Overview

Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position in Sociology to begin August 2017. The successful applicant has the possibility of reappointment for up to three additional years (9-month contracts), depending on performance, department needs, and funding.

Responsibilities: Provide classroom instruction in lower and upper division curriculum; fulfill additional faculty duties including mentoring of students in research and other experiences; contribute to inclusive excellence both in the department and across campus; and perform service to the University and community.

Required Qualifications: Requires a Ph.D. in Sociology; ABD status (with Masters in Sociology) will be considered with Ph.D. completion scheduled by December 2017.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • academic qualifications,
  • teaching background or the potential for teaching introductory sociology, social institutions, social psychology, and advanced seminars,
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness, including potential for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in undergraduates,
  • compatibility with department needs,
  • experience supporting diversity and inclusion,
  • evidence of commitment to liberal arts education, including but not limited to interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching, and
  • strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Compensation: Salary for this position is $40,000; benefits package includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.

Program: Sociology is located in the Department of Society and Environment, which is part of the School of Social & Cultural Studies. The department has 6 faculty members and approximately 120 undergraduate majors and 90 minors. The department also offers courses in Truman’s Liberal Studies program. For more information about the Department of Society and Environment, please visit http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-society-environment-department/

The University: A vibrant community of teacher-scholars with a highly selective student body, Truman is a residential university focused on providing its approximately 6,000 students with broad liberal arts experiences and depth of study in 48 undergraduate majors and 8 graduate programs. Truman’s students are well-prepared academically. Most have leadership experience and over 45% will enter graduate or professional education within a year of graduation. Over 20% of Truman students engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects, including participation in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Truman is nationally recognized for the quality of the educational opportunities it offers students and for its leadership in the assessment of student learning and continuous improvement. Truman, Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university, has been recognized for the 20th year in a row by US News and World Report as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Regional Category. The Washington Monthly ranks Truman as the No. 3 Masters’ University in the United States, reporting that, “Truman State is unusually successful at not just graduating students but also preparing them to make lasting contributions to society, [for] much less than the private institutions that are similarly ranked.” For more information about the University, please visit http://truman.edu

The Community: Located in Kirksville, Truman plays a vital role in the thriving regional center of northeast Missouri. The city enjoys a low crime rate, excellent schools, and a low cost of living. Within a few minutes’ drive, a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities is easily accessible. Kirksville is connected to St. Louis (STL) by Cape Air ( www.flycapeair.com). Amtrak operates the Southwest Chief on daily schedules from Kirksville to Chicago, Kansas City, and points southwest to Los Angeles. The A. T. Still University maintains dental and medical schools in Kirksville. Information about Kirksville can be found at http://www.kirksvillechamber.com/

Application: The School of Social and Cultural Studies coordinates the application process. Electronic submission of applications is required and candidate’s documents should be uploaded at http://employment.truman.edu. Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to: sscssearch@truman.edu with “Temporary Sociology Search” in the subject line. Complete applications must include:

  • a letter of application that addresses the evaluation criteria,
  • current curriculum vitae,
  • statement of teaching philosophy, research interests and goals,
  • statement of commitment to inclusive excellence and the liberal arts and sciences,
  • copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and
  • names and contact information for three references; letters of recommendation will be solicited from candidates prior to interviews.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Amber Johnson ( ajohnson@truman.edu), Chair, Department of Society and Environment or to Dr. Paul Shapiro ( pshapiro@truman.edu), Chair of the Temporary Sociology Search Committee.