Assistant Professor



Job description

Mississippi State, MS

The Department of Sociology and the African American Studies Program at Mississippi State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Sociology to begin August 16, 2020. This will be a joint hire in Sociology and African American Studies. Tenure will reside in the Department of Sociology but half of the teaching responsibilities will be in African American Studies (teaching Introduction to African American Studies). Completion of the Ph.D. in Sociology by time of hire is required. The position entails active participation in the teaching, research and service responsibilities of the department; teaching introductory, advanced undergraduate and graduate courses; and participation in departmental activities.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching focuses on race and ethnicity with particular emphasis on African Americans. Programs include BA, MS, and Ph.D. in Sociology and an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate in African American Studies. The department consists of 22 faculty (18 in Sociology, 4 in Social Work), approximately 450 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students. The African American Studies program is an interdisciplinary program with faculty working in the humanities and social sciences.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online at (PARF # 499336) and attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter (which should describe research and teaching interests and any supporting materials that demonstrate research, teaching and/or service achievements).

Materials can also be sent to: Mississippi State University, Department of Sociology, AAS-Sociology Position, P.O. Box C, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Chair of the Search Committee. Review of applications begins November 15, 2019, though applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

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