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Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia is launching a new faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion and University endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships to enhance our recruitment of  underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel new project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the University (20 in Arts & Sciences).

These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment—and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Our hiring, research, teaching, and institutional practices and commitments must respond to that call.

As part of this newest initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences is launching a cluster of 10 new tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. We will launch five of these searches immediately and the next five in the Fall of 2021.

These new faculty members will join a community of colleagues at UVA already working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

The Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor position specializing in the sociology of race. We seek a scholar whose research and teaching focus on race, racialization and/or racial inequality in the U.S. context.  We are especially interested in scholars whose research and teaching focus on the Black experience.  Comparative scholars who also, though not exclusively, work on societies other than the United States will be considered. We encourage applications from advanced assistant professors. Candidates should hold a PhD or appropriate terminal degree by time of appointment.

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Review of applications will begin January 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2021 with an anticipated start date of August 25, 2021.


***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Apply online at search for posting #R0020703 complete the application, and attach the following:

  • Cover letter that discusses the candidate’s research agenda as well as the candidate’s demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Teaching portfolio that includes a statement that discusses pedagogical philosophy and teaching experience and two syllabi
  • Contact information for three references.

Questions about this position should be directed to: Teresa A. Sullivan, President Emerita and University Professor at  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at

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