Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of Vermont

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Position will be posted for a minimum of one week, after which it is subject to removal without notice.

Advertising Copy The University of Vermont’s Department of Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in Sociology with a specialization in sociology of law or criminal justice to join our nationally recognized and award-winning faculty. The position will start in fall 2024.
The most successful candidates will bring an active research agenda focused on how power and inequality shape definitions and institutions of law, legality, crime, and justice. Methodological approach, specific topic of research, and geographic area are open, although preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to one of the following interdisciplinary programs: Health and Society, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Global Studies, or Environmental Studies. Candidates will contribute undergraduate teaching in the Department of Sociology’s concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice and in the minor in Law and Society. There may be opportunities to teach in interdisciplinary graduate programs currently under development.
The successful candidate should:

  • Hold a Ph.D. degree in sociology by the time of the appointment;
  • Show promise toward developing a competitively funded research program;
  • Have the capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in an area of the candidate’s expertise;
  • Be able to successfully mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to professional contributions and service.

The successful candidate will assume a range of responsibilities that include:

  • Carrying out an active program of research that leads to publication in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets;·
  • Seeking extramural research funding; Teaching and advising in the department’s undergraduate program;
  • Collaborating with Department of Sociology faculty and staff in departmental governance, program development, scholarship, and service;
  • Engaging in service and outreach activities at the college, university, regional, state, national and international levels.

Application Process:
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
For more detailed information about us, visit our web pages at the Department of Sociology’s website, ; the College of Arts & Sciences’ website, ; and the University of Vermont’s website, .
Anticipated start date is fall 2024. Please apply online at . Applicants are asked to include:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • two representative publications
  • a statement of research focus
  • a teaching statement describing approach, philosophy and interests
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness: sample syllabi and/or teaching evaluations
  • The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. The College of Arts & Sciences has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence; more information can be found at Applicants must submit a separate statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence
  • contact information for three professional references.

The reference providers will be emailed information to upload their letters For more information about the position, please contact search committee chair Kathy Fox at [email protected].
The University
Established in 1791, the University of Vermont is considered a public-ivy and consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States. Our academic programs combine faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a land-grant research institution. UVM’s tradition of equity and social justice extends not only to faculty, staff, and students, but also is reflected in a commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable practices.
The College
In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), students experience the connectedness and accessibility of a small liberal arts college within a high caliber public research institution. Whether students are pursuing the Fine Arts, the Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics or Social Sciences, they have a place here, in the College of Arts and Sciences’ academic ecosystem.
The College of Arts and Sciences highly values the excellence that results when people from different backgrounds and perspectives work, interact, and learn together. In this way, commitment to diversity fosters our educational mission. For our students, it prepares them for life and work ahead: it recognizes that we are a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse nation, one that is also situated in an increasingly global environment. For our faculty, scholarship and research are increasingly cooperative activities-often crossing national borders-requiring the abilities and skills to work with others often from very different backgrounds. For both our students and faculty, diversity enhances our curriculum, enriches the classroom experience, and fosters the exchange of ideas. As our society, economy, politics, and global interactions become increasingly diverse, so too must our intellectual community of students, faculty, and staff.
The Department
UVM’s Department of Sociology is an undergraduate program consisting of ten faculty members whose research and teaching bring sociological perspectives to the analysis of current social issues. These include social inequality; criminal justice; gender and sexualities; race and ethnicity; health and society; environmental justice; and social responses to disaster. For more information about the department, see:
The Community
UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, which is rated as one of the best small cities in the country. The greater Burlington area has an increasingly diverse population of about 125,000 and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The surrounding area provides an environment rich in cultural, civic and recreational activities. Vermont has a deep history of social activism and political participation. It offers many opportunities for collaborative partnerships in community and state-wide human service and social change organizations in multiple fields of practice, including state agencies.
Establishing a diverse and inclusive culture is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Read UVM’s Why Diversity Statement and Our Common Ground values . The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.
UVM is especially interested in scholars who can contribute to the College of Arts and Sciences diversity plan, which was designed in part to ensure faculty, students, and staff members from underrepresented and marginalized populations are an integral part of the life and governance of the institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
Burlington, Vermont is located in the beautiful Lake Champlain region, surrounded by the Green and Adirondack Mountains. It is a great place for families, with excellent public schools and year-round recreational opportunities. It is home to the University of Vermont and three independent colleges that provide an academically stimulating and culturally rich environment. Montreal, Canada and Boston are within easy driving distances.

Job Open Date 09/06/2023
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Posting Number F2783PO
Department Sociology/52320
Advertising/Posting Title Assistant Professor of Sociology
FLSA Exempt
Position Number 005727
Employee FTE 1.0
Employee Term (months) 9

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