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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 and contribute new areas of expertise to our program. The specialization is open, but the ability to teach broadly in the field, including on race and racism, is preferred. Illinois Wesleyan University is seeking candidates interested in working at a small liberal arts college, which includes teaching, mentoring, and advising undergraduate students, along with forging interdisciplinary partnerships across the university. This tenure track position will begin August 15, 2024, with a nine-month, annual commitment. Salary and benefits are competitive.


Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University is a private undergraduate liberal arts university with approximately 1600 students. We are located in Bloomington, IL, a metro area of 170,000 people, which is about a two hour drive from Chicago and St. Louis. Illinois Wesleyan emphasizes quality teaching and student-faculty research collaboration. We are strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. Illinois Wesleyan University is an EEO Employer. Candidates from marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. 



Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in sociology 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, 2024. Ideal candidates will have a record of successful teaching and be able to expand the program’s current course offerings, as well as demonstrate a research trajectory. 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). Class sizes in sociology range between 15 and 35 students. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to a high-quality, liberal arts undergraduate education through their teaching, advising, and mentoring. The position also comes with the expectation of a sustained research agenda and eventual service commitments. 


The deadline for applying is October 2, 2023. To apply, submit the following files to our Social Science Division administrative specialist, Amy Aldeman, .  

  1. a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position; 
  2. a curriculum vitae; 
  3. a teaching portfolio which must include at least one syllabi for a class you can/have taught;
  4. a research statement which includes a feasible research trajectory; 
  5. a diversity statement on your commitment to inclusive teaching and how you could contribute to broader campus diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts;
  6. three letters of recommendation from references who can speak to your qualifications. 


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