Capital University
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • Full Time

Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life and critical illness insurance and free parking.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio invites applications for a full-time (9 months), tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in fall 2023. The area of expertise in sociology is open. The ideal candidate will be a sociologist who specializes in social justice-oriented sociology. Our future colleague will be expected to teach courses in sociology, develop a record of published scholarship, and perform service to the department, college, university, and the surrounding community. The teaching load for this position is 12 credits (typically comprised of three 4-credit courses or two 4-credit courses, one 3-credit course, and one 1-credit course) each fall and spring semester.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology houses undergraduate majors in sociology and criminology and minors in criminology, sociology, and social justice. Department faculty currently offer community-engaged courses and partake in interdisciplinary scholarship. With this position (and a second dedicated to criminology), the department has opportunities for growth in these and new directions. In the cover letter or teaching statement, we ask that candidates speak to community engagement, interdisciplinary work, and/or other possibilities for engaging Capital students in active learning.

Qualifications: A PhD or ABD in Sociology is required. The contract will be contingent upon having the PhD in hand by August 2023. A JD alone is not sufficient. Candidates who can contribute to the campus goal of increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum through teaching, scholarship, or service related to racial justice and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will contribute to the current departmental course offerings in sociology, such as introduction to sociology, social stratification, sociological theory, social problems, ethics, and the capstone/internship and may be asked to teach courses in criminology and/or social justice. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and a strong willingness to advise and work closely with traditional and non-traditional students. We are also interested in candidates who complement the department's existing strengths who use active learning pedagogies such as service-learning, problem-based learning, and project-based learning.

Application Process: To apply, go to and click on Assistant Professor of Sociology. Applicants should submit:

  • Letter of interest that specifically discusses teaching, research, and service
  • CV
  • Diversity statement that addresses advancing DEI outcomes in teaching, service, and research
  • Teaching statement that explores the candidate's desired teaching goals, pedagogical and classroom practices, and assessment of learning
  • The names and contact information for three professional references

Applicants considered for preliminary interviews via Zoom will then be asked in late February to furnish an unofficial graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation, including at least one letter that directly describes the candidate's teaching experience and commitment to student success. For full consideration, please apply by February 13. A review of applications will start on February 13 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Erika Flugge (she/her/hers), administrative assistant for the department, at

Capital University: Capital University is enhanced by its location in the city of Columbus. Columbus is the 14th largest city in the nation, the fastest growing city in the Midwest, and Ohio's capital and most populated city. Rich in cultural diversity and the arts, Columbus is the center of the state's political activity, headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies, and ranks in Money magazine's picks of the ten best big cities. The tech and medical sectors in particular are growing.

Capital University requires all employees in all positions to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the first day of employment. If hired, you will be required to provide proof of having the full COVID-19 vaccination OR file and be granted approval for a valid religious or medical exemption. If you have any concerns regarding compliance with this requirement, you will need to discuss your concerns with Capital University's HR Department after you receive an offer of employment. Capital University does not require applicants to discuss vaccination status prior to receipt of an offer of employment and complies with all applicable laws requiring reasonable accommodation.

Capital University is committed to increasing the diversity of the Capital community and curriculum. This commitment includes Capital's dedication to the development of faculty and staff who are committed to inclusive practices in teaching, learning, working and all other campus and community interactions. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information on Capital University, visit our website at

Capital University offers a rich benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, family education benefits, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance and free parking.

Capital University is an equal opportunity employer, and supports a diverse and inclusive campus community. Capital University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by the law.

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