Job opportunity: Assistant Professor of Sociology in Global Inequality at Illinois State University

Dear Colleagues,

We would welcome applicants from political ecology-oriented scholars for the job description below. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Assistant Professor of Sociology in Global Inequality

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Position Summary:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University, USA invites applications for a nine-month, tenure track assistant professorship in sociology beginning August 16, 2020. Building on existing departmental strengths in globalization, development, economic and political sociology, we seek a sociologist whose work addresses the global and transnational political economic dynamics relating to the causes and consequences of inequality.  The ideal candidate will be able to teach one or more of the core courses required for our sociology major in addition to offering elective courses in their substantive area of specialization.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and community. Candidates with experience working with a diverse range of students, staff and faculty, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

1. A Ph.D. in sociology or a closely related field is required prior to the start date of this position. ABD’s will be considered if degree conferral date is August 1, 2020 or sooner. 

2. Illinois state law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position.

Application Process:

All application materials must be submitted online at posting number 0712311 In addition to completing a faculty employment application, please prepare in advance the following separate documents: a cover letter describing relevant research and future plans, a full CV, letters from  three academic references , up to three writing samples that serve as evidence of an active research agenda in this substantive area, and a teaching portfolio (listed as “other” in the document section of the application) which includes a teaching philosophy statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a statement on the applicant’s approach to mentoring a diverse student body. To ensure full consideration, apply by September 30, 2019. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Should you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Richard Sullivan, Chair of Search Committee, at or (309)-438-2408.

Illinois State University:

Founded in 1857 as Illinois’ first public university, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 72 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study.  The Graduate School coordinates 42 masters, two specialist, and 10 doctoral programs. Illinois State ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report 2019 rankings of “National Universities” and has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information, please visit our website at:

The Community

Bloomington and Normal, Illinois are twin cities with a combined population of 130,000 people. A dynamic college town, Bloomington‐Normal is only a short train ride away from downtown Chicago and St. Louis, and within easy driving distance of Milwaukee and Indianapolis. In 2017, Bloomington‐Normal was named one of the Best College Towns in America by the American Institute for Economic Research, including a #2 ranking in the “Arts and Entertainment” category. In 2016, Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought to Live in, But Should.” In 2015, the Town of Normal was ranked #3 on the list of Best Small College Towns in America by College Values Online.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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