Virginia Commonwealth University: Assistant Professor, LatinX and Quantitative Sociology

The Department of Sociology @ VCU

FOCUS AREAS: LatinX and Quantitative
Of additional interest: Urban, Health, Migration, Social Psychology

The College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University embarks on a cluster hire in Migration Studies: Focus Latin America to enhance the study of Latin American migration at VCU and position the university as a thought leader in addressing the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly diverse nation. Four new faculty positions will enrich the departments of History, Sociology, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, and the School of World Studies

The Sociology Department is seeking applications for a tenure track assistant professor position to begin August 2018.  We are seeking a sociologist specializing in LatinX communities in the United States and quantitative methods.  Preferred secondary specializations include social psychology, migration, health, globalization and/or urban sociology.  

The successful candidate will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department. Teaching responsibilities will include courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in their area of research specialization, along with providing support to the program’s core curriculum and general education requirements. Candidates with the interest and ability to teach in our online Master’s program focused on Digital Sociology will be preferred.

Required qualifications include a PhD in Sociology in hand by August 2018 and a record of or demonstrable potential for excellence in scholarship. Native- or near native proficiency in Spanish preferred as is potential for engaging students in research experiences in migrant communities both locally and abroad. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.

VCU is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success. We are proud of our nationally ranked academic programs and academic medical center, research and scholarly productivity, and engagement with the communities we serve and change.  Combining the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small historic city, Richmond provides an engaging backdrop for work, play and study. The College of Humanities and Sciences is the foundation of educational and intellectual life at Virginia Commonwealth University, and houses the core disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The Sociology Department at VCU includes both a Bachelors and Masters program. Currently, we have 300+ undergraduate majors and 30+ graduate students. The M.S. program has two options-thesis and applied. The thesis option is taught on campus; the applied option includes both on-campus and online modes. Existing faculty areas of research include gender, sexuality, race, health, labor, digital sociology, and environmental sociology with expertise in multiple research methodologies including social network analysis, quantitative and qualitative methods. Both the graduate and undergraduate programs are grounded in a strong theoretical foundation in the structural bases and processes of social inequality around social class, race, and gender. Our goal is to strengthen our expertise in the areas of inequality, race/ethnicity and quantitative methods. For more information visit

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please apply online at Submit a letter of application, CV, and a writing sample in PDF format with your online application (please submit the writing sample under the website’s category for “Other Document”). Three letters of reference are required. Reference providers will be notified by email that they have been asked to provide a reference, with instructions how to do so. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2017. Start date will be August 16, 2018. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Jennifer A. Johnson, Chair of Sociology, at

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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