2023-24 Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology




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 commitments.

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 aaldeman@iwu.edu

  1. a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications for the position; 
  2. a curriculum vitae; 
  3. a teaching portfolio which demonstrates evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  4. a research statement;
  5. 5. a diversity statement on your experiences with or commitment to inclusive teaching;
  6. 6. letters of recommendation from three professional references who can speak to your qualifications. 

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 and interests.

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