Pacific University: Assistant Professor of Sociology

The department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice Law and Society (SOANCJ) at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon is seeking an Assistant Professor of Sociology (tenure-track) to join the department in Fall 2021. In alignment with the university’s mission to mentor students to be individuals who “think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world,” the SOANCJ department strives to “engage students to create learning environments that foster critical and creative thinking using social science research and methods regarding the context, origins, and solutions to pressing social issues.” The successful candidate’s approach to teaching, research, and university service will align with these mission statements. Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or related field by September 1st, 2021.

The department seeks an individual with a quantitative background in sociology who demonstrates a promise for excellent teaching and mentorship of students and who will be able to teach courses within a liberal arts context. In addition to a promise for excellent teaching and mentorship, the successful candidate will implement a promising research agenda. Tenure-track faculty at Pacific teach 20 credits (typically, five courses) per year. The successful candidate will be asked to teach First Year Seminar (FYS), Social Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods and other courses in their specialty. We especially encourage scholars with a specialty in ethnic/intersectional studies and/or an interest in contributing to the development of an ethnic/intersectional studies program to apply.

Pacific University is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, twenty-five miles west of Downtown Portland. The Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice Law and Society department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, a residential liberal arts campus that emphasizes small class sizes and student-centered learning.  The student body primarily comes from the west coast of the United States, as the students from California, Hawai‘i, Oregon, and Washington each make up about 22% of the student body.

If you would enjoy being part of a community that “engages students to create learning environments that foster critical and creative thinking using social science research methods regarding the context, origins, and solution to pressing social issues,” the department encourages you to apply by submitting the following materials:

(1) cover letter

(2) curriculum vita

(3) a statement detailing your teaching philosophy

(4) a statement discussing your current/future research agenda

(5) the names and contact information (email and phone numbers) of at least three professional references

(6) evidence of teaching excellence, if available (may include previous course syllabi, assignments, course evaluations, or other related materials)

Throughout all materials please address how your work will align with the departments mission and value statements, which can be found at the following site: 

Please submit required application materials here:

Please direct all questions to Dr. Adam Rafalovich, Professor of Sociology and Chair of the SOANCJ Department.

The review of applications will begin on February 15 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews for finalists will be conducted remotely.

Applicants must be authorized to accept employment in the United States

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Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workplace.  We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, physical or mental disability, race, color,  national origin, sexual orientation, age, religious preference or disabled veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,<>.