Amherst College — Assistant Professor in Sociology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor in sociology, beginning on July 1, 2024. The area of specialization is quantitative and mixed methods. We are especially interested in candidates whose research draws on innovative methodologies and is well-grounded in sociological theory. The research focus area is open. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and regularly engage in the life of the department, college, and broader discipline, and to teach sociological research methods, as well as creative courses in their own substantive areas of expertise, and to work closely with students on research. The teaching load is two courses per semester, in addition to advising senior honors theses. The college offers robust annual support for research and travel. After successful completion of their third-year review, tenure-track faculty at the college receive one year of sabbatical at full pay in order to advance their research agenda.

Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated need, and nearly 60 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, disability/ability, and religion.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in sociology in hand by the start of the appointment. Candidates are asked to apply electronically to Please include in the application a cover letter that addresses research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample (fifteen to thirty pages), teaching statement, and an item that gives us a sense of you as a teacher (e.g., syllabus, assignment, etc.), as well as the names and contact information for three references who we can ask to provide letters of recommendation (candidates need not upload letters at this time, the submission will be complete even if it says “pending letters”). Applications will be reviewed beginning on September 18, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Hannah Holleman, at

Amherst is a member of a Five College Consortium with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and Smith College, which offers a broad array of opportunities for intellectual community and engagement. More information for prospective candidates about Amherst College is available here:

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

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