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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Transylvania University
Lexington, Kentucky

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Social Sciences, Sociology
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Transylvania University (, a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Sociology. This is a tenure-track position, teaching in-person classes, beginning September 1, 2023. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract candidates who are committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment for our students and encourage all those who feel they can contribute to that goal to apply.

Job Responsibilities:

We seek candidates with teaching and research expertise in the sociology of race and ethnicity. The ability to teach courses in specialty areas such as Africana Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, rural sociology, environmental sociology, social movements, and/or Disability Studies would be especially beneficial. Faculty in the program are expected to share responsibility for teaching the following core courses: Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Research Methods for sociology and anthropology students, and Senior Seminar. Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate a record of and/or commitment to teaching and mentoring students from historically excluded and underrepresented groups.

Occasional contributions to first-year programming, as well as academic advising, are expected. The teaching load consists of three courses per semester, plus one short-term course in May (3-3-1) that offers additional opportunities for travel courses, team-taught courses, and other more experimental classroom endeavors. Other responsibilities include academic scholarship/professional activity, preferably involving undergraduate students, and service to the university through various committee appointments. The university also has an excellent faculty development program that competitively funds faculty (and student) scholarly research and artistic projects.


A Ph.D. in sociology or a closely related field is required by the start date; preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence along with continuing their own professional work, interdisciplinary dialogue, and working collaboratively with other faculty and students both within the Sociology and Anthropology Program and across disciplines within a liberal arts environment.

To begin the application process, submit a cover letter and one PDF that contains the following: curriculum vitae; your teaching statement/philosophy; a research statement; a statement that addresses your strengths, experiences, and/or commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive academic community for an increasingly diverse student population through teaching, mentorship, and/or service; your unofficial graduate transcripts.

Your cover letter and PDF with the materials listed above can be submitted by following the job openings link at Official graduate transcripts and contact information for three references who can provide confidential letters of recommendation will be requested from select applicants at later dates.

Send questions specific to this search to Dr. Avery Tompkins, search committee chair, at [email protected] Review of applications will begin on October 31 and will continue until an appointment is made.

Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by the Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors and 39 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1,000 students.

Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recognizes the value of historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that enrich the university’s environment for colleagues and students alike. We are committed to enhancing the diversity of the university community and encourage all who are interested to apply.

In keeping with the university's Healthy at Transy guidelines, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption must be presented prior to employment start date.

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