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Assistant Professor, Sociology and Africana Studies

The Department of Sociology and the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville invite applications for a joint tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of intersectionality, beginning August 1, 2018.  The position will have its tenure home in Sociology.  It will entail a 50 percent instructional commitment to Africana Studies, with expectations of teaching 200-level Africana Studies courses, cross-listed upper-division courses of interest to majors in both areas, and courses for Sociology graduate students and Africana Studies graduate certificate students.  We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the Department of Sociology’s strength in social justice ( and whose research resonates with our departmental areas: criminology; political economy and globalization; environmental sociology; and a new area in critical race and ethnic studies.  Applicants must demonstrate promise of distinguished scholarship and excellent teaching and will be expected to seek external funding as a condition of tenure and promotion.  A Ph.D. in Sociology, Africana Studies, Ethnic Studies, or related area is required at the time of appointment. 

The Department of Sociology and the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville have strong international reputations for their excellence.  We offer a supportive and collegial atmosphere in which scholars make a variety of important contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement.  The University of Tennessee – Knoxville seeks candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.  Currently the University has approximately 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students.  The City of Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named it a Top Ten Destination on the Rise.  The Knoxville metropolitan area has a population of more than 857,000 and is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, Nashville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Review of applications will begin October 23 and will continue until the position is filled.  Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, and three recommendation letters to  Direct all questions to Dr. Lois Presser, Search Committee Chair (  More information on the Department of Sociology is at; more information on the Africana Studies Program is at

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