Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology Position, Appalachian State University

The Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University invites applications for on open-specialty tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2024. 

Successful candidates will have an active, well-defined, and theoretically-driven research agenda, as well as a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. 

Candidates should specify which of the sociology courses in our curriculum they are prepared to teach and how they can contribute to the department’s undergraduate concentrations: Criminology; Families and Intimate Relationships; Social Inequalities; Power and Social Change; Sociology of Health and Aging; and Applied Research Methods. 

Instructional duties typically include a 3:3 teaching load, student advising, curriculum development, honors thesis mentorship, and online instruction. Faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship and participate in service activities. Appalachian State University and the Department of Sociology are proud to offer multiple internal funding and professional development opportunities to support faculty as they grow their research programs.

The Department of Sociology is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty. We encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. 

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. Please note that the position is subject to available funding based on enrollment.

The Department of Sociology has 20 full-time faculty members. The department serves approximately 150 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

Please use the following link to apply for the position:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

1. A cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position(s);

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. Three professional reference letters.

Applications will be reviewed starting September 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

For questions or more information about the available tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University, please contact Dr. Pavel Osinsky, Search Committee Chair, by email at

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

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.

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.

Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Learn more at

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.