Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Position TitleAssistant Professor of Sociology
External Link to Posting
CollegeCollege of Arts and Sciences Admin – 32000 College
Dept/SchoolSociology & Criminology – 32450
Vacancy Number16F-505
Position Number6092
Location of WorkplaceMain UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this PositionThe Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington seeks to hire two broadly-trained sociologists to fill tenure-track appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2023.

Upon initial appointment, the successful candidates will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the program’s curriculum. These positions carry a teaching load of three courses per term while maintaining an active research agenda in their specialization area. The positions also include the opportunity for additional summer school teaching.

Selected candidates should have the potential for innovation and leadership in teaching, research and service. Further, the successful candidates will write grants, advise students, and provide community engagement and professional service. We are seeking to hire two sociologists who complement our existing strengths, specifically our department’s commitment to public and applied sociology, civic engagement and social justice.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is committed to increasing knowledge of human societies from a broad diversity of perspectives and experiences, and believe that our students, faculty, and curricula are essential elements of that vision. We are seeking colleagues who shares that commitment and are interested in being an integral part of the department. 

The successful candidates will join a department with strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts and engage in service to the department, college, and university. Our department actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment, and we encourage applicants whose research and or teaching prioritizes approaches that contribute to critical examinations of race, ethnicity, and/or gender.

To instantiate our values of Access, Equity, and Diversity, UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is embarking on our third year of a cohort hire initiative. This year, our focus is in the areas of Environmental and Social Justice, prioritizing analytics and approaches that center examinations of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, disability, democracy and citizenship, and Indigenous or otherwise decolonizing methodologies. We are actively building a network of researchers, scholars, and artists that will support the ongoing work in which we are engaged and to set a path forward as we grow these areas of critical study into regional and national strengths. This initiative is part of a larger set of coordinated diversity and inclusion initiatives within the UNCW Division of Academic Affairs. The position of Lecturer with the Department of Computer Science is part of this initiative.
Minimum Education and Experience RequirementsApplicants must hold a PhD in Sociology, on or before August 1, 2023.
Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & ExperiencePreference will be given to candidates with:Teaching and research specializations in one or more of the following areas: (1) environmental sociology, (2) social justice, (3) science, knowledge, and technology, (4) community and urban sociology, and/or (5) demography.Expertise and interest in teaching core courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including sociological theory, evaluation, stratification, and quantitative data analysis.
Required Certifications or LicensureNA
Primary Function of Organizational UnitThe Department of Sociology and Criminology ( at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has 26 full-time faculty members, over 350 undergraduate majors, and offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and criminology (general and public), including an online bachelor’s degree in criminology, and a Master of Arts in sociology and criminology.
College/School InformationThe College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.
Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.
Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.
University InformationThe University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A.program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.
EEO StatementAt the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
Eligibility for EmploymentFinal candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify.Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
Special Notes to ApplicantsPrior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on January 16, 2023, the posting closing date.
To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application that includes a 1-3 page statement describing research interests and teaching experience and interests addressed to Search Committee Chair.
Curriculum Vitae
Combined Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement reflecting upon ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through research, teaching, and or service (1-2 pages)
List of 3 Professional references, **if ABD one of the references must be Dissertation Chair.

If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.
Please note that a minimum of three references are required for all applications. **if ABD one reference must be Dissertation Chair. References will be requested during the screening process.

Letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

For questions about the position or online application process, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jennifer Vanderminden at
Position TypePermanent
Job Posting Date12/01/2022
Job Close Date01/16/2023

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Combined Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  4. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
  5. List of 3 Professional References