Open Rank Position, Department of Sociology

Southern Methodist University

Open-Rank Position at Southern Methodist University

Position No. 00053170. The Department of Sociology at Southern Methodist University invites applications for an open-rank position to begin August 1, 2024. The teaching load is typically 2 courses per semester. Applicants are particularly encouraged to apply if they can contribute to the university’s larger cluster hires in data science or urban studies. Faculty searches for urban scholars are being conducted in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Education, Political Science, Religious Studies, among others.

The Department of Sociology is among the larger degree-granting programs in Dedman College. We serve around 65 Sociology majors and minors and 150 Markets and Culture majors, an interdisciplinary economic sociology degree housed in Sociology. Forty percent of our students are from underrepresented groups. Housed in historic Hyer Hall overlooking the beautiful live oak-lined Dallas Hall Quad, our department is collegial with a strong history of working with McNair Scholars and offering courses that support other interdisciplinary majors in Health & Society and Human Rights and the Women’s and Gender Studies and Law and Legal Reasoning minors. Our faculty contribute to the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s research symposia and take advantage of the opportunity to live on campus in the residential commons as a Faculty-In-Residence and teach at our sister campus in the mountains of Taos, NM.

SMU is in a transformative period of expansion as the university approaches its goal of reaching the R-1 research tier. SMU’s Second Century Campaign was the largest fundraising initiative in SMU’s history, raising $1.15 billion by the end of 2015 and a new, $1.5 billion campaign, SMU Ignited, has begun. A series of interdisciplinary faculty cluster hires centering on urban studies, data science and high-performance computing, earth hazards and national security, and 21st century technology and education are introducing new collaborations among the faculty across the university and generating innovation in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center that is home to many universities, arts organizations and Fortune 500 corporations, and beyond.

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Sociology or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to contribute courses toward the Markets and Culture major
  • Experience teaching and mentoring diverse students

Applications must be submitted via Interfolio at and should include a complete curriculum vitae, letter of application, and three letters of recommendation. SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community that values diverse research and creative agendas. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024. To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by January 15, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of the employment decision after the position is filled.

Located near the center of Dallas, SMU is a private nonsectarian university of 12,000 students. (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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