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Assistant Professor in Sociology with Specialization in Culture and Cognition

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
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Job Summary

Principle Duties: The Department of Sociology at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2022. We seek candidates with a research specialization at the interface of the sociology of culture and the study of human cognition. We are interested in scholars who investigate how cultural phenomena like symbols, practices, discourses, values, material artifacts, knowledge, belief systems, ideologies, etc. shape and/or are shaped by one or more cognitive processes such as sensation, perception, memory, automatic cognition, emotions and affective cognition, deliberation, learning, reasoning, decision-making, imagination, etc.

In addition to publishing high-quality research aligned with the description above, the candidate will normally teach two courses per semester. Part of that teaching assignment will be met by teaching in the first-year sequence of the College of Liberal Arts' Cornerstone program. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to Ph.D. student training.

The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue offers competitive salaries. The university is located in an affordable metropolitan area of over 200,000 people, conveniently located between Indianapolis and Chicago.


The position requires a Ph.D. in sociology or a closely related field at the time of employment. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods and tools. Candidates whose research complements the interests that overlap with our department's strengths are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

To apply, please visit Applicants must include: 1) a letter of application explaining how their qualifications and experience make them a good candidate for the position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement, 4) a teaching statement, 5) a writing sample, 6) contact information including current e-mail addresses for three references, and 7) a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement addressing the below prompt:

Purdue University's Department of Sociology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. In a separate statement, candidates should address this prompt: "How does your thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion influence your teaching, research, and/or mentorship? How will this help you to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion?

Screening of applicants will begin on October 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. For additional information, contact Dr. Daniel Winchester, Search Chair (

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Purdue University is an EOE/AA Employer

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.
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