Assistant Professor - Sociology - Critical Race Theory

Department: Sociology
Rank: Assistant
Specialization(s):  Sociology/Race
Search # 21-003


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 10,000 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 is seeking to hire a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Sociology to begin August 2021. We are seeking a sociologist or a scholar from a closely related field whose teaching and scholarly work emphasizes critical race studies. The candidate is expected to contribute to advancing SCSU’s commitment to equity and social justice. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the formation of a new Center for Equity and Social Justice on SCSU’s campus.


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 Social Science and Medicine. 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 liberal arts and sciences environment 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/university service. 


Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to pursue scholarship in their area of expertise. These activities include, but are not limited to, research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.

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 courses in the field of sociology and race. The candidate must demonstrate a strong potential for scholarly activity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference may be given to candidates who have experience teaching in core sociology coursework (e.g. research methods, statistics, sociological theory, senior capstone) and who demonstrate expertise to also contribute to instruction in the area of criminology. Preference may be given to candidates 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 to:  Sociology Search Committee Chair at

All application materials must be submitted electronically.  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 30, 2020.  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.