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Job ID: 119085

Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Kansas

Date Posted Feb. 1, 2019
Title Visiting Assistant Professor
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Sociology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Visiting Prof/Prof of Practice
  • Sociology - General

Visiting Assistant Professor

Position Overview

The Visiting Assistant Professor is a non-tenure track appointment comprising teaching, research, and service responsibilities. This is a term appointment, and it is understood that University and Board of Regents regulations on advance notice of non-reappointment do not apply.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas invites applications for a two-year position, with the possibility of extending it to a third year, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position. Faculty responsibilities include teaching six undergraduate sociology courses per academic year (a 3-3 teaching obligation), advising students, conducting research, and providing service to the department. PhD is expected by the start date of appointment.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who are qualified to teach undergraduate sociology courses in research methods.
The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities. (60% teaching, 30% research, and 10% service.)

60% Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Teach three (3) courses per semester (6 per academic year) at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in Sociology and will include courses in research methods and other sociology courses as needed by the department. Courses may be cross-listed.
  • Expected to take teaching responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the VAP must arrange for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
  • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferable three different days. The VAP should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
  • Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.
  • Treat students with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom and those rights as outlined in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

30% Research Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a research program that is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career.
  • Visiting faculty members are expected and encouraged to remain current in the research and scholarly literature in their field. The Department of Sociology is committed to ensuring that visiting faculty have the opportunity to achieve this goal. Evidence of such currency is found in an active and productive research program, including scholarly publications and presentations at research conferences, and also in up-to-date course syllabi.

10% Service Responsibilities:

  • Participate in appropriate professional activities, such as serving on committees, panels, co-organizing workshops/conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals.
  • Visiting faculty members must share in the work of the department, which includes attending departmental meetings and participating in departmental committees.
  • Visiting faculty members must treat colleagues with courtesy and with respect for their rights, including, but not limited to, academic freedom.

All visiting faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application and (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV.
PhD in Sociology by the start date of the appointment.
Demonstrated experience in teaching sociology courses at the university level.
Demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate Sociology research methods.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Eric Hanley

Additional Candidate Instruction

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and information provided from professional references.

A complete online application includes the following materials:
Cover Letter
Teaching Statement
A Transcript Copy – if degree has been obtained in the last five (5) years
The names and contact information for three (3) references including email addresses.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019 and continues as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool. Apply online at:

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