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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton

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Job location: Boca Raton

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-12-02
Req: REQ11666
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Position Summary:

About FAU: Florida Atlantic University is a rapidly-growing, multi-campus university that enrolls more than 30,000 students and is part of the State University System of Florida. It is the most ethnically and racially diverse public university in Florida, and one of the most diverse universities in the nation. The Boca Raton campus is located in an oceanfront city mid-way between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, about 45 miles north of Miami. It serves a thriving metropolitan area comprised of more than six million residents. As a rapidly growing metropolis on the edge of globalization, a frontline community in the struggle against climate change, a hub for both new economic development and retirement, and an ethnic mosaic, South Florida represents the preeminent social laboratory of the 21st Century.

The College of Arts and Letters: The College of Arts & Letters at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty, and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the diverse internal and external communities that it serves.

The Department of Sociology: The Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for an appointment at the rank of Assistant professor on its Boca Raton Campus.

The successful applicant will have a research agenda that focuses on racial and ethnic relations, racial and ethnic inequities, and/or racial and ethnic justice. Priority consideration will be given to candidates whose work examines one or more of the following areas:

  • The social determinants of health and/or healthy aging among racial and ethnic minorities
  • The public health consequences of systemic racism
  • Racial inequities in healthcare access and/or healthcare systems
  • The causes and consequences of environmental racism
  • The effects of climate change and/or environmental degradation on minority communities
  • Minority community resilience and sustainable development in the face of climate change and/or environmental degradation

The successful applicant will have the ability to study racial inequity/justice with innovative methods—such as community-based learning and co-designed methodologies, deep or multi-site ethnography, mixed methods, advanced statistical analysis, biomarker collection and analysis, and/or big data analysis. They will also possess the ability to secure extramural funding for their research, develop community partnerships, and/or collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of scholars conducting research on racial equity and community sustainability initiatives in South Florida.

Sociology faculty typically teach a 3-2 course schedule—with course releases available for junior faculty—that contributes to the department's Bachelor's Degree program; Master's Degree program; MS in Data Science; and the University’s Ph.D. program in Culture, Society, and Politics. Faculty also contribute to the University’s certificate programs in Global Studies; Peace Studies; Ethnic Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Caribbean and Latin American Studies

The Department of Sociology is deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity and welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Priority will be given to candidates with experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, who demonstrate skill in understanding cultural differences, and who demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in Sociology from an accredited institution. The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. completed by the start of the Fall 2022 semester.

We will consider applications from those who are currently ABD but, in order to be appointed at the rank of assistant professor, all requirements for the PhD must be completed before employment begins in August 2022.


Commensurate with Experience

College or Department:

College of Arts & Letters


Boca Raton

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Application Deadline:


Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

This position is subject to funding.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 will continue until the position is filled.

Required Documents:
FAU’s Career Page permits the attachment of required/requested documentation.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

When completing the online application, please upload all required documentation noted here: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.

The selected candidate for this position is required to submit an official transcript sent directly from the institution is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment.

Background Screening:
Successful completion of a pre-employment background check is required for the candidate selected for this position.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

This recruitment has been reopened; all previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply. This position may close without prior notice.
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