Chair Position in Sociology, Iowa State

Colleagues in the Feminist Development Subsection of the ASA,

Please post and distribute this announcement about our search for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University.  We would really appreciate applications from people in your departments or colleagues around the country and world.

The Department of Sociology, jointly administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, is centered on creating new knowledge and preparing the next generation of scientists, teachers, professionals, and citizens to apply sociological skills to societal challenges.  The department has 21 tenured/tenure-track faculty with expertise in 1) agriculture and development, 2) criminology and criminal justice, and social and economic disparities. The department offers undergraduate BS and BA degrees in three majors: Sociology, Agriculture & Society, and Criminal Justice, with approximately 600 undergraduate majors and 35 graduate students.

The department is home to a strong graduate program offering MS and PhD degrees in Sociology and Rural Sociology and its faculty have an active research agenda.  According to Academic Analytics the department is one of the top 10 nationally in total grant dollars, and in the top 20 for articles published per faculty member. In addition, there is a highly engaged extension/outreach program that works closely with other programs serving agricultural and rural community interests in Iowa.  The department faculty are especially known for their collaborative grant writing.  Signature research programs include the Iowa Farm Poll, Iowa Small Towns Project (funded by USDA-NIFA), Social-Economic Dimensions of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy (funded by State of Iowa), and the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (funded by USDA-NIFA).  Faculty are or have been editors for respected journals in the discipline, including Journal of Criminal Justice (JCR impact factor 2.77), Rural Sociology (2.32), and Sociological Quarterly (0.77).

Iowa State University is a nationally and internationally recognized Land Grant University that has a major focus on agriculture, science and engineering.  There are numerous interdisciplinary centers on campus that provide opportunities for faculty to engage in meaningful research collaborations (a comprehensive listing can be found here  Sociology faculty contribute to a university-wide diverse and inclusive climate through their involvement with faculty in other departments in both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  More information on the department and faculty can be found at

I encourage you to consider applying for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Sociology. You can find the official Notice of Vacancy on ISU’s website, which is also where you would submit your application.

Please feel free to contact me at or Ann Oberhauser ( if you have any questions about this position.

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