, and/or gender inequality, to begin Fall 2020. The position is open with regard to field in Political Science (or related discipline) and methodological approach. We welcome applications from scholars across the discipline who analyze how political actors, processes, institutions, outcomes or individuals are racialized, classed, and/or gendered and/or who take intersectional approaches to understanding these questions. We are particularly interested in applicants with substantive research agendas that grapple with challenging issues of marginalization and exclusion and who exhibit a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate must have strong research skills and a theoretically motivated research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed outlets (journals and/or books). The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (if available). All applicants should request letters from three references to be directly uploaded via Interfolio. Please submit application material in digital format via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/66902. Review of applications begins October 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. 

Run Date: 10/15/2019 - 11/15/2019
Date Posted: 10/4/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor-Public Law

Institution: University of Tennessee
Department: Political Science
Contact Name: Dr. Jana Morgan
Contact Email: 
Job Despcription: The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in Public Law to begin Fall 2020. Area of specialization in Public Law and field within Political Science are open. We are particularly interested in applicants who use rigorous analytical approaches to address substantively important questions including but not limited to issues of race, gender, and/or inequality in the law or legal processes. The successful candidate must have strong research skills and a theoretically oriented research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed outlets (journals and/or books). Preference will be shown for applicants with teaching and research interests that complement existing departmental interests and strengths, have a capacity for attracting extramural funding, demonstrate evidence of or potential for college/university teaching excellence, and exhibit a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or related field must be finished at the time of appointment. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (if available). All applicants should request letters from three references to be directly uploaded via Interfolio. Please submit application material in digital format via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/66892. Review of applications begins October 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Jana Morgan at .

Run Date: 10/15/2019 - Until Position is filled
Date Posted: 11/7/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Institution: Brandeis University
Department: Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
Contact Name: Darren Zinner
Contact E-mail: 

Job Description: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management invites applications and nominations for a faculty position in Disability Policy. We are seeking a scholar whose research and teaching apply to issues of disability policy. The specific focus within this broad field is open, and applicants with expertise in areas such as health, poverty, employment, housing, civil rights, and intersectionality are welcome to apply. The Heller School is looking for candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship with a record of funded research and public engagement. We hope to identify a future colleague for whom our tagline, “knowledge advancing social justice,” resonates.

The open rank position carries an appointment outside the tenure structure, commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.
  

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Conducting externally-funded research in an area of disability policy.
  • Publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly and policy outlets.
  • Teaching and advising Master’s and PhD students, as courses are available.
  • Serving on PhD dissertation committees.
  • Conducting public engagement activities that advance social justice for people with disabilities.
  • Contributing intellectual and strategic leadership to the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.
  • Designing and implementing strategies for raising research funding to support the educational and scholarly mission of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.
 
Job Criteria:
Candidates should:
  • Have a doctorate or other terminal degree in the social sciences, with evidence of distinction in disability policy.
  • Have a scholarly understanding of disability policy, either in the United States or in an international context.
  • Be building towards an active program of externally-funded research that will contribute to advancing the well-being of people with disabilities and their families.
  • Demonstrate a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and other scholarly and policy outlets.
Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and letter of application describing their research, teaching, policy, and practice experience. All applications will be treated confidentially. Final candidates will be asked to submit three confidential letters of reference. Brandeis University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty scholarship, teaching, and service; applicants are encouraged to address these goals in their letter. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Darren Zinner, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Personnel ( ).
  
All applications should be sent through the Brandeis University Job portal.
  
Run Date: 10/15/2019 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 11/8/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Institution: San Diego State University Imperial Valley
Department: Division of Professional Studies
Contact Name: Dr. Joshua Chanin
Contact Email: 
Job Description: The Criminal Justice (CJ) program within the Division of Professional Studies at San Diego State University Imperial Valley is seeking a faculty member at the assistant professor level with evidence of a peer-reviewed research publication agenda and teaching experience for a Fall 2020 appointment. We welcome applications from scholars with training in criminal justice or criminology, as well as in related disciplines, including but not limited to political science, public health, psychology, public administration, social work, and sociology. This position requires the expertise to teach core undergraduate courses in at least two of the following areas: restorative justice, corrections, community supervision, law enforcement, law and society, and/or research methods. While the area of specialization is open, the CJ program seeks to hire a scholar who is collaborative and open to creating synergies with our current faculty. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Division, teaching and contributing to our collaborative programs is desirable. In addition to classes offered as part of the undergraduate major, the faculty hire will have opportunities to contribute to Masters of Public Administration curriculum offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates demonstrating experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities, as well as those whose research interests involve or integrate understanding of under-represented populations and communities.

