Faculty, Tenure Track
Position's Functional Title
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Position Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Governors State University (University Park, IL) is inviting
applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in
Sociology, to begin in the Fall 2022 semester.
The ideal candidate has outstanding teaching skills, evidence of—or
potential for—a distinguished record of scholarship as well as
service to the institution, discipline, and/or community. A
successful candidate is a teacher/scholar with teaching and
research expertise in sociology, specifically a generalist with the
ability to teach required courses for the anthropology and
sociology ( ANSO ) major from a quantitative and/or mixed
methodology approach, including Quantitative Methods (e.g.,
developing surveys and secondary data sets), Quantitative Data
Analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics), Class
Inequalities, and/or Social Psychology/ Symbolic Interactionism.
Required courses also include general education courses, which may
include Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Gender &
Sexuality, and/or Race and Ethnic Relations. While most courses
will be taught in-person at our University Park campus, the ideal
candidate should have experience teaching online courses and the
necessary collaborative and interpersonal skills to effectively
maintain the online course shells in the newly created online
Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology.
Governors State University is a minority serving institution, and
the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s
south suburban area, serving more than 6,000 students annually.
Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value
educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of
first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the
lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited
programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting
agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year
students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate
institution into a regional comprehensive university with a
state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must
demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all
levels, from first-year to graduate.
Through its strategic plan, Vision 2020, GSU emphasizes excellence,
access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s
academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly
numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational
value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact
practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship,
and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a
full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong
foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in
successful transfer of community college students to universities,
and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program,
with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically
eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate
Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of
master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health,
counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.
GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and
surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural
attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of
high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as
struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a
public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all
It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as
educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide
equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on
race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability,
sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly
Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and
1. Ph.D. degree in Sociology, or a closely related discipline; ABD
in the final stages of completion will also be considered.
2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in
sociology, and the social sciences more broadly.
3. Documented record of an ability to make intellectual
contributions through scholarly publications/presentations.
4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.
1. Experience with first-generation, culturally diverse, and
2. Demonstrated ability to integrate their scholarship in the
undergraduate courses of the major.
3. Experience teaching quantitative data methods and
4. Evidence of teaching excellence in both classroom and online
5. Teaching and/or professional experience in multiple
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Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover
letter, unofficial transcripts, and list of professional references
by October 15, 2021 to receive full consideration, although
applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
References will only be contacted prior to candidate
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * What is the highest level of education attained?
- High School Diploma
- Associates Degree
- Bachelors Degree
- Masters Degree
- Doctorate Degree
- * What academic discipline did you earn your degree(s)
(Open Ended Question)
- * Do you have experience teaching at the college/university
- * Do you have experience in developing and/or teaching online
- No but interested and able to do so
- Yes I have taught online courses
- Yes I have developed online courses
- Yes, I have developed and taught online courses
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- List of References
- Teaching Philosophy
- Letter of Recommendation