Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology



Job description

Spokane, WA

The Sociology Department at Whitworth University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology with an emphasis on criminal justice.

Since 1890, Whitworth University, a private, residential, comprehensive, master’s-level, liberal-arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church, has held fast to its founding mission to provide its students an education of mind and heart characterized by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and the integration of Christian faith and learning. Anchored in the Reformed tradition and enriched throughout its history by strong evangelical and ecumenical currents, Whitworth’s mission is carried out by a diverse community of dedicated Christian scholars and staff members who are called to a variety of vocations to serve and support students. Whitworth believes the best learning occurs in the context of relationship – inside and outside of the classroom – where professors and staff members alike invest in the lives of students. Whitworth is committed to modeling the highest standards of integrity and fairness and being a trusted and valued member of the community.

The Whitworth Sociology Department’s mission is to prepare students with the skills to describe, explain, interpret, and make a difference in social life. The department equips students to promote well-being in the arenas of social life around them and encourages students to explore the relationships between sociology and faith. To these ends, students are expected to master the substantive content of sociology and its methods of research and data analysis, to develop an ideal vision of social life as informed by sociology and their deepest convictions, and to be prepared to advance that vision through a career and social engagement. The faculty is committed to providing excellence in teaching, scholarship and mentoring, and to modeling community engagement through research, writing, consultation, and service.


PRIMARY TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES: The anticipated full-time load will consist primarily of teaching undergraduate courses in the Criminal Justice major including course such as Deviance, Policing, Crime and the Media, Courts and Corrections, and Delinquency.

The Sociology department at Whitworth University values diversity of background and experience. We seek scholars who enjoy collaborating with undergraduate students on applied research projects and who seek the challenge of inspiring students to reach their full potential. We believe that teachers with diverse backgrounds and experiences make our program stronger and provide better outcomes for our students.


  • Evidence of promise in effectiveness at college-level teaching (demonstrated effectiveness preferred)
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning
  • Strong potential for an on-going stream of research in the candidate’s area of specialization
  • Ability to work effectively as a colleague with university administration, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives
  • Commitment to providing an equitable, just, and inclusive learning environment for all students
  • Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue to work legally for the proposed term of employment
  • A commitment to equal opportunity for all persons
  • A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or ABD in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Criminology or related field. SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

How to apply

Please submit to

  • a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position and interest in teaching at a christian liberal arts university with an increasingly diverse student body,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • your teaching philosophy,
  • short personal essay describing your personal Christian faith. This essay is intended to be a statement in your own words that will help the committee to understand your interest in joining Whitworth’s community of Christian scholars. (Click here for guidance on writing the faith essay),
  • three most recent student feedback surveys,
  • names, addresses, email address and phone numbers of at least three academic references (one or more additional non-academic references who are able to speak to your qualifications for the position may also be included).

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A background check, sexual misconduct check and confirmation of degrees will be required of the successful applicant, as well as official transcripts.

DEADLINE: Application Materials will be received until the position is filled. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately.