Sociology-Human Services, Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Tenure Track, Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034

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Social Sciences, Sociology
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Assistant Professor
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Four-Year Institution

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Job Details

Job Location: Main Campus - Edmond, OK

Position Type: Faculty

Job Category: OTRS Classified

Description Position Overview:

Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook. Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. Faculty are expected to support & facilitate the department/school/college academic and university missions, visions, and long-term goals. This position as Visiting Associate Professor is full-time.

The salary for this position is commensurate with credentials and experience. **PLEASE NOTE** The preference date for application submission is July 31, 2023.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

Duties include teaching day/evening courses face-to-face. The regular teaching load is 12-hours per semester (Fall and Spring) of undergraduate and cross-listed graduate sections. The successful candidate will teach, advise, and mentor students, evaluate student performance, and maintain departmental and student records in accordance with UCO policies; adhere to the educational philosophy of the University; work collaboratively with colleagues and professional peers; participate in UCO meetings that relate specifically to faculty; serve on Department, College, and University committees as requested; prepare departmental reports as requested; and, engage in teaching and service as defined by the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbooks.

College/Department Overview:

The College of Liberal Arts serves the University of Central Oklahoma's (UCO) Core Curriculum programs and enrolls more than 2,850 undergraduate students and more than 300 graduate students in 34 undergraduate and 17 graduate majors. For further information, please visit our website at: The Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies houses three undergraduate programs (General Sociology, Sociology/Human Services, and Sociology/Substance Abuse Studies) and two graduate programs (Gerontology and Addictions Counseling). For further information, please visit our departmental website:

UCO Land Acknowledgment

The University of Central Oklahoma recognizes that we gather on land entrusted to the care and protection of the Caddo and Wichita peoples. These lands are part of the wider state of Oklahoma which is shared by the 39 sovereign indigenous Nations including the Kiowa, Comanche, Osage, and Apache, and Fort Sill Apache Nations, and is associated with the forced relocation of Nations through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The University was built on Unassigned Land within seized portions of Indian Territory taken from the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Nations by the federal government in 1866. Beginning in 1889, this land was distributed through several Land Runs intended to confine and erase Indigenous peoples from this territory. We acknowledge the historical events that have and continue to affect the indigenous people of this land. We pledge to honor and respect Indigenous knowledge and worldviews as we sustain a meaningful relationship with the Sovereign Nations.

Inclusive Community at UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity in areas including race, class, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, ideology, (dis)ability, affectional orientation, gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification. Our appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the historical heritage on which the University was founded and the many struggles and sacrifices, both historically and currently, that confront underrepresented communities. Given this awareness, we actively strive to enrich the experience of the entire community by implementing practices that remove barriers to those communities served least well be existing systems. We do this not only because it is right, but, also, because diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and conceptual horizons of students, faculty, and staff members while enhancing the University's ability to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.

Important Information and Requirements:

  • All applicants, please visit to submit all application materials by the preference date: Monday, July 31, 2023
  • Official transcripts must be provided for each degree earned.
  • The candidate's online application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching portfolio (which includes at least a statement about teaching Sociology or Social Work or teaching philosophy, a list of courses taught, and two syllabi)
  • Confidential letters of recommendation, please eMail them to and they will be uploaded to your application file.
  • Additional documentation may be requested later.

Experience Required:

  • An earned doctorate degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval).
  • University or College teaching.
  • Experience in department/college/university service.
  • Possess excellent communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

Experience Preferred:

  • A Ph. D. in Sociology or Masters in Social Work from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university by August 5, 2023.
  • Higher education teaching experience in Sociology and/or Social Work.
  • Experience in teaching a diverse student body is valued.
  • Desired areas of teaching competence or experiences include: Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Theory, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and other courses as assigned.


A successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in oral and written communication skills and familiarity with the use of online learning management systems (EXAMPLE: D2L) and virtual synchronous platforms (EXAMPLE: ZOOM, WebEx, or Teams).

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.


UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.


The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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