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  • Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Health & Medicine
    University of Kansas

    Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Health & Medicine

    Position Overview
    The Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas (KU) is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Health and Medicine with a start date of August 18, 2022.

    This search is open in terms of research emphasis in health and medicine. We would expect our new colleague to publish in major outlets, seek external funding, enhance our national and international research profile, and contribute to our ongoing effort to build cross-disciplinary connections with units across the University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center. The regular tenure-track teaching load is two courses per semester (four per year). Candidates should be capable of teaching effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both in-person and online formats.

    The Department of Sociology is home to 115 undergraduate majors, 175 undergraduate minors, and 40 PhD students. As the state’s flagship university, KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor for more than 28,000 students and 2,800 faculty. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

    The KU main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, a vibrant university community of 96,000 that is 30 minutes from Kansas City. Lawrence has a rich history with a beloved downtown, distinctive neighborhoods, outstanding public schools, several nearby universities, an abundance of cultural, sports, entertainment and recreational opportunities, and a variety of local and custom cuisines.

    The Department of Sociology seeks candidates who share our department’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must have appropriate work authorization by the time of appointment.

    Job Description
    40% Teaching:
    Teach 4 courses per academic year; including required or elective courses at the undergraduate and graduate level as needed.
    Teach in online, in-person, or hybrid modalities as needed.
    Hold regular office hours.
    Contribute to degree-level and general education assessment related to courses taught.
    Participate in the academic advising and research mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

    40% Research:
    Maintain an active research program with a research emphasis in health and medicine.
    Present papers at professional conferences.
    Publish research findings in appropriate scholarly outlets.
    Seek external funding.

    20% Service:
    Actively contribute to the department and university community by serving on departmental, College, and/or University committees.
    Participate in professional service.

    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.

    Required Qualifications
    A PhD in Sociology by the start date of the appointment.
    Expertise in the sociology of health and medicine.
    A proven record or demonstration for high potential in research and publications as evidenced by application materials and/or research statement
    Evidence of ability or potential to teach courses online and in-person at the undergraduate and graduate level.

    Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in research and teaching as evidenced by application materials, interview process and reference statements.
    Demonstrated ability to work in collegial and collaborative environments.

    Additional Candidate Instructions
    For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research statement; (4) teaching statement and documentation of teaching experience and effectiveness (such as sample syllabi and student course evaluations); (5) a statement of experience with, or commitment to, principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion; (6) a writing sample; and (7) the names and full contact information for three (3) references whom we may contact.

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
    Describe your experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    Review of applications will begin November 5, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applications is obtained. Only complete applications will be considered.

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