Assistant Professor in Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University

Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Zaporizhzhya This is a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Rural Sociology with a 60% research and 40% teaching appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE). Applicants should have at the time of appointment a Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, or related field. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program that draws on expertise in the sociology of agriculture and food. Applicants should provide evidence of strong potential for conducting and publishing research, securing external funding to support research activities, teaching experience and effectiveness, and strong skills to mentor and advise graduate students. The applicant should also demonstrate interest in and ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research collaborations in one or more areas central to the College of Agricultural Sciences strategic plan, including sustainability, integrated health solutions, human and community connections, and citizens’ socioeconomic well-being. Teaching expectations will be three courses per year in the Community, Environment, and Development (CED) undergraduate major, the Food Systems (FDSYS) undergraduate minor, and the Rural Sociology (RSOC) graduate program.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in rural sociology, sociology, or related field. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Applicants should demonstrate excellent research and communication skills. Teaching experience along with experience indicating independence, productivity, and capacity to work effectively on multi-disciplinary teams is preferred. A demonstrated ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students is required, and the successful candidate will actively strive to provide an inclusive learning environment for all students.

Application Requirements: The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2024 with a start date of August 1, 2024, or as negotiated. Candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, a forward-looking statement on research interests, and a statement of teaching/pedagogy related to the position description. In addition, every candidate must submit a “Reflection on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging” document as part of their portfolio. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with university policies. Questions can be directed to the Search Committee chair: Dr. Kathy Sexsmith (

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