Application review begins October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should apply via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/69234 Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and contact information for three academic references. Additional materials will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later time. Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Joshua Chanin Recruitment Committee Chair .

Run Date: 11/2/2019 - 11/30/2019
Date Posted: 11/5/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Institution: Khalifa University
Department: The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact Name: Dr. Glenn Muschert
Contact E-mail: 
Job Despcription: 
Khalifa University is a world-class, research-intensive institution in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The University’s mission is to seamlessly integrate research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in science, engineering, and medicine, and also to be a catalyst towards Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision for a knowledge-based economy. With three campuses in the city of Abu Dhabi, the University is home to the two internationally renowned Masdar and Petroleum Research Institutes.

The candidate is expected to have strong research potential, demonstrated by relevant publications in high-impact journals, and teaching experience in the above-mentioned areas. The candidate must possess excellent communication skills. Successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain active research programs that lead to peer-reviewed publications in high-impact professional journals, and provide service to the department, the university, and the profession. Successful candidates are also expected to be involved in thematic research within one or more of the university research priority areas. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in related discipline from an accredited institution is required. Preference will be given to candidates with education from and/or previous service in pre-eminent institutions of higher education.
 
How To ApplyApplicants should submit an online application. This position will have a join date of August 2019. All applicants should submit an online application via the portal. A complete application includes curriculum vitae, teaching and research statement, cover letter, photo and the names and contact information of three references. Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact or the Recruitment Team ( ).
 
Run Date: 11/2/2019 - 11/30/2019
Date Posted: 11/5/2019

Position Title: Faculty Position

Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Department: Department of Sociology
Contact Name: Dr. Debra Umberson
Contact E-mail: 
Job Description: The Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a faculty member to contribute to a University-wide cluster hiring initiative in biosocial approaches to understanding health disparities. We are seeking a productive scholar whose research focuses on identifying and understanding how social and biological factors interact to influence health across the life course and create health inequities. The position will be at the Advanced Assistant or Associate/Full level, and duties will include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, research, and service. Applicants must have a PhD in Sociology, have a clearly defined and productive research agenda, and demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence. 

The successful candidate for this position will be joining the UT Austin faculty as part of the Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative. This initiative is designed to supplement departmentally-based hiring practices and norms and extend collaborative research and scholarship. This new initiative is authorizing up to 40 new faculty hires whose interdisciplinary areas of knowledge cross the boundaries of existing academic departments. The selected candidate will be expected to actively participate as a core member of “Biosocial Approaches to Health Disparities.” Contributions to the cluster will be an important facet of the faculty member’s annual performance evaluations and consideration for promotion/tenure. 

Interdisciplinary cluster hiring in biosocial approaches to health disparities is coordinated by the Population Research Center (PRC). New faculty hired under this initiative are expected to have degrees in fields such as human development and family studies, psychology, economics, sociology, public health, public policy, medicine, or other related disciplines. Candidates should have a record of interdisciplinary work and funded research.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that includes a description of current and planned research, fit with the cluster hiring initiative in biosocial approaches to health disparities, fit with the Population Research Center, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references through the online portal at: apply.interfolio.com/68492

Run Date: 10/15/2019 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 10/4/2019

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Institution: San Diego State University Imperial Valley
Department: Division of Professional Studies
Contact Name: Joshua Chanin
Contact E-mail: 
Job Description:
 The Criminal Justice (CJ) program within the Division of Professional Studies at San Diego State University Imperial Valley is seeking a faculty member at the assistant professor level with evidence of a peer-reviewed research publication agenda and teaching experience for a Fall 2020 appointment. We welcome applications from scholars with training in criminal justice or criminology, as well as in related disciplines, including but not limited to political science, public health, psychology, public administration, social work, and sociology. This position requires the expertise to teach core undergraduate courses in at least two of the following areas: restorative justice, corrections, community supervision, law enforcement, law and society, and/or research methods. While the area of specialization is open, the CJ program seeks to hire a scholar who is collaborative and open to creating synergies with our current faculty. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Division, teaching and contributing to our collaborative programs is desirable. In addition to classes offered as part of the undergraduate major, the faculty hire will have opportunities to contribute to Masters of Public Administration curriculum offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates demonstrating experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities, as well as those whose research interests involve or integrate understanding of under-represented populations and communities. Application review begins October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should apply via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/69234 Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, and contact information for three academic references. Additional materials will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later time. Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Joshua Chanin Recruitment Committee Chair  .

