Asst. Professor, Social Inequality - Dept of Sociology and Crim

USA, Colorado, Denver
Jun 29, 2017
University of
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is a department of active, productive scholars in the Division of Social Sciences with strong ties to the University's College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and other professional schools. We offer BA degrees in sociology and criminology. For information about our department, please visit here.

The University of Denver and Department of Sociology and Criminology value inclusive excellence, a commitment by all constituents to create a transformative academic experience that embraces and engages diverse perspectives and communities. Faculty and students in our department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. For more information about inclusive excellence, please visit here.

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology and Criminology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2018. Applications are sought from candidates with a strong record of scholarship and teaching in Social Inequality, with emphasis in social justice, equity, or inclusion. Areas of specialization are open but preference will be given to candidates who can contribute courses to the University's common curriculum (i.e., Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems) as well as new electives for Sociology majors.

Essential Functions

  • Ability to teach five classes over three quarters per academic year, including First-Year and Advanced Seminars, core departmental courses, and department electives in the candidates specialty area.
  • Publish regularly (in scholarly publications).
  • Present research at scholarly conferences.
  • Provide service to the department and university, including work on various committees (e.g., the departments Committee of the Whole).
  • Provide students with year-long mentoring and academic advising.
  • Continuation and development of new scholarly and research interests.
  • May occasionally supervise additional independent studies or directed research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expertise in social inequality with emphasis in social justice, equity, or inclusion.
  • Excellent communication skills for classroom teaching, student advising, and mentoring.
  • Excellent writing skills for publishing research findings.
  • Strong mathematical skills.
  • Extremely high reasoning ability is of the utmost importance given the extent and complexity of a faculty member's role.
  • Strong people skills, along with the ability to work effectively with all types of people.
  • Basic word processing and computer-related skills.
  • Ability to listen and effectively communicate verbally with students, faculty and administrative colleagues, and staff.
  • Ability to write extensively.
  • Ability to travel to professional meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in sociology or related field prior to or within the first year of appointment. The title of Instructor will be held until all degree requirements are completed. Applicants that are initially ABD will be considered.
  • Excellent university-level teaching experience in sociology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in sociology or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience or evidence of a commitment to incorporate inclusive excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to effectively engage diverse student populations.

Application Deadline

The Recruitment Committee will begin review of applications on September 1, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions about this position, please contact Lisa Martinez, Social Inequality Recruitment Committee Chair at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest that describes teaching interests and other qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae that specifies specialization and comprehensive exam areas.
  3. Sample(s) of scholarship.
  4. Evidence of teaching excellence (this can include, but is not limited to, sample syllabi, sample assignments, sample grading rubrics, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations), a list of courses taught previously, a list of courses that could be taught, and any other artifacts of teaching excellence).
  5. One-page statement describing how the candidate's research, teaching, and/or service contributes to inclusive excellence.

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 5 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

In addition, at least three recommenders should email letters of reference with the candidate's name in the subject line.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.