Faculty – Assistant Professor – Sociology

Utah Valley University

Position Announcement

The Sociology Program – housed within the Behavioral Science (soon to be Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Utah Valley University – invites application for one Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position, beginning on August 1, 2024. Successful candidates should be able to teach Sociology of Aging, and preference will be given to those who can also teach Sociology of Gender and/or Race and Minority Relations. Candidates should be able to supplement and strengthen current Sociology program offerings. We are looking for candidates who are collegial, motivated, flexible in teaching assignment, able and willing to develop some online classes, have excellent interpersonal skills, and are able to collaborate with colleagues, and mentor students. Ideal candidates should be able to work with first-generation and nontraditional students and can contribute to UVU’s mission as an integrated university and community college (https://www.uvu.edu/president/mission.html )
The teaching load for tenure-track faculty is four courses in both fall and spring semester. Successful candidates will demonstrate teaching excellence in two or more modalities, including face-to-face, online (synchronous or asynchronous), and hybrid. Our faculty is supported in their instructional activities by the Office of Teaching and Learning, an outstanding center for faculty development that has robust staff support for online/hybrid courses and possesses a well-equipped technology lab. Research support is also available through the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Utah Valley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultural diversity in its people and programs. As such, we have implemented an inclusion-based mission, incorporated inclusion within strategic planning, and actively participate in inclusive programs, such as ElevateHER along with many academic and student-engaged offices such as the Center for Social Impact, The Global Intercultural Initiative, LGBTQ+ Student Services, UVU Women’s Success Center, and is a member of Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). UVU encourages the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Utah Valley University is a rapidly growing regional university of more than 40,000 students and is located in Orem, Utah—about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City and only 15 minutes south of “Silicon Slopes,” a flourishing tech hub. UVU operates multiple campuses including the Capital Reef Field Station. Central Utah boasts not only fine restaurants and cultural events, but also access to world-class ski resorts, hiking, fishing, biking, and other outdoor activities. Nearby ski resorts include Alta, Brighton, Deer Valley, Park City, Snowbird, Solitude, and Sundance. UVU is a day’s drive or less from Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Zion National Park, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Forest, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, and others. Aside from Salt Lake City International Airport and Provo Airport, other airports within a day’s drive include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Denver.
Screening of applicants will begin on December 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment of this position. For additional information, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Grace Chou ([email protected]).

Minimum Qualifications

The position requires a Ph.D. degree in sociology by the time of employment (August 1, 2024), with a minimum of one year teaching or training experience (required), and experience of teaching and mentoring a diverse or non-traditional student body (preferred).
Required Documents:

  • A letter of application outlining relevant qualifications and experiences 
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Research statement with one writing sample (published or unpublished article or chapter)
  • Teaching Statement with evidence of effective teaching at the undergraduate level (such as sample syllabi, teaching observation letters, etc.) 
  • Student rating of instructor over the last three years (if applicable)
  • A statement outlining your plans for contributing to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Utah Valley University
  • Unofficial transcripts at the graduate level
  • EEO Statement:

    UVU employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant’s qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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