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20210722 Professor and Head of Department, Hong Kong Baptist University


Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology is one of the seven departments housed in the Faculty of Social Sciences, which has a key research niche in smart societies emphasising the research themes of (i) environmental and urban systems; (ii) populations and well-being; and (iii) learning, praxis and governance.  Together with the other six departments including Social Work, Education Studies, Government and International Studies, History, Geography and Sport, Physical Education and Health, the Department of Sociology strives to build interdisciplinary synergy and international partnerships to address social issues of increasing local and international significance.  The research expertise of the Department clusters around four substantive areas: (a) gender, family and life course; (b) social networks and social inequalities; (c) globalisation and social change; and (d) cultures and identities.  One key feature of research in the Department is its convergence on Chinese societies, including Hong Kong, other Chinese societies in East Asia, and especially Mainland China.

The Department invites applications from senior scholars in sociology with a proven track record in research and publications, experience in curriculum development, and strong teaching to serve as the Head of Department, to provide vision and leadership in accomplishing departmental strategic directions. In addition to teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels and undertaking research, the successful candidate will be responsible for the strategic and operational management, and elevating the research profile of the Department.

Professor and Head of Department (PR0244/20-21)

The candidate is expected to provide inspired academic leadership from the front. Embracing the Faculty values, he/she supports colleagues in contributing high impact research and the best student experiences.  Applicants should possess a relevant PhD degree, formal training in sociology with outstanding publication and competitive research grant records, status as an international leader in the field, and a record of success in leadership at a senior level.

This is a tenure-track position commencing September 2021 or on a mutually agreed date.  Outstanding candidates may be considered for direct tenure on appointment.  The University offers competitive package which includes gratuity/retirement benefits, annual leave, medical and dental scheme, and wherever applicable housing assistance and relocation allowance.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at the HKBU e-Recruitment System ( and upload samples of publications/creative works, preferably three best ones out of their most recent publications, statements of teaching and research interest, and recent teaching evaluation results. They should also provide names of two referees who will be requested to provide confidential letters of reference at a later stage. Applicants who wish to discuss the position are welcome to contact Professor Daniel Lai, Dean and Chair Professor of Faculty of Social Sciences (Email: Those not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. All application materials including publication samples, scholarly/creative works will be disposed of after completion of the recruitment exercise. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Review of application will continue until the position is filled.


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