Assistant Professor of Sociology

Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts

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Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Sociology
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


The Department of Sociology at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2022. We seek a sociologist of race and ethnicity, preferably with a focus on how those are manifested in one or more of the following institutional contexts: the body, criminal justice/law, medicine/health care, or religion. Teaching responsibilities for this position will include regular rotation in either the required theory or qualitative methodology course, one or more intermediate (200-level) courses in the candidate’s areas of specialty, an upper-level (300-level) course in the candidate’s area of expertise, and introductory sociology. Strong candidates will have prior teaching experience. The teaching load is 2:2, with additional responsibilities for major and honors advising. A Ph.D. in sociology or a relevant field is expected by the time of appointment.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here: Resources for Faculty Development. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Sociology may be found at

Successful candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts. Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Submit application at with a cover letter, contact information for three confidential references, curriculum vitae, research statement, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and diversity/inclusion statement. Finalists will be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021. 


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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