Professor of Sociology (Open Rank) (North Park University)

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Job title: Professor of Sociology (Open Rank) (North Park University)
Hiring institution: North Park University
Location: Chicago, Illinois | United States
Application deadline: 07/31/2024

About North Park
Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian university affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church of over 3,200 students from around the country and the world.

North Park University is located in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the United States. It is nine miles from downtown Chicago. The North Park campus has often been referred to as an oasis in the heart of the city – a place where students from urban, rural, and suburban backgrounds alike can call home. And all of this within the major metropolitan backdrop of Chicago: one of the world’s largest and most diversified economies, renowned for its museums and music, and voted best large city in the U.S. for four years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler.


The mission of North Park University is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.


Building on our core institutional identity—Christian, city-centered, intercultural—our vision is to create a university of uncommon character and enduring excellence, where faith, learning, and service meet.


North Park University is seeking a well-qualified Professor of Sociology. This nine-month position begins August 2024.

Duties and Responsibilities

The College of Arts and Sciences at North Park University seeks applicants, with a Ph.D. in Sociology, for an open rank, full-time tenure-track position in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Candidates with immediate interests and aptitudes to serve as departmental chair will be extremely attractive. The department is grounded in sociological discipline with sociology majors having to complete four core courses, and electives in four main concentrations of social identity, social organization, social deviance, and social change. About 25 percent of departmental students are sociology majors with 75 percent being criminal justice or double majors. This is a sociology hire where the ideal candidate will significantly contribute to the development of those majors in general and specific ways.

Each fall and spring semester, the successful candidate will carry three teaching loads. One load is the equivalent to teaching one course of four semester hours. They are expected to fill the department’s most pressing teaching needs in the subjects of race and ethnicity, social problems, social thought, introduction to sociology, and urban sociology. Additional proficiencies in teaching some of the following courses are expected: sociology of deviance; methods of social research; power, privilege and inequality; criminology; marriage and family; sociology of religion; gender studies; sociology practicum, senior seminar; Africana studies; and civil rights.

Candidates with a Ph.D. in Sociology with an additional graduate degree in law, criminology, or criminal justice will be advantageous. The ideal candidate will have maintained an active research, publication, and action agenda relevant to key aspects of their teaching expertise. Departmental and broader responsibilities include advising and mentoring undergraduate students, maintaining a focused scholarly agenda, and participating in university-wide service. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence
  • Active relevant scholarly agenda
  • Excellence in citizenship and collegiality
  • Commitment to multi-ethnic contexts
  • Ability to maneuver multi-disciplinary spaces
  • Possess a clear understanding and personal commitment to North Park University’s mission of Christian higher education.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled with full consideration of those who apply by Wednesday, November 16th, 2023.


  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Prescription Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Commuter Benefit
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Tuition Remission
  • Helwig Recreation Center

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