Assistant Professor - Sociology

Clemson University
Brackett 132, Clemson University

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Assistant Professor - Sociology

Brackett 132, Clemson University
Open Date:
Jun 21, 2022

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2023.

Interested individuals must demonstrate both an active research agenda and a track record of publishing their work in well-respected peer-reviewed outlets. Applicants should also exhibit a clear strategy for funding their research through external grants, with preference given to those with prior success in securing extramural funding.

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a willingness and ability to teach across the discipline of Sociology in introductory, methods, and specialized topical courses. Applicants should highlight how they will contribute to the department M.S. in Social Science program and an interdisciplinary PhD in Policy Studies program.

Tenure-track faculty typically teach two courses per semester.

Clemson University is a Top 25, Carnegie Research 1 (R-1) public land-grant institution with over 20,000 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate students, located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice is a member of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and is home to 24 faculty members across the three represented disciplines. Successful candidates will integrate and complement existing strengths in our program and contribute to the interdisciplinary focus of the department.

Clemson University and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice is highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including but not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify with LGBTQ-plus communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first- generation college graduates.

Applicants should state in their cover letter how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Clemson’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Applicants should have a PhD in Sociology or a closely related field by the time of the appointment. Areas of expertise include (but not are limited to) environmental sociology or medical sociology, including health disparities, food insecurity, environmental racism, or community-based participatory research.


Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio: (1) a letter of application explaining how their qualifications and experience make them a good candidate for the position along with a description of past activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions, (2) a Curriculum Vitae, (3) a research statement, (4) a teaching philosophy, along with teaching evaluations for up to two classes, and (5) the names and email addresses of three references.

Applicants should submit materials to:

Application review will begin on September 12, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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