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Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - Sociology

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Position type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty of Instruction - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The Sociology Department at Grand Valley State University invites applications for an Affiliate Faculty of Instruction of Sociology to begin in August 2024. The initial appointment for this non-tenure track position will be for one academic year on a full-time basis, renewable once for an additional academic year. Thereafter, appointments will be for three (3) consecutive academic years until one reaches the rank of Senior Affiliate and becomes eligible for 6-year contracts. Affiliate faculty teach 4 courses each semester in Fall and Winter, mostly Introduction to Sociology and/or Social Problems.

Required Qualifications and Education:
  • Master’s degree in Sociology or a related field.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level.
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
  • Demonstrated understanding of, or interest in pedagogical approaches and modalities that engage and support diverse students.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including the ability to engage others with respect and empathy.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the success of first-generation students, and/or students from historically underrepresented groups in higher education.
  • Teach four sections of Introduction to Sociology and/or Social Problems, each semester under the guidance of tenured faculty, typically with two preps in each of Fall and Winter. Affiliate faculty do not have scholarship obligations but are invited to participate in the life of the department and provide limited departmental service of their choosing.
Salary/Benefits: The university offers salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package on health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and childcare options on and off campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (

Department/College: The Sociology Department at Grand Valley State University is the home to a major (BA/BS) in Sociology, a minor in Sociology, and a minor in Aging and Adult Life. The department has 16 full-time faculty members. Department offices are located on the Allendale campus, where nearly all the department’s courses are taught. (

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor’s degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We are interested in attracting new faculty colleagues committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon, and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University ( Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: A complete application must include:

  1. A cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy (Upload this to the 'Teaching Statement' section on the application form.)
  4. A statement that describes ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, with particular attention to experiences engaging and supporting a diverse student body (Upload this to the 'Other' section on the application form.)
  5. Contact information of three professional references
  6. Graduate transcripts (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable to apply; official transcripts are required for hire). 

The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to: Richard Yidana, Sociology Department, Chair of Search Committee (

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on November 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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