Nevada State College Lecturer of Sociology

The Department of Social Sciences at Nevada State College invites applications for a Lecturer of Sociology to begin in the fall of 2016. Applicants in all areas of sociology are welcome to apply.

About Nevada State College

Founded in 2002, Nevada State College (NSC) is a four-year public college located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada (adjacent to Las Vegas). Our faculty members enjoy the rare opportunity to shape the college as it continues to grow into a cornerstone of higher education in southern Nevada. Faculty in the Liberal Arts & Sciences work in state-of-the-art facilities that feature “smart” classrooms (with a Sympodium, lecture-capture system, document cameras, etc.); the average class size is 27 students.

NSC serves approximately 3,500 students who are highly diverse and largely underserved—a majority of our students are first-generation, racial/ethnic minorities, or returning students. As a teaching-oriented institution, our faculty focus on high-quality instruction, engaging learning experiences, and innovative techniques to enhance student learning. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic about teaching and want to make a lasting impact developing our young institution. For more information about working for NSC, please watch this video.

About Sociology at NSC

Sociology is housed within the multi-disciplinary Department of Social Sciences. NSC offers an 18-credit minor in Sociology, and sociology courses are integrated into the Social Justice minor as well as the new Gender and Sexuality Studies minor that will be introduced in Fall 2016. Sociology courses fulfill the Social Sciences and Cultural Diversity areas of the core curriculum and are degree electives for students in psychology, nursing, and education.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Teach lower- and upper-level courses in sociology in a variety of formats (in-person, hybrid, online). The sociology lecturer will teach 4 courses per semester; 2-3 courses each semester will be sections of the introductory survey course (SOC 101).
  • Serve on departmental and college-wide committees.

Rank and Salary

  • Non-tenure-track lecturer, three-year rolling contract.
  • Salary of approximately $40,000 per year. Faculty also have opportunities to earn overload pay for courses taught in winter or summer sessions.
  • Excellent benefits, including 14.5% retirement match, 11 paid holidays, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, family educational benefits, and two health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in sociology.
  • Ability to teach Principles of Sociology (SOC 101) and at least one of the following: gender (SOC 453), race/ethnicity (SOC 471), social inequality (SOC 441).
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and a sincere interest in joining a teaching college devoted to providing opportunities for a largely under-served student population.
  • Demonstrated commitment to or interest in working with a diverse student population.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States (NSC currently does not sponsor visas for international employees).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach a variety of courses in NSC’s sociology curriculum or related disciplines (such as women’s studies or ethnic studies). The lecturer would have opportunities to introduce new sociology courses to the curriculum as needed.
  • Experience in web-based course management. (NSC uses Canvas as our learning management system.)
  • Experience with (or desire to teach) online or hybrid classes.

Required Application Materials

  • A letter of interest indicating why the applicant is a good fit for the position;
  • A detailed vitae listing qualifications and experience;
  • A list of 3 references, at least one of whom can address the candidate’s teaching ability (candidates will be informed before references are contacted);
  • A teaching portfolio which includes the following:
    • A statement of teaching philosophy (up to two pages);
    • A description of a sociology class assignment or assessment the candidate would use and an explanation for why it would be assigned;
    • At least two official course evaluations (with student comments if they are available);
    • A sample syllabus for a sociology class (this may be for a course the candidate has already taught or one developed for a course they hope to teach in the future).

The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Electronic submission is required.  Please go to to apply online.  Direct questions to Tricia Ramos at



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