Sociology, Full-Time Temporary, Distance Learning Faculty

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States

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Job description

Requisition Number: F325

Department: Sociology and Anthropology

College: Liberal Arts

University Expectations

MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to excellence and innovative teaching. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

Job Description

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology seeks applicants for a full-time, temporary distance learning faculty position (#129100) at the rank of Lecturer. Start date for the position is August 1, 2018. This is a one-year temporary position with possible annual renewal for up to three years total.

The position requires the online lecturer to regularly and predictably be available to online students both in class and office hours. The posted online office hours should be the same number of hours as required of FTTs teaching on-campus courses. The person hired for the position must be a resident of Tennessee by appointment date and will be required to meet occasionally with the chair of the department or MTSU administration as requested. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the faculty member. Prior to beginning the teaching of online courses, the faculty must receive the appropriate online training and/or certification to teach both MTSU and TN3Campus online classes.

The position requires knowledge and experience with online learning management systems, preferably D2L Brightspace. The person hired will be expected to regularly engage students via Brightspace, including email, online discussion forums, and chat; to promptly respond to student inquiries and questions; to grade assignments in a timely manner. While not required, the selected individual is encouraged to attend department meetings and functions.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach five online courses each semester, including some combination of Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, Gender and Society, Sociology of Family, Sociology of Work, Social Deviance, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Drugs and Society, and Sociology of Religion.

Required Education

Master’s degree in Sociology

Other Desirable

Applicants who possess prior online experience teaching sociology at the college level and those with experience in online course development will receive special consideration.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with education and experience. Additionally, MTSU provides its employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:

  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance as well as several other optional benefit plans
  • Retirement savings programs that include your choice of two plans as well as three deferred compensation savings plans
  • An Employee Assistance Program
  • Educational Assistance Programs
  • Sick leave

How to apply

In order to successfully apply, applicants are required to include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and a statement of Teaching Philosophy at the time of online application.

If you need assistance in applying, please contact Faculty Recruitment Specialist at 615-898-5128.

If you have position specific questions, please contact Karla Barnes at 615-898-5986.

Additional Information

If selected for an interview, applicants should then request official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees be sent directly to Ms. Karla Barnes in the College of Liberal Arts prior to the interview. In order to complete an employment agreement, official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be provided. If transcripts are from a non-U.S. institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts both translated into English and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

Likewise, you will be required to provide names and contact information for three recommenders (external to MTSU) during your application to the posting. If you are approved for the candidate pool, our online hiring system will automatically generate solicitation for these letters using contact information you provided. The letters should be returned via the unique link provided in the solicitation of the recommendation and must be current and specific to the job posting. Letters or recommendation may not be provided from a general dossier.

Applications received by posted Review Date will receive full consideration. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Employment Information

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Middle Tennessee State University, situated at the geographic center of the state in Murfreesboro, is the oldest and largest institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. With an enrollment of about 23,000 students, it is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy.