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Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology
Auburn University

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2018
Title Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 16, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
  • Food & Nutritional Science
    Agricultural - General

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University ( is seeking applications for a nine-month, tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology. The successful candidate will have a 60% research and 40% instruction appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2019.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally recognized and externally funded research program in applied social sciences that is relevant to the state and region. The successful candidate is also expected to deliver excellent teaching with an innovative curriculum that meets the needs of the Rural Sociology program and the department. In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to the university’s outreach mission and to provide service to the discipline as well as to Auburn University, the College of Agriculture and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Rural Sociology, Sociology, or a closely related discipline at the time employment begins, along with documented experience in research and teaching. The candidate must have experience conducting research on one of the department’s core focal areas which are: natural resources and the environment; rural and community development; and agrifood systems. Research interests in other related applied social science topics such as demography and international development also are welcome as they relate to the three core focal areas. The candidate must possess the organizational and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and interact effectively with diverse audiences. The candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin, and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Strong quantitative skills are desired, along with an interest in teaching research methods and statistics and the qualifications to do so. Other qualifications of interest include an ability to collaborate in a multidisciplinary setting; previous teaching experience in rural sociology or closely related fields; demonstrated record of securing extramural funding for research or educational programs; and government or industry experience in sectors involving the department’s three core focal areas.

Application: Applicants must apply for this position by visiting the link: and attach the following:
1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the position’s responsibilities
2. Current curriculum vita,
3. Copies of ALL academic transcripts
4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments
5. Statement of teaching philosophy

When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only completed application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of business December 1, 2018. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Conner Bailey, Search Committee Chair, email:

The University: Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 30,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs of a broad scope. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near the metropolitan areas of Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama and Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia. Auburn has a mild winter climate, excellent public schools, a family-friendly atmosphere, and easy access to the world through the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

The Department: The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology consists of full-time faculty and staff conducting programs in research, teaching and outreach/extension. More information can be found at



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  • Dr. Conner Bailey
    Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL


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