Assistant Professor of Practice in Sociology (Remote), Texas Tech University

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (SASW) at Texas Tech University invites applications for an online-only Sociology Assistant Professor of Practice position to begin September 1, 2023. The specialization is open, but we are looking for someone with experience teaching departmentally required classes (statistics, theory, and research methods) or sociologically informed electives, including in criminology. For a complete list of our courses, please see the TTU course catalog.

The position is for only online classes with a teaching load of 3-3. The classes will be either synchronous or asynchronous, based on departmental need and type of class. The duty point can be anywhere in the United States and the position is renewable dependent on continued funding and candidate performance.

While a PhD in Sociology is preferred, a PhD in related fields (e.g., Gender Studies or Criminology) with the ability to teach sociology classes will be considered. The PhD must be completed before beginning the position. The successful candidate is a scholar who can teach departmentally needed classes and be responsive to student and department needs. This candidate should be able to contribute to the curriculum by teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses of departmental need, including Introduction to Sociology. S/he should also be able to develop courses related to his or her specializations.

Texas Tech is a Carnegie Tier One university (R1) and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Required Qualifications

PhD in Sociology or related field at the time of the appointment is required. ABDs will be considered. Demonstrated evidence of teaching effectiveness, including undergraduates in the United States, is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with teaching experience and demonstrated teaching effectiveness in online classes are preferred. Experience working with first-generation students is highly desirable.

About the Department and Texas Tech University

The Sociology Program in the Department of SASW has 14 full-time tenured and tenure-track sociologists as well as professors of practice, instructors, and affiliated faculty in other departments. We offer both bachelors’ and masters’ degrees as well as an accelerated masters program. Our undergraduate majors have the option of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, which is an area of strength and growth for the department. To learn more about the program, please visit Texas Tech University is a state-supported Tier One National Research University with an enrollment of more than 40,000 students. Texas Tech University also recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The university also has a Women’s and Gender Studies program that offers an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate. We have a large population of first-generation college students and students who are military veterans.

The Lubbock metropolitan area is home to more than 250,000 people and enjoys low-cost of living, abundant sunshine, and friendly people. It has an international airport, and it is in driving distance to Dallas and Santa Fe. Lubbock has extensive recreational opportunities, including a growing art and culinary scene, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment that can help develop a productive career. For more information check out To Apply Qualified candidates should complete an online application available at with job ad # 32658BR. Application review will begin March 10, 2023. Please include your curriculum vitae with contact information; a letter describing your interest in the position and your qualifications for the position; a statement on your research and teaching; and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please direct any questions about the position to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Patricia Maloney, via email at

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.