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Open Rank Professor of Sociology

Shenandoah University
1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia

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Social Sciences, Sociology
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Open Rank Professor of Sociology 
Job Location1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia
Tracking Code2189-306

Shenandoah University's College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for a faculty position (career contract, rank open) in Sociology. Shenandoah University is a comprehensive private institution located in the historic and scenic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, approximately 70 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The position is full-time and will start in August 2024; an on-campus, in-person presence is expected.


Candidates will be required to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in sociology, from introductory to upper-level courses, including interdisciplinary studies, and provide academic advising to sociology students. We are specifically interested in finding a dynamic and collaborative faculty member who will re-envision what sociology means within a diverse college of Arts and Sciences.

Required Skills

Required Qualifications:

A doctoral degree in sociology or a closely related terminal degree by the start of the Fall 2024 semester, demonstrated excellence in teaching, evidence of scholarly and professional activities, and experience teaching undergraduate courses.

Preferred Qualifications:

We invite applications for a faculty position in Sociology centered on the experiences, struggles, and contributions of marginalized communities broadly speaking. The ideal candidate will have research or teaching experience in one or more of the following themes: social inequality and justice, public health, environmental justice, rural sociology, and sexuality and gender studies. Preference will be given to individuals who utilize an inter and/or multidisciplinary approach.

Required Experience

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit an application online including:

  • cover letter
  • current curriculum vitae.
  • list of three current references who are in a position to know the applicant’s expertise, with at least one addressing teaching effectiveness and at least one to address research and scholarly activities
  • statement that addresses commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity
  • evidence of effective teaching (including student evaluations, if available)
  • a complete description of scholarly activities
  • copies of all college transcripts (official transcripts will be required of all finalists.)
  • The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.

    Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

    **Note: A pre-employment background check will be required and a satisfactory driving record may be required as a condition of hire.

    Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical, or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

    Salary TypeNot Applicable


    We are Shenandoah

    Some places radiate special qualities — Shenandoah is one. At Shenandoah lives are illuminated by a love of learning, collaboration, service and a deep, shared history. Its name and location evoke images of legends, natural beauty, exploration, and timelessness. Shenandoah University embraces and reflects its storied valley home, educating students as radiant and warm as mythical lights inspiring Shenandoah’s meaning: “the sons and daughters of the stars.”

    This green, fertile, and enchanting land has attracted people for thousands of years, inspiring stories, songs, and lives marked by joy, scholarship, accomplishment, and delight. That legacy remains vibrant to this day, as the leader of the future call upon the rich echoes of the past for inspiration.

    We are all part of this timeless story. We are Shenandoah.


    Mission & Vision Statements

    Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world.

    Shenandoah University will be nationally recognized for forward thinking programs that produce competitive and purposeful graduates.


    Shenandoah's History

    Dayton, Virginia was Shenandoah’s home for 85 years. In 1875, the university was founded there as Shenandoah High School. Over the next 85 years, the institution changed names six times but always kept “Shenandoah” as part of its name. In 1946, the school nearly closed due to financial concerns. Rather than closing the school, university president Dr. Forrest S. Racey oversaw the move to Winchester. The last classes in Dayton began in the fall of 1959 with an enrollment of 159 students. Shenandoah opened its doors in Winchester in September 1960.


    In Winchester, the school began to thrive and, in 1991, became Shenandoah University. 


    The Shenandoah of Today


    The university now spans 5 locations: 

    Shenandoah offers over 150 academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students across seven schools:

    Join a university community that brings high energy to learning and activities on and off campus. With 21 men’s and women’s athletics teams and more than 90 clubs and organizations, jump into life on a vibrant campus. Countless international programs expose our students, staff, and faculty to the world and teach them to become global citizens.



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