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Chair and Associate/Full Professor Position – Georgia Southern University


University System of Georgia

Chair and Associate or Full Professor

Search #67212

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Georgia Southern University is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University devoted to academic distinction in teaching, scholarship, and service. At Georgia Southern we provide a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success.

Founded in 1906, the University now serves more than 20,500 students and offers more than 100 campus-based and online degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Our 900 acre park-like campus in Statesboro, Georgia is not far from historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island and provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a much smaller college in a classic Main Street community.

Within this setting, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers undergraduate majors and minors in sociology and anthropology as well as a Master of Arts in Social Science. In addition, we house the Center for Social Gerontology and the Georgia Archeological Research Project. Our programs provide a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. Specifically, the department offers: (1) students of all disciplines the opportunity to deepen and broaden their knowledge through study abroad and internships; (2) a strong preparation for graduate study in sociology or anthropology; and (3) an academic and practical background for those who wish to apply the anthropological or sociological perspective in a wide range of professional careers, such as cultural resource management, social services, applied social research, and archeology.

Position Description: Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the position of Department Chair requires vision, leadership, administrative talents, teaching (two courses per year), research and service, as well as a terminal degree. The Chair will work in a collaborative department administrative structure, representing 17 full-time faculty members. The position is a 12-month appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Doctorate in Anthropology or Sociology (or closely related field with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in sociology or anthropology)
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service
  • Candidate must currently hold a rank of associate or full professor.
  • Minimum of 5 years full-time college/university teaching experience at the associate professor level is required for the rank of professor along with a strong record of teaching, research, and service with substantial publications and presentations in professional venues.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior administrative experiences
  • Although advanced Associate professors will be considered, the department has a strong preference for a Full Professor or for an Associate Professor who can be hired as a Full Professor, according to Georgia Southern University’s criteria for the position.

Screening of applications begins October 15, 2014, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is July 1, 2015.

A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; an administrative philosophy; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references.

Other documentation may be requested.

Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically will be considered.

Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.

Applications and nominations should be sent by email to:

Eric Kartchner

Search Chair, Search #67212

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Telephone: 912-478-5281

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