MSU Sociology hiring an Assistant Professor of Sociology in Environmental Justice

July 7, 2023

MSU Sociology is pleased to share that we are hiring an Assistant Professor of Sociology in environmental justice. Please share this posting widely!

Michigan State University
Assistant Professor in Environmental Sociology
MSU Job #: 876400
Work Type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Social Science
Department: Sociology Social Science 10038784
Sub Area: Faculty & Academic Staff
Start Date: August 16, 2024
Salary: Commensurate with Experience; Competitive start-up support will be
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Tenure-System Faculty, Full-Time (90-100%),
ASA Job Bank ID: 19195

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning
environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural
backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

Position Summary: 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, 2024. We seek candidates with emerging or established expertise in
investigating environmental inequality and/or environmental justice.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, or protected
veteran status.

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 environmental inequality and/or
    environmental justice;
  • 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 strengths in sociology of health/medicine and/or 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 1-page diversity and inclusion 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 September 18, 2023 and
will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position should be
directed to Dr. Ray Jussaume (Search Committee Chair) at


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.