Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology. Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division School of Social Sciences and Global Studies
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date Open until filled Special Instructions to Applicants
Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) CV, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and a list of courses you would be most interested in teaching, (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., one example syllabus and a summary of teaching evaluations), and (5) names and contact information for three academic references. Unofficial transcripts will be requested of finalists prior to interviews. Official transcripts are required prior to extending an offer to the preferred candidate. Review of applications will begin November 6th and will continue until finalists are selected.

Job Summary 
The School of Social Science and Global Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor or Instructor of Sociology to join our active and collegial sociology program starting the 2024-2025 academic year. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track, permanent position with opportunities for promotion. A successful candidate who does not have a PhD by August 2024 will be hired as an instructor. Additional information concerning promotion and evaluation of all faculty in the School of Social Science and Global Studies can be found here.

The School is seeking candidates with a specialty in any area of sociology and with a commitment to excellent teaching. Candidates will be expected to teach introductory classes and a variety of upper-level sociology electives. The School strongly values and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching and scholarship. Applicants with experience teaching and mentoring in a university setting with a diverse student body will receive preference. Applicants with experience teaching and designing online courses, or with at least a willingness to do so, will also receive preference.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach four courses per semester, fall and spring.
  2. Hold regular office hours.
  3. Mentor and advise students in the program.
  4. Attend faculty meetings as determined by the Director of the School of Social Science and Global Studies.
  5. Engage in professional development and/or scholarly activities appropriate to the mission of the School, College and University.
  6. Provide service to assist the functioning of the School, College, and University.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in Sociology.
Preferred Qualifications  
PhD or ABD in Sociology conferred by August 2024 with a record of high-quality teaching.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others.  USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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