Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology

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Job Summary

Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Behavioral Sciences invites applications for one tenure-track assistant or associate professor of Sociology, to begin August 2024. Rank depends upon qualifications and experience. Candidates must be able to perform high quality teaching, have an active research and publication agenda, be willing to perform service and participate in professional development activities, and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Area of expertise is open, but the department has needs in the areas of race and ethnicity, social inequality, research methods, and criminology. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to working with student populations that are historically underrepresented in the university environment (e.g., first-generation college students, BiPOC, LGBTQ+, etc.).

Position Qualifications

PhD in Sociology - Required (ABDs will be considered, but must have PhD by start date)

Ability to teach foundational courses such as Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Research Methods, and Racial and Ethnic Diversity

College teaching experience preferred

University Profile

Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana, is dedicated to empowering transformational change in its students on its two campuses in Hammond and Westville, Indiana. Part of the Purdue University system and offering more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, PNW is committed to academic excellence, supports growth, and celebrates diversity. PNW’s colleges, schools and centers are distinguished through prestigious accreditations, national recognitions, and competitive rankings.

PNW’s Hammond campus is located only 30 miles from Chicago with the Westville branch campus just 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. Fostering a university community full of contrasts—urban and rural, industrial and natural, with a well-established history and forward-thinking mindset—PNW’s two campuses serve its students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college to make the most of this rich range of resources. Moreover, PNW has been designated as a Hispanic-serving public institution dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and committed to the advancement of a diverse and under-served student population.

College Profile

The College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences serves over 1,400 undergraduate students and 170 graduate students across a wide range of programs. Departments and Schools within the college include: Behavioral Sciences; Communication and Creative Arts; English and World Languages; History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics; Psychology; School of Education and Counseling.

The College houses two community mental health centers - the Community Counseling Center and the Couple & Family Therapy Center - that provide quality affordable mental health services and the Institute for Social and Policy Research, which uses social science and policy analysis methods to find solutions to educational, social, and health-related challenges facing the citizens of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan region. The college is also home to the Willie T. Donald Exoneration Advisory Coalition to support those who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Indiana.

Department of Behavioral Sciences Profile

Behavioral Sciences is a vibrant department with several programs and opportunities for collaboration. In addition to Social Work, we offer undergraduate majors in Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, Human Development and Family Studies, and Sociology and a graduate program in Couple and Family Therapy. The department also houses the Couple and Family Therapy Center, which is located in the PNW Indianapolis Boulevard Counseling Center. Our students are primarily first-generation college students. In support of the University’s Strategic Plan, the Department is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff who foster diverse learning environments for students.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will begin immediately. Applications must be received by November 26, 2023 to receive full consideration. All inquiries and applications will remain confidential; references will not be contacted without notice. For questions about this position, please contact Lee Michael Johnson, Department Chair, at

Purdue University Northwest is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

PNW is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests, or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion

Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Purdue University Northwest is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university located in Northwest Indiana that is dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. Diverse, hardworking, and innovative, we’re where academic excellence meets real-world experience. At PNW, students from next door and students from halfway across the world come together to learn, grow, and connect.

At Purdue University Northwest, we go beyond the classroom, walking the extra mile with students to empower confidence and encourage real-world experiences. We push beyond the boundaries of innovation to drive engagement and make an impact in Northwest Indiana and the world at large.

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