Lecturer – Sociology, Rice University


Houston, Texas

Open Date

Jan 15, 2024


Feb 16, 2024 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Department of Sociology at Rice University (Houston, Texas) is now accepting applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible non-tenure-track lecturer position to begin July 1, 2024. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field by the start of the appointment. This is a two-year appointment that pays $65,000 per year, with a strong possibility of renewal, contingent on performance.

Rice University has a promotable teaching professor track for those with the promise and commitment to become pedagogical leaders in their discipline, and the successful applicant could eventually be eligible for an appointment to that track.

The successful applicant will teach six undergraduate courses a year, split across the fall and spring semesters. The course load includes a large introductory course in sociology (fall & spring), a course in the Sociology of Law, a course in the Sociology of Crime, Punishment and Society, and a judicial practicum course (spring). The sixth course would be an upper-level class in the area of the lecturer’s expertise, or in fulfillment of a departmental need.  Alternatively, the sixth course could be waived for year-round service as Undergraduate Coordinator, working alongside our Director of Undergraduate Studies, if interest and need align.

The Department of Sociology is a leader in teaching (as well as research) excellence on campus with strong inclusion of under-represented minority faculty and students. In 2021, the department was ranked 34th in U.S. News and World Report’s graduate program rankings. More information about the department is offered on our website:

Rice University is a comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

We encourage all qualified persons to apply, especially individuals who have been historically underrepresented in academia: people of color, LGBTQI people, women, people with disabilities, veterans, people of any age or family status.

The application deadline is Feb 16, 2024, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.  Application materials include: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; and (3) teaching statement that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness. Semi-finalists will be asked to arrange for letters of reference to be submitted electronically later in the search process.  All applications should be submitted electronically at

Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Jim Elliott, Chair of Sociology; email:

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

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