Sociology/RDAR Health Disparities Assistant Professor

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Working Title:

Sociology/RDAR Health Disparities Assistant Professor



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Description of Work:

We seek applicants with strong interests and commitment to primary data collection and external funding whose scholarship focuses on Health Disparities, with a preference for expertise in addiction and hard-to-reach populations The successful applicant will not only demonstrate excellence in health disparities research, but will be able to teach courses appealing to undergraduate and graduate students in that area and in broader domains of sociology. They will also be able to contribute to UNL’s Diversity mission in research, teaching, and service ( The successful candidate will develop an outstanding research program that results in peer-reviewed publications and external funding, teach undergraduate and graduate courses (the standard load is 2 courses per semester), mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to program, college, and university affairs as appropriate for their rank. To facilitate this, the successful candidate will be assigned mentors in both Sociology and the Rural Drug Addiction Research Center (RDAR), will be quickly integrated into interdisciplinary teams, and will have access to RDAR and department infrastructure.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in sociology or a related field by the start of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship in health disparities.
  • Strong interest and commitment to primary data collection.
  • Strong interest and commitment to pursuing external research funding.
  • Potential for research excellence (as demonstrated through a clear research agenda and peer-reviewed publications, external funding, or the promise of peer reviewed publications and external funding).
  • Evidence of teaching excellence or potential for teaching excellence.
  • Ability to teach and mentor in sociology, including teaching core and regularly offered department courses that may be more general than one’s research areas.
  • Ability to articulate a vision for how to contribute to the university’s diversity mission in research, teaching, and service.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in addiction and hard-to-reach populations or articulated desire to develop research in these areas.
  • Commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary, or team science.
  • High value on being mentored.
  • Ability to articulate research questions that bring new insights into the research area.
  • Ability and willingness to use multiple methods, extend existing methods, or develop new methods as needed to answer research questions.
  • Ability to articulate broader impacts or a vision of broader impacts of one’s scholarship.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressed to Prof. Tyler, Search Committee Chair with a detailed description of how your research and teaching interests match the job description and how you meet the job qualifications (including how your research, teaching, and service can contribute to UNL’s diversity mission).
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. List of three references. In addition, arrange for three confidential signed letters of reference to be sent via email or mail to Dr. Kimberly Tyler, [email protected], Search Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, 711 Oldfather Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0324.
  4. Research statement.
  5. Teaching statement.
  6. Writing sample.
Please combine the research statement, teaching statement, and writing sample (items 4, 5, and 6) into a single document and upload as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Dr. Kim Tyler, Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?:


Planned Hire Date:

August 15, 2022


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