Samford University Department of Sociology Department Chair


Samford University’s Department of Sociology seeks a department chair, effective August 2014.  Samford University is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution of higher education in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the university was founded in 1841 and has nearly 300 full time faculty and more than 4,800 students.

Qualifications:   We seek a chair with strong interpersonal and organizational skills and who understands the current issues in the discipline. Ph.D. and at least six years of teaching experience is required. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of department and school leadership, including directing academic programs, serving on major committees, participation in accreditation activities, and involvement in the development of new programs and initiatives.  A strong record of scholarly publication and excellence in teaching are also expected. Candidates must be willing to support the university’s Christian mission.

Specialization is open. Interested candidates need to become familiar with the department curriculum and staffing in order to strengthen or usefully complement the department’s current offerings and curriculum. The department has students with global career interests. Courses for future consideration that might be included are social change, sociology of globalization, sociology of immigration, public sociology, and political and economic sociology.

Social work and public health are departments in Samford’s new College of Health Sciences. The Department of Sociology anticipates possible instructional and research partnership with these programs.

Duties:  Department chairs are responsible for curriculum development, faculty mentoring and evaluation, assessment of learning outcomes, student recruitment and retention, and other activities which strengthen the department’s academic and professional standing.  The department chair should lead by example in teaching, research and service, and should be active in professional organizations.

Salary:  Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Department of Sociology:  The department has 3 full-time faculty (including chair) and approximately 50 majors and minors in sociology.

Applications:  Please incorporate into a single PDF, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, one- to two-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Theresa Davidson

Samford University

800 Lakeshore Drive