Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology – Public Health

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College of Arts and Sciences

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology – Public Health

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the interdisciplinary program in Public Health at Stetson University invite applications for a joint full-time, non-tenure track visiting assistant professor beginning August 2019. This is a one-year position with potential for renewal.  We seek candidates whose expertise lies at the intersection of social change and public health.


All applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Sociology and preferably, an M.P.H., or a demonstrated ability to teach courses in Public Health. The ideal candidate will possess a strong commitment to liberal learning at an undergraduate institution and will show evidence of teaching excellence using a variety of effective methodologies.  Applicants must also have experience teaching statistics; preference will be given to candidates with both quantitative and qualitative experience. We are especially interested in and encourage applications from candidates whose experience will enable them to serve as a role model and mentor for students from diverse backgrounds and to enhance opportunities for all students including those from under-represented groups.


The teaching load is four courses per semester. The teaching obligations will be fulfilled in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the program in Public Health. Over the academic year, courses will include a combination of the following: Tools for Quantitative Analysis, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Public Health, Global Health, and courses in the area of expertise, which should complement and diversify our current course offerings.

For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website:  

College of Arts and Sciences:

Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences ( is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts.  With nineteen academic departments and eight interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University.  A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars.  The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing.  Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, giving students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship.  Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility.  All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community.  The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.

The University: 

Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing.  Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

Salary:  Salary is competitive.

Starting Date:  August 12, 2019


For initial consideration, applicants must send the following materials: a cover letter, which summarizes interest in the position and addresses qualifications, a detailed curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student and/or peer evaluations), and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. In the cover letter, candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to Stetson Values, in particular to diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Preference will be given to applications received on or before February 1, 2019, but we will still continue to accept applications after this date. These materials should be submitted electronically to Camille Tessitore King, Ph.D. at [email protected].

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.




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Posted: 1/9/2019
Application Due: 3/10/2019
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Salary: salary is competitive