northwestern is hiring!

We are hiring for two positions. One of them is an open position, for which I presume there is little extra need to get the word out. But we are also hiring a new “Assistant Professor of Instruction,” which is a job title that did not exist when I started my sabbatical (although the basic type of position has existed under the heading of “Continuing Lecture Faculty”). That position got some attention last year in a study indicating that instructors in this position performed as well in the classroom (in the metric of the study) as tenure-line faculty.

I’ll paste the ad below the jump. I don’t know anything about the ad’s stated preference for candidates with “demonstrated experience working with diverse student communities.” I completely adore Northwestern, but compared to my previous stints at middle-American public universities, the NU student community feels noticeably less diverse except with regard to race/ethnicity and geographic origin. On the upside, perhaps, a palpable part of this lower diversity is the overall high classroom performance of so many of our undergraduates.


NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY’S Department of Sociology invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Instruction, beginning September 1, 2015. Duties include teaching six quarter-long undergraduate courses per academic year, at least three of which will also serve the Kapnick Business Institutions Program in Weinberg College. We welcome candidates with research and teaching interests in the Sociology of Organizations. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology, which must be conferred by September 1, 2015. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience working with diverse student communities. Further details about the position are available online at

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio (course syllabi and evaluations), and three letters of recommendation (one or more of which should address teaching). Review of application materials will begin on November 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit all materials through the interface accessible at Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

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