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Working As An Assistant Professor Of Sociology

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Make Decisions

  • $73,930

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Professor Of Sociology Do At University of Maine

* We invite applicants for an academic-year, tenure-track position as assistant professor with expertise in both race and ethnicity and criminology/criminal justice.
* Candidates will be expected to teach core and advanced courses in both areas, along with introduction to sociology, with a standard 3
* load.
* Quantitative expertise is also desired.
* Consistent with the department’s emphasis on public sociology and the university’s vision as a community engaged campus, the candidate will be a publicly engaged sociologist.
* The candidate must demonstrate an interest in, and preferably successful experience in, collaborative interdisciplinary research, teaching, and grantsmanship.
* Service to the department, college, and university is expected

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How To Become An Assistant Professor Of Sociology

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Assistant Professor Of Sociology Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    50.4%
  • Female

    45.2%
  • Unknown

    4.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Asian

    7.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.7%
  • Unknown

    3.7%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    28.6%
  • French

    21.4%
  • Portuguese

    7.1%
  • Chinese

    7.1%
  • German

    7.1%
  • Dakota

    7.1%
  • Dari

    7.1%
  • Mandarin

    7.1%
  • Arabic

    7.1%
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Real Assistant Professor Of Sociology Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Professor/Sociology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, NJ Jan 01, 2012 $80,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology Trustees of Amherst College Amherst, MA Aug 01, 2014 $77,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology Trustees of Amherst College Amherst, MA Oct 28, 2014 $77,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology Trustees of The Smith College Northampton, MA Aug 11, 2012 $76,950
Assistant Professor of Sociology Trustees of The Smith College Northampton, MA Jul 01, 2012 $75,910
Assistant Professor, Sociology Washington State University Pullman, WA Sep 28, 2015 $75,000
Asst Professor Sociology and Rural Studies South Dakota State University Brookings, SD Jun 01, 2015 $75,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology California State University Channel Islands Camarillo, CA Jan 22, 2016 $74,340
Assistant Professor, Sociology Brooklyn College of The City University of New York New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $74,133
Assistant Professor of Sociology John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY Aug 15, 2012 $74,133
Assistant Professor, Sociology Fordham University New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $72,600
Assistant Professor-Sociology/Criminology Suny Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY Sep 01, 2015 $72,000
Asst Professor of Sociology, Dept of Sociology The George Washington University Washington, DC Jun 01, 2013 $70,743
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology The George Washington University Washington, DC Sep 01, 2011 $69,187
Assistant Professor of Sociology Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ May 01, 2013 $61,782
Assistant Professor Sociology and Anthropology Manhattanville College NY Apr 20, 2015 $61,733
Assistant Professor of Sociology Siena College NY Jan 09, 2016 $61,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA Aug 29, 2011 $60,034
Assistant Professor of Sociology Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT Aug 26, 2014 $60,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA Jun 01, 2013 $60,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Manhattanville College NY May 13, 2013 $60,000
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Haverford College Haverford, PA Sep 03, 2013 $54,470 -
$60,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA Aug 18, 2014 $54,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA Dec 15, 2015 $54,000
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA Dec 16, 2015 $54,000
Assistant Professor Sociology Worcester State University Worcester, MA Aug 11, 2011 $53,911
Assistant Professor-Sociology Suny College at Fredonia Fredonia, NY Sep 18, 2016 $53,815
Assistant Professor-Sociology Suny College at Fredonia Fredonia, NY Aug 19, 2016 $53,815

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Top Skills for An Assistant Professor Of Sociology

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Top Assistant Professor Of Sociology Skills

  1. Sociology Curriculum
  2. Research Methods
  3. Ethnic/Culture Studies
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enacted curricular overhaul that updated the departmental structure and added 18 new courses to the sociology curriculum.
  • Supervised primary research projects of undergraduates in research methods course.
  • Analyzed nationally representative General Social Survey data with descriptive statistics and negative binomial models.
  • Served as faculty advisor for the Social Work Club and master academic advisor within the department.
  • Teach a full spectrum of sociology courses and a diverse range of psychology courses on both main and satellite locations.

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