Assistant Professor – Rural Sociology

Department: Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Job Location: Auburn, AL

Review Date: December 1, 2014

Start Date: August 16, 2015


The College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology with focus on Natural Resources, Food and Agricultural Systems, or Community and Rural Development. The expected start date is August 16, 2015.

Responsibilities: This is a 9-month tenure track position (60% research, 40% instruction). Research responsibilities include developing and implementing a nationally recognized research program in one or more aspects of natural resources, food and agriculture, community, and rural development, particularly as such systems relate to landscapes and land use issues, water and waterways, aquatic- and agroecosystems, and technological change. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding from sources such as the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and National Institute of Health to support research programs and summer salary. The candidate will publish technical reports and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in other disciplines. Instructional responsibilities will include teaching courses on a range of topics related to rural sociology such as community, natural resources, and the structure of agriculture. The successful candidate will provide academic advising and career counseling for undergraduate and graduate students; transfer results of the scholarly program through recognized and peer reviewed outlets; and provide leadership to the profession through state and national professional society participation. Departmental, college, and university committee service is expected. The candidate is expected to provide leadership in Auburn University’s strategic initiatives.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in Rural Sociology, Sociology or closely related applied social science field from an accredited institution by the position start date. Experience conducting research on natural resources, community and rural development, or aquatic- or agroecosystems as noted above. Documented evidence of ability to conduct research and to be a successful teacher is required. The successful candidate must be able to effectively collaborate with faculty, staff and graduate student colleagues from different disciplines and backgrounds. In addition, the candidate should possess organizational and strong interpersonal skills to effectively interact with other disciplines and diverse audiences. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English. The candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin, and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Desired qualifications include: strong quantitative skills; previous teaching experience in rural sociology or closely related fields; a demonstrated record of securing extramural funding for research and educational programs; and government or industry experience in sectors involving the use of natural resources and/or production of food or fiber.

Application: Applicants must apply for the position electronically via the on-line application system: and submit the following: 1) a letter of application, 2) current vitae, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, 4) statement of research philosophy, and 5) copies of all academic transcripts. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure optimal consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to submit complete application materials by December 1, 2014. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Conner Bailey, Search Committee Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at

The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 25,400 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles from the state capital (Montgomery). Visit for more information.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer.