(Tenure-Track) Permanent Full-Time Position for an Assistant Professor

Starting mid-August 2014

Refer to 103649 on all correspondence and inquiries regarding this position.


Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Located in the Sonoma County wine country, 48 miles north of San Francisco, the University has an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students. As of spring 2013, the University had 497 faculty with 47% tenure-track. The University is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education,
Extended and International Education, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology. Degrees are offered in
45 majors at the bachelor's level and 16 at the master's level. Sonoma State University occupies 274 acres in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, in Northern California. Located at the foot of the Sonoma hills, the campus is just an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Pacific Ocean.


The Department of Sociology provides a rigorous education leading to a B.A. degree. The department emphasizes high quality undergraduate teaching, advising, scholarship, and service to the community and the University. With about 450 majors, the department is located within the School of Social Sciences. Currently, the department consists of five full-time permanent faculty members, as well as several visiting faculty and lecturers. Most courses are four-hour and upper division. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Department web page at: www.sonoma.edu/sociology and the Office of Faculty Affairs web page for prospective tenure-track positions at: http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/fa/prospective/tenure-track.html.


The successful candidate must have the ability to teach undergraduate research methods and statistics, as well as expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) demography/population; (2) medical sociology; (3) sociology of education.
The typical teaching load is three 4-unit undergraduate courses per semester (12 units total). In addition to teaching and scholarship, faculty are expected to engage in academic advising, to assist the department with program assessment, administrative and/or committee work, and to serve on campus-wide committees.


To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have a Ph.D. in sociology. The Department seeks a teacher-scholar with a serious commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting. Candidates
must demonstrate active involvement in the discipline of sociology, superior undergraduate teaching skills, and the ability to encourage student interest and action in social justice issues in society.
To be recommended for tenure, the candidate must demonstrate satisfactory performance in four areas: teaching effectiveness; scholarship, research, creative achievement and professional development; service to the University; and public service and service to the community. Although tenure may be granted at any time, contract provisions specify that "the normal period of probation shall be a total of six (6) years of full-time probationary service and credited service, if any. Any deviation from the normal six (6) year probationary period shall be the decision of the President following his/her consideration of recommendations from the department or equivalent unit and appropriate administrator(s).” Tenure is required for promotion above the level of Associate Professor.


Assistant Professor. Salaries are competitive based on qualifications. Range is approximately
$60,000 – 65,000. Actual hiring salary within this range is dependent upon educational preparation and experience.


Electronic submission is required for the following: (1) letter of application; (2) complete and current vitae; and (3) names, titles, and contact information for three references; (4) unofficial graduate transcripts; (5) scholarly writing sample(s); (6) teaching portfolio, including current teaching evaluations and sample syllabi for undergraduate research methods and statistics, as well as other courses in areas of expertise; and (7) three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must come directly from the recommender or placement center. Official graduate transcripts will be required at the time of hire. All materials must be submitted directly to Faculty Search.
Send all application materials electronically to: facultysearch@sonoma.edu.
NOTE: Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or
Portable Document Format (PDF).
Official transcripts are required at the time of hire.
Sonoma State is required to collect and report race and ethnicity data to comply with State, Federal, and University reporting requirements. Please complete the Voluntary Self-Identification Form and email it to facultysearch@sonoma.edu.
Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.


All application materials should be emailed to facultysearch@sonoma.edu by Friday, October 25, 2013.

Revised 9/2013 Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:
James Joseph Dean, Search Committee Chair
Email: james.dean@sonoma.edu
Phone: (707) 664-2599
Questions concerning your application materials may be directed to: facultysearch@sonoma.edu.


The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.


This position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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Sonoma State University's Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning
reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma State University and on the public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. You can download a copy of this report by accessing the Police and Parking Services web site: Jeanne Clery Act - Annual Security Report, or receive a copy by contacting Police and Parking Services at (707) 664-2143.

Campus Housing Fire Safety Report

Sonoma State University’s Annual Campus Housing Fire Safety Report, in compliance with The Campus
Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act, contains information about fire statistics, fire safety systems, and safety practices and standards for campus housing. The Campus Housing Fire Safety Report is available at the Housing Services website or you can contact Housing Services at (707) 664-2541 to receive printed information or additional information.
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Department of Sociology

1801 East Cotati Avenue

Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Revised 9/2013 Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost