Invitation to Apply from Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D., Hollins University’s Thirteenth President 

In 2020, Hollins University embarked on a bold and necessary plan to ensure all of our students – including the voices and concerns of students of color – are heard, seen, and valued, and feel safe on campus; to create an environment of inclusive excellence that supports rigorous teaching and learning in the liberal arts tradition; and to develop a plan that guides our efforts to be an inclusive community. This year, we continue to actively advance the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Inclusive excellence at Hollins encompasses our commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning for all students. It’s an exciting and hopeful time to join our community; I invite you to learn more about us and to submit an application.  

Levavi Oculos!
President Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D.
Hollins University

(positions last updated 3/30/23)


Contact the Office of Academic Affairs!

Laura Hawley
Executive Assistant to the Provost

Hollins University is hiring the following faculty position beginning July 2023:  

  • Global Politics and Societies: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

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    (posted 3/30/23)

    Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. Both entry-level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2023. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

    Position and Qualifications

    This position has its home in the Global Politics and Societies (GPS) department which includes four separate major programs of study in sociology, religious studies, political science, and international studies and one minor program of study in social justice. Each program uses an interdisciplinary approach with some shared courses and collaborative teaching. Experiential learning is highly valued and is infused into the GPS curriculum through internships, digital course projects, study-away opportunities, and other hands-on learning experiences.

    A broadly trained sociology specialist with varied research and teaching interests is sought. Candidates with a Ph.D. or ABD in sociology or a related GPS discipline, whose scholarly expertise includes race and/or critical race theory and complements existing strengths in the department, are welcomed to apply. Candidates whose courses can also contribute to one or more of the following programs – environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, and/or religious studies – are desired.

    The position carries a teaching load of three courses per semester. Candidates must be able to teach Introduction to Sociology and Social Theory, as well as introductory and upper-level electives in sociology. Hollins has a strong general education program, and applicants’ courses should be able to contribute to this program.

    We seek candidates who will advance Hollins’ commitment to diversity, equity, justice, and inclusive excellence; who have demonstrated success working with and mentoring students who are first-generation, limited-income, and from historically underrepresented groups in higher education; and who have an active record of ongoing scholarly activity in the form of publications and presentations.

    About Hollins

    Known for its creative and highly engaged student body, Hollins University prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

    Application Process

    Screening of candidates will begin on May 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

    To apply, please submit the following materials:

    • A cover letter describing teaching and research interests and detailing progress towards the Ph.D. if not in hand;
    • A curriculum vitae; and
    • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses your approach to teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds, and how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service.

    Candidates advanced to the second phase of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

    • A teaching statement;
    • A sample syllabus;
    • Three names of recommenders (at least one of whom must be familiar with the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and
    • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

    Applicants should submit materials via this web page ( The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and once they accept a contingent employment offer, a criminal history background check will be conducted. For questions about the position, please contact search chair Edward Lynch (

    Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

    For more information about Hollins, please visit our website (

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About Hollins University

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational learning experience.  

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 

Hollins University seeks to further diversify our faculty and curricula through several ongoing initiatives. Hollins has adopted best practices in equitable hiring through Oregon State University’s Search Advocates program, while its membership in the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) informs its anti-racism work at all levels of the institution. The annual Leading Equity, Diversity, and Justice conference is a campus-wide day of learning dedicated to truth-telling, individual healing, and institutional transformation that holds each member of the campus community accountable for the work of justice. Hollins faculty are also currently engaged in a general education revision process that will launch in fall 2023 and provide its undergraduates with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to thrive in a changing world with creativity, resilience, and purpose. Additionally, the Rutherfoord Center for Experiential Learning ensures that faculty and students have the opportunity to situate learning in real-world contexts.   

Faculty Development  

Hollins offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes health insurance, retirement benefits, and paid parental leave. Faculty also receive financial support for research, travel, and pedagogy; mentoring; ongoing professional development opportunities; and support through campus affinity groups. Faculty also benefit from Hollins’ active membership in SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia), CICV (Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia), CIC (Council of Independent Colleges), and AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities).  

Students at Hollins  

The creative spark is alive and well at Hollins University. Nationally recognized for programs in film, dance, creative writing, and theatre, Hollins is also seeing markedly increased interest in STEM fields. Its undergraduate programs emphasize interdisciplinary and experiential learning. The majority of Hollins students participate in undergraduate research and internships. In the Princeton Review’s The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 EditionHollins’ students state, “the internship and study-abroad opportunities for students of this school are exceptional.”  

Hollins is proud to serve 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. The 2022 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges lists Hollins at number 16 in the category of “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” Limited-income students and first-generation students are invited to join the university’s HU Connect program to support their sense of belonging and success at Hollins. Networks for students of color, such as the Asian Student Alliance, Unión de Estudiantes Latinx, the Black Student Alliance, and the Early Transition Program (ETP) provide rich opportunities for connection. The SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) and Safe Haven program provide supportive spaces for Hollins’ LGBTQIA+ students and their allies.  

The Roanoke Valley  

With approximately 100,000 residents, Roanoke is a diverse city, located just south of the Hollins campus. The city of Roanoke is a part of the larger Roanoke Valley, which is home to 300,000 residents. The area offers a variety of cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities, including excellent schools, many restaurants and breweries, the Taubman Museum of Art, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Kids Square children’s museum, and the Jefferson Center, which hosts performances by organizations such as the Mill Mountain Theatre and the Roanoke Ballet. Roanoke’s Berglund Center also hosts a range of larger events and concerts. Roanoke is a hub for innovation and the medical center for the region, and home to two major hospitals, as well as the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.  

Roanoke is especially well known for its outdoor recreational resources. Home to numerous nature and hiking trails and one of the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA’s) top mountain biking destinations in the world, Roanoke has been named “Best Place to Raise an Outdoor Family.” Domestic travel is also convenient from Hollins with the nearby Roanoke Regional Airport, which has non-stop service to cities including Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. There is Amtrak train service as well for passengers to Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.