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Position Title: Assistant Professor 

Institution: Mississippi State University

Department: Sociology

Contact Name: Chair, Search Committee

Address: Mississippi State University, Department of Sociology, P.O. Box C, Mississippi State, MS 39762

Job Description: The Department of Sociology invites applications for an Assistant Professor to begin in fall 2019. We seek candidates who conduct research in, and are committed to teaching about, Criminology. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on racial disparities in crime and justice. Completion of the Ph.D. in Sociology or Criminology by time of hire is required. The position requires active participation in the teaching, research and service responsibilities of the department; teaching introductory, advanced undergraduate and graduate courses; and participation in departmental activities. The department has more than 400 undergraduate majors and 40 sociology graduate students with strong ties to the African American Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, the Social Science Research Center, the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center, and the Southern Rural Development Center. Programs offered include BA, BSW, MS, and a Ph.D. in Sociology. All applicants must apply online at (PARF # 497268) and attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter (which should describe research and teaching interests and any supporting materials that demonstrate research, teaching and/or service achievements). Materials can also be sent to: Chair, Search Committee, Mississippi State University, Department of Sociology, P.O. Box C, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee. Review of applications begins October 1 2018, though applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. The largest university in the state, Mississippi State University is a public, land grant university of approximately 20,000 students classified as Doctoral/Research Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation. MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Run Date: 07/10/18-10/01/18
Date Posted: 07/16/18

Position Title: Faculty, Sociology, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Fall 2019

Institution: Salem State University

Department: Sociology

Contact Name: Human Resources

Contact E-mail:

Phone: 978-542-6123

Address352 Lafayette Street Salem, MA 01970

Job Description: General Statement of Duties: The sociology department at Salem State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in sociology, to begin in Fall 2019. We are looking for a scholar with expertise in Latinx Studies and the ability to teach theory and/or statistics. Secondary areas of specialization are open, depending upon the expertise of the candidate and needs of the program. The department’s mission centers around issues related to social inequality and social justice. The department has a strong commitment to teaching students to think critically about principles of social justice and equity at the local, national, and global levels, and orienting students to become agents of social change. The department offers a bachelor’s of arts degree and a bachelor’s of science degree in sociology. The sociology curriculum is broad-based, contributing to the educational goals of multiple disciplines and programs, including social work, nursing, healthcare studies, and business. Salem State is a teaching university, committed to our students' learning and growth, many of whom are the first in their family to go to college. Collegiality, student success, civic engagement, collaboration, initiative, continuous improvement and accountability are highly valued in our organizational culture and we seek a colleague who shares those values and wants to be part of our community. Duties and Responsibilities: Candidates are required to perform duties in accordance with the MSCA contract. Duties include teaching, advising, scholarship and contributions to continuously improve the department and university. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The position is subject to available funding. Required Qualifications: Candidates should possess a PhD or ABD in sociology or a related field; previous experience around Latinx studies and statistics/theory; and demonstrate productivity in terms of scholarly research. Preferred Qualifications: University/college teaching experience in Latinx studies; interest in civic learning and civic engagement pedagogies; experience in and commitment to teaching in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles; experience in distance learning and instructional technologies; and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate liberal arts education and excellence in teaching. Working Conditions: Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. Special Instructions to Applicants: Please apply online and attach curriculum vitae, cover letter and transcripts. Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check. EEO Statement: Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply. Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may come down at any time. Once a posting is removed, additional applications will not be accepted.

Run Date: 07/10/18-11/10/18
Date Posted: 07/12/18

Position Title: Assistant Professor

Institution: California State University, Los Angeles

Department: Sociology

Contact Name: Roseann Giarrusso

Contact E-mail:

Phone: 323-343-2200

Address: Dept of Sociology Calif State Univ, Los Angeles 5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032

Job Description: California State University, Los Angeles Tenure-Track Faculty Position College of Natural and Social Sciences Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology Department of Sociology, in the College of Natural and Social Sciences Starting Date: August, 2019 Minimum Qualifications: 1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Sociology or other closely-related disciplines from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/19/2019). 2) Evidence of effective teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate (terminal MA) levels. 3) Evidence of teaching quantitative (statistics) and/or research method courses. 4) Ability to demonstrate commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students. 5) Evidence of an active research agenda with a specialization in quantitative approaches to sociology, with secondary emphases in social inequalities and stratification. Preferred Qualifications: 1) Demonstrated experience mentoring students and supervising student research. 2) Demonstrated experience developing successful, accessible, and innovative teaching strategies in quantitative sociology. 3) Demonstrated experience collaborating with students as co-researchers. 4) Demonstrated experience with quantitatively driven research on social inequalities and stratification that is connected to community engagement, public sociology, and social change. 5) Evidence of service to the discipline, the academy, and the community. Duties: The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. The successful candidate may be assigned to teach classes at the undergraduate levels in quantitative methods and statistics and develop new courses that link quantitative sociology with secondary specializations. The successful candidate may also have opportunities to teach quantitative and method courses at the graduate levels. The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good. Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University: California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center. Required Documentation: Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. 2) a curriculum vitae. 3) a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students. 4) a list of three professional references. 5) a university application for employment ( Finalists will be required to submit: 1) official transcripts. 2) three current letters of recommendation. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Application: Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Please email all application materials in a single PDF to the sociology department at Cal State LA at: . Please type “Sociology Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line. Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Molly Talcott) at: . Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

Run Date: 07/06/18-10/06/18
Date Posted: 07/09/18

Position Title: Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences 

Institution: Purdue University Northwest (PNW)

Contact Name: Ryan Crawford and Kriston Burroughs

Contact E-mail  and   - Refer to code “PNW-CBS” in subject line

Job Description: Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites nominations and applications for an exceptional academic leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences. The chair will provide strategic leadership to a diverse department and will work with faculty, staff, and students to build upon the department’s strengths in teaching, research, and service. 

The Department of Behavioral Sciences is a multidisciplinary department serving nearly 400 undergraduate majors and over 25 graduate students. Undergraduate offerings include Bachelor of Arts degrees in Behavioral Sciences, Human Development and Family Services, Social Work, and Sociology. The department currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and seeks a department chair who can help develop a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. At the graduate level, the department offers an accredited Master’s of Science in Child Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. The department has 21 full-time tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty. 

For a complete position profile and list of qualifications, please visit .

The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to ensure the fullest consideration, applicants are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by July 31, 2018. Requested application materials include a letter of interest; resume or curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. References will not be called until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. 

Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting the university at the contact information below:

Ryan Crawford, Partner | Kriston Burroughs,
Associate 7500 Rialto Blvd Building 1, Suite 250 Austin, TX 78735
(737) 203-8857 

Run Date: 06/26/18-7/31/18
Date Posted: 07/02/18

Position Title: Head/Professor-Department of Sociology (Job ID #98013)

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Liberal Arts and Sciences

Contact Name: Henrik Aratyn and Beth Richie

Contact E-mail and 

Job Description: The Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head/ Professor. The successful candidate will provide leadership for a department committed to public sociology and foster excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement.With a broad range of research specialties including the study of race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, immigration, work/organizations, global/transnational sociology and political sociology & social movements, the Sociology Department is a vibrant community of scholars committed to teaching, multimethod research, and using sociological expertise to engage with the world for the public good. The department admits and trains a talented group of diverse graduate students and has a robust undergraduate program including a large number of majors and an active alumni community. Department faculty are actively engaged with and participate in a number of departments and centers/institutes on and off campus including the Gender & Women’s Studies Program, African American Studies Department, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Institute for Government and Public Affairs, Social Justice Initiative, Scholars Strategy Network, and Council on Contemporary Families. Faculty also lead a number of university-wide interdisciplinary intellectual projects including groups focused on such areas as Health & Society, Early Childhood, and Race & Ethnicity (among others).The Head of Sociology is the chief administrative officer of the department with responsibility for instructional efforts and for operational management including administrative, budgetary, promotion, and recruitment programs.UIC is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive University located in the heart of one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas. It is a comprehensive public university with a diverse student body of more than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Head of Sociology is the chief administrative officer of the department with responsibility for instructional efforts and for operational management including administrative, budgetary, promotion, and recruitment programs.. The ideal Head will work effectively with key units within LAS, the UIC community, and the Chicago metropolitan area to enhance the mission of the Department, the College, and the University. The Head will also teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, advise students and provide service to the university.The successful candidate will have a PhD, a distinguished scholarship and teaching record commensurate with the rank of full professor, and appropriate academic administrative experience. A demonstrated ability to foster collaboration among a diverse group of scholars is desirable, as is a strong record of external funding and academic recognition. UIC especially welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, veterans and others who would enrich the University’s research, teaching, and Great Cities’ mission.To apply complete an on-line application, including the names and email addresses for four references, and upload full curriculum vitae and a cover letter that summarizes candidate’s research, teaching and administrative qualifications. Questions about the position can be directed to either Prof. Henrik Aratyn ( or Prof. Beth Richie (, co-chairs of the search committee.For fullest consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2018. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Run Date: 06/26/18-09/26/18
Date Posted: 06/26/18

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: 05/10/18-11/10/18
Date Posted: 05/17/18

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: 02/21/18-8/21/18

Date Posted: 02/22/18