Assistant Professor, St. Lawrence University


Assistant Professor – Development

The Department of Sociology at St. Lawrence University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2017.  We seek an individual with primary teaching and research interests in Development Sociology. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in teaching, active scholarship, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education at a liberal arts college.  Teaching load is 3 courses per semester.  Regular contribution to the department’s introductory level courses is expected as well as contributions of sociology elective courses that serve majors, minors, and the general student body. Opportunities also exist to collaborate with and mentor student research and to contribute to university’s area studies programs. Department aims and goals include encouraging the development of the “sociological imagination” in students, the teaching of skills to articulate this, and providing opportunities for students to engage in praxis. St. Lawrence University offers a generous travel policy, and junior faculty members receive pre-tenure research leave support.  Preference will be given to candidates who have: 1) historically grounded appreciation of social relations and institutional patterns of uneven social, cultural, political, and economic change, and 2) innovative and/or marginalized understanding and interpretation of the causes, dynamics, and consequences of social concerns. The department is interested in candidates, who can substantively contribute to the diversity of the: (a) university community, (b) knowledge that students are exposed to, and (c) department’s culture of intellectual innovation. Applicants should address their ability to meet these qualifications in their cover letter.

ABD in Sociology at time of application is required.  Preference will be given to candidates who have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment.

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Review of applications begins Nov 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions about the position may be sent to Dr. Leah Rohlfsen (, Search Chair.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check. 

Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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