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Public Impact Professor in Sociology

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Location: Stanford University
Categories: School of Humanities & Sciences

Public Impact Professor in Sociology

Stanford University invites applications for a senior position as a Public Impact Professor in Sociology. We anticipate making a tenured appointment at the Full Professor or Associate Professor rank.

Appointment as a Public Impact Professor will be based on three criteria: (1) A record of exceptional scholarship advancing the understanding of important social problems, (2) A record of achievement creating opportunities for undergraduates and/or graduate students to develop competencies and expertise at the intersection of science and practice, and (3) Demonstrated impact beyond the university through: (a) distinguished public service in government or the social sector, (b) high-profile engagement in public deliberation and debate, or (c) the establishment of meaningful research partnerships with public or social sector institutions.

This search is being conducted by the Department of Sociology. We are open to all areas of research interest and specialization as long as the above criteria are met. The term of appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2023.

The successful applicant for this position will be appointed in the School of Humanities and Sciences, will have teaching and advising responsibilities in Sociology, and will also be expected to contribute to the university’s efforts to accelerate the impact of research on social problems through Stanford Impact Labs and related efforts. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a related field at the time of appointment and will be expected to teach and advise students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applicants should send a CV, a research statement (not to exceed 3 pages), and a statement of public impact (not to exceed 2 pages) addressing how the candidate has achieved distinction in driving impact beyond the university. Letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and other materials will be requested for the finalists.

Further information about Stanford’s Department of Sociology can be found at Further information about the Stanford Impact Labs is available at

For full consideration, materials should be received by December 1, 2022.

The Sociology Department, School of Humanities & Sciences, and Stanford University value faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates may optionally include as part of their research or teaching statement a brief discussion of how their work will further these ideals.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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