Assistant Professor in Sociology
Utah State University, Department of Sociology
United States

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position in Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a start date of August 2020. We seek candidates with strong teaching and research skills that complement our undergraduate curriculum and current faculty expertise. Successful candidates will contribute to our program through excellent undergraduate instruction and undergraduate and graduate student advising. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their teaching, mentoring and advising, will contribute to the diversity, inclusion and retention priorities of the department and university.




The position has a role assignment of 75% teaching and advising, 15% research and 10% service. Instruction is delivered by a variety of methods (e.g., face-to-face, interactive video broadcast and online) to students at the Logan campus, several regional campuses and online.



The successful candidate will be expected to:




(1) teach required undergraduate courses, including social theory


(2) teach courses in at least one of four areas of our undergraduate curriculum (Crime & Deviance, Social Inequality, People, Place & Change and/or Social Health & Well-Being)


(3) advise undergraduate and graduate students


(4) contribute to scholarship in teaching and/or one of three graduate specialty areas (Demography, Environmental & Community Sociology or Social Inequality)


(5) provide service to the department, university and profession



Required Minimum Qualifications: (1) A PhD in Sociology or closely related field; (2) demonstrated accomplishments in undergraduate teaching; (3) teaching experience in face-to-face and online formats; and (4) the ability to contribute to the diversity, inclusion and retention priorities of the department and university.




Preferred Qualifications: (1) A record of successful student advising and mentoring; (2) experience in undergraduate curriculum development; (3) experience in undergraduate program development; (4) experience with interactive video broadcast (IVC) and/or hybrid formats; and (5) demonstrated commitment to recruitment and retaining underrepresented students.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:




(1) a statement of interest that addresses the position criteria (Cover letter)


(2) a curriculum vitae to be uploaded in the candidate profile


(3) a teaching philosophy


(4) syllabi and course evaluations for three recent courses to be uploaded in the candidate profile


(5) names and contact information for three references to be provided in the candidate profile




Documents 1 and 3 should not be uploaded in the candidate profile.  You will be instructed to type or paste them during your application.




**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**


University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation.   As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at:




A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.




The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at:




USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement ( USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at:



Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. 


Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits

College/Department Highlights

The Sociology Program is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department serves approximately 150 undergraduate majors, supports both MS and PhD programs in Sociology, and provides face-to-face, online and broadcast instruction to students on the Logan campus as well as several statewide campuses. Please visit for more information.

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