Sociology of Health and Illness (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021. The substantive area of specialization for this position is Sociology of Health and Illness.

An ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching and will help to strengthen our global reputation. We expect applicants to have a Ph.D. in sociology at the time of appointment but applicants who have progressed to the point where completion of the Ph.D. is imminent and who demonstrate clear and superior promise of excellence in research will also be considered. For information about the Department, visit:

Application materials are to be submitted online at the following link: We ask interested individuals to submit the following: (1) a CV; (2) a cover letter describing their interest in the position as well as a description of their research and teaching record and future plans; (3) a separate one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body; (4) two sample publications; (5) a teaching portfolio which should include evidence of teaching effectiveness (statement of teaching philosophy and student evaluations, peer assessments, graduate and/or undergraduate course syllabus); and (6) request to have three referees send confidential supporting letters to soci.head(at) while indicating both the search area, “Health and Illness,” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of British Columbia is a globally-acclaimed institution that ranks among the top 30 universities in the world. We rank in the top two Sociology departments in Canada. The university is situated in Vancouver, which is routinely included in lists of the top five most livable cities in the world. It is renowned for its mild year-round climate, innovative urban design, emphasis on the environment and sustainability, extensive cultural and cosmopolitan offerings, ethnic diversity, and spectacular natural beauty set among the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. The department is committed to facilitating an open and diverse community of faculty, students, and staff that fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The UBC Vancouver campus is on the traditional, unceeded territory of the Musqeam people.