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The College of Letters and Science at Montana State University seeks five tenure track faculty members across our participating departments with a demonstrated record of or potential for scholarly activity (research, teaching, service, and creative work) that promotes the wellness of underserved communities broadly defined. This cohort hiring initiative is part of a university commitment to support our diverse student body, faculty, and staff.(See Montana State University’s Diversity & Inclusion Framework and Strategic Plan: Choosing Promise.We know that representation of a variety of backgrounds and perspectives is critical to a rich and vibrant scholarly community that supports our students’ learning and upholds our land grant mission.We envision a wide variety of scholars who qualify as contributing to this theme and are particularly interested in people from diverse academic backgrounds whose experiences will contribute to the excellence of the MSU community. We imagine candidates who focus on the wellness of underserved communities and whose scholarship may speak but is not limited to rural communities, the environment, community empowerment, community sustainability (environmental, governmental, or otherwise), health disparities (racial, gender, or rural), climate, and teaching pedagogy. 

As a participating department in the Cohort Hiring Initiative, theDepartment of Sociology & Anthropology welcomes applications from scholars who focus on the wellness of underserved communities. We are seeking scholars from across the discipline who can leverage research traditions in Sociology to support individual, family, and community wellness. 

Department Overview

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology (S&A) at Montana State University welcomes applicants from all sub-fields of Sociology who research and teach on issues related to wellness in underserved communities. We envision that scholars working across the discipline would align with the theme of the cohort hiring initiative, as most areas of research speak directly or indirectly towards wellness (broadly conceived). As a department, we are enthusiastic about working with candidates with diverse research and teaching interests and are committed to helping members of the cohort find success at MSU. Currently, our faculty include nine (9) Sociologists (broadly trained including sociology, criminology, and human development) and four (4) Anthropologists (including both anthropologists and archaeologists). Applicants should have a PhD (at the time of hire) in Sociology, Criminology, a related field, and be comfortable working in a combined department. Our department has over 330 student majors and offers two degree programs: a B.S. in Sociology and a B.S. in Anthropology. Furthermore, students pursuing a sociology degree select either a general sociology options or a criminology option.

S&A faculty are research active and committed to delivering a quality undergraduate education. As a department working across disciplines, our faculty are engaged in a variety of research areas. Some of our biggest areas of strength are in criminology (e.g., the social consequences of mass incarceration, victimization), health disparities (e.g., access to maternal care, substance use and abuse), education (e.g., educational disparities, higher education), and research methods (e.g., ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative). We welcome applicants who can both build on existing strengths and who can expand the research foci of the department in new ways. For more information on the department, please see our website, or social media pages including Facebook and Instagram.

A commitment to sustained effectiveness in teaching and service, evidence of accomplishment in research, and the integration of at least two of the three are essential for tenure and promotion in Sociology (interested candidates can view our Role & Scope document. Faculty in S&A are expected to generate and maintain a research program that results in original scholarly contributions (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, books, external grants). Instructional responsibilities include teaching primarily undergraduate courses in sociology/criminology and academic advising for undergraduate students. Successful applicants will also participate in department, university, and public-facing service activities. Finally, faculty in S&A must show evidence of integration of their roles, often including students on research projects or implementing research activities into courses. In sum, then, a successful applicant will be able to contribute to the curriculum in sociology/criminology, maintain an active research agenda, and participate in service both within and external to the department.

How to Submit Your Application

Applicants will apply online through the Applicant Tracking System on the Montana State University Website at (  For any questions or additional information, please contact Cody Warner, Chair of the Sociology Hiring Committee ([email protected]).