Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology has two available 9-month Instructor positions for Academic Year 2017/18, beginning August 16, 2017.  Successful candidates will teach undergraduate courses in Social Psychology, Gender, Family, Race/Ethnicity, Political Sociology and Science/Technology.


Position # 1. Fall 2017: Social Psychology; Society & the Individual.  Spring 2018: Social Psychology; Sex & Gender; Family & Society.

Position # 2.  Fall 2017: Political Sociology; Science, Technology, & Society.  Spring 2018: Sex & Gender; US National Diversity & Change

Please indicate which position you are interested in the cover letter.


Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Sociology and demonstrate commitment to high-quality undergraduate education via scholarly teaching.


Desired Qualifications

Experience in teaching writing-intensive, discussion-based courses using innovative, experimental teaching techniques is encouraged.


Required Application Materials

These positions are listed on the MSU Applicant Page(  Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page and should include a cover letter specifying which position for which you are applying, a CV, and a teaching portfolio.  Letters of recommendation are not required with the initial application, but applicants may be asked to provide up to three letters of recommendation after initial screening.

The teaching portfolio will document the candidate’s interest, creativity, and proficiency in pedagogy.  Candidates must include a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, explaining how you put your philosophy into practice (preferably using examples in courses you have taught), and how you plan to implement, improve, and expand on your ideas and techniques.  The teaching portfolio also must include each of the following materials from the last 1-2 courses taught:


  • course syllabus;

  • selected course exercises to promote student learning;

  • writing assignments or exams used to assess student learning; and

  • results of formal course/teaching evaluations.


Special Instructions

Review of application materials will begin on June 28, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Aaron M. McCright (Associate Chair) at  



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