Professor / Associate Professor in Sociology

Hong Kong (HK)
05 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time



Professor / Associate Professor in Sociology (two posts)

(Ref. 17042810) 

​The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,400. The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.5 billion.

As one of the largest social sciences departments in the Asian Pacific region, the Department of Applied Social Sciences offers research degrees at MPhil and PhD levels as well as taught programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various disciplines.  To further strengthen our academic team, we are recruiting faculty members at Professor / Associate Professor levels in the discipline of Sociology.

The Department is home to many thriving research and practice units: Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities, Centre for Social Policy Studies, Centre for Third Sector Studies, Child Development Centre, China Research and Development Network, Network for Health and Social Welfare, and Professional Practice and Assessment Centre.  It is also strongly connected with the Institute of Active Ageing of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and other health related disciplines.  They provide platforms for collaborative research, practice projects, and policy discussions with government departments and NGOs.  Focused areas of research in the Department include but not limited to: (a) family, child, youth and ageing studies; (b) psychology, mental health, and health; (c) social work and human service management; (d) social policy, social welfare, and community development; and (e) social theory, and the Chinese mainland and global social development. 

Please visit the website at for more information about the Department.  Applicants are invited to contact Professor Daniel W.L. Lai, Head of Department of Applied Social Sciences by email at for further information about the posts. 


The appointees will be required to:

(a)    teach subjects in the discipline of Sociology and/or related disciplines;

(b)    contribute to the development and enhancement of teaching and learning;

(c)    participate and/or provide leadership in the planning, management and curriculum development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;

(d)    develop e-learning modules and design of innovative pedagogy;

(e)    secure external competitive research grants, conduct academic research, publish in good quality peer-reviewed journals, and provide academic leadership in teaching, research and other scholarly activities;

(f)    carry out academic and administrative duties as required; and

(g)    perform any other duties as assigned by the Head of Department or his delegates.

Applicants should:

(a)    have a PhD/doctoral degree in a relevant discipline and a solid academic background in Sociology; 

(b)    have research and teaching expertise in the areas of China studies, development studies, industrial sociology, labour and migration, and/or globalization;

(c)    have proven track records in teaching and research;

(d)    have excellent records in the successful bidding of external competitive research grants;

(e)    have substantial experience in academic programme planning, management and curriculum development;

(f)    be open to the use of e-learning and blended learning strategies in teaching and scholarship; and

(g)    have excellent local and international connections in research and professional capacities.

The job duty requirements and expectation will be in line with the appointed grade.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered.  An appropriate term will be provided for appointment at  Associate Professor and Professor levels.  For general information on terms and conditions for appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at  Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.


Please send a completed application form to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to Application forms can be obtained via the above channels or downloaded from If a separate curriculum vitae is to be provided, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process.  Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled.  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

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