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Assistant Professor (Sociology)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

Job Details

Job no: 514959
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Sociology
Date opened: 22 Jul 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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Job Description

The Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) invites qualified persons to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position to join our faculty beginning September 1, 2023. Candidates are expected to have research and teaching strengths in race and ethnicity studies. Secondary areas of interest are open but those applicants specializing in the sociology of health/mental health and/or criminology/criminal justice are especially encouraged to apply. UMass Boston and the Department of Sociology have a strong commitment to social justice and inclusion, and we strongly encourage people from the communities of color best represented in Boston to apply.

UMass Boston offers faculty the opportunity to teach and conduct research in one of the most racially and ethnically diverse campuses in the country. A majority of our students are first-generation college students, many are immigrants or come from immigrant families, and a high proportion have working-class backgrounds. Our department has a large undergraduate program with majors in sociology and criminology & criminal justice. At the graduate level, we have a Master’s Program in Applied Sociology, a PhD Program in Sociology, and a Graduate Certificate Program in Survey Methodology. Additional information about the Department can be found at

The candidate’s research portfolio should be directly related to race and ethnicity. All candidates should have an emerging or established program of research with evidence of external funding or the potential for generating external funding. Candidates should be prepared to teach across our undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. The appointment requires completion of the doctoral degree in Sociology or a closely related discipline no later than 8/31/23.

Application instructions:

Review of candidates will begin on October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Submit online your cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching, and writing sample. Please be prepared to provide recommendation letters and a summary of teaching evaluations upon request.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons. Regardless of vaccination status, you must wear a face covering in public indoor spaces on campus.

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The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

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