The Sociology and Anthropology Department at Southwestern University seeks candidates for two tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology positions to start August 2023. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to pursuing excellence in teaching undergraduate sociology courses in a liberal arts environment. In the years leading up to tenure, the faculty members are expected to teach an introductory course, two required core classes (quantitative research methods, sociological theory, or the research-based senior capstone course), and two upper-level electives in their area(s) of specialization. The university’s standard teaching load is five courses per academic year (3-2 or 2-3) and our faculty have no more than four course preparations per year. We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach in one or more of the following areas: crime and deviance, gender, immigration, medical sociology, race and ethnicity, or social inequalities. We especially welcome candidates who use an intersectional approach and who can contribute to one or more of a range of interdisciplinary programs such as Race and Ethnicity Studies, Feminist Studies, International Studies, and Latin American and Border Studies. 

Southwestern embraces the teacher-scholar model; we seek candidates with a commitment to teaching undergraduates and pursuing scholarship at a liberal arts university that offers ongoing support for scholarly development, including pre- and post-tenure sabbatical programs, funding for conferences, opportunities for collaborative research, and low average class sizes. In addition to teaching and research, faculty member responsibilities include department and university service as well as academic advising.

Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) is a selective undergraduate residential liberal arts institution located in the greater Austin area.  Established in 1840, Southwestern enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student–faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The university provides a highly interdisciplinary and holistic education that values high-impact learning experiences, such as study abroad, internships, and faculty-student research. A member of the recently formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, Southwestern is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia. Additional information about the university can be found at our website:

Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology, established excellence in teaching undergraduate students, a commitment to working closely with undergraduate students and mentoring undergraduate research, a growing record of national conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications, and evidence of working towards diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or institutional service. 

Building on Southwestern University’s commitment to academic excellence and making connections within and across disciplines, we are pleased to share that both of these positions are part of a diversity, equity, and inclusion cohort hiring initiative in the thematic areas of race, ethnicity, and social justice. The thematic hire initiative seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of teacher-scholars from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (including English, Feminist Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology) who will strengthen the University offerings in race, ethnicity, and social justice as well as increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion. As part of the thematic hiring process, Southwestern will provide members of the cohort with opportunities and resources to enhance their success and well-being such as participating in mentoring networks, research and writing workshops, and additional ongoing professional development. 

The Sociology and Anthropology Department and Southwestern University are committed to recruiting candidates who both excel in teaching and research and can best serve our diverse student population. As of the Fall 2021 semester, 41% of students enrolled at Southwestern are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education and we are committed to further increasing and supporting the diversity of our students, faculty and curriculum. The Department seeks candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity across the University, including fostering a sense of community and belonging for students. In your application materials, please include specific and detailed information about how you have worked to enhance diversity and inclusion through your teaching practices, research, and/or service experiences within the college or university setting.

For full consideration, applicants should submit 1) a C.V. that includes the names and contact information of three academic references, 2) a no more than two-page teaching statement that includes a description of your pedagogical approach, teaching experience, and concrete ways that you work to foster an inclusive classroom environment, and a 3) two-page cover letter by Friday, September 23, 2022 to The cover letter should include descriptions of a) your particular interest in working at a liberal arts university characterized by faculty-student collaborative learning and research; b)  the core and upper-level elective sociology courses you are interested in teaching; c) your research pursuits; and, d) your efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion within the academy.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  EOE/M/F