Looking for career-strategy advice here. I'm a recent Sociology PhD (Computational Network Social Science), who took a 6 year leave during my PhD to work as a Software Engineer with a handful of successful startups in the Bay Area. I'm looking to return to academia as an Assistant Professor. Aside from a recently completed dissertation, I have only one or two articles from over 5 years ago.
My research interest and knowledge-set straddles CS and SOC. Given the high(er) demand for CS professors these days, should I be aiming my efforts at finding a CS professor position? If so, should I focus on increasing my publication output prior to application, or rest on professional experience within private industry?
In short, how should I treat the professional leave from academic research when it demonstrates domain competence, but leaves no research output ( articles, books )? Any advice would be appreciated.