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Assistant Professor in Digital Sociology

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: Sociology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 10, 2024. We are seeking candidates who specialize in Digital Sociology. We prefer someone who brings innovative, theoretically-driven approaches to the collection and analysis of native/found digital data or big data. We are open to quantitative, computational, or qualitative methodologies in the critical study of digital societies, digital media, or digital cultures around the world. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, platform capitalism, labor and digital marketplaces, digital social movements, online violence, hate groups, surveillance, intimate relationships, and impacts on individual or community health and wellness. Proven grant potential is preferred.

Teaching will include developing digital sociology courses at the graduate and undergraduate level and providing mentorship and research opportunities to the growing number of graduate students interested in studying digital spaces. The standard teaching load is two courses a semester (2/2 load). We are especially interested in community-engaged teaching and research. The successful candidate will have experience in providing an equity-minded and inclusive educational environment that supports the learning of a diverse student body and that is consistent with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community ( Specific examples of experiences, activities, and plans will help us identify candidates who can strengthen the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Sociology in hand by August 2024 with a record of excellence in scholarship and teaching commensurate with the level of appointment. Applicants must demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and to the department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community. We welcome a colleague whose research, teaching, and outreach or engagement advances InclusiveVT ( priorities related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Department of Sociology is recognized for excellence in interdisciplinary research, and we encourage scholars with interest in working with interdisciplinary teams to apply. Guided by Virginia Tech’s motto of Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, and the institution’s long standing heritage in technology, the successful candidate will have opportunities to build relationships with a multitude of initiatives in Virginia and at Virginia Tech including Tech for Humanity, Tech 4 Humanity Lab, the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, the Innovation Campus in Washington, DC, and Sociology’s Cybercriminology Lab.

The department offers a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in Sociology. Graduate students can concentrate in Women’s and Gender Studies or Africana Studies. A graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies are also offered. Foundational to all scholarship and teaching is a focus on power and inequalities across age, gender, race, social class, and geographical location. We specialize in:

● Crime, Law, and Deviance
● Culture, Knowledge, and Identities
● Data, Technology, and Digital Sociology
● Environment, Social Movements, and Work
● Health, Community Well-Being, and Social Welfare

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Sociology in hand by August 2024 with a record of excellence in scholarship and teaching commensurate with the level of appointment.

Demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, and to the department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community

Preferred Qualifications

Proven grant potential is preferred.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

October 30, 2023

Additional Information

The application package should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references with email addresses. Questions should be directed to Dr. Thomas Dearden (, Search Committee Chair.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Mae Early-Wilmer at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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