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Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology and Peacebuilding and Development

Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Eastern Mennonite University, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, seeks to hire a multidisciplinary cohort of faculty to advance the university’s strategic goals for inclusive excellence, striving to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply. As a vibrant university renowned for its peace and justice emphases, EMU is dedicated to enhancing racial justice and social change, and we provide opportunities for faculty collaboration across disciplines and communities. Candidates must have a strong commitment to high quality teaching and be enthusiastic about mentoring and advising students, particularly those from underrepresented/underserved populations. In addition to teaching excellence, successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to scholarship and to service, both on and off campus. More details about EMU’s cohort hiring initiative are available at this link.

POSITION: Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology and Peacebuilding and Development

DESCRIPTION: This opening is for one full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Sociology and Peacebuilding & Development Programs beginning academic year 2022-2023. The faculty member will contribute to our undergraduate programs advising students and teaching in the areas of Theories of Social Change, Peacebuilding and Development, and Global Studies with the possibility of graduate-level teaching. 

The sociology major invites students to actively engage with a vision for just communities, offering students the opportunity to generate scholarship and activism that addresses significant and complex social problems facing our world today. The major includes concentrations in criminal justice, environmental studies, planning and public administration, human and social services, anthropology, and business and management. 

The Peacebuilding & Development (PXD) Program focuses on understanding and promoting constructive social change toward peace, justice, and well-being for people in situations affected by conflict, poverty, and inequality. The major has an emphasis on the development of practical skills through experiential learning though campus and local practice opportunities and a practicum in the field. The PXD Program also offers individual majors in Peacebuilding and in Global Development as well as an accelerated master’s degree in partnership with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Sociology, Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies, or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching at the college/university level, some familiarity with hybrid or online formats, as well as using participatory, engaged pedagogical practices. The strongest candidates will demonstrate knowledge of and have teaching experience around social justice concerns, including but not limited to racial justice, LGBTQ+ and queer theory, gender justice, and environmental justice. Candidates with experience in this work should feature this in their application materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES: To serve as an Assistant/Associate Professor for the School of Social Sciences and Professions. EMU’s School of Social Sciences and Professions place a high value on working to support equity, inclusion, and anti-racist practices. Please address these issues in submitted application materials.

Courses to be taught include sociological theory, which is a writing-intensive course taught in an on-campus classroom format.  Areas of specializations are open but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: sociology; peace, conflict, and justice studies; conflict analysis, resolution and transformation; mediation and facilitation; peacebuilding theory and action; restorative justice; criminology; environmental justice; qualitative research methods; social movements. 

POSITION DETAILS: Nine-month contract, 24 semester hours per year. Salary determined by education and experience. EMU uses a tenure with post-tenure review contract system. 

APPOINTMENT DATE: Positions begin mid-August 2022. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open.

INQUIRIES: Application review begins November 1, 2021 and is ongoing. Select applicants will be asked to respond to questions relevant to EMU’s faith-based mission. The cover letter should include information on how the candidate’s experience will contribute to the university’s mission, especially its strategic goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and contact information for three professional references should be submitted here. Informal inquiries may be directed to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professions Dr. David Brubaker at [email protected]

Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

EMU seeks faculty who show promise of or have demonstrated 

  • teaching excellence in a Christian liberal arts environment,
  • a commitment to ongoing scholarship, and
  • familiarity with and respect for Anabaptist/Mennonite Christian faith practices.

EMU pursues creativity, innovation, and excellence in all educational programs and invites students to follow Christ’s call to witness faithfully, serve compassionately, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.


A leader among faith-based universities, Eastern Mennonite University emphasizes peacebuilding, sustainability, experiential learning, and cross-cultural engagement. Founded in 1917 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, EMU is an educational institution of Mennonite Church USA. EMU serves students of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds and confers undergraduate, graduate, professional and seminary degrees.

Through 41 majors, 37 minors, two pre-professional programs, 15 teacher education programs/licensures, and four associate degrees, EMU educates students to serve and lead in a global context. A cross-cultural program providing immersion in another culture has long been a requirement for all students. Our community challenges students to pursue their life calling through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, guided practice, and life-changing cross-cultural encounter.

Professors mentor students to encourage growth in their faith in a caring community, to broaden their worldview through study and relationship-building, and to work collaboratively to reach new academic heights. EMU grads are serving and leading all over the world.


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