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Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental or Natural Resource Sociology

Utah State University
Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Nov 2, 2021

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Academic / Research
Social Science / Humanities
Environmental Justice
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Full time
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The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology. We seek an environmental or natural resource sociologist with expertise in environmental justice or governance of natural resources. We especially welcome applications from scholars whose research focuses on rural, indigenous, and/or marginalized populations, in the US or globally. Along with research and teaching skills that complement our graduate and undergraduate curriculum in the area of Environment & Community, the successful candidate would also ideally contribute to the program's other areas of specialization, Social Inequality, Demography and/or Criminal Justice.

This position is part of a department, college, and university-wide cluster hire designed to foster interdisciplinary scholarship in social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. USU actively pursues social justice and empowerment for all, and especially historically marginalized groups and individuals, through teaching, research, and service. Our program is committed to supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, creative work, and pedagogy on social justice issues in local to global contexts within historic to contemporary timeframes. We aim to attract a pool of applicants working on diverse issues with diverse populations.

Position: This is a full-time (nine-month) academic year appointment with USU's Sociology program beginning August 2022. The balance among teaching, research and service will be consistent with a faculty position in a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive research institution.


The successful candidate will be expected to:

Develop a robust, externally funded research program in environmental or natural resource sociology.

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

Advise and mentor students.

Provide service to the department, university and profession.

Contribute to the diversity, inclusion and retention priorities of the department, university, and profession.


Minimum Qualifications Assistant or Associate Professor Ranks:

Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related field (e.g., rural sociology; anthropology; human dimensions of natural resources; environmental social science; environment and society) as of the employment date.

Evidence of ability to develop and conduct an active and focused program of research and scholarship in environmental or natural resource sociology.

Demonstrated interest in teaching effectively at the undergraduate and graduate level, including a willingness to learn, or experience with, distance-education course delivery.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Associate Professor Rank:

Promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor.

Established record of excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Established record of effectiveness in research and service related to Sociology of the Environment or Natural Resources.

Record of successful grant writing.

Preferred Qualifications Assistant or Associate Professor Ranks:

Scholarship that focuses on rural, indigenous, and/or marginalized populations.

Demonstrated interest and ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the department through education, applied research, or service.

Evidence of ability to develop and conduct an externally funded program of research and scholarship.

Experience or interest in working with landscapes and communities of the U.S. West.

Experience with distance-education course delivery.

An ability to contribute to our existing expertise areas, Social Inequality, Demography and/or Criminal Justice.

Required Documents:

Review of applications begins November 15, 2021. For further information contact Dr. Jessica Schad, Search Committee Chair at .

Required Documents: Applicants must provide:

Curriculum vitae (to be uploaded to the applicant profile)

Cover letter (maximum two pages - to be copied and pasted into a fillable field within the online application)

Statement of research experience and interests (maximum two pages - to be copied and pasted into a fillable field within the online application)

Statement of teaching experience and philosophy (maximum two pages - to be copied and pasted into a fillable field within the online application)

A statement outlining your commitment and/or potential contributions to the campus-wide cluster in social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (maximum one page - to be copied and pasted into a fillable field within the online application)

Names and contact details for three people who can provide letters of reference (collected as part of the online application)

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. USU offers competitive salaries and outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits ((url removed)).


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights:

The Sociology Program is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The department serves approximately 150 undergraduate majors, supports both MS and PhD programs in Sociology, and provides face-to-face, online, and broadcast instruction to students on the Logan campus as well as several statewide campuses. Please visit for more information.

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. in 2019 and the in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed)

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed).

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit , or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, (phone number removed),

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, (phone number removed),

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.
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