Job opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology, Bridgewater College

Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology – Tenure Track

The Department of Sociology at Bridgewater College seeks a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Sociology who will teach undergraduate sociology and social welfare courses.  Primary responsibilities will also include supervising undergraduate social work minor field placements and serving as the Field Director for a Master of Science in Psychology – Mental Health Professions (MSPsy) program. This is a full-time (10-month) position.  

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses and oversee field placements for a social work minor housed in the Department of Sociology, serve as the Field Director of practicums and internships in the Master of Science in Psychology – Mental Health Professions program, Expertise in social welfare, juvenile justice, gender and sexuality, poverty, children/youth studies, action-oriented research, quantitative methods, and/or social policy is desired. Scholarship that contributes to diverse communities is especially valued.  

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related interdisciplinary program.  Candidates who are ABD may be considered if their degree is expected to be conferred prior to August 1, 2022.  Commitment to teaching and mentoring graduate students and undergraduates in a liberal-arts context is essential.   Evidence of successful undergraduate teaching experience preferred, and the strongest candidates will also be able to draw upon experience working in fields of social and human services.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION:   The Department of Sociology is a growing and dynamic program with a major in sociology and minors in crime and justice and social work. Approximately twenty students graduate from the department annually and they pursue graduate school, careers in human services and other non-profit agencies, and law school. The department has three full-time faculty.  In addition to a rigorous generalist approach to the field of sociology, with a strong balance between theory and social praxis, the department supports undergraduate research.

MISSION: Bridgewater College is a residential liberal arts college of about 1600 students with a vibrant core curriculum and a growing focus on undergraduate research. The College emphasizes creativity and innovation in pedagogy and research. Successful faculty members are dedicated to advising and mentoring students, contributing to campus-wide faculty initiatives, and maintaining an active research agenda. Bridgewater seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our commitment to the breadth and depth of learning as well as diversity and inclusion. Therefore, application materials should address how you might contribute to the College’s liberal arts mission or ways that this mission informs your vocation as teacher and scholar.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor’s degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state’s lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.


APPLICATION:  Please complete the online application at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement addressing contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Please upload three letters of recommendations or forward letters to

DEADLINE: We will begin reviewing applications on January 3, 2021.  

Bridgewater College is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse faculty, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.  Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment.