CSU Chico: Assistant Professor of Sociology (social psychology, medical sociology, and applied sociology)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position

California State University, Chico
Behavioral and Social Sciences College
Department of Sociology

Position Starts:

Fall 2023


Anticipated Hiring Range for Assistant: $75,000-$80,000. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Initial Review Date:

January 9, 2023; complete applications received after that date may be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a Ph.D. degree in sociology or closely related area such as social psychology. Candidates nearing completion of the degree may be considered; however, all requirements for conferral of the Ph.D. must be met no later than the start date of the position. Expertise in social psychology, medical sociology, and applied sociology. Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and an active program of research in fields relevant to teaching duties that will lead to scholarly publication. Demonstrated teaching experience, with flexibility for both in-person and online modalities.


This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of undergraduate teaching, scholarship, and service. Teaching assignments are based upon qualifications of the individual and the needs of the department.

How to Apply:

Applicants must provide a current cover letter (including how you have addressed, or plan to address teaching to diverse student groups), a CV, and contact information of three professional references. Additional information may be requested at a later time. All applicants must apply online; applications submitted via email or in-person to the department will not be considered.


The Department:

The Sociology Department delivers a high-quality undergraduate program. The department operates two programs, a traditional on-campus program and a fully online distance education program. Consequently, course delivery involves traditional on-campus classrooms as well as hybrid, synchronous, and asynchronous online courses, which can include web-streaming of on-campus classes. Sequenced courses in sociological methods and social theory are at the heart of the major. Rooted in the teacher-scholar tradition, we foster the development of critical thinking skills, and the application of sociological theories, concepts, and research to everyday life. We stress both practical and scholarly applications, which translate into job and life skills. The Sociology Department consists of eight tenured and tenure-track faculty and additional part-time faculty with a strong commitment to high-quality undergraduate education for a diverse student body. Faculty have active programs in research, writing, and grant administration. Sociology is one of eleven departments and programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (https://www.csuchico.edu/bss/). California State University Chico, is a mid-size state university which draws students from both the immediate service area in the northern part of California, and from across the state (https://www.csuchico.edu/soci/). The Sociology Department attracts diverse student majors, over half of whom are Latinx or other students of color.

Job-related questions should be directed to:

Dana Williams, Search Committee Chair
400 West First Street
CSU Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0445

Mandatory Vaccinations:

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully immunized against COVID-19 or have received a medical or religious exemption (please see policy link below for the definition of fully vaccinated). Selected candidates should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/. Questions can be sent to humanresources@csuchico.edu (staff and management positions) or academicpersonnel@csuchico.edu (faculty positions).

Benefits Information:

This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible). California State University, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). For more information, please visit https://www.csuchico.edu/hr/benefits/index.shtml.

Additional Information:

All work must be performed within the State of California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

For disability-related accommodations, please call the ADA Coordinator at (530) 898-5959.

All positions are contingent on funding.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 13,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with bilingual and/or diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial have sustained the Mechoopda people and continue to do so today.

Chico State is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status and only employ individuals authorized to work in the U.S.