Fresno State campus

Temporary Faculty Pool- Sociology

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Temporary, Part Time

Temporary Faculty for the Department of Sociology

Lecturer in Sociology

Position Summary:

The successful applicant may teach courses in philanthropy, community benefit organization leadership, grant writing and evaluation, and volunteer administration. We are interested in candidates who are qualified to teach:

  • SOC 3: Critical Thinking about Society
  • SOC 111: Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
  • SOC 125: Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • SOC 130W: Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC 131: Sociology of Sex & Gender
  • SOC 158: Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 165: Sociology of Families
  • SOC 167: Sociology of Childhood
  • SOC 183S: Philanthropy & Grant Making
  • SOC 184S: Grant Writing & Evaluation
  • SOC 186S: Governance, Administrative Principles, & Financial Literacy
  • SOC 187S: Entrepreneurial Approaches to Sustainable CBOs
  • SOC 188S: Effective Administration of Volunteer Programs
  • SOC 189S: Engaging Underrepresented Populations as Volunteers

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range  

Commensurate with experience. 

Anticipated Semester

The temporary faculty pool is continuously open, and positions are filled as needed, based on student enrollment and funding. This is a pool of part-time lecturers for the department to draw on as necessary. Appointments from the pool are temporary and often made just prior to the start of the academic term. Applicants may need to be available to begin teaching on short notice. The pool will remain in place for two academic terms; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must reapply.

  • Fall 2021: August 17, 2021 - December 22, 2021
  • Spring 2022: January 18, 2022 - May 21, 2022 
  • Opportunities for teaching during the Summer and Winter Intersessions may also be available. 
  • Primary instruction will be on-campus once Fresno State repopulates according to CDC guidelines.

Appointees will be required to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States.



Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.): A Master's degree in Sociology or a related field.

Experience: Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Education: A PhD in Sociology or a related field.

Experience: Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level

Application Procedures: A review of applications will begin immediately and may continue for the next few semesters. Complete an online application at and attach the following materials:

  1. a cover letter addressing qualifications and experience, and list of courses you are interested in teaching,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. a statement on diversity: This statement provides the applicant’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help Fresno State contribute to its mission in these areas,
  4. copies of unofficial transcripts from all relevant educational programs,
  5. names of three referents - the committee will request current letters of recommendation, do not attach.

For inquiries contact Dr. Jennifer Randles, Chair, Department of Sociology, E-mail:


The Sociology Department at Fresno State is committed to a critical engagement with social life through an emphasis on social inequities, social justice, and social change. To achieve this goal, the Department provides students with the theoretical frameworks, research abilities, writing skills, public presentation capacities, and political strategies to work towards a more just and sustainability world for all. Additionally, faculty work with local and regional organizations to utilize their expertise and knowledge to improve the quality of life for everyone living in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Humanics Program within the Sociology Department offers a minor degree in Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership and a Certificate in Administration and Leadership for Community Benefit Organizations. The Humanics Program offers specialized training in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations (CBOs) and works with hundreds of CBOs in the region to prepare leaders for service to humanity. Humanics engenders exceptional leaders, enhanced organizations, and enriched communities by: investing thousands of dollars in CBOs serving the region; partnering with CBOs to strengthen capacity and foster sustainability; and preparing leaders for service to humanity through CBOs as administrators and executives, board members and volunteers, and program staff.

College Overview

The College of Social Sciences at Fresno State offers a broad and exciting range of majors, minors, and certificates that help us understand our world: from the study of history, political, social, and cultural issues, to projections for our future, our degree programs are designed to develop essential skills necessary to adapt to a constantly changing world and to provide leadership for the new millennium.

About the Campus

California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Fresno State’s Principles of Community

These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be.  Find out more about our Principles of Community at:

We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success."

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other Campus Information

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.


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