Instructor in the Department of Sociology
University of Calgary, Department of Sociology

Position Description

The Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology invites applications for an Instructor (three-year, limited term) in the areas of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. The anticipated start date is August 15, 2019. 

The successful applicant will be expected to teach in both the Sociology and the Law and Society programs. The teaching duties are seven undergraduate courses per year. The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate and maintain expertise in their field of specialization and pedagogical practice. Further to this, mentoring students, commitment to departmental and university service, and engagement with the community will be expected. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of teaching effectiveness and engagement with students.

The position requires a PhD in Sociology or in a related field. All but dissertation (ABD) will be considered if close to completion. Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in teaching undergraduate courses, such as criminology, the sociology of law, sociolegal systems, sociolegal policy, and the administration of law and jurisprudence. The candidate should have experience successfully managing large sections of introductory courses and should be prepared to teach at least one of the department’s required courses in research methods, statistics or social theory. The ability to teach one or more courses with substantial Indigenous content would be preferred.  

The Law and Society program is housed in the Department of Sociology. They are research-intensive programs with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and teaching, and strongly encourage collaboration both within the academy and with community partners. For more information about the Department of Sociology, and the Law and Society program, please visit

All applications must be received by June 27, 2019. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • Letter of interest and curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and a teaching dossier (including two sample syllabi and two sets of course evaluations)
  • Names and contact information for three referees, along with the written permission of the applicant for the Chair of the Selection Committee to contact the referees for letters of references which will be shared with the members of the hiring committee

These materials should be addressed to:

Dr. Fiona Nelson, Department Head
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Anisha Karia-Venugopal by email (

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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