Job opportunities (academic and non-academic) and other career-related opportunities which may be of interest to our SSSA Membership and Friends of SSSA are listed below.  Information posted is as provided by those organizations advertising here.  Those wishing to advertise are welcome to contact the SSSA Communications Director.


Department Chair, Sociology – Virginia Tech University

Virginia Tech invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position as Department Chair in the Department of Sociology to start fall, 2020.  The successful candidate must be tenurable at the rank of full professor.  We seek an experienced administrator and scholar with a proven record of research excellence both in publications and in external funding.

A Ph.D. in sociology is required. Areas of research specialization are open.   Administrative experience at the departmental or center level and experience with graduate programs at the doctoral level is preferred. In addition, the preferred candidate should be able to engage with the criminology program such that he/she will be able to articulate and strategically advocate for the needs of this high growth area, as well as for the department as a whole.

Located within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Department of Sociology is the academic home of programs in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, and houses the Center for Race and Social Policy Research and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.  Each of the programs and centers has a director appointed by the Department Chair.

The department grants the B.S degree at the undergraduate level with majors in sociology and criminology.  The sociology major includes options in Research Methods, Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Social Inequality. We also offer six minors.  We have approximately 600 majors, a large majority of whom are in criminology, and 250 minors.

At the graduate level we offer the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology with available options in Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Currently we have 33 tenured or tenure track faculty and 4 fulltime instructors or collegiate faculty.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law: (

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 1, 2019, at (posting # 510574) quicklink: The application package should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research plan, and statement of administrative philosophy, along with a listing of three references that includes names, affiliation, and email addresses. Any additional material that cannot be submitted online should be sent to the Sociology Chair Search Committee, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech, 560 McBryde Hall (0137), 225 Stanger St., Blacksburg VA 24061.

The Rural Sociological Society 

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) is seeking an Editor for their premier journal, Rural Sociology.  

Published since 1937, Rural Sociology reaches an international audience of social scientists, policy makers, and agency professionals concerned with rural people, places, and problems. A forum for cutting-edge research, Rural Sociology explores sociological and interdisciplinary approaches to emerging social issues and new approaches to recurring social issues affecting rural people and places.

For more information, please click Rural Sociology Editor Proposal Guidelines.

The RSS Publications and Communications Committee asks that you use this template Rural Sociology Editor Proposal Template when submitting your application.

Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics 2018 Research Grants

2018 Research Fellowship

Travel Grants (Funding for 2018 is now exhausted – this post is being maintained for informational purposes)

The Dole Archive and Special Collections is now accepting applications for 2018 Travel Grants.  The travel grant program is intended to defray costs associated with research-related travel to the Dole Institute.  This program offers reimbursements of up to $750 to undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and independent scholars.  Deadlines: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  There is no deadline to apply, and applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.  Applicants can expect a decision regarding their application within 2-4 weeks.

About the Awards

Established in 2010, these funding programs award grants to scholars engaged in projects studying Congress, politics, or policy issues. The Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics houses Senator Bob Dole’s extensive collections that document his 36-year career in the House and Senate. While in residence, the Research Fellow and Travel Grant awardees will use these collections, which encompass a wide range of legislative, historical, and policy issues.

To Apply

For more information about the award and application details, please visit



Congressional Research Service

Seeking an Analyst in Economic Development Policy

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division (G&F) is seeking an Analyst in Economic Development Policy to serve the United States Congress by providing expertise on policy issues pertinent to planning, economic development, public finance, business development, and job creation. Work may include design and evaluation of options for Congress to inform the debate on economic development policy and related issues.

The ideal candidate will have experience conducting applied analysis that blends a background in planning with detailed knowledge of economic development principles and public finance at all levels of government. State and/or local planning experience and expertise connecting this experience to federal policy and programs is preferred. Specifically, the successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to link knowledge of these principles, policies, and programs with each step of the legislative process. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to draw from a multidisciplinary background to provide rigorous policy analysis for some of the most complex issues for Congress. Strong policy research, writing, and presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Experience communicating analytic results through data visualization is preferred. Candidates with experience explaining complex policies, programs, and economic principles in terms that resonate with audiences without their level of expertise are encouraged to apply.


CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online