2023-24 Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology
ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR [OPEN SPECIALIZATION]
Illinois Wesleyan University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor
of Sociology. We seek a candidate who can teach a range of subjects within the field
of sociology and contribute new areas of expertise to our program. The specialization
is open, but the ability to teach broadly is appreciated. Preference will be given
to candidates that teach in multiple of the following areas: race and racism, criminology,
medical sociology, sociology of law, immigration, social inequalities, or deviance.
Illinois Wesleyan University encourages candidates interested in mentoring and advising
undergraduate students, demonstrating a commitment to liberal arts education, and
working in a collegial atmosphere to apply.
Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a selective, private undergraduate
liberal arts university that emphasizes quality teaching and student-faculty research
collaboration. 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 or underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
Faculty at Illinois Wesleyan teach a 3-3 load, and class sizes range from 20-30 students.
This tenure track position will begin August 15, 2023, with a nine-month, annual commitment.
Salary and benefits are competitive.
Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in sociology or a related field when they start
the position. Those nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered with
the expectation that they will complete their degree by August 1, 2023.
Ideal candidates will have a record of successful teaching and be able to expand the
program’s current course offerings. Preference will be given to candidates that can
further curricular initiatives in the areas of Criminology and Public Health, as well
as broader diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We strongly encourage all candidates
who meet the qualifications to apply.
The primary responsibility will be to teach 6 undergraduate sociology courses per
year (3 per semester). Applicants are expected to demonstrate the liberal arts commitment
to undergraduate education through their teaching, advising, and mentoring. The position
also comes with the expectation of a sustained research agenda and eventual service
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 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, Amy Aldeman at email@example.com.
- a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position;
- a curriculum vitae;
- a teaching portfolio which demonstrates evidence of teaching effectiveness;
- a research statement;
- 5. a diversity statement on your experiences with or commitment to inclusive teaching;
- 6. letters of recommendation from three professional references who can speak to your
Please address and highlight in your materials if you have an interest, background,
or experience relevant to any of the following:
- Teaching at an undergraduate liberal arts institution.
- Fostering an inclusive classroom and supporting a diverse community within the university.
- Involving undergraduates in your research.
- The ability to teach sociological concepts to students with a range of backgrounds
Questions may be directed to the Department Chair: Dr. Todd Fuist, Associate Professor
of Sociology at firstname.lastname@example.org.