The University of Texas at Austin: College of Liberal Arts: Department of Sociology



The Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a faculty member to contribute to a University-wide cluster hiring initiative to advance understanding of how social and biological factors intersect to create health disparities to begin in Fall of academic year 2022-23. The successful candidate for this position will be joining the UT Austin faculty as part of the Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative. This initiative is designed to supplement departmentally-based hiring practices and extend collaborative research and scholarship. This new initiative authorizes up to 40 new faculty hires whose interdisciplinary areas of knowledge cross the boundaries of existing academic departments. The selected candidate will be expected to actively participate as a core member of the “Health Disparities” cluster. Contributions to the cluster will be an important facet of the faculty member’s annual performance evaluations and consideration for promotion/tenure.

The Department is seeking a productive scholar whose research focuses on identifying and understanding how social and biological factors intersect to influence health, broadly defined, across the life course to create health inequities. We seek scholars whose research relies on innovative conceptual and methodological approaches. The position will be Open Rank and duties will include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, research, and service.



Applicants must have a PhD in Sociology, have a clearly defined and productive research agenda, and demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence. Ideal candidates are those who expand the social and intellectual diversity of the department and who work comfortably in multimethod research environments. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service.


Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that includes a description of current and planned research and fit with the cluster hiring initiative in health disparities, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references through the online portal at:

Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Debra Umberson, Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position funding is subject to budget availability. The University of Texas is an AA/EEO employer.

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