Position Announcement – University of Minnesota, Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology and the Department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota invite applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position specializing in Health & Population, to begin fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor. This position will be a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Geography, Environment & Society, with the tenure home decided by the chosen candidate in consultation with the chairs of the two departments. The percentage of work effort devoted to each unit will be determined in consultation with the candidate, but is expected to be approximately 50% in each unit.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Candidates will be expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, university, and profession. Salary is competitive.


REQUIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Sociology, Geography, or a related field is required. Advanced ABD’s may be considered for appointment at the rank of tenure-track instructor, with the understanding that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of appointment.


Applicants will be evaluated based on research excellence in the area of Health & Population.  Expertise in GIScience, spatial demography, population-environment dynamics, law, or inequality desired. We welcome candidates whose dossiers demonstrate interdisciplinary scholarly distinction and who demonstrate potential for collaboration with other units on campus, such as the Minnesota Population Center and the School of Public Health.  A focus on Latin America, and/or Africa is preferred, though U.S. or other regional expertise will also be considered. We welcome applicants versed in diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the tenure home department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach 1) a cover letter and 2) a curriculum vitae. Once this step is complete, please add additional materials by accessing the “My Activities” page and uploading: 3) samples of written work; 4) a statement outlining current and future research interests; and 5) evidence of teaching effectiveness or a commitment to teaching.  Application review will begin October 1, 2015.


There are a few ways to access this posting in the University employment system. If you are external to the University of MN, select this link to be routed directly to this job opening: https://www.myu.umn.edu/psp/psprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=303914&PostingSeq=1

(Please copy and paste this long url in to a web browser). Review the job description and select the Apply button at the bottom of the page to begin your application. Another way to review this job opening is to click this link to the University employment page where you can enter the job opening ID.  The job opening ID for this position is 303914. http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/


In addition to the material submitted electronically, applicants are asked to arrange for THREE letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the email below. The letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to

soc-geog@umn.edu or mailed directly to:

Professor Warren, Population & Health Assistant Professor Search, University of Minnesota?267 19th Avenue South, Room 909, Minneapolis, MN 55455 fax (612) 626-0155
Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date. If you have questions about the application process, please contact us via e-mail at soc-geog@umn.edu or phone Sociology’s main office at 612-624-4300.