CSU East Bay: Sociology, tenure-track, Culture/Pop Culture




THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, a diverse student body of over 15,000 students, and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. We are proud of our diversity and committed to providing an inclusive and stimulating environment for all our students. The Almanac of Higher Education’s 2013-14 rankings of four-year public universities ranked Cal State East Bay’s student body as the most diverse in the state, and the fifth most diverse in the nation. Our university has an extremely diverse undergraduate student population. More than 80% identify as students of color, a majority are low income, and there are a range of diversities within these and other populations, including linguistic, gender, sexual identity, religious, and age. The 10 major buildings of the Hayward Hills campus, on 342 acres, contain over 150 classrooms and teaching laboratories, over 177 specialized instructional rooms, numerous computer labs and a library, which contains a collection of over one-million items. The University also has branch campuses in Concord and Oakland, as well as Online. Our 900 faculty offer bachelor’s degrees in 47 fields, minors in 52 fields, master’s degrees in 34 fields, 16 credentials programs, 18 certificate options, and 1 doctoral degree program. http://www20.csueastbay.edu/

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Sociology offers its diverse student population a rich array of courses in sociology, covering a wide range of social institutions, sociological perspectives, and methods of inquiry. Our faculty roster includes 8 tenure/tenure-track and 10 lecturer faculty. We offer a B.A. and a minor in Sociology. The Department of Sociology has over 600 majors, many of whom are the first in their family to earn a college degree.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: We are seeking a specialist in sociology of culture, preferably with experience teaching Sociology of Culture or Popular Culture course(s), familiarity with different conceptualizations of culture, and a research agenda that centrally focuses on understanding culture and cultural processes. We are particularly interested in faculty with research agendas emphasizing the role culture plays in systems of social inequality, and processes of social exclusion and inclusion. Research agendas on culture and social inequality might focus on a variety of cultural and meaning-making processes including, but not limited to, racialization, stigmatization, acculturation, discrimination, boundary making, identification, framing, cultural differentiation, and justifying or legitimating exploitation or opportunity hoarding. Preference will be given to candidates who also have expertise in sociological analysis of one or more of these areas: religion, immigration, refugees, media, politics, science, work, economy, music, sport, health, and mental health. In addition to teaching courses on cultural sociology, the successful candidate will also regularly teach either quantitative and qualitative research methods or sociological theory. Other teaching duties will be assigned based on candidate interests and departmental need. In addition to teaching, all faculty are expected to sustain a record of scholarly work, advise majors, assist the department with administrative and committee work, and assume campus-wide committee responsibilities. Please note that teaching assignments at CSUEB include courses at Hayward, Concord, and online campuses.

Candidate must have earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Sociology at the time of appointment. ABD candidates will be considered, but they must present clear and detailed evidence that they will have the required earned doctorate by the effective date of the appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of teaching Sociology of Culture or Popular Culture and either Sociological Theory or Research Methods at the undergraduate level. Preference will be given to candidates with a research agenda centrally focused on understanding culture and cultural processes. Candidates should demonstrate experience in teaching, mentoring, research, and community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, social justice, and excellence. The University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/af/departments/as/

Application Instructions
Faculty will begin reviewing files on 9/10/18. The position is open until filled. To apply, please submit the following vie Interfolio (see “Apply Now,” below).

Please submit a cover letter that addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement; a complete and current vita
Two (2) writing samples
A course syllabus for Sociology of Culture or Popular Culture
A teaching philosophy statement
A diversity statement highlighting your strategies for and successes in engaging a diverse student population in your teaching, research, mentoring, and advising
Course evaluations (quantitative and qualitative)
Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation and the names and full contact information for those three referees.
Note: California State University, East Bay 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 provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. A background check (including a criminal record check and prior employment verification) must be completed and cleared prior to the start of employment.

Apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/52119

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