Sociology - Assistant Professor

Jun 20, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Sociology
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Vacancy # 13245

Sociology Assistant Professor
California State University, Fresno
College of Social Sciences

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit:
	• Available for Academic Year: 2017/2018.
	• Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
	• Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
	• Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
	• California State University, Fresno is a vibrant and growing campus. When necessary, the University may decide to make more than one faculty appointment from a single search.
The Department of Sociology in the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno is accepting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank with a Fall 2018 start date. We seek an individual who will: 1) excel in undergraduate teaching; 2) conduct scholarly and applied research; and 3) engage in service-related activities. Regular responsibilities involve undergraduate teaching (may include web-based instruction), research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising students and engaging in service at all levels of the university.

The Department of Sociology in the College of Social Sciences is among the most community-engaged departments at California State University, Fresno, and offers a baccalaureate of arts degree (B.A.) and minor degree in sociology, a minor degree in Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership and two certificates: 1) the Humanics Certificate in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations, and 2) a certificate in applied sociological research. All faculty are active in research, and students are encouraged to obtain research experience by working closely with faculty. The department also offers opportunities for outstanding students to gain hands-on research experience in applied community-based settings through its service-learning courses.

Required Education: An earned doctorate in Sociology or closely related field from an accredited institution is required. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, the doctorate must be completed by 08/1/2018.

Required Experience: 1) Evidence of success in scholarly research, teaching experience, and community engagement; and 2) ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Sociology. Expertise and demonstrated background in two of the ranked areas: 1) Sociological Theory (classical and/or contemporary); 2) Sociology of Education; 3) Urban Sociology; 4) Sociology of Food; and 5) Public Sociology and Applied, Community-based Research, including knowledge of nonprofit community benefit organizations.

Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, all materials should be received before September 30, 2017 when formal review by the search committee will begin. Position will remain open until filled. Complete an on-line application at and attach the following: 1) cover letter specifically addressing required education and experience and preferred qualifications; 2) 1-page statement of teaching philosophy; 3) 1-page statement of current research agenda; 4) curriculum vitae; 5) scholarly writing sample; 6) unofficial graduate transcripts; 7) sample syllabus; and 8) contact information for four professional references. Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current letters of recommendation (dated within the last 12 months) and 2) official graduate transcripts. A teaching demonstration and research presentation are required components of the on-campus interview process.

For inquiries, contact: Dr. Jennifer Randles, Search Committee Chair, California State University, Fresno; 5340 N. Campus Drive M/S SS97; Fresno, CA 93740-8019; 559-278-2234;

Other Requirements: In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees on-line at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.