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Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Sexuality

University of Pennsylvania

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Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Sexuality

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Aug 11, 2023

The Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track position in the sociology of sexuality at the assistant professor rank starting July 1, 2024.

This position is part of a multi-year, multi-departmental series of appointments in sexuality, gender, and/or queer studies. Candidates should have a strong interest in interacting with scholars from other disciplines whose research lies in this broad area of inquiry. The successful candidate will be centrally involved in the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS). They will teach three total courses per year in Sociology and the GSWS Program (typically one graduate and two undergraduate total).

We welcome candidates working on any geographical or substantive area. Preferably, candidates will help us build on our existing strengths in race and ethnicity, gender and the family, culture, stratification, and/or health and medicine.

We are a collaborative and interactive department. We pursue research that advances understandings of our social world. We are housed within the School of Arts & Sciences, which is comprised of 28 academic departments, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are supported by the breadth and depth of academic pursuits at Penn as well as the proximity of resources on our contiguous green urban campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We promote and encourage curiosity, intellectual engagement, and discovery among all our students and faculty. University, School, and departmental resources that support our efforts include but are not limited to: the Offices of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Vice Provost for Research, PennGlobal, Wellness at Penn, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Penn Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and Penn Human Resources.

The department offers an undergraduate major that provides students an understanding of the modern discipline of sociology. In addition, we teach approximately 1500 undergraduate students a year in collaboration with interdisciplinary majors such as Health and Societies, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

At the graduate level, we have approximately 50 grad students in our program. Our graduate students often go on to become postdocs, assistant professors, or to work in research in housing, banking, and ecommerce.


Application Instructions
Applicants should submit their materials online at and include a letter of application that describes their research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (an article at any publication stage or dissertation chapter), a teaching statement, and the contact information for three references. The Ph.D. is expected at the time of the appointment. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions for submitting their letters to the website if needed. Review of applications will begin September 5, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Please contact Aiasha Saalim Graham (, 215-898-7932) with questions regarding the application process.

To apply, visit

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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