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Assistant Professor in Sociology

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 18, 2023

Position Details

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Assistant Professor

Position Title
Assistant Professor in Sociology

GSU Information

Georgia State University is a national model for innovation and opening opportunities for all, ranked 2nd most innovative by U.S. News & World Report, ranked 1st among public universities in undergraduate teaching, the number 1 nonprofit university to award bachelor’s degrees to African American students, 6th in the country for its first-year student experience, and highly ranked for enabling the social and economic mobility of its students. Among the most diverse universities in the nation, Georgia State opens global perspectives as the number 1 U.S. public university sending African American students to study abroad.
A regional gateway to higher education, the five suburban Perimeter College campuses provide more than 30 associate degree pathways. The downtown Atlanta campus offers more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study at the undergraduate, graduate and first-professional degree levels.
With five university-wide research centers and numerous centers and institutes at the college and school levels, Georgia State’s interdisciplinary, dynamic and productive research enterprises address major health and societal challenges.
Georgia State is vital to the regional economy, with a more than $2.9 billion economic impact, and is also a vital part of Atlanta’s vibrant arts and entertainment community, with highly regarded programs in music, art, creative writing and film, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and the Creative Media Industries Institute that contributes to innovation and the workforce for interactive media and media entrepreneurship.

Cultural & Behavioral Science


Position Type
Full Time Faculty

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About the Department

Welcome to the Department of Cultural and Behavioral Sciences at Georgia State University Perimeter College. We are a diverse department that offers pathways of study focused on the academic and applied investigations of how humans interact–behaviorally, geographically, instructionally, socially and culturally. We offer dynamic learning environments that cultivate communication skills, critical and creative thinking and scientific inquiry. Our students build an awareness of how personal, societal and cultural development can be applied to living and working in a culturally diverse environment.

Position Description

Perimeter College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in sociology. Field of specialization is open. Perimeter College is a multi-campus institution in a major metropolitan area, and the teaching assignment may be on any of the college’s five campuses.

The successful applicant will be expected to:
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to early undergraduate teaching and learning, and the ability to create a sense of belonging for all students, in the in-person and virtual learning environments
  • Teach nine courses (27 semester hours) per academic year, divided across Fall and Spring terms. Summer teaching is an option but neither required nor guaranteed.
  • Courses will include Introduction to Sociology and may include Introduction to Social Problems, Introduction to Marriage and Family, and others based on institutional need and faculty interest.
  • Maintain weekly office hours; assist students via email and other communication modalities.
  • Contribute to the department, college, and university through service activities, including but not limited to committee work.
  • Keep abreast of advances in the discipline and in pedagogical practice via professional development activities, which may include original research or other scholarly work.
  • Attend meetings, commencements, and other university functions as needed.
Required Experience

Required Education

Ph.D. in Sociology from accredited institution. Terminal degree must be conferred by employment start date.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

In addition to required education and experience, the following qualifications are preferred:
• Experience teaching online and using a distance learning platform.
• Experience or demonstrated interest in high-impact educational practices, scholarship of teaching and learning, building college-to-career linkages, global learning, and/or other pedagogical initiatives that enhance student success.
• Experience or demonstrated interest in scholarship in the discipline and/or discipline and institutional service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Ability to teach a variety of sociology classes at the college level
• Ability to teach in a variety of modalities
• Ability to evaluate and potentially adopt a variety of pedagogical practices
• Ability to relate to and foster learning among a diverse student population
• Ability to collaborate with colleagues to achieve discipline, department, or college goals
• Effective oral and written communication skills • Demonstrated knowledge of instructional technology

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations, etc

None specified.

Pre-Employment Requirements

A Criminal History Check is required.

Work Hours

Position may require non-standard hours (including day, evening, online, hybrid, weekend and/or other campus locations).


Job Duties

Description of Job Duty

This is a teaching-focused position: about 80% of the workload is instruction, with service and professional development accounting for 10% each.

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Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Review of Applications Begins

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

Qualified applicants must provide the following application materials to be considered:
  • Letter of application/cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume Unofficial Transcript of all degrees completed.
  • Official transcripts must be provided if an offer is accepted.
  • Foreign Degree Transcript is required for foreign graduate degrees Three (3) professional references. Professional references will provide letters of recommendation via a secured and confidential link provided in a notification email.
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Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts of All Graduate-Level Degrees Completed or In Progress
Optional Documents
  1. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluation
  2. Philosophy of Teaching/Teaching Portfolio
  3. Syllabus Examples

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