Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology



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FTE: 1.0

Reason for Recruitment

Posting Number: 20110188FAC

Job Description Summary

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Eastern Oregon University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology to contribute to a well-established undergraduate Sociology/Social Welfare program. This is a full-time, nine-month appointment for the 2023-2024 academic year at the assistant professor rank.

The ideal candidate will bring general expertise to teach a range of upper and lower level topics within the discipline including Social Problems, other required upper division course, and electives in their areas of specialization. Opportunity also exists to develop and teach courses within the candidate’s particular area of specialization.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated competency for teaching students on-campus and online, bringing a dynamic, student-centered pedagogy. Though outstanding teaching serves Eastern’s primary mission, the successful candidate will also be expected to continue their research agenda, optional opportunities to perform university service, and engage in community outreach.

The Anth/Soc program currently offers a baccalaureate major and minor, both online and on campus, which are very popular academic pathways for EOU students all across campus. The degree offers two concentrations: Anthropology and Sociology/Social Welfare. Sociology courses are an integral component of EOU’s general education curriculum, which support the University’s commitment to a liberal arts education.

This is an on-campus appointment on EOU’s main campus in La Grande, Oregon. La Grande is situated in the large and picturesque Grande Ronde Valley, ringed by mountains and forests, with year-round recreational opportunities of exceptional quality. Urban dwellers will be surprised by the ease of avoiding crowded trails and campsites.

The position would begin September 16, 2023.

Appointment is for one academic year, as a sabbatical replacement.


The successful candidate will teach Social Problems, other required upper division courses, and electives in their areas of specialization. The typical teaching load at EOU is 36 quarter credits per academic year (2-3 courses per quarter term).

The candidate must be committed to ensuring that every student, faculty and staff member is a full member of the EOU community and that all community members recognize, promote and take advantage of the educational and cultural value of diversity.

We seek collaborative, creative individuals with a demonstrated commitment to honoring diverse voices, making college success possible for at-risk students, and creating inclusive college cultures that represent the values and experiences of all students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D in Sociology from a regionally accredited institution is required by the start date (September 2023). ABD candidates will be considered, and finalists will be required to submit a letter from their dissertation advisor stating anticipated date of completion.
  • Strong commitment to access, equity, and diversity, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students such as first generation, adult and under-served college students.
  • Must satisfactorily complete EOU criminal and credential background check. Having a criminal history is not an automatic bar to employment.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Eastern Oregon University will not sponsor applicants for employment visas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of successful teaching experience on-campus and online is preferred.
  • Experience, training or certification in using an LMS (EOU uses Canvas) to deliver coursework and engage students meaningfully in their learning.

Eastern Oregon University – Oregon’s Rural University – is a respected public, higher education institution (category of Carnegie Masters). Outstanding faculty and staff thrive and together fulfill their career ambitions to serve students from all walks of life. EOU is a beautiful, campus nestled in a remarkably scenic, high elevation valley populated by wonderful, community-minded citizens that have balanced work-life flexibility.

EOU offers a very attractive package of state public employee benefits including:
* Paid holidays and paid sick time off
* Individual and Family Healthcare Insurance (95%+ employer-paid medical, dental, vision)
* Generous Oregon Public Employee Retirement System benefits
* Employer-paid life insurance
* Relocation assistance
* Discounted tuition benefits for employees and eligible dependents
* For more details, see Prospective Employees employees/.

Candidates are encouraged to review the values and principles of Eastern Oregon University

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Eastern Oregon University is an EEO Employer and welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, US Veterans, and persons with disabilities. EOU is committed to providing equal opportunity in its recruitment, admissions, educational programs, activities and employment without illegal discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any status as protected by state or federal law.

Salary: Assistant Professor: $55,942 – $70,329. Assistant Professor rank salary is determined by weighted years of service based upon the faculty union contract.

Open Until Filled: Yes

First Day of Application Review: 06/10/2023

How to apply

Review of applications will begin on June 10, 2023. Only complete files of qualified applicants will be reviewed. The position will remain open until filled. Applications received after this date may not be given full considerations.

Applicants should provide:
1) Letter of application that should include why this position is attractive to the applicant, and how it meets the applicant’s professional and pedagogical goals;
2) Curriculum vitae;
3) The names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references;
4) Transcripts (official required for finalists);
5) One-page statement of teaching philosophy;
6) Sample Syllabus (please use Portfolio document 1);
7) 3 letters of recommendation. (requests will be sent directly to references).

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EOU guides student inquiry through integrated, high-quality liberal arts and professional programs that lead to responsible and reflective action in a diverse and interconnected world. As an educational, cultural and scholarly center, EOU connects the rural regions of Oregon to a wider world. Our beautiful setting and small size enhance the personal attention our students receive, while partnerships with colleges, universities, agencies and communities add to the educational possibilities of our region and state.