Sociology Assistant Professor – Tenure Track

Posted on November 27th, 2019 by Travis Dix

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Averett University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2020. The Department offers a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Leadership Administration.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Demonstrated potential of research as well as a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching are expected.
  • An ability to involve and mentor students in research and/or to provide them with experiential and service learning opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities

The successful candidate will teach both intro and upper level undergraduate courses, and contribute to the department’s required core offerings such as Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, and Criminal Justice along with the candidate’s area of expertise. There may be opportunities for teaching in the graduate program as well. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop new courses in emerging and innovative areas in alignment with other our focus on service learning. Particular areas of interest to the Department will complement our existing strengths of stratification and crime and deviance and might include areas of the study of life course, collective action, or urban sociology. Ultimately, the expertise area is open. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with colleagues across the social sciences division, including courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the African and African American Studies Program.

The primary professional responsibilities of Averett’s faculty are: teaching, research, scholarship, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in department, school, and campus-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. The successful candidate will also be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that encourages and celebrates diversity and differences. The successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings.

Physical & Mental Demands/Work Environment

The duties of this position require performance of the following activities and work in the described environment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Almost constant interaction with others requiring clear communication (speaking and listening) in person and telephonically
  • Must be able to work closely with others as part of a team
  • Visual, speech, and hearing acuity required to perform assigned work, including classroom interactions with students, classroom presentations/lections, student advising, and review and grading of assignments
  • Most work is performed while sitting or standing with walking necessary to/from classrooms and meetings
  • Work uses fine manual dexterity to use equipment involving levers, buttons, keyboards, and switches as well as frequent handling of small items and paperwork
  • Ability to lift, carry or move items of up to 10 pounds, occasionally, notes, files, binder
  • At times, work may require pushing/pulling (drawers, chairs), reaching, bending, twisting, or climbing (stairs)
  • Occasionally will need to work under time pressure, work on multiple tasks simultaneously, perform tedious and exacting work, and work in a noisy or distracting environment
  • At times may be called upon to work in an emergency situation, make frequent changes of tasks, or work an irregular work schedule/overtime
  • Frequently will need to use office equipment such as telephones, printer, copier, scanner, scissors, stapler, and computer.  Will use software including Microsoft Office, Foxit or Adobe PDF software, Moodle, PC Self-Service, and other campus software
  • Seasonally may work in situations where communicable diseases (virus, flu, etc.) are present
  • Primary work locations are an office environment and classrooms

Application Process

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcript to

Attention: Sociology Search Committee, c/o Dr. Adrienne Brune
Averett University
420 W. Main St.,
Danville, VA  24541

Three letters of recommendation will be required for candidates who are asked to interview.

Please note:

  • Background checks are required for all positions.
  • An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
  • Averett University’s policies, programs and activities, including hiring practices, comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression and veteran status.

Averett University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.