Assistant Professor of Sociology

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$50,000.00 - $55,000.00
Nov 20, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The department offers baccalaureate degrees in criminology and sociology and minors in anthropology and sociology. Program curricula reflect core interests in critical human inquiry and social analysis and social justice. Each program provides a strong foundation in theory and research while allowing students to tailor their coursework to their specific subject and career interests. Faculty prepare students to work in diverse occupations and to pursue professional or graduate studies in sociology, criminology, law or related disciplines.  
The department promotes research and teaching innovations that support student success through developing efficacy and purpose. Students apply knowledge and skills to “real world” problems and learn how to engage stakeholders and mobilize community members to organize and facilitate meaningful social change. Faculty comprise an active community of scholars and educators committed to the university’s mission and guiding principles that place emphasis on developing students in ways that enable them to use their education to serve the public good and improve the health and well-being of their communities. Transformational learning experiences in courses like the Inside Out Prison Exchange program and internships empower students and prepare them to navigate life and work in a rapidly changing global environment.


 Description of Job:
**All responsibilities of faculty members at CSU Pueblo are in accordance with the Faculty Handbook.  The Faculty Handbook is the authoritative guide on specific requirements with regard to teaching assignments, scholarly activity, research, and service.

This tenure-track nine month position (with summer teaching possibly available) involves teaching an assigned sociology course load; serving as faculty mentor/advisor for sociology/criminology majors, engaging in professional scholarly activity, and participating in department, college, and university level service. The standard teaching load is 12 credits per semester. The person hired for the position is expected to support the Center for Integrated Health and Human Inquiry through participation in curricular integration, cross-disciplinary collaboration in teaching and scholarship, and creation of experiential learning activities and community partnerships that involve students in meaningful projects that integrate interests in health and human inquiry.

Primary Duties:
  • Teaching baccalaureate-level courses in sociology and criminology in accordance with the needs of the department.  
  • Teaching responsibilities include: preparing and presenting course materials; evaluating student outcomes and participating in student retention efforts; selecting and ordering texts/readings/resources; preparing, administering and grading assignments; utilizing the learning management system; and assigning final grades. 
  • Responsibilities also include proposing curriculum changes and program modifications to the Department Chair and supporting the Center for Integrated Health and Human Inquiry as mentioned in the Job Summary Statement.
  • Building and maintaining a focused research agenda which includes but is not limited to presenting scholarship at professional conferences, conducting research, and publishing work in peer-reviewed publications. Research activity may also involve grant writing and securing grant funding for research projects.
  • Mentoring and advising students; participating in student recruitment and retention activities. 
  • Contributing to program assessment and development and curriculum review and revision. 
  • Serving on department committees and college and university committees or boards.
  • Performing other duties, as required. 
  • Service activity may also include community involvement, consulting, and discipline-relevant professional service.


 Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights: Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Sociology or related area or ABD with anticipated completion by August 2021 in Sociology or related discipline.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Emphases in environmental sociology, sociology of health, and social inequalities .
  • Teaching expertise, especially in the areas of criminology, deviance, race & gender, social justice.
  • Evidence of ability to develop and modify curriculum.
  • Capability of maintaining a program of scholarship and publication.
  • Experience in mentoring/advising  undergraduates.
  • Evidence of interest and ability in online and blended instruction.
  • Ability to provide service to the department, college, and university.


 Supplemental Information:
All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing required degree conferred; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Monday, January 4, 2021 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.

CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect.  The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society - local and global - and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.

At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

About Pueblo, Colorado 

The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.

The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.

It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or

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Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.

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