Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Southern Illinois University

Title: Assistant Professor (Sociology)


Deadline to Apply: 10/15/22 


Application Deadline: Or until filled


Job Category: Faculty


Department: School of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology 


College: College of Liberal Arts-SIUC


Months of Appointment: 9


Position Summary:

The School of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the assistant professor rank to begin August 2023. We seek a broadly trained sociologist with expertise in Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health and Illness. Secondary areas of focus might include race and ethnicity, immigrant studies, gender or sexuality, social inequalities, work/organizations, or social policy. This position is a continuing, tenure track, 9-month appointment to start August 16, 2023. Tenure will be housed in the School of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses; maintain a record of scholarly productivity by conducting research leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals or books; seek external funding in area of specialty where applicable; encourage and support student research; supervise students writing MA papers and dissertations; advise and mentor students; participate in program assessment activities, provide School/College/University service appropriate to academic rank.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree in sociology or a related discipline. ABD applicants will be considered if all requirements for the PhD will be completed by August 15, 2023. If all degree requirements are not completed by August 15, 2023, a term, non-tenure track appointment may be offered in accordance with University policy  ( -faps/conting.php).

Specialization will be in Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health and Illness. Broadly defined, medical sociology includes sociological scholarship on the phenomena of health and illness, the social organization of health care delivery, and differential access to medical resources. Other areas of focus might include one or more of the following: Race and Ethnicity, Immigrant Studies, Gender and/or Sexuality, Inequalities, Work/Organizations, and Social Policy.

In addition to the degree requirement and areas of specialization, applicants must demonstrate in their cover letter, curriculum vita, or other application materials the following: 

  1. a potential to develop a strong program of individual scholarship
  2. evidence of an active research agenda
  3. teaching excellence in Sociology (e.g., evidence of teaching excellence must include a teaching statement and one or more of the following: summary of quantitative student evaluations, sample qualitative student evaluations, sample syllabi, evaluations of teaching, or similar materials)
  4. commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds such as racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify as LGBT+, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first-generation or otherwise underserved college students.


To apply: Submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Transcripts, Contact Information for 3 references, , Teaching Statement, Research Statement, and Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (i.e., a statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at SIU (for additional information go to All applications must be received through Teaching statement, Research statement, and DEI statement should all be uploaded as document type “other”. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who teach and research topics in Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health and Illness with a focus on race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, disabilities, or age; and candidates who have secondary specializations in Race and Ethnicity, Gender and/or Sexuality, or Work/Organizations; and candidates who can teach a graduate level course in qualitative methods.

Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas in their cover letter or statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

General Information:

Tucked into the beautiful scenery of the Shawnee National Forest region and surrounded by outstanding recreational lakes and wonderful state parks, SIU Carbondale is a haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in the entire country.

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Other, Transcripts



Rachel Whaley


Contact Email:


Contact Phone #:

618-453-7631 or 618-453–2494


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SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of 
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed 
and encouraged and will receive consideration.