Assistant Professor (Open-Rank) Tenure-Department of Arts & Science - Sociology

University of Louisville

United States

October 25, 2021


Type: Full-Time Posted: 10/06/2021

Job ID: 42150

Location: Sociology

Position Description

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville (U of L) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track or tenured position at either the Assistant or Associate level, to begin Fall 2022. The successful candidate will have a primary research and teaching focus in race/ethnicity. In addition, we are looking for a candidate who can support our department in sociology of education or health. Preference will be given to candidates who use an intersectional lens.

Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have earned a doctoral degree in Sociology by August 2022, must have demonstrated a strong potential for excellence and productivity in research commensurate with the expectations of an R1 university, and must have a commitment to high-quality teaching in a culturally diverse environment.

Applicants at the Associate Professor level must have earned a doctoral degree in Sociology, have received tenure at a current/previous appointment, demonstrated excellence and productivity in research commensurate with the expectations of an R1 university, and demonstrated high-quality teaching in a culturally diverse environment.

In addition to teaching courses in their areas of expertise, we prefer candidates who can teach undergraduate and graduate Social Theory courses. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and mentor in the MA and PhD programs; develop and sustain an independent research program; participate in the department's activities and mission; and serve the profession.

All application material should be collected into one document for upload to U of L. Include a) a letter outlining your experience and qualifications for the position along with your primary research interests, b) a current curriculum vitae, c) a statement of your teaching philosophy, d) a statement about your approach to creating an inclusive environment for students from different backgrounds, e) a writing sample (preferably of a peer-reviewed published manuscript), f) course syllabi of independently taught course(s) relevant to the position, and g) the names of at least three academic/professional references with full contact information. Candidates who are applying at the Assistant Professor level, please have your references send their letters to support your application to Dr. Jonetta Weber (, to be received no later than October 25, 2021.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 25, 2021. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Interviews are expected to begin Fall 2021.

Position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Department Information

The Sociology Department has been a degree granting department since 1971, expanding to offer both an MA in Sociology and a PhD in Applied Sociology. The Department's themes of diversity and inclusion are reflected in many faculty members' teaching and research interests, and the Department is committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty and curriculum. Additional information concerning the Department is available at https: // .

About the City and the University

Perhaps best known for the Kentucky Derby, Louisville also is a diverse and progressive community of over 750,000 people. Beginning in the spring of 2020, Louisville has been a focal point for grassroots efforts for racial and social justice, led by politically and socially diverse community groups addressing systemic racism in law enforcement and elsewhere. And, for the 6th year in a row, in 2020, Louisville received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (measuring support of the LGBTQ community.)

Louisville also offers a vibrant arts scene, nationally acclaimed parks, and a rich history infused with southern hospitality and community-based service and philanthropy. TripAdvisor named Louisville one of "7 Rising U.S. Cities That Should Be On Your 2019 Travel Bucket List." Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, the largest city of Kentucky boasts a cost of living that is substantially lower than the national average. A city of culturally, historically, and architecturally eclectic neighborhoods, Louisville contains a broad range of housing options from high-rise apartments and historic Victorian homes to suburban communities and rural farms. Southern Living has proclaimed Louisville to be "One of the top 10 tastiest towns" and Zagat concurred in its ranking of our city as "... one of the 7 up and coming foodie towns in America." The city has a network of farmers' markets, as well as farm-to-table and food justice organizations that engage both community and university activists.

The University of Louisville (U of L) is a state-supported metropolitan research university, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Located in Kentucky's largest urban area, the University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus that houses the College of Arts and Sciences is three miles from downtown. U of L has publicly committed itself to an anti-racist agenda that stands against systemic racism. The University strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias. A founding member of a public- private partnership entitled 55,000 Degrees , the University has committed to preparing and enrolling local high school students to be successful in post-secondary education. The University offers a range of resources such as a Cultural Center with retention programs for students (e.g. the Black Male Initiative; the Hispanic/Latin@ Initiative) and Inclusive Teaching Circles and Inclusive Campus Environment Discussion Groups for faculty. For several years, U of L has been recognized as the Best College for LGBTQ students in Kentucky by Best Colleges and Campus Pride. To find out more see: https: // racism-agenda and https://

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at or 502.852.6258.


To apply for this position, follow the "Online App. Form" link below and then click on the "Apply Now". You must answer all required fields and submit your application by clicking the "Submit" button. Detailed instructions are available at in the "My Career Tools" section. Vacancies are routinely removed from the jobs portal around 7:00PM on the deadline date. If the posting description requested that you follow up and mail or email other documents, your application will not be considered complete until those have been received by the department.


Only ONE attachment can be uploaded per application. If you wish to include a cover letter or other documents, please combine them as one document with your resume/cv, save the document with a simple short title that contains only letters, spaces, or numbers, and then upload.

Computers are available for application submission at the Human Resources Department located at 1980 Arthur Street - Louisville, Kentucky 40208.

If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, you may schedule an appointment at (502) 852-6258 with Employment Services at the Human Resources office located at 1980 Arthur Street, Louisville, KY 40208.

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