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Assistant Professor, Sociology

Governors State University
University Park, IL

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Social Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology, Sociology
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution
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Position Type:

Faculty, Tenure Track

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Position's Functional Title:

Assistant Professor, Sociology

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Position Summary:

Governors State University (University Park, IL) is inviting applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Sociology, to begin in the Fall 2022 semester.

The ideal candidate has outstanding teaching skills, evidence of—or potential for—a distinguished record of scholarship as well as service to the institution, discipline, and/or community. A successful candidate is a teacher/scholar with teaching and research expertise in sociology, specifically a generalist with the ability to teach required courses for the anthropology and sociology (ANSO) major from a quantitative and/or mixed methodology approach, including Quantitative Methods (e.g., developing surveys and secondary data sets), Quantitative Data Analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics), Class Inequalities, and/or Social Psychology/ Symbolic Interactionism. Required courses also include general education courses, which may include Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Gender & Sexuality, and/or Race and Ethnic Relations. While most courses will be taught in-person at our University Park campus, the ideal candidate should have experience teaching online courses and the necessary collaborative and interpersonal skills to effectively maintain the online course shells in the newly created online Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology.

Governors State University is a minority serving institution, and the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 6,000 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic plan, Vision 2020, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.

Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. degree in Sociology, or a closely related discipline; ABD in the final stages of completion will also be considered.

2. Knowledge and ability to teach undergraduate courses in sociology, and the social sciences more broadly.

3. Documented record of an ability to make intellectual contributions through scholarly publications/presentations.

4. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience with first-generation, culturally diverse, and non-traditional students.

2. Demonstrated ability to integrate their scholarship in the undergraduate courses of the major.

3. Experience teaching quantitative data methods and analysis.

4. Evidence of teaching excellence in both classroom and online learning environments.

5. Teaching and/or professional experience in multiple fields/subfields.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and list of professional references by October 1, 2021 to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will only be contacted prior to candidate interviews.


Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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