Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Winthrop University

Winthrop University

College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology

Location: Rock Hill, SC
Open Date: November 11, 2022

The Winthrop University Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position beginning August 15th, 2023. The successful candidate will have an active research agenda and be able to teach a variety of courses in a combined sociology program, particularly courses within the criminology concentration and research methods sequences.

The preferred candidate will demonstrate potential for teaching and research involving students from diverse ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds. Preferred candidates will also display a research agenda that explores the intersection of criminal justice and social inequalities. Research agendas employing quantitative methods and large data sets are valued.  Requirements for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor include a Ph.D. in sociology or related field (ABD will be considered), evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning, and evidence of an ongoing program of research and publication. We seek a broadly trained teacher-scholar-mentor interested in involving undergraduate students in various forms of experiential learning including research, internships, and community engagement. The candidate should also expect to advise undergraduate majors and to participate in other service to the university. The university is actively encouraging applications from candidates in groups that have not historically been well represented in higher education.

The department supports a thriving B.A. program in sociology with concentrations in criminology, social inequalities, and anthropology. Winthrop, a small public comprehensive university boasts a highly diverse student body of approximately 5,000 students and has been a top ranked regional university for more than 20 consecutive years. Nearly half of Winthrop’s undergraduates identify as a category other than white with 37% identifying as either black or multiracial making Winthrop the most diverse public institution in the state. Winthrop’s beautiful campus is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, an area with abundant recreational opportunities including kayaking, biking clubs and facilities, a tennis center, golf courses, and many parks. Rock Hill offers bustling small town advantages, while nearby metropolitan Charlotte, NC, offers diverse cultural and professional opportunities.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Sociology or related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor (ABD will be considered)
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to student learning
  • Evidence of ongoing program of research and publication

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology and Inequalities (Such as Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Socioeconomic Status)
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate research including, but not limited to, research lab supervision, coauthoring with students, and bringing students to conferences
  • Interest in contributing to the major by offering a wide variety of courses including introductory courses, courses in the research methods sequence and in the criminology concentration

Application Instructions

First consideration will be given to applications received on or before December 14, 2022. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if a suitable candidate has not been found.

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio: (1) a cover letter that includes ways the candidate can contribute to Winthrop’s curriculum, a diversity, equity and inclusion statement, and a planned research trajectory; (2) a curriculum vitae that includes contact information for three professional references; (3) a teaching statement with the option to include up to two course evaluations; and (4) unofficial graduate transcripts of coursework.

Please address questions to Dr. Brad Tripp, Interim Department Chair and Search Committee Chair:

Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.