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Tenure-Track Advanced Assistant Professor in Sociology - Specialization in Health Disparities

Purdue University-Sociology
Indiana, United States
$92,000.00 - $98,000.00
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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With a strong commitment to advancing diversity in research, thought and representation, the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track Advanced Assistant Professor in the area of health disparities, as part of a cluster hiring initiative in Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity.  A national leader in the graduation of Black and African American doctorates in the physical sciences, computer science, social sciences, and veterinary medicine over the past 5 years, Purdue’s track record of supporting diversity dates back well over a century and is rooted in our land-grant mission. Today, the University has embarked upon a comprehensive 5-year, $75 million plan to further enrich and diversify its faculty, staff, and student body, as described here

This cluster, comprised of 14 new faculty members across four colleges—Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Libraries and Information Studies, and Pharmacy—is just the first wave of a larger, multi-year cluster hiring initiative totaling 40 FTE overall that aims to expand our research enterprise, add to the range of perspectives of our faculty, and promote a supportive community for all students. Alongside several other ongoing initiatives, this program evinces Purdue’s strong commitment to further enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more information, a comprehensive plan may be found here

The appointment would start in August 2022 or a future date subject to negotiation. 

Principal Duties: The Department of Sociology at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track Advanced Assistant Professor position in the area of health disparities with a focus on racial inequality.  To complement departmental growing strengths, we are especially interested in those who study adolescent and young adult health, including mental health and well-being disparities as a consequence of social position. 


Qualifications: The position requires (1) a Ph.D. degree in sociology and (2) quantitative methodological skills. We prefer candidates who can contribute to the Advanced Methods at Purdue program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods and tools. Being able to teach race and ethnicity is a plus. Applicants who have expertise in the study of mental health disparities during the pandemic are encouraged to apply.

Part of the teaching assignment for this position may be met by teaching in the first-year sequence of the College of Liberal Arts’ Cornerstone program. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to Ph.D. student training.


Opportunities for collaboration exist across the social sciences within the college and across colleges. Purdue itself is one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, with an enrollment of over 48,000 students.   

The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is also embarking upon 40 other faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university. The cluster hiring initiative will be integrated at both the college and university level.

Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology are 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.

Application Procedure: To apply, please visit

Applicants must include: 1) a letter of application explaining how their qualifications and experience make them a good candidate for the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement, 4) a teaching statement, 5) a writing sample, 6) contact information including current e-mail addresses for three references, and 7) a Diversity and Inclusion Statement (detailed below).

Purdue University’s Department of Sociology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

A background check will be required for employment in this position. Screening of applicants will begin on January 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Kenneth Ferraro at

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

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