Assistant Professor - Sociology

Department: Sociology
Rank: Assistant Professor, One Year Special Appointment
Specialization(s): Sociology/Criminology
Search #: 21-022E


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 of approximately 9,000 students, 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 invites applications for a one-year term position as Visiting Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Sociology beginning August 23, 2021. The teaching load for this position is four courses per semester.

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 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. Teaching load is 12 credit-hours per semester.

Required Qualifications

The candidate must be A.B.D. or have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology or closely related field by the time of appointment. The candidate must show evidence of ability to teach university level courses. The candidate should be prepared to teach introduction to criminology, drugs & society, criminological theory, and contribute to the core curriculum in diversity. The department is particularly interested in someone who is able to teach elective criminology coursework in their specialized area of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference may be given to candidates who have an established record of scholarship.

Application Process

Please submit a 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 the Department of Sociology For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, July 18, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

All open faculty positions are subject to suspension pending state and Connecticut State University System budget.


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.