Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of environmental sociology, beginning August 1, 2024. The UTK Sociology Department helped to establish environmental sociology within the discipline and we are looking for a scholar who will add to our reputation as a leader in this field. We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the Department of Sociology’s strength in social justice ( and whose research resonates with our other departmental areas: criminology, political economy and globalization; and critical race and ethnic studies. Applicants must demonstrate promise of distinguished scholarship and excellent teaching and will be expected to seek external funding as a condition of tenure and promotion. A Ph.D. in Sociology or a related area is required at the time of appointment. 

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville has a strong international reputation for excellence. We offer a supportive and collegial atmosphere in which scholars make a variety of important contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement. The Department and the University seek candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Currently, the University has approximately 27,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The City of Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 907,000 and is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Review of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, research statement, and teaching statement to In addition, we request contact information for 3 people who have agreed to serve as references. We will contact references after an initial review of applicants. Direct all questions to Dr. Christina Ergas, Search Committee Chair, via e-mail ( More information on the Department of Sociology is at

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.