Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
West Virginia University
Job No. 18198

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Sociology starting in August 2022. Applicants should have teaching and research specialization in the sociology of race and racism. This is a nine-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. The typical teaching load is two courses per semester.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field by August of 2022. Candidates are expected to develop a program of teaching and research in the sociology of race and racism. The Department currently has strengths in criminology, inequality, social psychology, and the sociology of religion. Successful candidates will show the potential to produce high-quality scholarship for publication; secure external funding for research; demonstrate the potential for excellent teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are particularly interested in applicants who will expand our research areas and course offerings in one or more of the following areas: anti-Black racism, sociological theories of race and racialization, sociology and decoloniality, systemic racism, institutional racism, racial stratification, critical approaches to race and crime/criminal justice, and/or other related themes. Candidates with a history of and commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students especially underrepresented minoritized students are encouraged to apply as are candidates who will contribute to our department’s and university’s mission of fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.
The WVU Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers B.A. programs in sociology, criminology, and anthropology and has over 600 majors. The Department also offers a PhD in sociology, which includes specializations in four broad areas: crime, law and deviance; inequality, diversity, and equity; social psychology and group processes; and religion. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is home to many scholars who teach and conduct research in the broad area of social justice. The Department recently established an Anti-racism Committee, which initiated an anti-racism undergraduate course and received a grant to host the first Annual Conference on Antiracism Research, Policy, and Education. The Department also houses the Research Center on Violence, the Survey Research Center, and the Religion and Society Research Group.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

To apply, please visit https://careers.wvu.edu Review of applications will begin December 17, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Upload (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement including a summary of teaching effectiveness; (5) a diversity and inclusion statement that addresses the applicant’s potential contributions to diversity and inclusion in the department and University as well as the applicant’s commitment to inclusive excellence; and (6) three letters of recommendation from professional references. For more information, please visit our website https://soca.wvu.edu/ . Questions regarding this position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Rachael A. Woldoff (rachael.woldoff@mail.wvu.edu).

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.