Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University



Western Kentucky University (WKU) Department of Sociology invites applications for an Assistant Professor position. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-eligible position to begin August 15, 2017. Review of applications will begin on January 2nd, 2017 and will continue until position is filled.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Sociology, Rural Sociology, Criminology, or Criminal Justice completed by the time of appointment. Primary expectations for the position are for high quality instruction in statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Sociology Department statistics courses are required for two graduate degrees, six undergraduate majors and three minors within the university. These courses serve approximately 150 students a semester. This position will primarily support this need with the assistance of other departmental faculty. Primary area of specialization is open, although the candidate should also be able to contribute in one or more of the areas of departmental specialization–criminology; inequality and social change; community, environment, and development; family, gender and sexuality; and/or research methods. Familiarity and experience teaching web courses is desirable and a willingness to teach online courses is required. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, ongoing scholarly research, and involvement in university, community, and professional service activities are expected.

The Department of Sociology offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in both sociology and criminology. The Master of Arts in Criminology is offered completely online, and the sociology and criminology undergraduate degrees can be finished online as well. The department currently has 454 undergrad and graduate majors matriculating through its programs. For more information on our department and our programs, please visit our website at

WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city of 64,000, approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville (For more information, see The university currently enrolls 17,000 undergraduates and 2,600 graduate students. WKU values teaching and student learning. Its faculty are engaged in creative activity and diverse scholarship, including basic and applied research designed to expand knowledge, improve instruction, increase learning, and provide optimum service to the state and nation. WKU provides comprehensive support for grant-funded research.

For consideration applicants should provide a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, including brief statements about their teaching interests and research agenda. They should also provide curriculum vitae, official university transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations), and the names of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. To apply please complete the online application process at:

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.