The Department of Sociology at Augsburg University invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology position with expertise in Urban Sociology and/or Urban Studies. The position will begin in August 2023.
The Sociology Department is affiliated with Augsburg's Urban Studies Program, both of which offer undergraduate majors and minors. We are committed to excellence in teaching, as well as scholarship and service. This position emphasizes experiential learning, community-based research, student-faculty collaborative research, and fostering ties with Twin Cities organizations, particularly those that empower underserved communities. The successful candidate will contribute to a diverse community of learners through excellence in teaching, conducting research, mentoring students, and by engaging with the Sociology Department, the Urban Studies Program, the University, their profession, and the wider community.
We are searching for a faculty member who will teach introductory Urban Sociology, Urban Planning, and at least one upper-division course in the core Sociology major (Statistical Analysis, Research Methods and/or Sociological Theory). Candidates will also teach elective courses in their specialties. Expertise in low-income communities, BIPOC communities, immigrant communities, ethnic enclaves, and/or Geographic Information Systems is a plus. Applicants should provide examples of how their specialties will complement existing strengths in Sociology and Urban Studies. The candidate may have the opportunity to develop courses in conjunction with other interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental Studies or Critical Race & Ethnic Studies and with Augsburg's Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE). The annual teaching commitment is typically six courses per year (three per semester). Future service responsibilities are likely to include directing the Urban Studies Program and supervising Urban Studies internships.
A Ph.D. (or international equivalent) in Sociology or in related fields including Anthropology, Geography, Urban Planning or Urban Studies. Doctoral candidates will be considered if the doctorate will be completed by August 2023. Strong candidates will have demonstrated an ability to teach undergraduate courses in Sociology and/or Urban Studies, a commitment to student-centered teaching practices, and research experience.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and is characterized by strong teaching in small classes. The University's Mission Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings. The CampusLocated in the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg’s main campus surrounds Murphy Square, the oldest park in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center are across the street from Augsburg, with the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners theatre district just a few blocks away.The 23-acre campus consists of a mix of historic and newer buildings that reflect the contemporary needs of the academic programs. Augsburg...’s newest signature academic building, the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion, opened for classes January 8, 2018. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a location in Rochester, Minnesota, and maintains international sites and staff in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Namibia.