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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Sociology – Renewable Contract - 522611

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Apply nowJob no: 522611
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Non-Tenure-Track/Clinical Faculty

Department/Organization
204281 - Gender & Race Studies

Rank
Assistant Professor

Position Summary
The Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama invites applications for a renewable contract assistant professor appointment specializing in Sociology to begin August, 2024. Candidates are expected to demonstrate expertise in the academic instruction and research of sociological theories of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and will teach four classes a semester, including Sociological Theory.

Detailed Position Information
The Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama invites applications for a renewable contract assistant professor appointment specializing in Sociology to begin August, 2024. Candidates are expected to demonstrate expertise in the academic instruction and research of sociological theories of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and will teach four classes a semester, including Sociological Theory. We seek candidates whose sociological research and teaching addresses outcomes in specific environments and communities, such as prisons, schools, housing, the workplace, urban and rural populations, and immigrant and refugee populations. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests include feminist and racial critiques of sociological methods; approaches to issues of race and gender in medical, psychological, or prison history; biological and/or medical anthropology; digital technologies, including mapping technologies and DH tools; the impact of new health technologies on marginalized populations; the challenges or opportunities for social justice offered by digital environments; reproductive justice; approaches to environmental sustainability and environmental justice; or pollution studies. Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or related discipline by August 2024.

This is a department where faculty teach and conduct research in their respective field of expertise within the disciplines of Women’s Studies, African American Studies and Sociology. The Department of Gender and Race Studies was formed in 2009 out of the two programs of study: Women’s Studies and African American Studies, each of which had been at the University of Alabama for more than forty years. Offering an undergraduate major in African American Studies and minors in African American Studies, Women's Studies, and Sociology, the Department fulfills an important academic mission for the University and has more than 8000 students take classes in its courses and programs each year. The Department houses the Sociology minor program, which has more than 150 minors, and offers classes in Sociology to more than 1500 students a semester. The MA in Women's Studies is a research program from which graduates go on to attend top-tier PhD programs and law schools around the country, as well as work in the not-for-profit sector throughout the region in fields related to Gender and Race Studies.

The normal teaching load for this position is four courses a semester, and the contract is for three years and renewable. Salary and benefits are competitive. This is not a tenure-earning position: the expectation is that the person hired will fulfill the research, teaching, and service requirements for a renewable contract assistant professor. A completed PhD before Fall 2024 is a requirement for employment. The appointment will begin August 16, 2024.

To apply, go to http://careers.ua.edu/cw/en-us/job/522611 and complete the online application. Attach a letter of application and curriculum vitae. For more information, contact the search committee chair Dr. Utz McKnight, at utz.mcknight@ua.edu. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

We especially seek applications from candidates who have followed a non-traditional educational path; those whose background, experience, or viewpoint enhances the perspectives and research interests of the department; and those who have demonstrated an ability to teach, mentor, and recruit students with a wide range of experiences and career interests.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or related discipline by August 2024.

Instructions and Required Materials for Application
To apply, go to http://careers.ua.edu/cw/en-us/job/522611 and complete the online application. Attach a letter of application and curriculum vitae. For more information, contact the search committee chair Dr. Utz McKnight, at utz.mcknight@ua.edu. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

About the Division/College/School
The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama offers an exciting and dynamic environment for faculty seeking to make an impact in their field and in the lives of the innovators and changemakers of tomorrow.

As the largest college at The University, we house over 8000 students and 1000 faculty and staff across our 25 departments.

With nationally recognized programs and award-winning faculty, our College has positioned itself as a leader in higher education. Our facilities and resources include state-of-the-art laboratories, research centers, and performance venues, providing students with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for research and creative expression.

The College is committed to the liberal arts philosophy that fosters creative and critical thinking and a lifetime of learning.

About the University
The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.

A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.

As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

About Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.

It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.

With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.

Background Investigation and EEO Statement
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

Advertised: 16 May 2024 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 01 Aug 2024 Central Daylight Time

Organization

The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.

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