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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 30, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Sociology

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of sociology to begin in August 2024. We are seeking a colleague who envisions a career where both teaching and research are equally valued.

Responsibilities of the job include teaching undergraduate courses in areas of the candidate's expertise (typical teaching load is three courses per semester); maintaining an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students; and advising students and providing service to the school, college, and University.

Applicants must have completed an earned doctorate in sociology or a closely related field by the appointment start date and have teaching and research expertise in the field of criminology. Applicants may have the ability to teach other sociology courses in areas of expertise, such as urban sociology, family sociology, sociology of health or aging, political sociology, or social problems.

To apply, please submit a cover letter expressing interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names and contact information for three references. All documents must be uploaded at time of application.

At Penn State Behrend, sociology courses are affiliated with the political science major, which includes a crime and law option that requires criminology courses, and a public policy option. The College also offers a sociology minor and a crime, law, and psychology minor that includes courses from sociology, psychology, and political science. In addition, applicants will have the opportunity to be involved with outreach and community engagement research with a Public Policy Initiative and the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE). Applicants could also develop and teach courses in data analytics and/or assist with qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis or program evaluation with external partners.

Penn State Behrend, is an undergraduate and graduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. Situated on a beautiful, wooded 854-acre hillside campus recognized as a U.S. arboretum, we have four academic schools (Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science); student residential living; a range of research programs and outreach centers; and a highly successful business and technology park. With 5,000 students in resident instruction and online in college programs offered through Penn State World Campus, we uniquely blend the atmosphere and focus on teaching of a small college with access to the academic, research, and professional development resources of a Big 10, R1 University. Our college is an open laboratory of learning and discovery where students gain real-life experience engaging with business, industry, and community partners. We seek faculty members who share our commitment to both teaching and scholarship, to the holistic development of students, and to principles of respect, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Erie, Pennsylvania is a metropolitan area of more than a quarter million people located on the southern shores of Lake Erie, two hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. The area's economy reflects a mix of educational, medical, industrial, tourism, and service activity; the region is home to five colleges and universities in the region, including Penn State Behrend. Northwestern Pennsylvania offers abundant cultural, sports, and recreational opportunities with four seasons of adventure. Summers feature miles of beaches, a range of lake sports, and festivals every weekend, and the winters are made for skiing, skating, and more. It's easy to get around, housing is affordable, and the cost of living is modest. Erie offers relaxed, comfortable living.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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