Special Appointment (non-tenure track) Sociology Department 8/24/20 – 5/31/21

Department: Sociology
Rank: One Year Special Appointment (non tenure-track)
Specialization(s): Sociology/Criminology         


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 a flourishing 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 invites applications for a one-year, non tenure-track position as a full-time instructor of Sociology beginning August 24, 2020. The teaching load for this position is four courses per semester. Due to COVID-19, the candidate should be prepared for on ground and online course delivery.


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 criminology, urban sociology, and intersectional approaches to contemporary social problems. The department also serves popular concentrations, including Women's Studies, Criminal Justice, and Social Science and Medicine. The successful candidate will participate in curricular development in criminology 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. All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/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 a closely-related field by the time of appointment. The candidate must show evidence of success with teaching university level courses, particularly online and hybrid course instruction. The candidate should be prepared to teach social deviance, criminology-themed coursework and contribute to the core curriculum in research methods and senior capstone. The department is particularly interested in someone who is able to teach senior capstone, a writing intensive course, in their specialized area of sociological expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Application Process:

Please submit letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio (e.g. teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations), graduate transcripts, a writing sample and two to three letters of recommendation, one of which must attest to the teaching skills of the candidate, to:  Ms. Kate Willette, at sociology@southernct.edu.   All application materials must be submitted electronically.  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, July 3, 2020.  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.