Assistant Professor, Sociology and El Instituto

Search #: 496805
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track

INTRODUCTION

El Instituto (Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies) and the Department of Sociology of the University of Connecticut (UConn) seek to hire a new colleague at the level of Assistant Professor whose area of research specialization are health, migration, or environmental justice, with a particular focus on Latinx communities. Preferred areas of research and teaching include one or more of the following: political economies of care; health equity, disparity, and access; occupational and environmental health; reproductive and sexual justice; migration, race, and indigeneity. A required qualification is research and teaching on Latinx populations (which may include island Puerto Ricans); an established community engagement record is strongly preferred. The teaching load will be one course per semester in Sociology and one course per semester in Latina/o Studies, with either or both courses being possibly cross-listed under both Sociology and El Instituto. We also expect this new colleague to teach graduate seminars and provide guidance in conducting policy-relevant thesis research to Master’s students in El Instituto and doctoral students in Sociology and other social research units.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications in top-tier venues, externally funded research, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students; engaging community partners and state agencies to provide critically important information about their area of specialization in relation to Latinx people statewide and across the nation.

In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful candidates will highlight a commitment to enhancing graduate student recruitment and funding in El Instituto and Sociology, with the longer-term aim of enhancing each unit’s well-established PoC-centered environment of scholarly, social and emotional nurturance for students of historically-marginalized groups; broaden participation among members of underrepresented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement multiple perspectives as the foundation of a rich learning experience; integrate diverse experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and/or provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse populations and intellectual interests.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Doctoral degree (or equivalent foreign degree) completed in sociology.
  • Teaching experience or demonstrated capacity to teach courses with documentation of a commitment to teaching.
  • A strong record of scholarly productivity in the areas of specialization.
  • The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the Departments.
  • Effective communication skills (both written and oral).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Demonstrated history of or potential for external research funding.
  • Experience teaching courses relevant to areas of specialization.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to teaching and/or mentoring a diverse student population.
  • Demonstrated history of engagement with community partners or state agencies.
  • Ability to engage productively with faculty across disciplines.

APPOINTMENT TERMS 

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY 

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22988 and submit the following application materials:

  • cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (e.g., prior research findings and impact; future research plans);
  • Teaching statement (e.g., teaching experience, mentoring experience, teaching philosophy, courses prepared to teach);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (e.g., values around diversity, equity, and inclusion; diversity-related experience in teaching, research, and service; plans to continue to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion);
  • Writing sample and any supporting materials,
  • Contact information for three (3) letters of reference. References will not be contacted without notification of the candidate.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information please visit the unit websites: https://elin.uconn.edu/ and Sociology. For questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holzer, elizabeth.holzer@uconn.edu.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

These positions will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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