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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 711817
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Sociology Social Science 10038784
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for two fixed-term Assistant Professor positions for the 2021-2022 academic year.  These 9-month academic-year positions begin on August 16, 2021 and may be renewed for additional years upon positive performance evaluation and sufficient budgetary resources.  The successful candidates will teach the following undergraduate courses, respectively.

Position #1

Fall 2021: Dynamics of Population; Health & Society

Spring 2022: Sex, Gender, & Sexuality; Advanced Research Methods: Interview Methods in Qualitative Research; Social Issues & Change in Society (Senior Seminar)


Position # 2

Fall 2021: Political Sociology; Developing Societies; Advanced Research Methods: Survey Design, Implementation and Use

Spring 2022: International Development & Change; Introduction to Environmental Sociology

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Sociology or closely related field

Minimum Requirements

Successful candidates must have:

  • a PhD in Sociology or closely related field by the date of hire in August 2021; and
  • a demonstrated commitment to high-quality undergraduate education via scholarly teaching.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have:

  • experience teaching writing-intensive, discussion-based courses; and/or
  • experience using innovative, experimental teaching techniques.

Required Application Materials

Applications for these two positions must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at  Complete applications must include: (1) a cover letter that specifies which position(s) for which you are applying and that identifies the names and contact information for three potential references; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) a teaching portfolio.  Letters of recommendation are not required with the initial application, but applicants may be asked to provide up to three letters of recommendation after initial screening.

The teaching portfolio should document the candidate‚Äôs interest, creativity, and proficiency in pedagogy.  Candidates must include a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, explaining how you put your philosophy into practice (preferably using examples in courses you have taught), and how you plan to implement, improve, and expand on your ideas and techniques.  The teaching portfolio also must include each of the following materials from the last 1-2 courses taught:

  • course syllabus;
  • selected course exercises to promote student learning;
  • writing assignments or exams used to assess student learning; and
  • results of formal course/teaching evaluations.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on June 30, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Aaron M. McCright (Search Committee Chair) at

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Department Statement

The Department of Sociology has three signature areas of Environment, Health and Medicine, and Migration.  Most faculty in the department perform research and teach courses in one or two of these areas. MSU sociologists have a rich history of interdisciplinary collaborations not only with other social scientists but also with humanists, physical scientists, and/or life scientists.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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