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Assistant Professor/Sociologist, Digital Sociology

Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU
Virginia, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 26, 2018

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Assistant Professor

The Department of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor position to begin August 2019. We are seeking a sociologist specializing in Digital Sociology, particularly as it relates to technology and inequality. Secondary area of specialization is open. We are interested in digital cultural production, digital labor and/or organizations, digital health and/or digital social movements. Those with methodological skills particular to digital data such as social network analysis, digital ethnographies, digital data collection and/or data visualization are preferred. This new hire will work alongside other faculty within the department and across the university to strengthen VCU's growing interdisciplinary scholarship and course offerings related to the study of the digital world broadly defined.

The successful candidate will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. Teaching responsibilities will include courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in their area of research specialization, along with providing support to the program's online Master's program focused on Digital Sociology. Required qualifications include a PhD in Sociology in hand by August 1, 2019 and a record of or demonstrable potential for excellence in scholarship. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.

Virginia Commonwealth University is a large urban university located in the center of Richmond, Virginia. The Department of Sociology at VCU offers both a Bachelors and Masters program. Currently, we have 300+ undergraduate majors and 30+ graduate students. The M.S. program has two options-thesis and applied. The thesis option is taught on campus; the applied option includes both on-campus and online modes. Existing faculty areas of research include gender, sexuality, race, health, labor, digital sociology, and environmental sociology with expertise in multiple research methodologies including social network analysis, quantitative and qualitative methods. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs are grounded in a strong theoretical foundation in the structural bases and processes of social inequality around social class, race, and gender. For more information, visit

Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Please apply online at

Submit a letter of application, CV, and a writing sample in PDF format as well as any teaching documentation with your online application (please submit these documents under the website's category for “Other Document”).
Three letters of reference are required.
Reference providers will be notified by email that they have been asked to provide a reference, with instructions how to do so.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2018.
Start date will be August 16, 2019.

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Tressie M. Cottom, chair of the search committee, at

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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