MSU Sociology seeking Assistant Professor in Environment & Health

July 19, 2022

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system Assistant Professor position in environmental sociology.  The 9-month academic year position begins on August 16, 2023.  We seek candidates with emerging or established expertise in investigating how regional and/or global ecological changes impact human health outcomes or disparities.


Required Degree: Doctorate


Minimum Requirements: Successful candidates must have:

  • a PhD in Sociology or closely related field completed by the date of hire;
  • demonstrated expertise in the theory and practice of environmental sociology;
  • potential for or established record of scholarly publications;
  • potential for or demonstrated evidence of high-quality instruction and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and
  • potential for or demonstrated evidence of effective service to the institution, leadership in the discipline, and/or ethical engagement with broader publics.


Desired Qualifications: Preferred candidates will have:

  • a commitment to sociologically investigate the interaction between ecological conditions with human health;
  • a strong commitment to addressing issues of equity and inclusion;
  • a record of or potential for securing extramural research funding; and
  • scholarly interests that connect with our departmental strength in sociology of migration.


Required Application Materials: Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at  Complete applications must include (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 1-page research statement; (4) a 1-page teaching statement; (5) a diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past/and or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence); and (6) letters of recommendation from three professional references.


Special Instructions: Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Ray Jussaume (Search Committee Chair) at


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Department Statement: The Department of Sociology has three signature areas of Environment, Health and Medicine, and Migration.  Most faculty in the department perform research and teach courses in one or two of these areas.  MSU sociologists have a rich history of interdisciplinary collaborations not only with other social scientists but also with humanists, physical scientists, and/or life scientists.


MSU Statement: MSU has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.  One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts.  MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University.  Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential.  MSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, transgender or gender diverse individuals, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.