University of North Carolina Wilmington — Assistant Professor of Sociology

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Sociology and Criminology is seeking to hire a nine month, tenure-track sociologist starting August 2022. Upon initial appointment, the successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the program’s curriculum. Further, the successful candidate will write grants, advise students, and provide community engagement and professional service.

This position carries a teaching load of three courses per term while maintaining an active research agenda in their specialization area. The position also includes the opportunity for additional summer school teaching. The selected candidate should have the potential for innovation and leadership in teaching, research and service. We are seeking to hire a sociologist who complements our existing strengths, specifically our department’s commitment to public and applied sociology, civic engagement and social justice.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is committed to increasing knowledge of human societies from a broad diversity of perspectives and experiences, and believe that our students, our faculty, and our curricula are essential elements in that vision. We are seeking a colleague who shares that commitment and is interested in being an integral part of the department.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Ph.D. in sociology or a closely related field.
Applicants who are ABD for the terminal degree may be considered if the doctoral degree is expected by August 2022.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and research specializations in one or more of the following areas:  Environmental Sociology, Urban Sociology, Medical Sociology.

Preference will also be given to candidates with the ability and interest in teaching core courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in quantitative data analysis and/or program evaluation.

Candidates with experience in innovative methods, and in working with culturally diverse populations are encouraged to apply.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Sociology and Criminology (www.uncw.edu/soccrm) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has 26 full-time faculty members, over 350 undergraduate majors, and offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and criminology (general and public), including an online bachelor’s degree in criminology, and a Master of Arts in sociology and criminology.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/22117 

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on November 15, 2021, the position closing date.

To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/ and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover Letter,  addressed to Chair, Sociology Search Committee
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy – One- or two-page statement of teaching philosophy that addresses both past and potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in the areas of advising and teaching
  4. Research Summary – One- or two-page statement of research program

    If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.

Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.

Please direct questions concerning the search or regarding the online application process to soccrm@uncw.edu

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

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