Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology

Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

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Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Georgetown University: Main Campus: Georgetown College: Sociology

Location: Washington, DC
Open Date: Jul 26, 2021

The Department of Sociology at Georgetown University invites applications for a tenured full professor. The successful candidate will also serve as chair of the Department of Sociology upon appointment for at least one renewable three-year term. The department has strengths in urban sociology, cultural sociology, and race and ethnicity, however, areas of specialization are open to any area of sociology for this appointment. Faculty in the sociology department are committed to teaching and scholarship that supports a range of research methods, theoretical approaches, and substantive areas. The department affirms its commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice through a wide array of teaching, educational events, and its own organizational practices.

The next chair will be an established scholar who can continue to build on the record for scholarly and instructional excellence that the department has established since its inception, while also being strategic about the department's opportunities for future growth and development. The qualifications of the candidate should be consistent with a tenured appointment at the level of full professor, with a Ph.D. in sociology or a related field. We seek a scholar and administrative leader committed to supporting innovative research and scholarship, engaged learning, and community outreach and service. The chair should be supportive of partnerships and collaborative work both inside and outside the college and university, and willing to work to facilitate inter-unit collaborations with the Department of Sociology and its faculty.

The chair is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the department's academic programs and budgets. The chair will also work with the department's administrative manager to ensure a workplace that is supportive of faculty, staff, and students. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the chair will work in close collaboration with department faculty, department staff, and the college dean. The ideal candidate will help create an environment of collaboration, transparency, and shared governance. The new chair will also lead university efforts to expand the size and reach of the department. Candidates should expect to describe their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion at Georgetown. Additionally, candidates should demonstrate how their work fits into the university's tradition of placing people in the service of others and the institutional legacy of “cura personalis” (care of the whole person).

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international, student-centered research university of 17,000 students that embodies a commitment to intellectual openness, as well as justice and the common good. The Department of Sociology draws engaged students from across the U.S. and the world and the undergraduate program is growing. Our majors earn a Bachelor of Science in the liberal arts from Georgetown College and develop research skills through the completion of independent research projects. The Department of Sociology is an active contributor to Georgetown University's broader mission. Our faculty includes research-active scholars with a deep commitment to high-quality, undergraduate-focused instruction. Faculty members have won awards for both their teaching and research, and are actively engaged in efforts to bring sociological insight to public discourse and policy debates. Faculty in the department are also connected to the robust interdisciplinary research and education initiatives on the Georgetown campus (the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Global Health Initiative, the Georgetown Initiative on Tech & Society, the Gender Justice Initiative, the Racial Justice Institute, and the Prisons and Justice Initiative). The Chair will play a key role in ensuring the department features in campus-wide research and educational initiatives.

Application Instructions
To apply, click on the Apply Now button to submit (1) a cover letter describing your professional experience, including your research and interests; (2) a curriculum vitae (CV); (3) names and contact information for three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee. We actively seek to create a diverse and inclusive departmental culture. Candidates are welcome to share a separate statement that outlines the ways that they hope to contribute to enriching the diversity of perspectives and people at Georgetown.

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2022 with an anticipated start date of August 2022.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Corey D. Fields at [email protected].

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Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.

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