Assistant Professor Sociology - Critical Race Studies

Department: Sociology
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s): Critical Race Studies
Search # 22-002


Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus-wide commitment to social justice. SCSU is an innovative, student-centric university, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.

The Sociology Department is seeking to hire a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Sociology to begin August 2022. We are seeking a sociologist or a scholar from a closely related discipline whose teaching and scholarly work emphasizes critical race studies. The preferred candidate’s teaching, scholarship and service will contribute to the department’s commitment to antiracism, intersectionality, equity and social justice. The candidate will be expected to teach Introduction to Racial and Intersectional Justice as well as Race and Ethnic Relations. All areas of specialization will be considered.

The successful applicant will be working with colleagues who are committed to social justice and diversity. Students at Southern express a variety of sociological interests that complement our faculty expertise in critical criminology, urban sociology, and intersectional approaches to contemporary social problems. The department oversees a B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a M.S. in Sociology emphasizing the study of Social Justice. The department also serves popular concentrations, including Women's and Gender Studies, Criminal Justice, and Racism and Intersectional Justice Studies. The successful candidate will participate in curricular development in critical race studies and social justice broadly defined.

The candidate must be committed to teaching within a vibrant public regional university and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and research with undergraduates and graduate students. All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department and university service. The successful candidate will complete 12 credits of load activity (including teaching, administrative responsibilities, or other instances of reassigned time). 

Required Qualifications

The candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology or closely related discipline by the time of appointment. The candidate must show evidence of ability to teach university level core courses in sociology (e.g. research methods, statistics, sociological theory, and/or senior capstone), race, and social justice. The candidate must demonstrate a strong potential for scholarly activity.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates who have experience teaching a range of courses in critical race studies and intersectional justice, who can contribute to our core curriculum, and who have an established record of scholarship.

Application Process

Please submit letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, teaching philosophy that highlights the candidate’s approach to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in the classroom, research statement, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.  All application materials must be submitted electronically to Sociology Critical Race Studies Search Committee Chair at  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 29, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.