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Associate/Full Professor, Sociology and El Instituto

University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus

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Search #: 497942
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


El Instituto (Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies) and the Department of Sociology of the University of Connecticut (UConn) seek to hire an Associate or Full Professor, specializing in any area of sociology and Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. This person will have an outstanding record of professional accomplishments commensurate with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with the opportunity for tenure at hire. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research, teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, provide guidance in conducting policy-relevant research to graduate students in El Instituto (Master’s students), Sociology (Master’s and Ph.D. students), and other social research units, and contribute to the leadership and administration within El Instituto and the Department. Positive factors for consideration include but are not limited to: a strong record of scholarly accomplishment; research interests that complement other areas of strength within the Institute, Department, and/or University; effective undergraduate teaching; demonstrated excellence in mentorship and/or graduate training; and active engagement with professional, University, and community life. The teaching load will be one course per semester in Sociology and one course per semester in Latina/o Studies, with either or both courses being possibly cross-listed under both Sociology and El Instituto.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate is expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications in top-tier venues and externally funded research; mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students on research design, methods, and substantive areas; participate in the Latina/o Studies curriculum; and help lead the future of Latina/o Studies/Latina/o Sociology at UConn.

In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels of Latina/o Studies and Sociology in both El Instituto and Sociology. Successful candidates will highlight a commitment to enhancing graduate student recruitment and funding in El Instituto and Sociology, with the longer-term aim of enhancing each unit’s well-established PoC-centered environment of scholarly, social, and emotional nurturance for students of historically marginalized groups; broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement multiple perspectives as the foundation of a rich learning experience; integrate diverse experiences into instructional methods, research design, and research tools; help train students to and/or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse populations and intellectual interests.


  • Doctoral degree (or equivalent foreign degree) completed in sociology.
  • Teaching experience or demonstrated capacity to teach courses with documentation of a commitment to teaching.
  • A strong record of scholarly productivity.
  • The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the Institute and Department.
  • Effective communication skills (both written and oral).

  • Demonstrated history of or potential for external research funding.
  • Experience teaching courses relevant to areas of specialization.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and/or mentoring a diverse student population.
  • Ability to engage productively with faculty across disciplines.

    This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2024. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants must meet University requirements for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with tenure.


    Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


    Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (e.g., prior research findings and impact; future research plans);
  • Teaching statement (e.g., teaching experience, mentoring experience, teaching philosophy, courses prepared to teach);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (e.g., values around diversity, equity, and inclusion; diversity-related experience in teaching, research, and service; plans to continue to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion);
  • Writing sample and any supporting materials,
  • Contact information for three (3) letters of reference. References will not be contacted without notification of the candidate.
  • Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. For more information please visit the unit websites: and Sociology. For questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Christin Munsch Naples,

    At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

    These positions will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

    All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

    The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

    The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

    Advertised: Dec 01 2023 Eastern Standard Time
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