Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Job description

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is a department of active, productive scholars in the College of Arts, Humanities and 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.

The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls over 12,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a research university with high research activity. Comprised of nearly 2.9 million people, the Denver metro offers an array of activities for urban dwellers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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 in our department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service.

To read the departments statement on inclusive excellence, please visit To read the Chancellors diversity statement, visit

Position Summary

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2020. Applications are sought from candidates with a strong record of scholarship and teaching in race and crime/law. Candidates are expected to teach required courses and contribute new electives for our criminology and sociology majors. For a list of current electives, please go to:

Essential Functions

  • 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 race and crime/law
  • Ability to teach at the university level
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Excellent communication skills for classroom teaching, student advising, and mentoring
  • Excellent writing skills for publishing research findings
  • Extremely high reasoning ability is of the utmost importance given the extent and complexity of a faculty members role
  • Ability to write extensively
  • Ability to travel to professional meetings

Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in sociology, criminology, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with diverse populations.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on September 9, 2019.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

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. A teaching statement, sample syllabi, and evidence of teaching excellence (this can include, but is not limited to, sample assignments, sample grading rubrics, student evaluations, a list of courses taught previously, a list of courses that could be taught, and any other artifacts of teaching excellence)
  5. Separate, 1-page, inclusive excellence statement describing how the candidates research, teaching, and/or service contribute to inclusive excellence
  6. Names and contact information for three individuals who will serve as reference

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492507
Posted: 6/26/2019
Application Due: 8/25/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable