Sociology, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

The candidate's online application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, an academic writing sample, a teaching portfolio (which includes a teaching Sociology statement, a list of courses taught, and two syllabi), and transcripts for all degrees received. Confidential letters of recommendation may be emailed to

College/Department Overview:

The College of Liberal Arts currently has 113 full-time and 152 part-time faculty in eight academic departments. The College serves the University's Core Curriculum programs and enrolls more than 2,850 undergraduate students and more than 300 graduate students in 34 undergraduate and 17 graduate majors. For further information, please refer to our website at: .

The Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies combine the best training at a local, national, and even global level with practical service learning and practicum experiences. In small, personalized classes, students are provided the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking and problem-solving activities using traditional and new technological approaches. The Sociology degree program prepares graduates to enter research positions, community organizing, public administration fields, or pursue a graduate education in a variety of disciplines. The Gerontology degree or Sociology-Human Services degree programs prepares graduates for positions like social service workers, graduate education in behavioral science, human service fields such as social work, counseling, and gerontology. The Master of Arts in Gerontology is the only one offered in the state of Oklahoma and the program offers flexible, early evening classes along with an option to either write a thesis or complete practicum experiences. The Substance Abuse Studies degree program prepares graduates to work in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment or to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).

Position Overview:

Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

Duties include teaching day/evening courses in a face-to-face, hybrid, and online format as needed. The teaching load is 12-hours per semester (Fall and Spring) of undergraduate and cross-listed graduate sections in Sociology, Social Problems, Social Deviance, Sociological Theory, and other courses as assigned; teaches, advises, and mentors students; evaluates student performances and maintains departmental and student records in accordance with University policies; adheres to the educational philosophy of the University; works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers; participates in University meetings that relates specifically to faculty; serves on departmental, College, and University committees as requested; prepares departmental reports as requested; and, engages in teaching and serves as defined by the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.


Qualifications Required:

An earned doctorate degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in Sociology (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval).

Qualifications Preferred:

Previous experience in university teaching is preferred.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills; be familiar with the use of online learning management systems, e.g., D2L, WebEx, ZOOM, etc.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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