Job Details

Adams State University
  • Position Number: 4735352
  • Location: Alamosa, CO
  • Position Type: Business - International Business
Faculty Position Announcement

Position title: Assistant Professor of Sociology

Reports to: Dr. Colleen Schaffner, School Director

Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Sociology

Position Number: FA9020

FTE: 1.0

Date: October 2023

Adams State University is a state-supported, regional comprehensive university located in the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado and the city of Alamosa. As the state's premier Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), over 50 percent of its undergraduate students represent racially diverse backgrounds. A high percentage of undergraduate students are first-generation and Pell eligible. The university offers undergraduate programs in the arts and humanities, physical and natural sciences, social sciences, kinesiology, fine arts, business, and nursing, and specializes in educator preparation in several disciplines. Adams State also offers graduate degrees in cultural resource management, public administration, music education, kinesiology, higher education administration and leadership, history, business (MBA), and educator programs, including counselor education; the university also has a doctoral (PhD) program in counselor education. The university has an active athletic program. The Adams State Grizzlies athletic teams compete under the auspices of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).

The institution is committed to increasing the diversity of its professional staff and is actively seeking qualified applicants who have experiences, skills, and/or personal attributes that augment the perspectives of our current faculty and staff. We are working to diversify our faculty and staff and especially encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ community members, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other historically-underrepresented populations. We will give particular consideration to qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings; persons who possess varied language skills, a record of successful experience in engaging diverse communities/student populations; and job seekers who can contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, service, and scholarship. The successful candidate will join a campus that is dedicated to inclusive excellence and acknowledges Adams State's purpose to foster the educational goals of its students and the well-being of the surrounding community.

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Position Summary

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Sociology position to begin Fall Semester, 2024. The position is seeking applicants with an interest in teaching courses for our Criminology Emphasis in the Sociology Department. The primary courses will include Criminology, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, and Women and Crime. Secondary courses include an ability to teach a broad array of Sociology courses when necessary.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are integral to the commitment of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Adams State University. We seek qualified candidates who can contribute to equity, diversity and inclusion through teaching, service, and scholarship. Adams State University is actively working to diversify its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Mission of the Department of Sociology

The mission of the Department of Sociology is to provide a program that encourages our students to develop intellectually, professionally, and socially. We strive to provide a curriculum that is rigorous, relevant, and robust for the growing and changing needs of our community, nation, and global world. The faculty teach our students the research, interpretative and critical skills necessary to understand and analyze social phenomena, as well as foster a lifelong commitment to be a responsive member in their community. We offer our students direct opportunities to apply sociological knowledge and skills through an internship at various agencies and/or non-profit organizations. Upon completion of a B.A. in Sociology, our students will leave our program with hands-on, marketable skills and experiences that prepares them for a variety of career paths and/or graduate school

We recognize that women and people of color are often less likely to apply to a position if they don't match 100% of the job qualifications. Don't let that be the reason you miss out on this opportunity! We encourage you to apply if you can demonstrate many of these skills and competencies.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A Ph.D. in Sociology is preferred, consideration will be given to advanced ABDs.

  2. A strong focus on teaching.

  3. Demonstrates knowledge of, sensitivity to, and ability to work effectively with, the educational needs of individuals and groups with a diverse range of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities.

  4. Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity of Adams State University's student population, including students with different abilities (e.g. physical and or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded, inclusive practices within the classroom.

  5. Demonstrated commitment to honesty, efficacy, and collaboration.

Specific Job Duties (Essential Functions and Responsibilities)

  • The teaching load will be four courses per semester (12 credit hours), teaching courses primarily related to the field of Criminology, with the possibility of teaching online courses as necessary.

  • This position specifically exists to provide classroom or related instruction under the supervision of the Department Chair and is responsible for planning and providing student instruction in accordance with approved syllabi, curriculum guidelines, and required program standards.

  • Attend all regularly scheduled department, division, and university meetings/trainings, or as required by contract or Chair.

  • Active participation in university, departmental, and community service activities as well as continuation and development of new scholarly and research interests.

  • Active support of student organizations or activities.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ability or experience working with historically under-served and/or underrepresented populations, and first-generation college students.

  2. Ability or experience in the recruitment and/or retention of underrepresented students, including students of color.

  3. Commitment to professional development, scholarship, and service to the university and community.

  4. Demonstrated self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of one's orientation towards teaching.

  5. Demonstrated decision-making that is informed by research, data, and theory and that leverages students' unique cultures, experiences, and background as strengths.

Salary and Benefits

The pay range for this position is $49,668 to 52,776. This range reflects a minimum for an entry level Assistant professor position to a maximum for an experienced Assistant Professor level position. In addition to salary, Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. For detailed benefits information please visit Opportunities for supplemental contracts may be available.

Required Documents Cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, graduate transcripts,[1] and three references.

Completed applications should include the following:

  • A detailed cover letter of application addressing teaching interest/experience as well as how professional interests and goals align with Adams vision and values.

    • We encourage applicants to discuss their commitment to scholarly and/or creative excellence.

    • Additionally, we seek to learn how scholarly excellence is interwoven with their approach to service, teaching, mentoring, and affirming diverse perspectives.

  • Teaching Statement: (include sample course syllabi) in addition to describing your approach to teaching in general, please address the following questions:

    • What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting students who have been historically marginalized in (enter discipline)?

    • What role should faculty play in student success?

  • Diversity Statement: please address the following questions:

    • Describe how your life experiences, identities, and/or professional commitments have shaped your approach to enacting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)?

    • How does teaching at a small HSI with a sizable population of first-generation university students set in a rural environment align with your teaching interests/experience and professional goals?

  • References: name, job title, and contact information (email, phone).

Contact Information

Any questions regarding the position can be directed towards Dr. Michael Stewart, search committee chair ( All applications and documents need to be submitted via WorkDay:

Screening of applications will begin November 30, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.


In compliance with the Immigration Control Act of 1968 candidates for positions must provide proof of eligibility to work before an offer of employment can be made final.

Background Check Policy:

Adams State University performs background checks as a condition of employment for prospective employees and current employees seeking certain promotional opportunities. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of an acceptable background check. Applicants will be asked to provide personal data and sign a release form before the background check is conducted. Applicants who fail to provide the data and consent form will not be considered for employment or promotion. Background checks include review of criminal records and sex offender registry background. Credit and driving record background may apply to certain positions.

Adams State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications are sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and, as covered by law, veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation including transgender status and gender expression, marital status, and parental status.

Title IX Disclosure

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Adams State University (ASU) may be directed to ASU's Office of Equal Opportunity, Director Ana Guevara, and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Support resources for sexual misconduct, ASU's sexual misconduct policies, contact information for the Adams State University's Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, as well as a detailed procedure for filing a grievance due to discrimination on the basis of sex may be found online at These procedures also describe the University's response to reports and/or complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment.

About Alamosa, Colorado

Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, Alamosa is situated within the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Set at an elevation of 7,500 feet in the largest interalpine valley in the United States, our city is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, New Mexico, and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alamosa has a population of 9,500, with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. ASU takes a leading role in local theatre performances and musical events and is in an area where opportunities for outdoor recreation abound.

[1] Copies accepted. Official transcripts are required upon hire.

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