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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Posted: 8/29/2017 (Employment)

The Position: Assistant Professor in Sociology

The Sociology Department at Whitworth University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in Sociology. The area of emphasis is open, however preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to one or both of the following tracks in the major: criminal justice or social service and community action.

The Whitworth Sociology Department’s mission is to prepare students with the skills to describe, explain, interpret, and make a difference in social life. The department equips students to promote well-being in the arenas of social life around them and encourages students to explore the relationships between sociology and faith. To these ends, students are expected to master the substantive content of sociology and its methods of research and data analysis, to develop an ideal vision of social life as informed by sociology and their deepest convictions, and to be prepared to advance that vision through a career and social engagement. The faculty is committed to providing excellence in teaching, scholarship and mentoring, and to modeling community engagement through research, writing, consultation, and service.


The anticipated full-time load, will consist primarily of teaching undergraduate courses drawn from the following areas: sociology, social welfare and social work, criminology and criminal justice, social research methods and statistics.

The Sociology department at Whitworth University values diversity of background and experience. We seek scholars who enjoy collaborating with undergraduate students on applied research projects and who seek the challenge of inspiring students to reach their full potential. We believe that teachers with diverse backgrounds and experiences make our program stronger and provide better outcomes for our students.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • PhD in Sociology, Applied Sociology, Social Welfare, Criminal Justice. ABD in Sociology, Applied Sociology, Social Welfare, Criminal Justice may be considered.
  • A commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness or potential for effectiveness in college-level undergraduate teaching.
  • Ability to work effectively as a colleague with university administration, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives.
  • Commitment to providing an equitable, just, and inclusive learning environment for all students.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue to work legally for the proposed term of employment.
  • A commitment to equal opportunity; and a commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  • Employment offer is contingent on a successful background check, including education verification.

Application Process

The following documents are required to complete the online application form at :

  1. A letter of interest that describes your approach to teaching and directing and relates your experience to the required qualifications of the position.
  2. An essay describing how your Christian faith informs your work as a scholar and teacher. Please read before you write your essay.
  3. Your curriculum vitae.
  4. The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three or more academic/professional references.
  5. Three recent student course evaluations, or a note explaining why they are not available.
  6. Representative publications of scholarly work (if available).

Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Jason Wollschleger,

Please direct questions about the application process to


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Location: Whitworth University