Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University

Position Title Assistant Professor of Sociology
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Provide Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 029291
Department Sociology – 250850
Minimum Qualifications

The Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2022. We seek candidates who are teacher-scholars with research and teaching interests spanning at least two of our following four undergraduate concentrations: CriminologyFamilies and Intimate RelationshipsSocial Inequalities; and Power and Social Change.

The position requires a Ph.D. in Sociology.
Candidates who are ABD will be considered; however, the position requires completion of all doctoral requirements in Sociology by the date of appointment.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

Successful candidates will have a well-articulated research agenda that includes a record of, or demonstrated potential for, scholarly productivity, and a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

The Department of Sociology is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty. We seek candidates who will strengthen this commitment.

License/Certification Required
Description of the Department or Unit
The Department of Sociology has 20 full-time faculty members. The department serves approximately 170 undergraduate majors and offers minors in sociology and health and aging. Along with its undergraduate offerings, the department is the academic home of two online graduate certificates in sociology and aging, health, and society. Additional information about the Department of Sociology is located at
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Instructional duties typically include a 3:3 teaching load, student advising, curriculum development, thesis mentorship, and online instruction. Faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship and participate in service activities.
Type of Position Full Time Position
Appointment Type 1.0
Number Of Months Per Year 9
Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of a professional position at the university.
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Posting Date 12/21/2021
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Evaluation of Applications Begins 01/21/2022
Proposed Date of Hire 08/15/2022
Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should indicate in their materials which of the sociology courses in our curriculum they are prepared to teach, including 1) core sociology courses (which include The Sociological Perspective, Research Methods, Social Statistics and Data Analysis, Classical Sociological Theory, Contemporary Sociological Theory, Applied Sociology, and Senior Capstone); 2) courses in their areas of expertise already available at Appalachian; and 3) any potential elective courses they’d like to develop. We will give preference to applicants with a desire and ability to teach our required Applied Sociology course.

All candidates are encouraged to address within their application materials how their professional and/or lived experience, teaching, service, and mentorship will strengthen diversity and inclusion efforts.

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University’s Job Board:

1. A cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position with descriptions of research and teaching interests and experience in sociology;
2. A curriculum vita;
3. A sample of written or published scholarship;
4. A teaching portfolio, including a teaching statement and sample syllabus; and
5. a list of three references with contact information.

Short-listed candidates will be asked to arrange for three professional reference letters to be submitted to the search committee.

For questions or more information about the available tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University, please contact Dr. Ellen Lamont, Search Committee Chair, by telephone at (828) 262-7658 or by email at

This position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

Disability Accommodation Information
Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or
AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.
Eligibility for Employment
Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.
Search Chair Name Ellen Lamont
Search Chair Email
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Samples
  4. Teaching Portfolio
  5. List of References with Contact Information