Early in 2014, Barbara Schaal, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, made a commitment to build a new Department of Sociology at Washington University. Dean Schaal appointed a faculty search committee and an external advisory committee of distinguished sociologists to guide the effort to attract outstanding scholars and teachers in the discipline to the new department.
The development plan is to hire a small number of faculty members in each year through 2019 to build the new department to a level that supports strong undergraduate and graduate programs.
The first stage of this plan was completed in early 2015 with the decision by three outstanding sociologists to become inaugural members of the faculty: David Cunningham, Adia Harvey Wingfield, and Jake Rosenfeld. In the fall of 2015, we received hundreds of applications for new junior positions and were thrilled to welcome Caitlyn Collins, John Robinson, and Ariela Schacter, all of whom will joined our faculty in the fall 2016 semester.
Recruitment for 2017-2018 is currently underway.