Post Doc Position, Sam Houston State University

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The Department of Sociology and the Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University announces an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to begin Fall 2013. The term of the initial appointment will be 12 months at a salary of $40,002 (plus benefits), with the option of renewal for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance. Areas of specialization are open, but particular attention will be given to those candidates with research expertise in rural community/economic development with a concentration in entrepreneurship, leadership, youth engagement, health and health care, and/or natural resources. Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating skills in quantitative methods and/or GIS.

A PhD in sociology, rural sociology, or a closely related discipline must be completed by the time of appointment. Applicants must have an established research agenda leading to publications in refereed journals and must demonstrate the potential to acquire extramural funding. To enhance the mission of the Department of Sociology and the Center for Rural Studies, the fellow will maintain her/his own active research program and benefit from opportunities to collaborate on current research projects with Center-affiliated faculty and staff. The fellow will also have the opportunity to develop, coordinate, and/or facilitate research-based outreach programs within his or her specialization or in coordination with Center-affiliated faculty and staff. The successful candidate will teach two on-line or hybrid undergraduate or graduate courses per semester depending on departmental needs. Courses will be assigned according to candidate’s area of expertise but may include Principles of Sociology, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Rural and Urban Sociology, Sociology of Community, Research Methods, or Statistics. Evidence of excellence (or promise of excellence) in teaching is required. Previous experience in the delivery of on-line courses is desirable.

Review of applications will begin May 3, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications, relevant experience, and interest in the position. In addition, the application must include a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research, official university transcripts, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. References will not be contacted until the advanced stages of screening; candidates will receive prior notification.

Sam Houston State University is located in historic Huntsville, Texas, one quarter of the way between Houston and Dallas, and at the boundary between the Piney Woods region of East Texas and the Prairies and Lakes region of Central Texas. The university has an enrollment of approximately 17,500 and a faculty of 650.

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