Sociology/Human Services, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor



Position Overview:

Teaches, advises, and mentors students; evaluates student performance; 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 the department, college, and university committees as requested; prepares departmental reports as requested; and, engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbooks. Faculty are expected to support and facilitate the department/school/college academic and university missions, visions, and long-term goals. The salary for this position is commensurate with credentials and experience. **PLEASE NOTE** The preference date for application submissions is January 27, 2023.

College/Department Overview:

The College of Liberal Arts serves the University of Central Oklahoma's (UCO) 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 visit our website at: https://www.uco.edu/cla . The Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies houses three undergraduate programs ( General Sociology, Sociology/Human Services, and Sociology/Substance Abuse Studies ) and two graduate programs ( Gerontology and Addictions Counseling ). For further information, please visit our website: https://www.uco.edu/cla/departments/soc-gero-sas .

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. The successful candidate will teach, advise, and mentor students, evaluate student performance, and maintain departmental and student records in accordance with UCO policies; adheres to the educational philosophy of the University; work collaboratively with colleagues and professional peers; participate in UCO meetings that relate specifically to faculty; serve on Department, College, and University committees as requested; prepare departmental reports as requested; and, engage in teaching and service as defined by the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbooks.

Important Information and Requirements:
  • All applicants, please visit https://jobs.uco.edu to submit all application materials by the preference date: January 27, 2023
  • Official transcripts must be provided for each degree earned
  • The candidates’ online application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio (which includes at least a statement about teaching Sociology or Social Work or teaching philosophy, a list of courses taught, and two syllabi)
  • Confidential letters of recommendation, please email them to jobs@uco.edu and they will be uploaded to your application file
  • Additional documentation may be requested later
UCO Land Acknowledgment

The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes that we gather on land entrusted to the care and protection of the Caddo and Wichita peoples. These lands are part of the wider state of Oklahoma which is shared by the 39 sovereign Indigenous Nations including the Kiowa, Comanche, Osage, Apache, and Fort Sill Apache Nations, and is associated with the forced relocation of Nations through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The university was built on Unassigned Land within seized portions of Indian Territory taken from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Nations by the federal government in 1866. Beginning in 1889, this land was distributed through several Land Runs intended to confine and erase Indigenous peoples from this territory. We acknowledge the historical events that have and continue to affect the Indigenous people of this land. We pledge to honor and respect Indigenous knowledge and worldviews as we sustain a meaningful relationship with the Sovereign Nations.

Inclusive Community at UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity in areas including race, class, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, ideology, (dis)ability, affectional orientation, gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification. Our appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the historical heritage on which the university was founded and the many struggles and sacrifices, both historically and currently, that confront underrepresented communities. Given this awareness, we actively strive to enrich the experience of the entire community by implementing practices that remove barriers to those communities served least well by existing systems. We do this not only because it is right, but also because diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and conceptual horizons of students, faculty, and staff members while enhancing the university’s ability to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.

Qualifications/Experience Required:
  • A Ph. D. in Sociology or a Doctorate in Social Work from a regionally accredited or internationally acknowledged college or university by August 5, 2023
  • University or college teaching
  • Department/college/university service
  • Possesses excellent communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills
Qualifications/Experience Preferred:
  • A Ph. D. in Sociology or a Doctorate in Social Work from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university by August 5, 2022 (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval). **NOTE** If the doctorate is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-Instructor.
  • Higher education teaching experience in Sociology and/or Social Work
  • Experience in teaching a diverse student body is valued
  • Desirable areas of teaching competence or experiences include Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Theory, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and other courses as assigned
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

A successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in oral and written communication skills and be familiar with the use of online learning management systems (Example: D2L) and virtual synchronous platforms (Example: ZOOM, WebEx, or Teams)

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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