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Assistant Professor of Sociology (Teaching Track)

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL

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Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Sociology
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Sociology (Teaching Track) who specializes in criminology and broadly contributes to our program. We are especially interested in applicants who can develop new courses for the program in criminology. Illinois Wesleyan University is seeking candidates interested in working at a small liberal arts college, which includes teaching, mentoring, and advising undergraduate students, along with forging interdisciplinary partnerships across the university. This teaching track position will begin August 15, 2024, with a renewable appointment built on consecutive six-year contracts. Salary and benefits are competitive.

The teaching track focuses on developing innovative curricula as well as contributing to the success of students, the department, and the university. Typically, initial appointments are at the rank of Assistant Professor, with the possibility of promotion to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor. While not eligible for tenure, appointments on the teaching track are designed to support long-term engagement and professional growth. Teaching track faculty are eligible for sabbatical following the successful renewal of an initial 6-year contract and every seven years thereafter.

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a private undergraduate liberal arts university with approximately 1600 students. We are located in Bloomington, IL, a metro area of 170,000 people, which is about a two hour drive from Chicago and St. Louis. Illinois Wesleyan emphasizes quality teaching and student-faculty research collaboration. We are strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer. Candidates from marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.


Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in criminology, sociology, or related field when they start the position. Those nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered with the expectation that they will complete their degree by August 1, 2024. Ideal candidates will have a record of successful teaching and be able to expand the program’s current course offerings, particularly in criminology. We strongly encourage all candidates who meet the qualifications to apply.


The primary responsibility will be to teach 8 undergraduate sociology courses per year (4 per semester). Class sizes in sociology range between 15 and 35 students. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to a high-quality, liberal arts undergraduate education through their teaching, advising, and mentoring. To do so, the candidate will be expected to remain current in the field and profession. The position also will eventually include service commitments, including to the department and university.

The review of applications will begin on November 17, 2023. To apply, submit the following files to our Social Science Division administrative specialist, Amy Aldeman,

  • a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a teaching portfolio which must include at least one syllabus for a class you can/have taught;
  • a diversity statement on your commitment to inclusive teaching and how you could contribute to broader campus diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts;
  • three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications should be emailed separately.
  • Questions may be directed to the Department Chair: Dr. Todd Fuist, Associate Professor of Sociology at


    Illinois Wesleyan, founded in 1850, is a private co-educational university with an enrollment of 1,850 and a student/faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University consists of the College of Liberal Arts, with 17 academic departments; the College of Fine Arts, comprising professional Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts; and the School of Nursing.illinois_wesleyan_university1.jpg

    Illinois Wesleyan's faculty is composed of active scholars who are devoted to teaching undergraduates and to including them in their research. Illinois Wesleyan's 76-acre campus has undergone remarkable growth in the past decade and features such new facilities as the five-story Ames Library, the Center for Natural Science, and the Shirk Center for Athletics and Recreation.



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