Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Stetson University

Stetson University seeks candidates broadly trained in Sociology and Africana/African American/Black Studies for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. This position involves teaching in the Africana Studies Program and the Sociology and Anthropology Department. Some desirable areas of expertise include (but are not limited to): a concentration or extensive work in the history and cultures of the African Diaspora; critical race studies; environmental racism; Black feminisms; critical criminology; and urban sociology. The ideal candidate is a teacher-scholar dedicated to modeling scholarship in the disciplines of African/African American/Black Studies and Sociology for undergraduate students, who engages students from diverse backgrounds, and who extends the diversity of their expertise into the community.

QUALIFICATIONS:
PhD in Sociology or Africana/African American/Black Studies in hand or expected before August 2021, with an active scholarly agenda commensurate with experience and demonstrated excellence teaching undergraduates in both general and specialized areas in the disciplines of Africana/African American/Black Studies and Sociology.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The teaching load is three courses per semester. Major responsibilities are expected to include regularly teaching Introduction to Africana Studies and contributing to one or more of the Sociology Department’s research sequence courses (e.g., social theory, research methods, statistics, and/or senior project). The position offers opportunities to develop and teach interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary courses including First-Year and Junior Seminars; courses cross-listed with Latin American/Latino Studies and other area studies programs; courses that might support interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Studies, Public Health, or Gender Studies; other courses that fulfill College of Arts and Sciences General Education requirements; or courses focusing on writing.

For more information on our expectations in teaching and scholarship, our tenure policies, and our support for faculty development, please see the Academic Affairs website at http://www.stetson.edu/administration/provost/prospective-faculty/index.php.

THE DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM:
The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers a major in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology. The Africana Studies Program offers a minor in Africana Studies.

THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES:
Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences (http://www.stetson.edu/portal/artsci/) is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts. With nineteen academic departments and nine interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University. A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars. The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; six graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing. Every undergraduate major requires a senior research project, giving students the opportunity to design and carry out independent research under faculty mentorship. Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility. All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community. The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.

THE UNIVERSITY:
Founded in 1883, Stetson University is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,300 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. The University’s graduate programs include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

THE COMMUNITY:
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

SALARY: Salary is competitive.
STARTING DATE: August 11, 2021

APPLICATION:
Applicants should supply a: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) writing sample; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) statement related to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and (6) three references. In the equity, diversity and inclusion statement, candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate mentoring and engagement with student populations.

All information may be submitted electronically to Dr. Sharmaine Jackson, Search Committee Chair, at BlackStudies@stetson.edu. While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively application materials may be mailed to:

Dr. Sharmaine Jackson, Search Committee Chair
Department of Sociology
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8387
DeLand, FL 32723

Preliminary review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by December 15, 2020 will be assured of full consideration.

Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.