Seeking Assistant Professor of Sociology

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 09:23


San Francisco State University, The Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position of Sociology in the area of Urban Inequalities, beginning August 2019. We seek a sociologist who specializes in inequality, poverty and mobility, with specific focus on urban inequalities, urban problems, and city spaces and neighborhoods. Our preference is for a sociologist who studies gentrification and displacement, homelessness, spatial inequality, and/or urban policing. We seek a scholar who employs innovative theoretical or methodological approaches and who centers the intersections of economic inequality with race, gender, sexuality, and/or disability. We are especially interested in a scholar whose work focuses on changing demographics in California cities, but we will consider candidates specializing in other large, urban regions. Moreoever, we seek qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community


The Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at SF State is committed to critical analysis of societies, with particular emphasis on inequalities, injustices, and processes of social change. Our primary mission is to provide students with the theoretical and methodological skills needed to better understand, critique, and contribute to the worlds in which they live. The sociology major prepares students for a broad range of career paths, including employment in community-based organizations, local governments, human service agencies, and research settings. The major also provides students with a foundation to successfully pursue graduate work in multiple areas, including sociology, social work, public health, public administration, counseling, law, sexuality studies, and other fields. We are also interested in a scholar who could contribute to both our Sociology BA program and Sexuality Studies MA program.


The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:


·         Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body;

·         Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging;

·         Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice;

·         Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio;

·         Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;

·         Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and

·         Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate teaching in sociological theory, advanced research methods, and writing in the discipline. We also seek a scholar who will mentor and advise undergraduate students and graduate students in Sexuality Studies, develop and maintain an active research program, and contribute to ongoing committee and service assignments. 




·         Ph.D. in Sociology from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment (August 2019).



·         Record of teaching contributions in the areas of one or more of the following:  Sociological Theory (Classical and Contemporary); Research Methods (Quantitative or Qualitative); Sociological Composition

·         Emerging and/or active record of scholarship related to urban inequalities and potential for external funding, if relevant

·         Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works

·         Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities

·         Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments


Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Application:  Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Department of Sociology to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; a writing sample of scholarly work; a statement of teaching philosophy; and names and contact information of three references. Send all materials to Dr. Chris Bettinger, Committee Chair, Department of Sociology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 or email, with the subject heading Urban Inequalities Position Materials.


San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.


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