Assistant Professor – Sociology/Anthropology

Campus Title Assistant Professor – Sociology/Anthropology
School/Division Academic Affairs, Division of
Department Sociology/Anthropology
Faculty Sub-Type FT Faculty
Salary Level A5
Salary Range Competitive
Position Effort Full-Time
Posting Number F18021



SUNY Cortland is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that an equitable, inclusive and diverse campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission. Tenure track faculty contribute to the College’s values of inclusive excellence through outstanding teaching, research and/or scholarship, service to the department and college, and by providing academic advisement and mentoring to/for all students. Faculty are expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support our Campus Values of Focusing on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life and serve our Campus Priorities of Academic Excellence, Transformational Education, Well-being, and the Maximization of Resources.


When students explore sociology and anthropology at SUNY Cortland, they’ll immerse themselves in the study of the human condition. They’ll examine how societies and cultures are formed and how they shape and are shaped by human behavior. Students develop analytical, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills that are vital in any walk of life. Classes are small, led by faculty who are eager to help students succeed. Students have opportunities for independent research, internships, fieldwork, study abroad and service-learning will let them put classroom theory to the test in the real world. In a rapidly changing world, students will obtain a liberal arts education that fosters versatility in the world of work and good citizenship.


The list of career paths the department prepares students for is long and diverse. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as educators, law enforcers, human service professionals, cultural resource managers, researchers, attorneys, human rights advocates, and more. The skills we impart are transferable across numerous fields.


Major Responsibilities

• Teaching students in undergraduate courses in our growing program in Sociology: Teaching load is three courses per semester and office hours as appropriate.
• One assistant professor will teach an undergraduate quantitative sociological methods course on a regular basis. This course introduces sociology and criminology majors to basic quantitative analysis and includes instruction in computational statistics and statistical software.
• The second assistant professor will be expected to teach an undergraduate research methods course that introduces sociology and criminology majors to research design, data collection techniques, and qualitative analysis.
• Both assistant professors will be expected to teach two or more of the following: environmental sociology, the family, internship in sociology/criminology, social welfare institutions, introduction to sociology, quantitative methods, social problems, sociological theory, and possibly applied research methods.
• Advising undergraduate students: Advise 25-40 undergraduate students with declared majors in the Sociology/Anthropology department.
• Scholarship: Maintain an active professional, research and publication agenda.
• Service: Will be expected to contribute to the department, school and college missions through active service on committees and/or collegiate participation in campus governance and community life.



Job Requirements – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s) needed to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position:
• Ability to contribute to the college’s general education program and to SUNY Cortland’s commitment to Transformational Education
• Commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and a desire to improve access to higher education for all student regardless of background.
• Ability to demonstrate excellence in teaching and aptitude to maintain a record of active scholarship and service.


Functional and Supervisory Relationships

• Works under the direct supervision of the department chairperson.
• Works closely with the department chairperson, faculty and staff within the department.
• Additional working relationships with faculty and staff in other college departments.


Required Qualifications

• Ph.D in Sociology (or closely related field) is required by the start of appointment
• Sociologist willing and prepared to teach undergraduate quantitative sociological / research methods courses

Preferred Qualifications

• Preference will be given to applicants with teaching interests in two or more of the following: environmental sociology, the family, internship in sociology/criminology, social welfare institutions, introduction to social research methods, introduction to sociology, social problems, sociological theory, and applied research methods.


EEO Statement

The State University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.



Required Documents

Cover Letter
Curriculum Vita or Resume
Professional References Contact Info. ONLY (minimum of 3)


Human Resources
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045