Faculty Position in Sociology
Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a
full-time non-tenure-track instructor or assistant professor of
sociology to begin January 2021 or August 2021. The successful
applicant has the possibility of reappointment for up to three
additional years (9-month contracts), depending on performance,
department needs, and funding.
Responsibilities: Ability to teach Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociological Theory, and upper level topics in sociology as well as to contribute to interdisciplinary teaching in the broader university curriculum or specific interdisciplinary minors such as African/African American studies, Disability Studies, Environmental Studies, Women and Gender Studies or others.
Required Qualifications: This position requires a Masters in Sociology or closely related field.
Applicants will be evaluated on:
• Academic qualifications
• Teaching background or potential for teaching Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociological Theory, upper level courses in sociology and interdisciplinary contributions to the university curriculum.
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness
• Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education and to inclusive excellence with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority
• Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching (including a Truman’s Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar and interdisciplinary minors), scholarship, or service
• Commitment to maintaining a strong research agenda, with demonstrated publishing record or prospects for significant scholarly contributions
• Evidence of developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in undergraduates and mentoring High Impact Experiences (undergraduate research, service-learning, internships), or demonstrated potential to do so
• Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills
• Compatibility with the department’s needs; complementing existing faculty strengths in terms of class coverage.
Compensation and Rank: Salary for this position is $40,500 with MA or $42,525 with terminal degree; benefits package includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.
Program: Sociology is located in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Justice Systems that is part of the School of Social & Cultural Studies. The department has 8 full-time faculty members and approximately 75 undergraduate Justice Systems majors and 60 minors. The department also offers courses in Truman’s core curriculum. For more information about the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Justice Systems, please visit http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-the-sociology-anthropology-justice-systems-department/
The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic
rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.
Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.
Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. Find more information about Kirksville at kirksvillechamber.com.
Application: The School of Social and Cultural Studies coordinates the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and candidate’s documents may be uploaded at http://employment.truman.edu. Application materials may also be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Sociology Search” in the subject line or by mail to Sociology Search, Truman State University, School of Social and Cultural Studies, 100 E. Normal, MC 214, Kirksville, MO 63501.
Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; scholarly activity interests; statement of teaching philosophy that includes the candidate’s commitment to inclusive excellence, the liberal arts and sciences, and student development; current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and official or unofficial graduate college transcripts. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Amber Johnson, Chair Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Justice Systems, email@example.com or 660-785-4322.
Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.
Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national
origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and
Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.