Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology & Society

The Multidisciplinary Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the Department of Sociology at Vassar College

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 15, 2016


The Multidisciplinary Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and the Department of Sociology invite applications for a joint tenure­-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in one or more of the following fields: science studies, environment and technology, queer/trans studies, or other areas that intersect explicitly between STS and Sociology. The position begins in fall of 2017. A Ph.D. in Sociology or related field is required.

Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this regard.  Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Teaching load in the first year is 4 courses; after that it is 5 courses per year, split 2/3 and 3/2 in alternating years, between the STS Program and the Sociology Department. The person in this position will teach courses, normally to be cross­-listed between STS and Sociology, at all levels in their fields of sociological expertise. Within the STS Program, interest and ability to teach the core course in STS (‘Conceptualizing STS: Theories and Practice’) would be beneficial, although not required. Within the Sociology Department, the person in this position will be expected to teach the department’s theory-­based Introductory Sociology course.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2450 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-­five miles north of New York City. The city of Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and convenient commuter rail access to New York City.

Vassar faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in labs, classrooms, and studios and in individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments/programs, advise students, and serve on college­-wide and departmental/program committees. The college maintains a generous leave policy, provides strong support for research, and encourages multidisciplinary approaches to teaching.

To apply, please visit  to link to the posting for this position. Candidates should use this link to submit a letter of application, C.V., evidence of teaching excellence (if available), graduate school transcript (unofficial copies accepted for initial application), and three references. For inquiries, please contact Nancy Pokrywka (Director, STS) at or Eileen Leonard (Chair, Sociology) at Applications received by October 15 will be afforded full consideration.

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Posted: August 26, 2016