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Faculty - Sociology - La Plata Campus

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata, MD

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Social Sciences, Sociology
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Position Summary Located 45 minutes from the Nation’s Capital, nestled in a history rich community of southern Maryland, The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a two times Aspen Award winning institution (top 15% of Community Colleges) with academic programs in over 100 degree programs. CSM offers excellent health insurance benefits (90% paid by the college); State Retirement Pension plan; wellness programs; Code Green Fridays; early closure Fridays in the summer; college closure for spring break and several major holidays. We are an innovative institution committed to student success and well known for our flexibility to meet student and community needs.

We have highly skilled and creative faculty who incorporate the latest teaching approaches and technology into their instructional delivery, and support the College and our students as teachers, researchers, and mentors. Our faculty work closely with students inside and outside of the classroom to help them maximize their success, serving as formal and informal advisors. Sociology faculty are involved professional development activities, regularly attending and presenting at national and regional conferences and workshops.

Our faculty teach a range of face-to-face, online, hybrid and/or blended and hy-flex classes using a variety of materials, including Open Educational Resources (OERs). Using both synchronous and asynchronous modes of instructional delivery, our faculty focus on student engagement and success through critical thinking, employing analytical and hands-on approaches. CSM faculty are expected to be knowledgeable about learning management systems in addition to face-to-face and innovative technology-based instructional delivery approaches. As such, we are seeking an innovative educator to join our sociology faculty. Sociology faculty teach a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, as well as Race and Ethnicity and Sex and Gender, and the successful candidate will have a strong background in a range of courses. CSM is especially interested in candidates able to serve as the primary instructor for Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The College of Southern Maryland is an ardent supporter of professional development and offers a healthy professional development program for and investment in its faculty.

Specific Duties and ResponsibilitiesSociology faculty teach a wide range of freshman- and sophomore-level undergraduate classes. The successful faculty member will teach 15 credit hours per semester and 30 credit hours per academic year of day, evening, or weekend classes. Flexibility is required to work in this position as teaching assignments may vary from semester to semester. There may also be opportunities to teach classes in the summer. The faculty member hired in this position is responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities to promote student-centered learning and success. At a minimum, the related activities include instruction, holding office hours, serving on various committees, and demonstrating a commitment to professional development through participating in local, state, regional, and national professional activities and organizations.


Teach 30 credits of courses per contract year in the sociology disciplineTeach a range of courses that may include morning, day, evening, weekend or online, in an accelerated format. Opportunities may exist to teach in summerDesign assignments that incorporate students’ program of study and connect to the sociology discipline Engage students in their learning through active and collaborative learning approachesMeet with students outside of class to assist them with being successful college studentsIncorporate culturally relevant pedagogies into the teaching and learning processDemonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writingDemonstrated ability to read and interpret informationDemonstrated ability to deliver instruction to diverse student populations, with varied levels of learning and preparation Knowledge and use of student engagement strategies that support completion and student success goalsDemonstrated experience providing feedback students can use to improve their performanceExperience developing or using Open Education Resource (OER) materials as an instructional toolMaintain an ongoing program of professional development and participate in professional organizations, workshops, seminars, conferences and activitiesExhibit emotional control and stabilityStress management and coping abilityMastery of appropriate computer operation skillsOperate a motor vehicle for travel to other campuses Minimum Education and TrainingM.A. in Sociology. RequiredPh.D. in Sociology or closely-related field. Preferred.At least two years of college-level teaching experience, preferably at the community college level.Ability to use word processing, basic internet applications, and basic database navigation.Ability to use an education enterprise, learning management system such as D2L Brightspace to support and facilitate instructional delivery.Ability to teach in face-to-face, virtual, web, and web-hybrid formats.Experience developing or using Open Educational Resource (OER) materials as an instructional tool.Support and promote the college and discipline missions centered on excellence in teaching and learning through quality instruction, curriculum enhancement, and service.Experience with program evaluation and curricular development will be given priority consideration. Minimum Qualifications and Standards RequiredAdditional Information:

Your cover letter, resume, and transcripts are required as part of the application process. Please attach those documents to your application.

When applying for this position, please be prepared to answer the following statements during the application submission process:

Please describe your activities that demonstrate a commitment to student success for a diverse population. Please submit a statement of your teaching philosophy. Placement in rank is commensurate with background and experience. Professional development and professional service requirements are determined by rank and documented annually on the faculty development plan. For more information on placement in rank please visit the Pay and Benefits Questions page at:

College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check and Sex Offender Registry Check. This position is open until filled. The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Working at College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission — to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.

CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.

The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community's academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.

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