Chairperson, Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

Newark, DE
Jun 26, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Delaware

University of Delaware: College of Arts & Sciences: Sociology
Location: Newark, DE


The University of Delaware seeks internal applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. We seek an innovative and dynamic leader with a vision to advance the Department's research and teaching, and its international reputation and visibility.

The Department offers an undergraduate BA in sociology, a multidisciplinary BA in criminal justice, and an MA and PhD in both sociology and criminology. The Department includes the Center for Drug and Health Studies and is affiliated with the Disaster Research Center, two internationally acclaimed research centers. Extramural research support in the Department is among the highest in the College of Arts and Sciences, with faculty pursuing very active and productive research programs.

The Department is especially strong in the areas of crime/law/deviance, gender/race/inequality, health and health services, and disaster/environment studies. Faculty have strengths in both qualitative and quantitative research design and methodologies. The Department currently includes 25 full-time faculty members, about 633 undergraduate majors in sociology and criminal justice and 39 students in the graduate program. The Department seeks a Chair with a demonstrated capacity for leadership within a democratically organized department, as well as a strong record of scholarship and teaching. The individual should be capable of promoting multidisciplinary links with other academic units as well as professional organizations, and of enhancing the Department's fundraising efforts.

Applicant must be a tenured full professor at UD, with a distinguished record of scholarship; a record of seeking and obtaining external funding; a commitment to excellence in instruction at all levels; and sufficient experience to indicate the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with faculty, professional staff, and the administration. The committee seeks applicants with backgrounds in Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice or other complementary areas; however, there is no disciplinary requirement to apply. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate, in writing and orally, their commitment to diversity, including the mentoring and retention of a diverse faculty and student body, and to building and furthering ties with other units across the University, to industry and beyond and building on the mission of the Department.

The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately, and continue the search until the position is filled. Applicants should submit Applicants should visit upload an up-to-date CV and a written statement describing their overall vision of the future direction of the Department. Please direct question questions to the Chair of the Search Committee Dr. Karen

The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from scholars from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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Susan L. Groff, Ed. D.,
Director, Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator
305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-3666

For complaints related to Section 504of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, please contact:

Anne L. Jannarone, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Director, Office of Disability Support Services
Alison Hall, Suite 130
ewark, DE 19716
(302) 831-4643

OR contact the U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights.

The Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act ("DDEA") prohibits discrimination against an applicant or employee based on pregnancy, childbirth, lactation or related conditions. If you believe that you have been subject to pregnancy discrimination or retaliation, please inform a manager as soon as reasonably possible. The University of Delaware is committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and will take prompt action to investigate and remedy the situation, as necessary.

The DDEA also provides for reasonable accommodations of known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions, provided that the accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the university. An employee need not be disabled to request such an accommodation. If you have a known limitation related to pregnancy that impacts your ability to satisfactorily perform the essential duties of your job, please inform your supervisor so that we can promptly begin the process of identifying a reasonable accommodation. Employees are encouraged to request a reasonable accommodation as soon as the need arises and prior to any performance issues. Employees will not be retaliated against for requesting or using a reasonable accommodation.


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