Ohio State Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of inequality with a focus on the determinants and/or consequences of food inequality/insecurity, at the assistant professor to associate professor levels, to commence autumn semester 2017. We seek candidates who have an established or active record of research on food inequality/insecurity in the U.S. or other countries.  Potential foci include but are not limited to: inter-relations between food insecurity and physical health and well-being; the impact of public/private, national/international programs on food insecurity; differentials in food insecurity and nutritional status by income, race/ethnicity, or geography. It is expected that this person will be active in interdisciplinary research centers and programs at the university. We seek candidates who will maintain vigorous research programs, actively seek external funding, contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and provide service to the department and the profession.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation (InFACT) https://discovery.osu.edu/focus-areas/infact/, a significant faculty hiring investment in the key thematic area of food security, in which the university will build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact.


Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field, by the start of employment, and to present evidence of excellence in teaching and research. Preferred experience includes developing or working in interdisciplinary research teams and experience mentoring members of underrepresented groups.  Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.


About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see http://liveworkplaycolumbus.com/). Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at http://www.columbus.org.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications include a signed cover letter, curriculum vitae, selected written work, and three signed letters of recommendation (on official letterhead). Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: http://academicjobsonline.org/7826. Inquiries may be directed to foodinequality@sociology.osu.edu.  The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.