Assistant Professor of Sociology

Rank: Assistant Professor Department: Sociology Starting Date: Fall 2024

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Research and/or teaching expertise on social welfare and inequality.
  • Demonstrate innovative pedagogical strategies and commitment to mentoring.
  • Experience as an instructor or teaching assistant at the college level.
  • Actively engaged in a promising research program.
  • Actively engaged in meaningful scholarly activities with and/or about diverse populations.
  • Ph.D. (or ABD with doctorate awarded by August 2024) in sociology or a related interdisciplinary field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specialization in critical approaches to understanding intersections of social welfare systems/policies/practices and systemic inequalities.
  • Expertise studying social welfare and inequality in diverse contexts (e.g., familial relationships and/or other networks of emotional/material social support, communities of color, criminalization, foster care, housing and/or food insecurity, poverty, transnational migration).
  • Research, creative, and/or service activities related to social justice or public sociology.
  • Interest and ability to teach courses and develop classes on diverse families in relation to systemic inequalities and social welfare, supporting our undergraduate concentrations (e.g., Children, Youth, and Families; Health, Education, and Welfare) and/or our graduate program in Sociological Practice (e.g., Social Theory and Public Policy seminar).
  • Additional teaching interests should align with core courses and electives in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Demonstrates culturally responsive approaches in teaching, research, and/or service.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $6,919 – $7,333 per month CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,405 – $11,994 per month Application Materials:

  • Cover letter (2 pages) that addresses (a) commitment to diversity, (b) reason for applying to CSUSM (California State University San Marcos), and, if relevant, (c) activities related to social justice or public sociology
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Diversity Statement.
  • Statement of research interests (2 pages)
  • Teaching portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus, and evidence of effective teaching
  • Sample of written work (20-page limit, excerpts acceptable)
  • Three professional references

Review of applications will begin September 06, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Please visit our CSUSM Recruitment web page to apply.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

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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 December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

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