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Assistant Professor of Sociology, ranked renewable term

University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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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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About the Position: The Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in academic year 2022-23. This is a teaching-scholar position with a focus on providing excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level. This position carries a 4/4 teaching load, and the successful applicant may substitute one large section to replace two small sections each semester. Therefore, the ideal candidate will teach one large section of either Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems, a section of Methods of Social Research, and a third course drawing upon the applicant's expertise. We welcome scholars who are interested in applied, service-learning, and engaged community approaches. This is a contract position renewed on a five-year basis, and there is the opportunity for promotion to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor with demonstrated time and excellence in the areas of teaching, service, community engagement, and research. 


Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to teaching areas in support of the undergraduate curriculum (please visit Candidates from underrepresented groups, or who have experience in teaching to underrepresented groups, are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students in their research and provide service to the University and discipline. The successful candidate may also teach, research, and serve the Oklahoma community through a variety of department activities, including the State of Social Life in Oklahoma initiative and Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (see for more information). 


Qualifications: The successful applicant should have earned a PhD (by August 2022, the time of appointment) in Sociology or a related discipline. The successful candidate should have expertise to teach Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems, and Methods of Social Research. Our ideal candidate will help lead the undergraduate curriculum in its mission to serve our students through teaching, undergraduate research, service, and community engagement.  


About the Department: The OU Sociology Department is home to 18 primary faculty (, in addition to adjunct and affiliate faculty, over 40 graduate students, and 450 undergraduate students. The unit has a lively intellectual climate with regular research workshops to share methodologies, gather constructive feedback, and advance the discipline. The successful candidate will have opportunities to affiliate with a diverse array of University-wide strategic units, centers, and institutes (e.g., the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, the Department of Native American Studies, the Early Childhood Education Institute, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Center for Social Justice, the Department of Religious Studies, and many more). We are known to be a collegial and supportive department for faculty and students alike. 


About the University of Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In fall 2019, approximately 23% of OU’s first year were first-generation students, 33% of all students belonged to a minority race/ethnicity, and 6% were international. 


The University of Oklahoma is committed to investing in the success of its faculty at all stages of their careers. The University offers unique and essential research and professional development resources characteristic of a flagship public research university. This position is located on OU’s Norman campus. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant community located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is cited often in “best places to live” rankings. Visit and and The greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area has a population of over 1.25 million residents and offers the culture, dining, entertainment, and amenities typical of a modern metropolis. 


The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person’s unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. This enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty, and staff and for the communities we engage. 


The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. As a community, we are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and exclusion. We strongly encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, those with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and all others who are committed to excellence, inclusion, and diversity. The University of Oklahoma is also sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples. To the extent that opportunities exist, our goal is to recruit the whole family, not just the candidate. 


Application Instructions: To apply, please submit the following materials:  

  • cover letter addressing qualifications, teaching experience, research trajectory, and position fit
  • curriculum vitae
  • three recommendation letters
  • a representative publication or writing sample

Consideration of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, submit application materials by February 20, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. All application materials must be submitted electronically using the OU Career website. See the "apply now" link at the bottom of the page.  

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out our help and support ( section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997- 8807. 

Please send inquiries, informal candidate nominations, and other suggestions or comments to the Department Chair, Dr. Loretta Bass (,) or the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Christopher Hill (  




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