Instructor of Sociology Position, University of South Carolina Aiken

Instructor of Sociology – Criminology or Criminal Justice (Non tenure-track)

The University of South Carolina Aiken (UofSC Aiken) invites applications for an Instructor in Sociology with a focus in criminology or criminal justice. This full-time position is a nine-month, renewable appointment to begin August 16, 2021.  Responsibilities include teaching four courses (12 credit hours) per semester where candidates should be prepared to teach Introductory Sociology and courses in the Department of Sociology’s criminology and criminal justice concentration. Instructors are also expected to advise undergraduate students and perform service to the department and the university. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in Sociology with significant graduate coursework related to crime, deviance, and delinquency, or a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice or Criminology.


Preferred Requirements: PhD in Sociology, Criminal Justice, or Criminology. Candidates who are ABD will be strongly considered. Candidates who have previous experience teaching at the college level and who have an interest in teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, Police in Society, and other criminology/criminal justice related courses are encouraged to apply.


UofSC Aiken continues to diversify its faculty ranks to more closely resemble our student population, approximately 40% of whom are from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. UofSC Aiken is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, transgender status, genetics, protected veteran status, or pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.


To be considered for this position, applicants must complete the online application at and upload

a) cover letter,

b) current curriculum vita,

c) statement of teaching philosophy and teaching interests,

d) unofficial graduate transcripts, and

e) full contact information for at least three professional references. The references will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation through the online application portal.


Finalists will be required to submit official hard copy transcripts, documentation of effective college-level teaching (one or more of the following: syllabi, student evaluations, etc.), and a diversity statement. Questions may be directed to Dr. DeAnna Gore, Search Committee Chair at Review of applications will begin March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


The University of South Carolina Aiken, a public comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,900 students in 50 programs of study. UofSC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide “America’s Best Colleges.” The 2021 distinction marks UofSC Aiken’s 23rd consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 15th time in first place. Additionally, we were ranked third in Regional Colleges South for Best Colleges for Veterans. We boast students from 35 states and 32 countries. UofSC Aiken has ten NCAA Division II Athletic programs.


Situated on 450 acres, UofSC Aiken is located thirty minutes from Augusta, GA (home of the Masters Tournament and Fort Gordon, new home of US Army Cyber Command), one hour from Columbia, SC, and within three hours of Charleston, SC, coastal beaches, and the Appalachian Mountains. Aiken is noted for its famous thoroughbred horses, numerous parks and golf courses, wonderful weather, spacious avenues, and stately homes.