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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 785636
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, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system Assistant Professor position in environmental sociology.  The 9-month academic year position begins on August 16, 2023.  We seek candidates with emerging or established expertise in investigating how regional and/or global ecological changes impact human health outcomes or disparities.

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 completed by the date of hire;
  • demonstrated expertise in the theory and practice of environmental sociology;
  • potential for or established record of scholarly publications;
  • potential for or demonstrated evidence of high-quality instruction and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and
  • potential for or demonstrated evidence of effective service to the institution, leadership in the discipline, and/or ethical engagement with broader publics.

Desired Qualifications

 Preferred candidates will have:

  • a commitment to sociologically investigate the interaction between ecological conditions with human health;
  • a strong commitment to addressing issues of equity and inclusion;
  • a record of or potential for securing extramural research funding; and
  • scholarly interests that connect with our departmental strength in sociology of migration.

Required Application Materials

Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at

Complete applications must include

  1. a cover letter;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. a 1-page research statement;
  4. a 1-page teaching statement;
  5. a diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence); and
  6. letters of recommendation from three professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Ray Jussaume (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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