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Assistant Professor of Sociology (Pop Health/Med Soc)

Department of Sociology
Washington, DC
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
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The Department of Sociology at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2023. We seek a scholar who can contribute to the department's Population and Health area. Examples of potential research areas include, but are not limited to: health disparities and social determinants of health, population or demographic approaches to health and human behavior, aging and life course studies, and medical sociology.

This position will contribute directly to an established, long-standing partnership between the Department of Sociology and the interdisciplinary Health, Society & Policy (HSP) undergraduate degree program. While there will be shared teaching and service roles for Sociology and HSP, the tenure home will be exclusively in Sociology.

Applicant requirements:
  • An earned doctoral degree in Sociology by the employment start date. Experience and/or demonstrated potential for research excellence, including a well-defined research agenda and a record of (or clear potential for) academic publication and extramural funding. Ability to contribute to the department's undergraduate and graduate teaching mission, with the ability to teach courses related to Research Methods, Statistics, Population Studies, and/or Social Epidemiology. A strong commitment to upholding the University of Utah's values and principles related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (

The University of Utah, a Research-1 public institution and member of the Association of American Universities, is the flagship of the Utah System of Higher Education. It has approximately 25,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students and a single campus that includes four hospitals and numerous specialty and community health clinics, which provides ample opportunities for clinical/research partnerships. The Sociology department awards the BA/BS in Sociology, BA/BS in Criminology, Master of Statistics, and PhD degrees. Sociology and HSP are among the most diverse majors on campus, with 38% and 44% of students identifying as non-white. Academic Analytics recently ranked the department first among 207 U.S. sociology departments in the number of articles published per faculty member. The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City (1.3 million people). Salt Lake City offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, with world-class hiking and multiple ski resorts within minutes from campus and five national parks within hours of the city. In 2021, the Human Rights Campaign scored Salt Lake City a perfect 100 on its Municipal Equality Index (

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Apply online at: . Please submit (1) cover letter detailing your research and teaching interests and experience and include a discussion of how your work and other experiences can contribute to the success of underrepresented students at the University of Utah, (2) CV, (3) an academic writing sample, and (4) contact information for three people who will provide letters of recommendation.

Please address any inquiries regarding the position to Dr. Megan Reynolds ( For technical assistance or questions about the application process, contact Angela Midgley (

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah and Department of Sociology value candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups. We strive to recruit faculty who will enhance our diversity and uphold our commitment to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion. We recognize that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and community.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as persons of color, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, age, status as a person with a disability, or veteran status. To inquire further about the University's nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies, or to request an accommodation in the application process, contact the University's Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Title IX at (801) 581-8365 or
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