Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Position Title Assistant Professor of Sociology Requisition 202000092F Rank Assistant Professor FLSA status Exempt Hiring Salary

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Position Category Position Type Full-Time Tenure Track College College of Humanities and Social Sciences Department Dept of Sociology Quicklink
Contact Name Dr. Karen Douglas Title

Search Committee Chair
Box 2446
Huntsville, TX 77341

Contact Phone (936) 294-1513 Contact Email
Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job

The Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University announces an opening for a nine-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2021. We seek candidates with expertise and teaching interest in sociological theory (both classical and contemporary), and research specialization in the area of globalization. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, maintain an active research agenda, and provide service to the University and the discipline.

Educational Requirements for the Position

A PhD in Sociology must be completed by the time of appointment.

Experience Required for the Position

Evidence of excellence (or the promise of excellence) in teaching effectiveness is required. Applicants must also have a research agenda leading to publications in refereed journals and the potential to acquire extramural funding.

Other Requirements for the Position

The department offers undergraduate courses both in-person and online and the Masters of Arts program is completely online. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be expected to teach both in-person and online course. Faculty typically teach a 3-3 course schedule.

Sam Houston State University is the twelfth largest University in Texas, with over 21,000 students, and is currently ranked #14 in The Chronicle of Higher Education listing of Fastest Growing Colleges 2003-2013 report. More information can be found at Our main campus is located in Huntsville, Texas, an area characterized by a relatively low cost of living, great natural beauty, and access to nearby cities such as Houston, Dallas, The Woodlands, and Austin. More information can be found at

Special Instructions Summary

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University and the Department of Sociology are strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The college and department welcome applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Review of applications will begin January 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be complete and include a cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications, relevant experience, and interest in the position. The application must also include a curriculum vitae, writing sample, teaching portfolio, unofficial university transcripts, and contact information for three professional references. For teaching portfolio document, please upload a summarization of your teaching/TA experience; complete teaching portfolios will be requested after initial applicant screenings have taken place. References will not be contacted until the advanced stages of screening. Official university transcripts will be required before the date of hire.

Salary is competitive and negotiable, based on experience. Sam Houston State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Persons from historically under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions about the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Karen Douglas (936-294-1513)

Open Until Filled Yes
EEO Statement

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HBCU Connect - Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • Association for Women in Science
    • TWC - Work in Texas
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • SHSU Website
    • SHSU Employee
    • Other
  2. If your response to the question above was 'Other' please indicate from what source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Candidate Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research & Goals
  5. Transcripts
  6. Writing Sample
  7. Reference Contact Information
  8. Teaching Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. Teaching Evaluations

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