Job opportunity: Department Head, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia

Department Head, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia

The Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia invites applications for Department Head to begin in August 2023. This appointment carries the rank of Associate or Full Professor.  A Ph.D. in sociology or a related discipline is required. The successful candidate will show evidence of sociological framing of research, a record of distinguished scholarship and teaching close to or commensurate with the rank of full professor, an established track record of administrative and leadership skills, a history of collaboration between academic units, and expertise with the tenure and promotion process.  Candidates at the associate level rank should address their progress towards promotion to full in their application materials. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated ability to foster collaboration among a diverse group of scholars, as well as a strong record of external funding and academic recognition.


The Department Head is chief administrative officer of the department with responsibility for instructional efforts and for operational management including administrative, budgetary, promotion and recruitment programs. The ideal head will work effectively with other units within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research, and the Office of Instruction to enhance the mission of the Department, the College, and the University. The Head will also teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise students and provide service to the university.  The successful candidate will be expected to promote research excellence, support efforts to obtain external research funding, and continue the department’s tradition of transparency, collaboration, shared faculty governance, and strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. 


Requirements for each rank are outlined in the University’s Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines and the Department of Sociology’s Promotion and Tenure Guidelines. To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as a Full Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.


The Department of Sociology on the main Athens campus is a broad-spectrum department supporting methodologically diverse research specialties, including race/ethnicity, criminology, gender, social psychology, health/medical sociology, and Latin American studies. Departmental faculty participate in a number of university centers and institutes such as the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, the Criminal Justice Studies Program, the Institute for African American Studies, the Center for Family Research, the Institute for Women’s Studies, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute. The Department has approximately 20 full-time faculty, including one on the Griffin campus. The operations of the department are supported by four administrative staff and additional staff in the Franklin College. The department maintains a PhD program with approximately 40 graduate students and an undergraduate program with approximately 400 majors and minors.


To apply, visit Applicants whose files are complete by November 1, 2022 will be assured full consideration. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s credentials and experience meet the needs, responsibilities, and qualifications stated above; a current CV; and contact information for three references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant).

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and to creating a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, people from historically excluded groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (