Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, preferably with expertise in social inequalities and criminology. This one-year position will begin August 15, 2022, with a nine-month commitment. Salary and benefits are competitive. 

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a competitive small liberal arts institution located in Bloomington, IL. Faculty teach a 3-3 load, and class sizes range from 20-30 students.



Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in sociology or a related field. Those nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may also be considered if they will have completed their degree by August 1, 2022. Ideal candidates will have expertise in social inequalities and criminology and a record of successful teaching, though all candidates who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply. 



The primary responsibility will be to teach 6 undergraduate sociology courses (3 per semester). Teaching obligations will include some selection of the following courses: Criminology, Deviance, Social Theory, Social Problems, Race and Racism, and Introductory Sociology. Final determination of courses will be dependent on the candidate’s expertise, but a strong applicant will be able to teach two sections of Introductory Sociology and three to four other courses over the year. Applicants are expected to have a dedication to undergraduate education and an ability to work in a collegial environment.


Illinois Wesleyan University is strongly committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer. Candidates from marginalized backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2022; however, applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. 


To Apply, submit the following files to our Social Science Division administrative specialist, Joel Gebhardt:  

  1. a cover letter addressing qualifications; 
  2. a curriculum vitae; 
  3. a teaching portfolio;
  4. a diversity statement on your experiences with or commitment to inclusive teaching;
  5. contact information for three professional references. 

Questions may be directed to the Department Chair: Dr. Todd Fuist, Associate Professor of Sociology at