Two Assistant Professor of Sociology Positions: Appalachian State University

The Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University invites applications for two tenure-track, nine-month faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2021. Both positions require a PhD in Sociology. Candidates who are ABD will be considered, however the positions require completion of all doctoral requirements in Sociology by the date of appointment. Please note that these positions are based on enrollment and subject to available funding. 


For the first position, we seek candidates with research and teaching interest in criminology, deviance, and law. For the second position, we seek candidates with research and teaching interest in one or more of the following areas: political sociology; economic inequality; sociology of religion; and/or environmental sociology. Candidates who qualify for both positions are welcome to apply separately for each.  


Instructional duties typically include a 3:3 teaching load, student advising, curriculum development, and may entail teaching core sociology courses as well as online instruction. Faculty members are expected to maintain an active program of scholarship as well as participate in service activities. Throughout their teaching, research, and service duties, the successful applicant should promote diversity and inclusion.


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 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. The Department of Sociology has 19 full-time faculty members. The department serves approximately 150 undergraduate majors and also offers minors in sociology and gerontology. 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 links to apply for the available tenure-track faculty positions in The Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University: 


Position 1: criminology, deviance, and law


Position 2: political sociology; economic inequality; sociology of religion; and/or environmental sociology


Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. A cover letter/letter of interest addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position with descriptions of teaching and research interests and experience in sociology;
  2. A curriculum vita;
  3. A sample of written or published work; 
  4. A teaching portfolio, including a teaching statement and sample syllabus; and 
  5. Three professional references with contact information.


Short-listed candidates will be asked to arrange for the three professional reference letters to be sent directly to c/o Dr. Ellen Lamont, Search Committee Chair.


Applicants will be reviewed starting November 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. 


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. We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. Inclusive Excellence is the intrinsic value that a diverse population adds to the learning, teaching, and decision-making processes of an institution.


We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all. We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.


For questions or more information about the available tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University, please contact Dr. Ellen Lamont, Search Committee Chair, by telephone at (828) 262-7658 or by email at