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Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 1P0215
Title: Lecturer
Functional Title: Lecturer & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Category Status: 03-Faculty-Non-Tenured,Term Contr
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.0
Unit: BSOS-Sociology
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland is seeking to fill a position of Lecturer. This person also will serve as Director of Undergraduate Studies. This is a full-time 12-month, non-tenured position, with promotion opportunities. Sociology is a popular undergraduate major at Maryland and we are committed to excellence in our undergraduate program — our faculty have been repeatedly recognized with teaching awards, including the BSOS Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Director is responsible for administering the undergraduate office, leading efforts to enhance and innovate undergraduate teaching, and working with other faculty to shape the undergraduate curriculum in preparation for future growth opportunities. In addition to administrative duties, the Director will teach undergraduate courses. The precise teaching load is negotiable with the Chair. Other duties involve working with faculty to help them become more effective teachers including developing and supporting efforts to use technology and other methods to innovate and evaluate teaching within the department. The remaining duties of this position include supervision of undergraduate advising staff and ensuring prompt, courteous service to students, parents and the campus community. The position requires the ability to work with students, faculty, and administrators as well as excellent public speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills.

The University of Maryland is located in Prince Georges County, near Washington, DC, accessible from the College Park/UM Metro stop. For more information on the department and the university, we encourage interested persons to visit our website at

Please submit all application materials electronically including a) a cover letter that addresses suitability for the position, a vision for excellence in undergraduate sociology education, and relevant experiences, b) a curriculum vita, c) names of and contact information for three professional references, d) a teaching portfolio (including evidence of teaching effectiveness and course development).

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD in Sociology; a minimum of 2 years experience teaching Sociology at the college level; previous administrative experience.


Prior experience in academic advising and curriculum development; evidence of innovation in teaching and developing interdisciplinary collaborations; knowledge of student learning outcomes assessments; and an understanding of the diverse needs of undergraduates.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 03/07/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/20/2018
Physical Demands

Normal conditions in an office setting and no unusual physical demands. Some walking to classes and meetings at other campus offices.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching (examples: teaching philosophy, student evaluations)
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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