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Lecturer of Sociology

Central College
Pella, IA
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Category:: Academic / Faculty
Department:: Academic Affairs
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Jan 26, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Faculty
Position ID:: 172113

About Central College:

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year college known for its academic rigor, engaged citizenship and character formation, experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in an academic community of 1,100 students. Founded in 1853, the college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

Job Description:

Central College seeks applicants (Ph.D. in sociology preferred; ABD considered) for a Lecturer of Sociology beginning in August 2024 to join a dynamic and collaborative team of faculty committed to student success and to each other's professional development.

Consistent with the college's mission of "empowering graduates for effective service in local, national, and international communities," the mission of Central's sociology program is to prepare Central College students to apply sociological knowledge, insights, and analysis for a lifetime of engaged service to their families, vocation, communities, and the world. To fulfill our vision of empowering students to understand and explain the complexity of social life and facilitate positive social change, the Sociology program at Central provides students with a broad background in sociology.

Students complete courses examining major institutional contexts such as education, family, and religion, in addition to courses focused on inequalities based on race, gender/sexuality, and social class. The sociology major is one of the largest majors on Central's campus. The program has robust enrollment in our courses and a sustained record of success in preparing majors for a wide range of career paths. In addition, our sociology graduates regularly enroll in master's programs in counseling and social work. The sociology program combines theoretically rigorous content with applied research opportunities. In addition, most sociology majors at Central engage in community-based learning and/or internships.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education in a liberal arts setting. Responsibilities for this position include teaching six courses per year: three sections of Principles of Sociology, one section of Social Problems, and two additional sociology electives in the candidate's areas of expertise and congruent with the department's needs and students' interests.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now".

Review of applications will commence 19 February 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Please submit the following materials online:

  • A letter of application describing your qualifications for the position that also includes a discussion of your interest in developing as a teacher and scholar at an undergraduate liberal arts college.
  • A current Curriculum Vita.
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts are not needed.)
  • A one-page statement of teaching philosophy.

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications and official transcripts should be sent electronically to or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.

Central College is an equal opportunity employer. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-Verify.

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