The Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology in the area of Race and Ethnicity with a primary focus on the African-American experience. This appointment will begin in the fall semester of 2020 and will build on the University’s long-standing commitment to critical inquiry into racial, ethnic and gender diversity and disparity, globally as well as domestically.
This search is open in terms of research emphasis, but we seek a scholar with teaching strengths in core areas of the African American experience. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically under-represented minorities.
The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization by time of appointment.
40% Research: We expect our new colleague to publish in major sociological outlets; enhance our international and national research profile by means of activities including presentations at professional conferences; actively pursue fellowships and research grants; and contribute to our ongoing effort to build cross-disciplinary connections with units across the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and elsewhere in the University.
40% Teaching: We expect our new colleague to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Race & Ethnicity and in other substantive and methodological areas within sociology; participate in regular academic advising; and hold regular office hours for students and advisees.
20% Service: We expect our new colleague to participate in the full spectrum of collegial and professional activities, including department activities and committees; service to the College and University, as appropriate, and serving the profession as a reviewer for grant proposals and manuscripts, or as an officer of a professional society.
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
A Ph.D. in Sociology, or a credible claim that a Ph.D. is forthcoming imminently, from an accredited school.
Demonstrated ability to work in collegial and collaborative environments.
A proven record or demonstration for high potential in research and publications.
Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Contact Information to Applicants
David N. Smith
Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application will include the following materials:
1) A cover letter;
2) Curriculum Vitae;
3) Research and Teaching Statements;
4) Documentation of teaching experience (i.e. student course evaluations)
5) Names, emails and contact information for three (3) references.
Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. As part of the materials above, applicants should inform us of their contribution and engagement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Application review will begin October 21, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.