Sociology Position – BYU-Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho Posting Details

Official Title:

Full-time Faculty – Sociology


Sociology And Social Work

Position Type:


Position Summary:

Teach core sociology courses in a comprehensive sociology program. Assignments could include theory, research methods, and statistical analysis. Teach general courses in inequalities and institutions, with an open emphasis. Additional responsibilities include mentoring student research and internship activities, advising students, and fulfilling other department and university assignments. Throughout their careers, all BYU-Idaho faculty are expected to actively pursue professional development opportunities in learning and teaching and ongoing scholarly development within their discipline.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Doctorate in Sociology preferred; ABD applicants will be considered with the stipulation that continued employment will be based upon the completion of a doctoral degree. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to and evidence of excellence in teaching. Applicants must be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and eligible for a temple recommend.

Work Schedule:

To be determined by department chair.

Anticipated Start Date:



Dependent on education and experience.

Posting Date:


Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Required Applicant Documents:

Cover Letter
Transcript 1

Optional Applicant Documents:

Curriculum Vitae
Letter of Reference 1
Letter of Reference 2
Letter of Reference 3
Other Document
Transcript 2
Transcript 3

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Original transcript of degrees earned is required and must be mailed by the university to the following address:
Mr. Kelly T Burgener
Associate Academic VP for Instruction
210 KIM
Rexburg ID 83460-1690

Contact Info:

Peggy P. Clements
210 KIM
Academic Office
Rexburg ID 83460-1690

Q: Are lifelong members of the LDS Church more or less likely to leave as compared converts?

Q: I am specifically interested in whether there have been studies on those who have converted out of Mormonism in terms of how this breaks down statistically in terms of lifelong members vs. converts. Are lifelong members less likely to leave vs. others?

A: Rick Phillips kindly provided an extensive response to this question.  He wrote:

In the 80s, using proprietary LDS data, Stan Albrecht found that converts were at greater risk of defection, and that the risk was highest in the first five years after conversion. Here is the citation:

Stan L. Albrecht, “The Consequential Dimension of Mormon Religiosity,” in Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, ed. James B. Duke (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1998), 273.

A few years ago, I published an article showing that nations with high growth rates have a high disparity between the number of people on LDS church rolls, and the number of people who claim to be LDS on national censuses. This implies that new converts are at much higher risk of defection. Here is the citation:

Rick Phillips “Rethinking the International Expansion of Mormonism” Nova Religio: The Journal of New and Emergent Religions 65 no. 2 (2006) 52–68.

These findings coincide with anecdotal reports and newspaper accounts of GA statements on the subject from this time frame. Thus, for the worldwide church, I think it is very safe to say that converts are at higher risk of defection than lifelong members.

The situation in the United States is a bit different. In a forthcoming article, Ryan Cragun and I show that until about 1995, converts were more likely to defect than lifelong LDS. However, as the demographic base that undergirds Mormonism in UT and the intermountain west begins to erode, this difference has been erased. Now defections are equally likely among lifelong members and converts, at least in the US. The article is entitled “Contemporary Mormon Religiosity and the Legacy of ‘Gathering,’” due out in the journal Nova Religio.

Finally, in a report that Ryan Cragun and I are writing, we use data from the American Religious Identification Survey to infer that defections from the faith in Utah are increasing, and that young men are at greatest risk of falling away. The male to female ratio among self-identified Mormons in Utah is now 2:3. This report is not quite finished yet, but it will be released soon.


Armand Mauss also suggested the following article on David Stewart’s website: