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Tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of political economy available

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of political economy, beginning August 1, 2020.  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 other departmental areas: criminology; environmental sociology; and 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 or related area is required at the time of appointment.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has a strong international reputation for excellence.  We offer a supportive and collegial atmosphere in which scholars make a variety of important contributions to research, teaching, and public engagement.  The Department and the University seek 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 7 and will continue until the position is filled.  Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, research statement and teaching statement to  In addition, we require three recommendation letters, also to be uploaded to  Direct all questions to Dr. Paul Gellert, Search Committee Chair, via e-mail (  More information on the Department of Sociology is at

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

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