Adjunct Faculty, 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 Universitys College of Law, Graduate School of Social Work, and other professional schools. We are an undergraduate department and offer majors and minors in sociology and criminology.

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 seeks qualified individuals for non-benefited, part-time adjunct teaching assignments in the 2019-20 academic year. Adjunct faculty teach 4-credit undergraduate courses; specific courses may vary from quarter to quarter and openings to teach these courses develop on a periodic basis, depending on departmental needs. Specialty area is open, but preference will be given to individuals with expertise in Criminology. Classes meet for four hours each week (per class). Classes are typically a combination of discussion and lecture and range in size from 20 to 30 students. Candidates are responsible for constructing their own courses, in consultation with the Department Chair, including syllabi, assignments, exams, and grading.

Adjunct faculty may teach more than one course. This posting will serve for multiple openings.

Essential Functions

Adjuncts are expected to fulfill all responsibilities associated with teaching assigned courses, including:

  • Conducting all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared way
  • Thorough and accurate correction of assignments, providing appropriate constructive feedback
  • Prompt return of corrected work
  • Providing guidance and support to students
  • Reporting student grades and attendance
  • Holding regular weekly office hours on campus for students
  • Replying to email communication from students and colleagues promptly
  • Collaboration in creation of course level assessment materials
  • Enforcing all administration policies and rules governing students
  • Maintaining accurate and complete student records
  • Other instructional or academic duties as assigned by the Department Chair

Required Qualifications

  • MA in sociology, criminology, or related field
  • Experience teaching at the College or University level (substantiated by letters of recommendation)
  • Superior proficiency in English
  • Experience or commitment to Inclusive Excellence teaching methods and/or pedagogies to engage diverse student populations

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in sociology, criminology, or a related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with diverse populations
  • One or more academic years of teaching at the college or university level with proven excellence and effectiveness
  • Familiarity with instructional technology
  • Experience and accomplishments in active support of diversity and inclusiveness

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. For best consideration, please submit your materials by August 5, 2019.

Special Instructions

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

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of interest that describes teaching interests and other qualifications. In your cover letter, please include a section addressing your commitment to Inclusive Excellence (IE) in the classroom. To read more about DUs commitment to IE please follow this link:
  2. Curriculum vitae that specifies specialization and comprehensive exam areas
  3. 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)
  4. Names and contact information for three professional references

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: 492537
Posted: 7/9/2019
Application Due: 9/7/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable