Department of Sociology

Faculty Recruitment

The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Sociology
Faculty Search

Cluster Hiring Initiative – Diversity in Cognitive Functioning in Late Life
Posted 9/27/2019

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 in Diversity in Cognitive Functioning in Late Life. We are seeking a productive scholar whose research focuses on advancing understanding of cognitive aging and dementias in diverse populations. Examples of such approaches include biomarkers of health and daily experiences associated with cognitive aging. The position is 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. Candidates should have demonstrated potential for, or a record of, funded research. The Department values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

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 norms and extend collaborative research and scholarship. This new initiative is authorizing 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 “Diversity in Cognitive Functioning in Late Life” and can participate in the Texas Aging & Longevity Center. Contributions to the cluster will be an important facet of the faculty member’s annual performance evaluations and consideration for promotion/tenure.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that includes a description of current and planned research, fit with the cluster hiring initiative in Diversity in Cognitive Functioning in Late Life, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references through the online portal at: http://apply.interfolio.com/69128.

Questions about the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Debra Umberson, umberson@prc.utexas.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019. The University of Texas is an AA/EEO employer.


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