Run Date: 10/15/2019 - 12/15/2019
Date Posted: 11/8/2019

Position Title: Chair of Justice Studies

Institution: San Jose State University
Department: The Department of Justice Studies
Contact Name: Claudio Vera Sanchez
Contact E-mail: 
Job Description:
 The Department of Justice Studies (JS) at San José State University (SJSU) seeks a dynamic scholar and leader at the rank of full professor, with the skills and experience necessary to provide the academic and administrative leadership for advancing the Department’s interdisciplinary teaching, research, and community leadership agendas. We seek a teacher and scholar who specializes broadly in crime, law, and social justice and whose research and teaching would complement the JS Department's five disciplinary pillars: Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, Forensic Science, Legal Studies, and Human Rights. A demonstrated commitment to academic leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, program development, diversity, and student success is highly desired. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong background in program development, as well as the necessary skills and experience to serve as department Chair. The Chair of Justice Studies is the Department’s chief academic and administrative officer, who reports to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) and works closely with college and campus Chairs and Directors. Starting date is August 13, 2020.

The Justice Studies department is one of the largest programs in CHHS—one of the seven colleges on the SJSU campus, with approximately 1,100 majors. The JS Chair is primarily responsible for leading a multidisciplinary department that awards a BS in Justice Studies, also with a Concentration in Criminology, a BS in Forensic Science, also with concentrations in Biology and Chemistry, as well as Minors in Human Rights, Legal Studies, and Forensic Science. At the graduate level, the Department offers a Master’s degree in Justice Studies and an online Master’s degree in Criminology-Concentration in Global Criminology. Drawing from a dynamic group of dedicated full-time faculty and an extensive network of highly qualified part-time faculty, the department benefits from a rich history in the Bay Area and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and student success.

Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in Criminology, Justice Studies, Law & Society, Legal Studies, or a related field.
  2. Demonstrated record of scholarship, teaching, and professional achievement, including leadership positions in professional associations, sufficient to merit a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  3. Demonstrated leadership experience in higher education.
  4. Demonstrated ability to manage academic budgets and secure resources to maintain a healthy department. 
  5. Proven track record in acquisition and administration of external grants and donations.
  6. Demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning and innovatively implement projects and programs, including experience in program accreditation and assessment.
  7. Excellent communication skills and experience mentoring and developing junior faculty. 
  8. Demonstrated ability to respect shared faculty governance and to foster a collegial organizational climate within a multicultural and dynamic academic unit, working with highly diverse faculty, students, and staff.
  9. Demonstrated awareness of, and sensitivity to, the educational goals of a diverse student population as might have been gained through academic leadership, teaching, cross-cultural study, training, and other comparable experience.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will demonstrate the appropriate academic background, administrative skills, and leadership experience to serve as departmental Chair. The Chair operates in a highly collaborative faculty governance environment, and has the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Maintain high standards of performance for faculty, staff and students.
  2. Manage JS department budgets, enrollment, scheduling and facilities.
  3. Identify, recruit, evaluate and provide supervision for JS faculty and staff.
  4. Advance the Department’s curriculum, and maintain all program review practices for the Department.
  5. Lead the Department’s community outreach, student scholarship awards program, fundraising, and promotional efforts.
  6. Develop, promote and enforce Department policies as needed.
  7. Lead strategic planning, enrollment management, and comprehensive assessment reporting and accreditation efforts.
  8. Serve as chief public spokesperson and representative of the JS Department.
  9. Consistently address the needs of a student population of great diversity in age, cultural background, primary language, ability, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and academic preparation through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, advisement, and respectful engagement.

Application Procedure 

For full consideration, candidates should submit the following:

  1. A cover letter stating their interest in the position;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy, including strong evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  4. A summary of research agenda, scholarly accomplishments, and current projects;
  5. A detailed description of their vision for advancing the JS Department’s mission as it relates to student success and continued academic excellence at the local, national, and international level, including a statement of contributions to equity and inclusion;
  6. A list of at least five references with contact information.

Application materials should be submitted by January 15, 2020, to https://apply.interfolio.com/70526. (Confidential Letters of Recommendation will be required later). Inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Claudio Vera Sanchez - Interim Chair Department of Justice Studies San José State University One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0052 Email:   Phone: (408) 924-2980. Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Run Date: 11/7/2019 - 1/15/2020
Date Posted: 11/7/2019