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Assistant Professor, Sociology

Apply now Job no: 496294
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, College of Arts & Sciences

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Department of Sociology at Drexel University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialty in global climate change. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology, expertise in environmental sociology, and evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching. We are primarily interested in candidates who have expertise in climate change that complements the strengths of current faculty and will contribute to positioning Drexel as a high profile sociology program with a strong research and educational identity. Applicants may investigate topics related to global climate change such as: global political economy of land use and environmental degradation; energy transitions; environmental movements; the food-energy water nexus; climate-related loss, disasters, and risk among racial/ethnic minority communities, environmental justice, or related areas. We seek candidates whose research is comparative, multi-sited or transnational, and utilize innovative methodologies, such as statistical analysis, methods and modeling of big data; mixed methods, community-based learning and co-design methodologies, with potentials for developing global classrooms and international partnerships.

The Sociology Department is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. The College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees spanning the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Faculty in the Sociology department also work with interdisciplinary programs including the Center for Science, Technology, and Society; the Women and Gender Studies program; the Africana Studies program; Urban Strategies program, Climate Change minor and graduate programs in Communication, Culture and Media, Environmental Policy and Environmental Science. This position continues the investment in Sociology at Drexel University begun in 2014 with the creation of a new Department of Sociology, the recruitment of a Department Head, the expansion of its research foci in Urban, Environmental and Medical Sociology and 4 new tenure-track hires in these fields.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) delivers a time-honored liberal arts education paired with Drexel’s renowned focus on applied learning. Our research and scholarship explore contemporary issues with an eye toward improving the common good. With a breadth of disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and a focus on the now, the College is the perfect home for curious scholars who seek to apply their learning in the service of humanity.

Supplemental Posting Information:
Complete applications will include:
1. Cover letter with a statement of preparation for and interest in the position
2. Curriculum vitae with complete professional and academic history
3. Two samples of scholarly writing
4. Statement of research agenda
5. Statement of teaching philosophy
6. Statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion
7. The names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.

All applications must be submitted online through Drexel Careers. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Evaluation of applications will begin September 30th, 2021,and will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified. The successful applicant would begin September 1, 2022, and must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. by August 15, 2022. The candidate must also be legally able to work in the United States. Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation. Interested candidates may direct questions to Dr. Emmanuel Koku (

Essential Functions

  • Develop and teach undergraduate sociology courses in global climate change and related topics as well as core courses in the major.
  • Engage in service related duties, as assigned
  • Advance own research, agenda and scholarship

Required Qualifications

PhD or Doctorate, Sociology

A minimum of 1 year of teaching and research experience

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise in environmental sociology and global climate change, as demonstrated by publications, presentations, and/or courses taught; and evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching, such as funded research, publications, and/or teaching awards.


University City – Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions

Please make sure to upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin and continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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